Dixons Retail Reviews

Updated 15 October 2014
Updated 15 October 2014
72 Reviews
3.1
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • 10% discount on most items, and you get the odd benefit from a supplier (in 5 reviews)

  • Worked with some really good people (staff), and they did pay on time (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Head office rather dated but that is being addressed (in 4 reviews)

  • Needs to recognise the hard work of the workforce (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Anybody offering a new job?

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    Current Employee - Sales Colleague
    Current Employee - Sales Colleague

    I have been working at Dixons Retail full-time

    Pros

    If you have next to no bills to pay then the wage is ok

    Cons

    Where do I start:

    For most people who actually do pay for things on a daily basis the wage is terrible for the amount of work put into every sale unless you're management so can get a nice bonus from it all which staff rarely see.

    Training can be good if and when you might be lucky enough to do it once given 5 mins away from the shop floor to do it yet even then get asked to serve straight after.

    The amazing bonus that's talked about during interviews the somehow the company seem to get out of paying.

    Busiest time of the year Christmas where you work all day everyday with no breaks apart from to quickly grab a snack between customers bringing in massive amount of money to the company but seeing nothing for your hard work.

    Getting expected to sell everything to every customer and even if the customer says no a million times there is obviously a way they will take it.

    If you're not selling everything to every customer then apparently you're not doing your job... last I checked I could get paid more flipping burgers in McDonalds an don't see them forcing stuff at you.

    The whole company I see these days as greedy money grabbing fat cats who need to learn how to treat customers and staff.

    From what I've seen most new starters last about 4 maybe 5 months before seeing sense and leaving for good.

    Poor management skills by all managers and like to pass the buck with any complaints.

    I could go on but I don't think there would be enough space to type it all

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sort it out now before you don't have a company to manage!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Once a giant slowly withering

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    Former Employee - Sales Colleague in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales Colleague in Birmingham, England (UK)

    I worked at Dixons Retail full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Worked with some really good people (staff), and they did pay on time....10% discount on most items, and you get the odd benefit from a supplier. Would suit a 18 year old the job is quite easy to get, learn a few sales skills (not from the trainers, other sales guys), and use it on your CV and move on.

    Cons

    Old fashioned mentality, some management think it is still 1998. Company speak, Micro Management, I had about 20 Managers in 3 years... Very poor pay and as many targets as you cant handle, I lost count off there SQ targets, (basically add ons like there what ever happens (insurance they never stop talking about it), HDMI cables for like £80 mental.
    ....poor product training, there only interested in the add ons and not the actual products. Very High staff turnover, after 6 months I was getting shadowed by NEW starts. Basically you are a number....and there expecting you to leave they have a poor attitude to workers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need your employees to actually want to be there, you have talked about improving things for the workforce for years now and never done anything

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Awful company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Colleague
    Current Employee - Sales Colleague

    I have been working at Dixons Retail part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You get a 10% discount on products and 20% on staff promotions at Xmas. You learn about cool and exciting technology. In a sales or customer service role you can develop your confidence and social skills.

    Cons

    Unrealistic expectations from customers whilst managers rarely (if ever) give you time to train.

    Use of part time contracts as little as 8 hours for employees that work 30+ hours, meaning they miss out on proper holiday pay.

    Staff leave all the time.
    Stores regularly understaffed.
    Shift patterns are not set in stone (or anywhere near it) so can change in a whim.
    Management poor at organising shifts.
    IT systems are ancient and ridiculously slow.
    Top managers earning good money eventually are made redundant to cut costs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give staff time to train on a regular basis. Actually do something as opposed to being seen to be doing something. Be positive when motivating staff. Offer full time contracts for full time workers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Extremely poor with no integrity!

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    Former Employee - Knowhow/Sales/B2B in Yeovil, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Knowhow/Sales/B2B in Yeovil, England (UK)

    I worked at Dixons Retail full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you really push your managers and willing to do training in tour own time, you may get an ok wage.

    Cons

    To start, the company are certainly not out to give the best experience to the customer, they are there to take as much money and dodge as many complaints as they can. I have worked in all store roles except for management and can tell you it is the same in each role. If you're sales, you only have one goal, sell them everything! If you don't, you will get penalised. If you do, well, you will get nothing.....no incentive to to really put that effort in to each sale. (Of course, the manager can get a nice bonus from it).if you are business orientated, the same applies. If you are knowhow, Tell everyone their machine has to go away for repair (their careplan has a lot of clauses you do not realise!).

    Every company is out to make money, but should do it with dignity and integrity. Not lile a sleazy dodgy dealer from the west end.

    The management will NOT deal with a tough situation, they will always refer them to knowhow OR good ol customer service! (These guys get paid to take as little responsibility as possible)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some responsibility, show more respect for the colleagues who are earning your bonuses and doing the dirty work and do what's right for the customer!
    A dixons quote is 'to never leave the customer to fend for themselves'....it would be nice to see that

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Overall a good company to work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sheffield, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sheffield, England (UK)

    I worked at Dixons Retail full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Wages and benefits good/excellent once you get to mid level.
    Plenty of learning opportunities.

    Cons

    Low level employees undervalued and uniformly strictly monitored.
    Politics and poor numbers behind many decisions throughout.
    Archaic IT infrastructure, some the backbone is still AS400.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Check numbers at every level, failings are being covered up and without good numbers you can't make the best decisions.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good for learning but management is appalling

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Hemel Hempstead, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Hemel Hempstead, England (UK)

    I have been working at Dixons Retail full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There is a good scope of learning, co-workers are nice in general. You will learn across the business and different verticals (if working on head office).

    Cons

    Senior management is appalling. They treat employees as liabilities! Following merger with Carphone Warehouse, they have made hundreds of people redundant (and hiring contractors instead to show a head-count reduction in accounts – to please city investors). In stores, staff turnover rate is very high (because they are paid minimum wage). The people who worked 15-20 years in head office were let go in favour of replacing them by fresh graduates in Czech Republic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees with respect rather than continuously trying appease city investors!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Colleague
    Current Employee - Sales Colleague

    I have been working at Dixons Retail full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Very friendly working environment
    - Great pay
    - Company values expertise and provides training to achieve that
    - Never a same day
    - Very efficient and user friendly system
    - Absolutly fantastic store layouts and attention to detail is great so stores never look sloppy
    - Care plans are great value for money setting the trend away from shady insurance

    Note

    - Sales driven, but isn't all jobs?

    Cons

    - Minor customer dodging by certain employees to avoid bad figures
    - Managers tend to avoid difficult/ uhdesireable jobs and refer you to other managers
    - Selling and pleasing customers isn't enough unless you can get the extras

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are doing a great job! Great company, definetly doesn't deserve the flak the company gets about customer service

    Sales are important, a good sale even without care plans is still good. Taking a look at firms such as John Lewis really point out the way forwards.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    A creative and fun place to work and learn

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Colleague in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales Colleague in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Dixons Retail part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    -work environment
    -Company software (Eclipse) very user friendly
    -Good pay

    Cons

    -Sales figures are very important

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -reduce the online training

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    You get out, what you put in.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Manager
    Current Employee - Store Manager

    I have been working at Dixons Retail full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I am lucky, I work for a visionary regional manager who knows how to truly lead
    Challenging where needed, and always there for support without micro managing. I can truly say through his leadership I have grown as a store manager incredibly over the last three years. Every day is different, and with a great team around you it can be an incredible job

    Cons

    decreasing unit numbers make career growth harder without relocation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the current vain of colleague training and role model some of the true leaders we have in our business across the estate and enjoy the rewards

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Enter at your own risk

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dixons Retail full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    To be honest, there are none. It is a shadow of the place it once was. Glad to be out before the merger goes through.

    Cons

    Management structure is awful. No communication and disregard of people. Mass redundancy programme in place, and diminishing enjoyment had in working there

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The people still sitting there on fat pay, fat bonus and no accountability will be the Achilles Heel. Having quality staff leave due to incompetent managers will not help you

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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