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Thomas Cook Reviews

Updated 21 November 2014
Updated 21 November 2014
46 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good temporary job

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Contact in Hoofddorp (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Contact in Hoofddorp (Netherlands)

    I worked at Thomas Cook full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly colleagues
    Adequate pay
    Fun product (holidays)

    Cons

    Long hours
    Legacy systems
    Poor customer service experience

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please listen to your customers more. And don't airbrush your online and paper brochures

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    To achieve, you need to know the right people

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Peterborough, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Peterborough, England (UK)

    I have been working at Thomas Cook full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Large company, therefore provides great experience. Can move into different areas, including tour operating, retail, online, airline, cabin crew, or even overseas representation.

    Cons

    The company mindset is difficult to break. They operate on a 'you do it our way' only mentality, which limits creativity, and can be un-motivational.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep in touch with your staff more. There are a lot of Board members, Directors and people in high powered positions, yet the people on the ground do not know who they are.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    They have the right vision; just don't understand how to get there!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Thomas Cook full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Nice place to work at; a lot of the people know what they have to do and what is expected out of them.

    Cons

    Compensation and Benefits are not that great and never clearly explained. No working from home option as management do not trust anyone. Majority of the office is filled with out-sourced people who know how to estimate and demonstrate 3 times more efforts and costs to the management. No collaboration between teams. 5 meetings happen simultaneously to discuss the same topic and the team that screams louder get their way in regardless if its the wrong solution and will take a lot longer to implement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open your eyes see where your money is going. Surely your largest competitor who has a team of not more than 50 are doing something right to be on-track with a company that has been around for such a long-time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Them & Us On a Massive Scale

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Thomas Cook

    Pros

    Some of the people are great to work alongside. I can't really think of that many more....

    Cons

    Red-Tape. On everything from currency ordering to discount levels. The "Retail Transformation" saga. Feeling disjointed from management team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop. Just stop everything and realise that you have a legacy workforce from Thomas Cook working alongside people from Going Places and the Co-operative Travel. Use the best of all 3 brands, rather than trying to assimilate everyone into the same robot. Get rid of Cluster Managers where they are not needed or struggling (ours is shocking) and get full-time store managers back that actually have the ability to manage their time to do all the mind-numbing stuff at the times that the "DILO" says they should be done. That's just to be going on with, get back to me when you have a plan....

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Good people but huge divide between management and lower level staff

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    Former Employee - Yield Analyst in Peterborough, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Yield Analyst in Peterborough, England (UK)

    I worked at Thomas Cook full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly colleagues, relaxed atmosphere, good travel perks, big company with lots of job opportunities

    Cons

    Clueless management, takes a long time to earn decent travel perks, old IT systems, poor levels of pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Involve ground staff more in decision-making process

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Too much pressure

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Thomas Cook part-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great travel benefits
    Good name in company
    Great product to sell

    Cons

    Too much pressure on individuals, esp when shops are short staffed and not replaced. There is too much you are expected to focus on at any one time and then they change the information they give you something completely different to focus on

    Observations and mystery shops staff do not like these and don't perform the best when they know they are being "watched" the introduction of video mystery shops will be the final straw for many staff and when you can't do you job from worrying if you will be caught on camera or scrutinised no one will perform to the best of ability.

    Targets stretching and over stretching and new performance objectives now brought in which once agin will probably get scrapped and something else brought in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your long term staff on the fact they will do their job and not have to be continually monitored/ observed and have to live in fear of the mystery shopper.

    Support stores where they need extra staff and not give to much information to focus on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Never join !!!!!

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    Former Employee - Team Leader in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Team Leader in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Thomas Cook full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - It used to be Harmony 3 years back , now NOTHING

    Cons

    - FULL of politics
    - Mid and Senior Management is Disaster
    - No career,Below Marker Standards on Salary
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    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Please look at the Software Department, No Strategy or IT vision.
    - There are lot of people who come to office and go daily, just sittting in meeting.
    - QA and PM Depaerment Sucks.
    - i wish i could take name, But no name no shame

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Very Poor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Thomas Cook full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    maybe the CEO and some of the new strategy

    Cons

    Very low level management. You can unzerstand a bit because of transformation, but this level of confusion, no leadership, no information given, and very very silo mentality. Finance keep losing managers, IT transformation is disaster with all confused, HR do not help. Bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    should share vision (if they have one) and communicate. remember leadership as example not saying one thing in public meetings and then do the contrary

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Very good colleagues. Good pay, really good lay overs.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Thomas Cook

    Pros

    Experiencing places I might never been able to go to. Travelling the world.

    Cons

    No full te employment. Contracts only.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start giving younger people full time employment.

  11.  

    Good Place to work

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    Former Employee - Dispatch Clerk in Bradford, Yorkshire and the Humber, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Dispatch Clerk in Bradford, Yorkshire and the Humber, England (UK)

    I worked at Thomas Cook full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The nicest people working there
    Good Managers

    Cons

    Not much opportunity to progress,
    Not a wide variety of work so after a few years you get bored
    Huge chance of being made redundant as moving departments to Bangalore to save money

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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