River Island Clothing Employee Reviews about "uniform allowance"

Updated Jan 18, 2021

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River Island Clothing CEO Will Kernan
Will Kernan
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Pros
  • "Good benefits - staff discount, uniform allowance; friendly team(in 150 reviews)

  • "250 plus uniform allowance every 6-8 weeks(in 138 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Christmas is tough, like anywhere else, but I found Christmas tough due to long hours(in 62 reviews)

  • "The salary they offer is only minimum wage(in 49 reviews)

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    1. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Good benefits

      Jan 18, 2021 - Sales Assistant 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good benefits - staff discount, uniform allowance; friendly team.

      Cons

      Low wage - I worked here under the age of 18 and received around £4.50 an hour.

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    2. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Great company to work for

      Jan 11, 2021 - Sales Associate in Enfield, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      It offers a lot of incentives to staff like gift cards that motivates them to make as many sales as possible.

      Cons

      The uniform allowance unfortunately does not stretch far enough when you are doing overtime.

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    3. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Great part time student position

      Nov 28, 2020 - Part-time Sales Advisor in Guildford, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      great working environment, generous uniform allowance

      Cons

      Christmas working hours, no commission based on sales

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    4. 2.0
      Former Employee

      Perceived as a look after staff welfare brand, when in fact, it's the total opposite!

      Nov 19, 2020 - Floor Manager 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good discount - Management 50% - Staff 40% 3 times a year uniform allowance

      Cons

      Long hours, unable to claim back if management Unrealistic timeframes Too many channels of information to keep tabs or action every day HEAVY amounts of pressure River was once known for looking after staff welfare when it's such a shame, that in fact, the stress and negativity within area management, work load, unrealistic expectations etc is not worth the job itself

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    5. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      sales advisor

      Oct 22, 2020 - Sales Advisor in Leeds, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good Uniform Allowance every 6 Weeks 40% discount

      Cons

      Pay isn't the best. Holidays are more than often declined when related to education

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    6. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Great family feel, but exhausting work

      Sep 30, 2020 - Deputy Manager in Leeds, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Modern store Family feel within the team Discount package Uniform allowance Salary for my role was good

      Cons

      High expectation within role Progression opportunities limited Head office in London so no opportunities to move into unless you want to relocate Work/life balance very hard No visibility of salaries, junior managers pay not competitive

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    7. 4.0
      Former Contractor

      Nice Place to Work

      Sep 15, 2020 - Shop Assistant 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great Staff discount and uniform allowance. Very young team.

      Cons

      Very quiet shop so not very engaging.

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    8. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Fun but stressful!

      Aug 24, 2020 - Sales Assistant 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Its like any retail job, it will get busy and stressful especially at Christmas so make sure you can work under pressure and multi-task. However if you get a good team and good management you can cope and have fun! You get a uniform allowance which depends on your contracted days you work. Also a good discount allowance!

      Cons

      Stressful and customers can be rude!

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    9. 3.0
      Former Employee

      yes

      Aug 13, 2020 - Sales Advisor/River Island in Croydon, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Easy local uniform allowance flexible extra money

      Cons

      Croydon customers not well paid boring shifts hectic when on sale a lot of theft

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    10. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Well...

      Jun 19, 2020 - Sales Assistant in Stratford, London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Free uniform allowance up to a certain amount, generous staff discount.

      Cons

      A very cliquey atmosphere surrounding management and staff. When management leave they are usually not replaced unless absolutely necessary. The role of a manager will usually be given to a level 3 sales assistant in order to cut costs. Management purposefully hides information about opportunities such as level-3 to management roles in other stores in order to maintain their store staff and reduce retraining and rehiring. Most sales floor staff are young and at university and college. This usually means treatment by management can be undermining and very school-like even if you're more senior. Engagement with sales assistants from high ups during visits such as the area manager, regional manager, the CEO, and the founder usually never happen. The Area Manager will quiz you on protocols and service skills, but these are never just refreshing conservations as management will drill into you that you can't mess up these situations. This creates a lot of stress and usually, most visits are stressful. I would have liked the opportunity to have some sort of conversation or witness others engage with these individuals in a more productive manner. I did not feel seen, heard, or recognized by these people. Because you're on the lowest end of the payroll, you do feel easily replace and that you don't matter. You also have to deal with a lot of emotionally immature people, be that staff or customers. Working here will most definitely affect your mental health. The company is trying to change that, but sometimes a leaflet and a poster in a toilet do not seem that engaging or helpful.

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