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Lidl Reviews

Updated 20 February, 2015
Updated 20 February, 2015
18 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • organized structure, strict rules, good salary (in 5 reviews)

  • good pay, good local management (if you are lucky) (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • very long hours at time with no thanks (in 6 reviews)

  • Hard, long hours, no social life (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Feeling exploited and hugely violated

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lidl

    Pros

    Salary not much else I'm afraid

    Cons

    No breaks. Unachievable targets and constant bullying by senior management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees like they make a difference and THEY WILL!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    Good compensation. Terrible work/life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - District Manager in Faro (Portugal)
    Former Employee - District Manager in Faro (Portugal)

    I worked at Lidl

    Pros

    Compensation and car use. The nature of the job is challenging and building your own teams is exciting.

    Cons

    Terrible work/life balance. 80 hour weeks are considered good weeks. No positive reinforcement whatsoever. Micro management is the norm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company stated values do not match the day to day operations and the way people manage. Most of the top management does not even understand what the stated values represent in real action and attitudes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Ungrateful, stressful and hard work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - General Assistant
    Current Contractor - General Assistant

    I have been working at Lidl as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Company ethos to provide good ratio of price/quality for customers of all sorts, however at price of treating its employees badly

    Cons

    15 min breaks, when 30mins is in contract and not paid for, sometimes no breaks at all, 2 hours overtime on a daily basis, getting shouted at in front of customers, not many opportunities for career development, hard physical work which is unsustainable for a long period, working culture resulting in very high employee turnover, constantly understaffed but on purpose, counting every minute of over-time work and threating of being sacked if big overtimes continue (but dumping on employees an impossible workload to finish during 8 hours)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try more human approach!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Disappointement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - District Manager in Porto, Oporto (Portugal)
    Current Employee - District Manager in Porto, Oporto (Portugal)

    I have been working at Lidl full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    - Huge company with many opportunities
    - Goal oriented
    - Good salary + perks

    Cons

    - Managers treat bad their personel due to many pression they receive from their superiors
    - Everyone is very unhappy with their job
    - No team spirit
    - No evaluation methods, they fire people if they don't like your face
    - No work+life balance
    - Training is a joke, they put you in a store and forget about you

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't think that money can buy everything, start treating people well and this way you can retain talents in your company. Be more aware of how your directors and managers are treating their team. Make motivation the main word.

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

    I was told that they have a lot of problems getting talents, especially IT in Germany, due to poor working conditions.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager Administration
    Former Employee - Project Manager Administration

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

    Pros

    international footprint, solid salary, good co-workers

    Cons

    Organisational climate is very bad (in Croatia at least, but heard it's the same elsewhere), people are intimidated by their superiors, they work very long hours and lots of them get sick.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some young people on board and respect your workers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Been a deputy store manager for six weeks

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Deputy Store Manager
    Current Employee - Deputy Store Manager

    I have been working at Lidl full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Was attracted from another retail job by the management position, salary and prospects. Salary, what you actually get paid every month, is good.

    Cons

    Actual pay per hour if you ever have the guts to work it out is abysmal. Was told all the right things at interview and induction by the people who don't work in store. Mandatory breaks, take your time back the next day, 11 hour break between shifts. All bull when you actually get in store when your store manager gives you no sympathy because "I used to work 7am to 10pm every day mate..!"

    Taking this job was one of my worst decisions as I now feel depressed all the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get real.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    German system, overdemanding, countrys treated like slaves

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lidl full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    good pay, good local management (if you are lucky)

    Cons

    Rules of the company MUST be regarded in every country, regardless of the laws. More the pitty that the rules are written by people with no experience (outside) of Lidl, processes are 10 years overdated and down right antique, all support only one: total control of employees.. Workdays run normaly between 10-12 hour days leadership style is in practice different than on paper (worse), hierarchy rules.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Terrible company!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - General Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - General Assistant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Lidl as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Decent wage, providing the hours are there.

    Cons

    Signed a 30 hour contact and got told that they are the minimum hours I would get. Two months down the line i have never done that, only have been given 16-23 hours per week.
    I have not been trained, got thrown in at the deep end. Got told to do jobs i have not been shown how to do and got pulled up for doing it wrong?!
    Too much work for the amount of time given.
    The place is not organised, even customers moan about no prices being shown. Shop floor untidy.
    Some management are lazy and give out tasks to store assistants because they cant be bothered to do it.
    Procedures are crazy, nothing makes sense.
    Breaks are not always given and are too short. Half hour for a 10/12 hour shift?!
    Also, they pay is never right, I have been underpaid. How can there be such a thing as undertime? it doesnt make sense. I have been given a contract, therefore should get paid for it no matter what. If i dont do the hours of the contract then that is illegal. Why employ someone and give them a contract knowing that the hours are not there?!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat staff like they are human beings,
    Pay them properly!
    Sort out the hours and contracts. Do not promise someone who has bills to pay and keep a roof over there head that they will get their contract and then not give it!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    A surprisingly blatant disregard for UK employment law, an abuse of human rights.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - General Assistant
    Current Employee - General Assistant

    I have been working at Lidl full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Supposedly good pay (easier ways to make more money however)

    Cons

    Told anything at interview to get you in, most of which are false promises. Expected to work (6 hours plus) without taking breaks entitled to by law, expected to sign out and work for free, called in on days off, called in early, expected to stay on 1,2,3 even four hours after end of shift ON A DAILY BASIS, painfully understaffed, hugely unrealistic and unreachable targets, never allowed to go home ill, EXPECTED TO WORK WITH SICKNESS AND DIARRHEA DESPITE HANDLING FOOD ALL DAY, absolutely no concern for staff well being. Spoken to like a piece of dirt by people (esp reg manager) on 6 times the salary you're on. Back braking work for no appreciation what so ever. Constant threat of disciplinarys for honest minor mistakes. No hope of progression due to lack of staff to manage in the first place. Very greedy conniving company out to exploit and hoard the profits made by such exploitation (prices low due to 'efficient' staff numbers, i.e forcing individuals to do the work of 3 people until they have a breakdown/ become institutionalized/ ect. I'd rather work at Auschwitz, at least there you had death to look forward to...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to motivate people, treat staff like human beings and not numbers, OBEY THE LAW, feel thoroughly ashamed of what you allow to happen to people trying to make a living..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    First impressions = bad impressions

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Sales Assistant in Wexford (Ireland)
    Current Contractor - Sales Assistant in Wexford (Ireland)

    I have been working at Lidl as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    The hourly wage is good.

    Cons

    Just started working here a few weeks ago. I dread everyday going in. You never finish in time yet you are nearly expected to start work 15 mins before your time and not get paid for it. You are nearly expected to be on call 24/7. Hours are always changing. Currently looking for other work right.now just couldn't work in this environment. Never properly trained but expected to know everything, it's just so unprofessional.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better train your new employees and having your manager make a show of you in front of customers for absolutely no reason is disgraceful and very embarrassing. Very unhappy in this store, hopefully can hand my notice in soon. I won't be recommending anyone to apply for work here...!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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