Dixons Retail Reviews

Updated 23 October, 2014
Updated 23 October, 2014
73 Reviews
2.9
73 Reviews
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Dixons Retail Group CEO Sebastian James
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Enter at your own risk

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    You get out, what you put in.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  3.  

    challenging and fast moving atmosphere

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    every day was different, better than other reatial jobs where its very boring. great team aspect amongst staff.

    Cons

    managers can be too pushy, you're only as good as you're last sale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more leniant

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Challenging but enjoyable

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Retail Support Centre in Hemel Hempstead, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Retail Support Centre in Hemel Hempstead, England (UK)

    I have been working at Dixons Retail full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Can be an exciting and challenging place to work with constant change throughout the business to combat the competition. Benefits are fairly good with plenty of opportunity to move into different roles if you have the right aptitude. Leadership team are working hard to make it a better place to work, focussing on results of colleague engagement surveys.

    Cons

    If working in a store role, you need to be customer focussed first and foremost and able to deal with challenging targets. So if this isn't you, Dixons is not for you. Starting pay is just above minimum wage but as you progress through training, pay gets much better. In the Support Centre, it can be tricky to move between functions and work needs to be done on the available development / training.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Cool tech, but high staff turnaround due to unprofessionalism

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

    I have been working at Dixons Retail part-time

    Pros

    -Great people
    -Pay increase opportunities are easily obtained
    -Hands on with new tech

    Cons

    -Low expectation of promotion
    -Pay increases although frequent, are miniscule
    -Huge pressure to sell warranties
    -Huge pressure on "numbers" and fixing of customer sales
    -Threat of termination of contract from managers at every level
    -Culture of avoiding customers to fix numbers
    -Snake oil merchants with products and policies
    -After working with them for 6 months it is no wonder they are frequently on consumer advice shows
    -The company is designed around trying to impress unseen and unheard shareholders, NOT the workers or public.
    -Praise for good work is awful, the company has created a computer system where colleagues can send a "thank you" and "well done" message to each other.
    There is no need for this and is seen by most staff as a replacement for basic human contact.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pound note & margin sales are just as important (if not more) as playing the numbers game with Solution Quotient.
    Sales=margin=profit
    Improvement of customer service needed, colleagues are expected to be trained in customer service, this is not true of all staff however.
    There is no need to threaten colleagues with dismissal after missing only small targets.

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

    Great work environment. Tough and loads of change during downturn, out the other side now!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Social Media Role in Hemel Hempstead, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Social Media Role in Hemel Hempstead, England (UK)

    I have been working at Dixons Retail full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    I like that this company is based out of London (albeit in Hemel Hempstead!). A real positive that this company is changing, and fast, all for the better. And now that we are 'back' after some difficult times, great to be the retailer that gets the exclusives and the product launches, so good fun if you like technology. Great new stores coming through and nice to work for senior management that genuinely care about a) customers and b) bringing colleagues from across the business closer together

    Cons

    Hemel Hempstead is great geographically but not chock full of entertainment in itself. Head office rather dated but that is being addressed

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Support Advisers in Sheffield, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Technical Support Advisers in Sheffield, England (UK)

    I have been working at Dixons Retail full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    This is an amazing place to work, full of colleagues you can learn from. Good people, a mixture of long term service and new bodies, therefore there a good mixture of competencies and skills you could take advantage of for your own development. Recognition for achievements. Professionals working together to develop great colleagues.

    Cons

    Better benefits would make a great deal of difference.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Most interesting work experience of my life so far!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Hemel Hempstead, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Hemel Hempstead, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Being part of a business that is totally Customer centric.
    Made immense changes to become stable in the Retail landscape.
    Great people to work with in a fast paced but friendly culture.
    Really passionate about what we do.

    Cons

    Location could be better and more up to date.
    Not much recent training and development available but this is changing now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep sharing the plans you have for your colleagues and the business like you have been over the last 3 years.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Decent job if you can sell and enjoy tech

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Adviser in Stevenage, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Customer Adviser in Stevenage, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Being around technology everyday
    Flexible shifts, usually long which is good if you have to travel
    Can be a friendly work environment

    Cons

    Targets are demanding and can be difficult to achieve
    Customers can be difficult
    Internal systems could be more efficient
    Training could be better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to shop floor staff more

    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Poor, Low Pay, Obscene Targets, Constant berating on lack of Whatever Happens Careplan sales.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Advisor in Canterbury, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales Advisor in Canterbury, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    The company does have for the most part a solid business idea, with training you can improve your positions in store too.

    Cons

    If you have any sort of morals then you will clash with the management in every store you work in. You are heavily targeted on your careplan sales which in short are pretty obscene in cost. The management have no empathy for their staff concerns or needs. Breaks seem to be a luxury and you have to be prepared to leave lunch half eaten and probably not finish it either.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay the staff more, don't bully them, don't push them into selling Careplans or services to customers who clearly don't need them and in turn you won't have your current predicament of mis selling cases and having to dedicate a call center just to deal with complaints. "First month free" was in no means meant to be offered at our company training, yet in store management completely ignores this and forces staff to sell in this way still.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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