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GO Outdoors Reviews

Updated 14 June, 2018
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  • "Minimum wage is not good, some of the management processes seem stupid" (in 13 reviews)

  • "the pay is minimum wage which can be restricting, can be quiet in the shop sometimes meaning theres not much to do" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great part time job"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at GO Outdoors part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Friendly and chilled management compared to supermarkets etc. They give you space to do the job rather than pestering you all the time. Satisfying helping people if you like the outdoors.
    Staff discount is great.

    Cons

    When its quiet it can be very boring.
    Minimum wage
    No bonus incentives


  2. "good"

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    Former Employee - Assistant in Sheffield, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Assistant in Sheffield, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at GO Outdoors part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    team environment, friendly staff, great discounts

    Cons

    weekend work, unsociable shifts, customers

  3. "Fun, casual work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in Cardiff, Wales (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in Cardiff, Wales (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at GO Outdoors (More than a year)

    Pros

    discount, fun atmosphere, lots of young staff.

    Cons

    very tiring work, early mornings, no full time contracts.


  4. "Till Operator"

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    Former Employee - Temporary Employee in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Temporary Employee in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GO Outdoors part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent staff discount for all levels and given staff discount card in a few days of starting. No waiting period of months until you’re allowed the staff discount which some other companies practice.

    Great working environment.

    The people you work with are mostly friendly and very helpful. You get the feel of a family run business. I think this is because a number of people are related or close friends. I also believe it’s encouraged for employees to share job opportunities to their friends and families. They might do this so the company gets a close knit team working in the store. Only a handful of employees aren’t related or not friends before working in store.

    Cons

    A lot of different jobs to do for minimum wage. Not only do till operators work on the till and tidy around the till area they also manage online orders. They make sure any orders coming through are sorted out on the computer. They contact the departments for the items and sort out the paperwork. Plus answer the phones.

    Short training period, about a week. A ‘buddy’ shadows you.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  5. "Good Benefits Decent Company"

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    Former Employee - Retail in Leicester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Retail in Leicester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at GO Outdoors part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good price on stock. Nice people, fairly solid bussiness. Good on a part time basis.

    Cons

    Extremely low paid for work level and commitment required.

    Advice to Management

    Be less militant and more flexible. For some this is a means to an end not the end


  6. "Bad experience"

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    Former Employee - Administrator in Bristol, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Administrator in Bristol, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at GO Outdoors part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Extremely busy during spring and summer

    Cons

    They forgot to pay me for my first month on time as they lost my bank details, when they finally paid I saw that they didn’t include the first week of my work and paid me for 3 weeks only, as they forgot to count those 5 days on the 1st week, took me 2 or 3 weeks to get them to pay me the correct amount by reminding them every day. Not a pleasant place to work as I personally had abusive and humiliating behaviour towards me from some of my colleagues and managers, they are not fair. I felt such a relief when I left that Gooutdoors Bristol Store and never shop there as they have low quality products for a high price and we had plenty of complaints from our customers who were upset and disappointed which made me not happy working there.

    Advice to Management

    Be more adequate, fair, better organised, value staff


  7. "OK place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GO Outdoors part-time

    Pros

    Good staff discount and good people to work with

    Cons

    Very unorganised, management didn't really care about the staff

  8. "management"

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    Current Employee - Management Assistant in Ḩawwārah, Amman Governorate (Jordan)
    Current Employee - Management Assistant in Ḩawwārah, Amman Governorate (Jordan)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at GO Outdoors full-time

    Pros

    management activity

    planning
    research
    timing

    Cons

    flexible and managing change

    Advice to Management

    business


  9. "Need to review both training and health and safety"

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    Current Employee - Sales Assistant
    Current Employee - Sales Assistant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at GO Outdoors part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Colleagues and management in the store are great to work with and very supportive.

    Staff discount

    Cons

    Paying minimum wage to staff is not conducive to getting the most out of staff. For goodness sake with your profits you can well afford to pay the living wage.

    For a company with more than 60 stores why do you not have proper health, safety and environmental policies and standards? Have you not heard of OHSAS 18001 or I SO 14001?

    Advice to Management

    This is not directed at my store management more, no all aimed at HQ management teams. How often does your HQ based Health and Safety Manager visit stores? Worked for you for over a year and he hasn't been to our store.
    Why are you not taking any environmental leads? Look at your store lighting and heating, has no one explored more efficient ways? Packaging, why are you not telling suppliers to reduce packaging in particular your own brands? Take the lead from Berghaus who are leading the way.

    Staff training on products is very limited, you are expected to use web based learning in your own time. When you pay minimum wage do you really think it is reasonable to expect them to study in their own time?
    I could go on, maybe I will in 2018.


  10. "Summer Till staff"

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    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in Wolverhampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in Wolverhampton, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at GO Outdoors part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great team, fun shifts, regular shifts and simple work

    Cons

    Understaffed, limited training and quiet store


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