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  • Head office doesn’t understand the frontline

    Do people think Aldi head office understands what's happening where they work?

    Most people think head office doesn’t understand what’s happening where they work

    How we know this

    75% of people think that this employer’s head office or owners don’t have a good understanding of what’s really happening where they work

    Based on information from 911 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, the role of head office should be to support the people on the frontline serving customers.

    To do that properly, the company’s owners or head office need to have a good understanding of what’s really happening on the frontline. This is especially important when a company owns multiple locations.

  • People don’t get sick pay

    Does Aldi pay sick pay?

    Not always. Most people don’t get proper sick pay

    How we know this

    71% of people say they wouldn’t get paid if they were sick but scheduled to work

    Based on information from 919 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone gets sick sometimes. You should be able to take time off without worrying.

    At a good job you should still get paid if you’re scheduled to work but can’t due to sickness. Your contract should say how many sick days you can take each year.

    This is more than the legal minimum, which says you should only get paid if you are unwell for 4 full days. See Citizens Advice for more details.

  • People feel stressed

    Is it stressful to work at Aldi?

    Most people feel stressed here

    How we know this

    59% of people say they often feel stressed at work

    Based on information from 993 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Work isn’t always easy, but if you’re frequently feel stressed, that’s not good.

    Your employer should support you with enough people and resources to get your job done without feeling overwhelmed.

Good
  • Easy to change shifts

    How easy is it for Aldi workers to change shifts?

    Most people find it easy to change shifts

    How we know this

    58% of people report that it’s easy to change shifts if they need to

    Based on information from 763 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job is flexible around your personal life. It should be easy to change a shift if you need to, whether that’s in an emergency or for planning ahead.

  • People enjoy their job

    Do people at Aldi enjoy their jobs?

    Most people enjoy their job

    How we know this

    50% of people report they enjoy their job

    Based on information from 160 job reviews

  • Enough training

    Do people get enough training when they start at Aldi?

    Most people get enough training when they start

    How we know this

    70% of people report they got enough training when they started working here

    Based on information from 1,014 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should give you good training when you start, not just drop you in at the deep end.

    This means that you’ll be happier and more productive from day one and shows that your employer values you.

    It’s also very important if your job involves anything that could be dangerous. Good training from the outset keeps you and your team safe.

  • Well informed about head office

    Do workers feel well informed about how Aldi is doing?

    Most people feel well informed about how the company is doing

    How we know this

    73% of people feel that they are kept well informed about how the company is doing as a whole

    Based on information from 955 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, there should be a supportive relationship between the people working on the frontline serving customers and the people who own the company or work in head office.

    You should be kept informed about how the company is doing as a whole, both in good times and when things get tough for the business.

  • Easy to take sick leave

    How easy is it to take sick leave at Aldi?

    Most people find it easy to take sick leave

    How we know this

    65% of people report that it’s easy to take time off if they are sick

    Based on information from 678 job reviews

  • No short notice shift changes

    Do Aldi managers change shifts at short notice?

    Most managers don’t change people’s shifts at short notice

    How we know this

    63% of people say their manager doesn’t changes their shifts at the last minute

    Based on information from 967 job reviews

    Why this matters

    If your manager is often changing your shifts at short notice that’s a sign of poor planning. At a good job you won’t be messed around at the last minute.

  • Good for parents

    Is working at Aldi good if you have caring responsibilities?

    Most people say this is a good place to work if you care for a child or other relative

    How we know this

    65% of people who care for a child or other relative report this is a good place to work

    Based on information from 307 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Whether it’s looking after children or caring for a relative, a good job should support your responsibilities outside of work.

  • 4+ weeks notice of shifts

    How much notice do people get of their shift pattern at Aldi?

    Most people get 4 weeks notice of when they’re working

    How we know this

    • 5% report getting one week notice or less
    • 8% report getting two weeks notice
    • 25% report getting three weeks notice
    • 59% report getting four weeks notice or more
    • 3% report having a fixed rota

    Based on information from 1,032 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you get plenty of notice about when you’re working.

    This makes it easy for you to plan the rest of life, as well as your finances, because you know how much you’ll be working and when.

  • People recommend their team

    Do people at Aldi recommend working with their team?

    Most people recommend working with their team

    How we know this

    63% of people report that they would recommend working with their immediate team to a friend

    Based on information from 1,050 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job means enjoying the place where you work.

    The people you work with every day really matter. They can be the difference between a terrible day and a great one.

    If you’d recommend your team to a friend, this shows that something’s going right.

  • Good choice of shifts

    Do Aldi workers get to choose the shifts they work?

    Most people get enough choice over which shifts they work

    How we know this

    61% report that their manager gives them enough choice over which shifts they work

    Based on information from 982 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job is flexible around your personal life. This means you get a say in when you prefer to work.

  • Opportunities to progress

    Are people given support to progress at Aldi?

    Most people are given support to progress here

    How we know this

    In the last year, 54% of people report being given an opportunity to get better at their job, learn a new skill, learn to manage a team or get more responsibility in their role

    Based on information from 951 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should help you progress at work, if you want to. That might be supporting you to get better at the job you currently have, learn something new, manage a team or take on more responsibilities.

    This means you’ll be able to build on your skills and experience, and earn more money.

Excellent
  • Easy to book holiday

    How easy is it to book a holiday at Aldi?

    People find it easy to book holidays

    How we know this

    86% of people report it’s easy to book holidays

    Based on information from 985 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should let you take time off when you need it, and it shouldn’t be a nightmare to arrange.

  • No unpaid extra work

    Do workers at Aldi do extra work that they don't get paid for?

    No. People don’t do unpaid extra work

    How we know this

    87% of people report that they don’t do extra unpaid work

    Based on information from 744 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone should get paid for any extra work they do, even if it is outside your contracted hours. At a good job, you should be paid for all the time you spend at work.

  • People are paid enough to live on

    Does Aldi pay enough to live on?

    People are paid enough to live on

    How we know this

    96% of people say they are paid at or above the Real Living Wage for where they live

    Based on information from 986 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone should be paid enough to live on.

    The Real Living Wage is a voluntary rate employers can sign up to that is based on the real cost of living.

    The Real Living Wage is currently £9.50 per hour, and £10.85 per hour in London.

  • Managers are respectful

    Do people at Aldi feel treated by respect by their managers?

    People feel treated with respect by their managers

    How we know this

    76% of people say they’re treated with respect by their managers

    Based on information from 912 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone should get treated with respect by their managers. You shouldn’t feel discriminated against or bullied, and if you have a problem you should be able to speak to someone about it.

  • Good for students

    Is a Aldi job good for students?

    Students say this is a good place to work if you’re studying

    How we know this

    82% of students report this is a good place to work if you’re studying

    Based on information from 67 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should allow you to fit work around important things in your life, like studying.

    Life isn’t just about work. Good jobs make space for you to do well in both.

  • Breaks are paid

    Do workers at Aldi get paid breaks?

    Yes. People get paid breaks

    How we know this

    94% of people say they get paid breaks

    Based on information from 1,044 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should have paid breaks.

    You should be paid for all your time at work, whether you’re on a break or not.

  • People are paid market rates

    Does Aldi pay market rates?

    People are paid market rates

    How we know this

    89% of people are paid average or more than the typical pay for the type of work they do

    Based on information from 911 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Pay can vary a lot between types of job. Employers should be ensuring that the rates their staff are paid are in line with similar roles elsewhere.

  • People don’t worry about getting enough hours

    Do workers at Aldi worry about hours?

    People don’t worry about getting enough hours

    How we know this

    77% of people report they don’t worry about getting enough hours

    Based on information from 968 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you shouldn’t have to worry about getting enough hours each week.

    A good job should guarantee you a minimum number of hours in a contract, if you want it.

    This makes it easier to plan your finances, because you know how much you’ll be earning.

  • People get proper breaks

    Do people at Aldi get proper breaks?

    People get proper breaks

    How we know this

    80% of people report that they get to take proper breaks

    Based on information from 780 job reviews

    Why this matters

    When you take a break it should be a proper rest. It should last the full duration and you shouldn’t get pulled off it.

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How Aldi ranks

Aldi ranks joint 1st to work for in supermarkets

  1. 1= Aldi
    6.8
  2. 1= Waitrose & Partners
    6.8
  3. 3 Eurospar
    6.7

Pay ranges at Aldi

  1. £9.10–10.57 per hour

  2. £10.53–22.17 per hour

  3. £10.53–11.81 per hour

  4. £10.16–14.37 per hour

  5. £12.90–17.00 per hour

Aldi job reviews

  • Best thing

    While you may start at 6am, you generally finish at 2pm and therefore can enjoy the rest of the day off. You see your rota 4 weeks in advance. The pay is nice. Colleagues are usually nice people. Training is good. You get used to working fast after a while.

    Worst thing

    6AM starts. Finishing a shift at 6PM and potentially starting the next morning at 6AM. The rota constantly being changed; sometimes with only a weeks notice. Prepare to be worked, HARD. No week is the same; different days and different shifts on a weekly basis. 90% of your holidays for the next year must be booked in the November the year before; trying to plan holidays out can be frusting because of this. If you aren't sweating by the end of a shift you aren't working hard enough.

    7.0

    Employee, September 2021

  • Best thing

    The pay for a store assistant is good for the work required, however don’t underestimate the hard graft. Deputy pay however is ridiculously low considering the amount of responsibilities, and the company tries to keep the extra £4 on top of your hourly wage when you manage the store alone to a minimum

    Worst thing

    Progression seems none existent even though they’re always advertising salaried roles. The responsibilities for a deputy are barely outweighed by an assistant manager but the pay gap is huge. Company targets are unrealistic and cripple the morale of staff

    6.0

    Employee, July 2021

About

Aldi is an international discount supermarket company.

aldi.co.uk

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Handy to know

How much notice do people get of their shifts?

5% report getting one week notice or less
8% report getting two weeks notice
25% report getting three weeks notice
59% report getting four weeks notice or more
3% report having a fixed rota

Based on 1,032 employees

What contracts are people on?

Part time 80% report having part time contracts (16-35 hours)

Based on 939 employees

How are people paid?

By the hour 89% of people report they get paid by the hour

Based on 1,062 employees

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