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  • Head office doesn’t understand the frontline

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

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

    How we know this

    78% 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 18 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 feel stressed

    Is it stressful to work at ASK Italian?

    People feel stressed here

    How we know this

    90% of people say they often feel stressed at work

    Based on information from 20 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.

  • Breaks aren’t paid

    Do workers at ASK Italian get paid breaks?

    No. People don’t get paid breaks

    How we know this

    90% of people say they don’t get paid breaks

    Based on information from 20 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.

  • Less than 4 weeks notice of shifts

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

    People don’t get 4 weeks notice of when they’re working

    How we know this

    • 82% report getting one week notice or less
    • 14% report getting two weeks notice
    • 0% report getting three weeks notice
    • 5% report getting four weeks notice or more
    • 0% report having a fixed rota

    Based on information from 22 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 don’t get sick pay

    Does ASK Italian pay sick pay?

    No. People don’t get proper sick pay

    How we know this

    94% of people say they wouldn’t get paid if they were sick but scheduled to work

    Based on information from 18 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.

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  • Contracts don’t match the hours people work

    Do people work the same number they are contracted for at ASK Italian?

    Only some people work the same number of hours they’re contracted for

    How we know this

    55% of people report working 8 hours or more than they’re contracted for each week

    Based on information from 11 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you should expect to work about the same number of hours that your contract guarantees you, most of the time.

    It’s useful to pick up or drop a few shifts here and there, but if you often work a lot more hours every week than you’re contracted for, a good job should guarantee them.

    This means you’re more likely to know when you’ll be working and how much you’ll earn in advance.

  • Not easy to change shifts

    How easy is it for ASK Italian workers to change shifts?

    Most people find it hard to change shifts

    How we know this

    56% of people report that it’s hard to change shifts if they need to

    Based on information from 16 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 are not paid enough to live on

    Does ASK Italian pay enough to live on?

    Most people are not paid enough to live on

    How we know this

    60% of people say they are paid below the Real Living Wage for where they live

    Based on information from 20 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.

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  • Easy to book holiday

    How easy is it to book a holiday at ASK Italian?

    Most people find it easy to book holidays

    How we know this

    62% of people report it’s easy to book holidays

    Based on information from 21 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.

  • Good choice of shifts

    Do ASK Italian workers get to choose the shifts they work?

    Most people get enough choice over which shifts they work

    How we know this

    56% report that their manager gives them enough choice over which shifts they work

    Based on information from 16 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.

  • Enough training

    Do people get enough training when they start at ASK Italian?

    Most people get enough training when they start

    How we know this

    52% of people report they got enough training when they started working here

    Based on information from 21 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.

  • No short notice shift changes

    Do ASK Italian managers change shifts at short notice?

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

    How we know this

    71% of people say their manager doesn’t changes their shifts at the last minute

    Based on information from 21 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.

  • Opportunities to progress

    Are people given support to progress at ASK Italian?

    Most people are given support to progress here

    How we know this

    In the last year, 50% 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 20 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.

  • People recommend their team

    Do people at ASK Italian recommend working with their team?

    Most people recommend working with their team

    How we know this

    55% of people report that they would recommend working with their immediate team to a friend

    Based on information from 22 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.

  • Well informed about head office

    Do workers feel well informed about how ASK Italian is doing?

    Most people feel well informed about how the company is doing

    How we know this

    65% of people feel that they are kept well informed about how the company is doing as a whole

    Based on information from 17 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.

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  • People are paid market rates

    Does ASK Italian pay market rates?

    People are paid market rates

    How we know this

    85% of people are paid average or more than the typical pay for the type of work they do

    Based on information from 13 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.

  • Managers are respectful

    Do people at ASK Italian feel treated by respect by their managers?

    People feel treated with respect by their managers

    How we know this

    81% of people say they’re treated with respect by their managers

    Based on information from 16 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.

  • People don’t worry about getting enough hours

    Do workers at ASK Italian worry about hours?

    People don’t worry about getting enough hours

    How we know this

    76% of people report they don’t worry about getting enough hours

    Based on information from 21 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.

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How ASK Italian ranks

ASK Italian ranks joint 20th to work for in restaurants

  1. 20= ASK Italian
    4.8
  2. 20= Miller & Carter Steakhouse
    4.8
  3. 20= Pizza Hut Delivery
    4.8

Pay ranges at ASK Italian

  1. £12.40–13.95 per hour

ASK Italian job reviews

  • Best thing

    I like to make foods and to learn English..

    Worst thing

    The kitchen staff, and a less tips

    4.9

    Graduated chef, September 2019

  • Best thing

    Team

    Worst thing

    Hard to take day off as a Manager cos always is lack of them

    5.5

    Manager on duty, September 2019

About

ASK Italian is a restaurant chain. They serve Italian food.

askitalian.co.uk

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Handy to know

How much notice do people get of their shifts?

1 week or less 82% report getting one week notice or less

Based on 22 employees

What contracts are people on?

8% report having zero hours contracts
15% report having low hours contracts (less than 16 hours)
62% report having part time contracts (16-35 hours)
15% report having full time contracts (more than 35 hours)

Based on 13 employees

How are people paid?

59%
by the hour
41%
an annual salary

Based on 22 employees

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