3.9

British Garden Centres

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  • Not enough training

    Do people get enough training when they start at British Garden Centres?

    People don’t get enough training when they start

    How we know this

    80% of people report they didn’t get enough training when they started working here

    Based on information from 5 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.

  • Breaks aren’t paid

    Do workers at British Garden Centres get paid breaks?

    No. People don’t get paid breaks

    How we know this

    100% of people say they don’t get paid breaks

    Based on information from 5 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 below market rates

    Does British Garden Centres pay market rates?

    People are not paid market rates

    How we know this

    80% of people are paid below the typical pay for the type of work they do

    Based on information from 5 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 recommend their team

    Do people at British Garden Centres recommend working with their team?

    Very few people recommend working with their team

    How we know this

    100% of people report that they wouldn’t recommend working with their immediate team to a friend

    Based on information from 5 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.

  • Less than 4 weeks notice of shifts

    How much notice do people get of their shift pattern at British Garden Centres?

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

    How we know this

    • 60% report getting one week notice or less
    • 40% report getting two weeks notice
    • 0% report getting three weeks notice
    • 0% report getting four weeks notice or more
    • 0% report having a fixed rota

    Based on information from 5 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 British Garden Centres pay sick pay?

    No. People don’t get proper sick pay

    How we know this

    100% of people say they wouldn’t get paid if they were sick but scheduled to work

    Based on information from 5 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 worry about getting enough hours

    Do workers at British Garden Centres worry about hours?

    People worry about getting enough hours

    How we know this

    80% of people report they worry about getting enough hours

    Based on information from 5 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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  • Shifts get changed at short notice

    Do British Garden Centres managers change shifts at short notice?

    Most managers change people’s shifts at short notice

    How we know this

    60% of people say their manager changes their shifts at the last minute

    Based on information from 5 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.

  • People don’t get proper breaks

    Do people at British Garden Centres get proper breaks?

    Most people don’t get proper breaks

    How we know this

    60% of people report that they don’t get to take proper breaks

    Based on information from 5 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.

  • Unsafe workplace

    Do people think British Garden Centres is a safe place to work?

    Most people think their workplace is unsafe

    How we know this

    60% of people report that their workplace isn’t safe

    Based on information from 5 job reviews

    Why this matters

    No-one should be worried about their safety at work.

  • People do unpaid extra work

    Do workers at British Garden Centres do extra work that they don't get paid for?

    Sometimes. Most people do unpaid extra work

    How we know this

    60% of people report that they do extra work that they don’t get paid for

    Based on information from 5 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.

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  • Easy to take sick leave

    How easy is it to take sick leave at British Garden Centres?

    Most people find it easy to take sick leave

    How we know this

    60% of people report that it’s easy to take time off if they are sick

    Based on information from 5 job reviews

Excellent
  • Easy to book holiday

    How easy is it to book a holiday at British Garden Centres?

    People find it easy to book holidays

    How we know this

    80% of people report it’s easy to book holidays

    Based on information from 5 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.

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How British Garden Centres ranks

British Garden Centres ranks 136th to work for in retailers

  1. 134= Warren James
    4.1
  2. 136 British Garden Centres
    3.9
  3. 137= Buy It Direct
    3.6

British Garden Centres job reviews

  • Best thing

    Easy to get there, customers give you a boost

    Worst thing

    Lack of information communication

    4.2

    Employee, September 2021

About

British Garden Centres is a garden centre company.

britishgardencentres.com

Handy to know

How much notice do people get of their shifts?

60%
1 week or less
40%
2 weeks

Based on 5 employees

How are people paid?

By the hour 100% of people report they get paid by the hour

Based on 5 employees

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