Why does Buildbase get a rating of 5.7?

11 employees at Buildbase told us the following about their jobs.

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  • Head office doesn’t understand the frontline

    Do people think Buildbase 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

    11% of people think that this employer’s head office or owners have a good understanding of what’s really happening where they work

    Based on information from 9 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.

  • Breaks aren’t paid

    Do workers at Buildbase get paid breaks?

    No. People don’t get paid breaks

    How we know this

    20% of people say they get paid breaks

    Based on information from 10 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 don’t get sick pay

    Does Buildbase pay sick pay?

    No. People don’t get proper sick pay

    How we know this

    11% of people say they would get paid if they were sick but scheduled to work

    Based on information from 9 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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  • Not enough training

    Do people get enough training when they start at Buildbase?

    Most people don’t get enough training when they start

    How we know this

    40% of people report they got enough training when they started working here

    Based on information from 10 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.

  • People feel stressed

    Is it stressful to work at Buildbase?

    Most people feel stressed here

    How we know this

    64% of people say they often feel stressed at work

    Based on information from 11 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.

  • People are paid below market rates

    Does Buildbase pay market rates?

    Most people are not paid market rates

    How we know this

    27% of people are paid average or more than the typical pay for the type of work they do

    Based on information from 11 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.

  • Uninformed about head office

    Do workers feel well informed about how Buildbase is doing?

    Only some people feel well informed about how the company is doing

    How we know this

    33% of people feel that they are kept well informed about how the company is doing as a whole

    Based on information from 6 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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  • Easy to take sick leave

    How easy is it to take sick leave at Buildbase?

    Most people find it easy to take sick leave

    How we know this

    63% of people report that it’s easy to take time off if they are sick

    Based on information from 8 job reviews

  • Opportunities to progress

    Are people given support to progress at Buildbase?

    Most people are given support to progress here

    How we know this

    In the last year, 67% 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 9 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 Buildbase 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 11 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.

Excellent
  • Easy to book holiday

    How easy is it to book a holiday at Buildbase?

    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 10 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.

  • People are paid enough to live on

    Does Buildbase pay enough to live on?

    People are paid enough to live on

    How we know this

    80% of people say they are paid at or above the Real Living Wage for where they live

    Based on information from 10 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.

  • People get proper breaks

    Do people at Buildbase get proper breaks?

    People get proper breaks

    How we know this

    82% of people report that they get to take proper breaks

    Based on information from 11 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.

  • Managers are respectful

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

    People feel treated with respect by their managers

    How we know this

    80% of people say they’re treated with respect by their managers

    Based on information from 10 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.

About

Buildbase is a builders’s merchants.

buildbase.co.uk

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How Buildbase ranks

Buildbase ranks joint 20th to work for in diy and builders merchants

  1. 19 Wren Kitchens
    5.8
  2. 20= Buildbase
    5.7
  3. 20= Selco Builders Warehouse
    5.7

Pay ranges at Buildbase

  1. £9.70–11.44 per hour

Buildbase job reviews

  • Best thing

    Once out freedom

    Worst thing

    Waiting to load

    4.8

    Driver, April 2021

  • Best thing

    I take pride that my machinery works

    Worst thing

    Bad customers who break machinery and managers who only care about profit and not repairing/replacing broken machinery

    2.5

    Employee, April 2021

Jobs by location

  1. 6 job openings

  2. 5 job openings

  3. 4 job openings

  4. 4 job openings

  5. 4 job openings

  6. 4 job openings

  7. 3 job openings

  8. 2 job openings

  9. 2 job openings

  10. 2 job openings

  11. 2 job openings

  12. 2 job openings

  13. 2 job openings

  14. 2 job openings

  15. 2 job openings

  16. 2 job openings

  17. 2 job openings

  18. 1 job opening

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How are people paid?

An annual salary 91% of people report they get paid an annual salary

Based on 11 employees

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