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Why does Cef get a rating of 5.0?

12 Cef employees told us the following about their jobs.

Bad
  • People feel stressed

    How we know this

    83% of people say they often feel stressed at work

    Based on information from 12 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

    How we know this

    10% 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.

Not great
  • Head office doesn’t understand the frontline

    How we know this

    36% 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 11 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 are not paid enough to live on

    How we know this

    45% of people say they are paid at or above the Real Living Wage for where they live

    Based on information from 11 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 £9.30 per hour, and £10.75 per hour in London.

  • People are paid below market rates

    How we know this

    33% of people are paid average or more than the typical pay for the type of work they do

    Based on information from 12 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 get proper breaks

    How we know this

    25% of people report that they get to take proper breaks

    Based on information from 12 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.

  • People don’t recommend their team

    How we know this

    42% of people report that they would recommend working with their immediate team to a friend

    Based on information from 12 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.

  • People don’t get sick pay

    How we know this

    40% of people say they would get paid if they were sick but scheduled to work

    Based on information from 10 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.

  • Managers aren’t respectful

    How we know this

    45% of people say they’re treated with respect by their managers

    Based on information from 11 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
  • Easy to take sick leave

    How we know this

    67% of people report that it’s easy to take time off if they are sick

    Based on information from 12 job reviews

  • Enough training

    How we know this

    50% of people report they got enough training when they started working here

    Based on information from 12 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.

  • Opportunities to progress

    How we know this

    In the last year, 55% 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 11 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 we know this

    75% of people report it’s easy to book holidays

    Based on information from 12 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 for parents

    How we know this

    80% of people who care for a child or other relative report this is a good place to work

    Based on information from 5 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.

  • Well informed about head office

    How we know this

    75% of people feel that they are kept well informed about how the company is doing as a whole

    Based on information from 12 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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About

Cef is an electrical products wholesaler.

cef.co.uk

How Cef ranks

Cef ranks 26th to work for in diy and builders merchants

  1. 25 Jewson
    5.1
  2. 26 Cef
    5.0
  3. 27 Buildbase
    4.5

Pay ranges at Cef

  1. £8.45–15.15 per hour

Cef job reviews

  • Best thing

    They practice what they preach
    They have fantastic progression and prospects
    The bonuses are really good
    The benefits are excellent
    The future is in your hands with the support of a great company
    You get out of this what you put into it

    Worst thing

    There aren't any.
    Best job I've ever had

    8.7

    Branch manager, November 2020

    • Manages people
    • £30,000 per year, working a 38 hour week
    • 25 or older
    • More than 3 years experience

Handy to know

How are people paid?

An annual salary 92% of people report they get paid an annual salary

Based on 12 employees

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