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Co-op Food

What it’s like working at Co-op Food

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  • Head office doesn’t understand the frontline

    Do people think Co-op Food 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

    83% 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 1,093 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.

  • Less than 4 weeks notice of shifts

    How much notice do people get of their shift pattern at Co-op Food?

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

    How we know this

    • 9% report getting one week notice or less
    • 20% report getting two weeks notice
    • 53% report getting three weeks notice
    • 12% report getting four weeks notice or more
    • 6% report having a fixed rota

    Based on information from 1,210 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.

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  • People don’t get sick pay

    Do Co-op Food pay sick pay?

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

    How we know this

    63% of people say they wouldn’t get paid if they were sick but scheduled to work

    Based on information from 1,038 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 Co-op Food?

    Most people feel stressed here

    How we know this

    63% of people say they often feel stressed at work

    Based on information from 1,166 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.

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  • People are paid market rates

    Do Co-op Food pay market rates?

    Most people are paid market rates

    How we know this

    59% of people are paid average or more than the typical pay for the type of work they do

    Based on information from 1,088 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.

  • No short notice shift changes

    Do Co-op Food managers change shifts at short notice?

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

    How we know this

    65% of people say their manager doesn’t changes their shifts at the last minute

    Based on information from 1,135 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 Co-op Food?

    Most people are given support to progress here

    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 1,101 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.

  • Easy to change shifts

    How easy is it for Co-op Food workers to change shifts?

    Most people find it easy to change shifts

    How we know this

    54% of people report that it’s easy to change shifts if they need to

    Based on information from 827 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.

  • Easy to take sick leave

    How easy is it to take sick leave at Co-op Food?

    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 925 job reviews

  • People are paid enough to live on

    Do Co-op Food pay enough to live on?

    Most people are paid enough to live on

    How we know this

    60% of people say they are paid at or above the Real Living Wage for where they live

    Based on information from 1,099 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 recommend their team

    Do people at Co-op Food recommend working with their team?

    Most people recommend working with their team

    How we know this

    53% of people report that they would recommend working with their immediate team to a friend

    Based on information from 1,241 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 for parents

    Is working at Co-op Food 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

    66% of people who care for a child or other relative report this is a good place to work

    Based on information from 313 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.

  • Good choice of shifts

    Do Co-op Food 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 1,071 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.

  • Breaks are paid

    Do workers at Co-op Food get paid breaks?

    Usually. Most people get paid breaks

    How we know this

    62% of people say they get paid breaks

    Based on information from 1,145 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 get proper breaks

    Do people at Co-op Food get proper breaks?

    Most people get proper breaks

    How we know this

    55% of people report that they get to take proper breaks

    Based on information from 1,048 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 enjoy their job

    Do people at Co-op Food enjoy their jobs?

    Most people enjoy their job

    How we know this

    59% of people report they enjoy their job

    Based on information from 440 job reviews

  • No unpaid extra work

    Do workers at Co-op Food do extra work that they don't get paid for?

    Rarely. Most people don’t do unpaid extra work

    How we know this

    65% of people report that they don’t do extra unpaid work

    Based on information from 1,021 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.

  • Well informed about head office

    Do workers feel well informed about how Co-op Food is doing?

    Most people feel well informed about how the company is doing

    How we know this

    61% of people feel that they are kept well informed about how the company is doing as a whole

    Based on information from 1,107 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.

  • Enough training

    Do people get enough training when they start at Co-op Food?

    Most people get enough training when they start

    How we know this

    65% of people report they got enough training when they started working here

    Based on information from 1,184 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.

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  • Managers are respectful

    Do people at Co-op Food feel treated with respect by their managers?

    People feel treated with respect by their managers

    How we know this

    75% of people say they’re treated with respect by their managers

    Based on information from 1,096 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.

  • Easy to book holiday

    How easy is it to book a holiday at Co-op Food?

    People find it easy to book holidays

    How we know this

    79% of people report it’s easy to book holidays

    Based on information from 1,146 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 students

    Is a Co-op Food job good for students?

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

    How we know this

    88% of students report this is a good place to work if you’re studying

    Based on information from 186 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.

  • People don’t worry about getting enough hours

    Do workers at Co-op Food worry about hours?

    People don’t worry about getting enough hours

    How we know this

    79% of people report they don’t worry about getting enough hours

    Based on information from 1,088 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 are paid minimum wage

    Do Co-op Food pay minimum wage?

    Yes. People are paid above the minimum wage

    How we know this

    96% of people say they are paid at or above the legal minimum wage

    Based on information from 1,159 job reviews

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How Co-op Food ranks

Co-op Food ranks joint 8th to work for in convenience store employers

  1. 8= A F Blakemore
    6.0
  2. 8= Co-op Food
    6.0
  3. 10 East of England Co-op
    5.9

Pay ranges at Co-op Food

  1. £8.57–9.50 per hour

  2. £9.25–10.60 per hour

  3. £11.91–20.65 per hour

  4. £9.03–12.88 per hour

  5. £13.30–17.00 per hour

  6. CSA

    £8.48–8.89 per hour

  7. Pay not available

Co-op Food job reviews

  • Best thing

    Making amazing friendships with colleagues, good pay rate for both team leader and team member, easy progression.

    Worst thing

    Managers often don’t get full breaks or any break at all, if you’re a student it’s hard to juggle shifts and student life, some shop locations can get very busy.

    6.1

    Co-op Food Employee, December 2021

  • Best thing

    Personally at my store we all get along it’s a nice environment to go into

    Worst thing

    Shoplifters being threatening and the company refuse to get us a security guard even though we get robbed like 2/3 times a day and the people are nasty it feels not safe

    6.0

    Co-op Food Employee, December 2021

About

Co-op Food is a food retail co-operative brand used by The Co-operative Group in the UK.

coop.co.uk

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Handy to know

How much notice do people get of their shifts?

9% report getting one week notice or less
20% report getting two weeks notice
53% report getting three weeks notice
12% report getting four weeks notice or more
6% report having a fixed rota

Based on 1,210 Co-op Food employees

What contracts are people on?

1% report having zero hours contracts
20% report having low hours contracts (less than 16 hours)
59% report having part time contracts (16-35 hours)
20% report having full time contracts (more than 35 hours)

Based on 1,033 Co-op Food employees

How are people paid?

By the hour 86% of people report they get paid by the hour

Based on 1,247 Co-op Food employees

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