Why does Dobbies get a rating of 5.3?

38 Dobbies employees told us the following about their jobs.

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Bad
  • Head office doesn’t understand the frontline

    How we know this

    9% 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 32 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

    13% of people say they are paid at or above the Real Living Wage for where they live

    Based on information from 38 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.

  • Less than 4 weeks notice of shifts

    How we know this

    • 56% report getting one week notice or less
    • 16% report getting two weeks notice
    • 3% report getting three weeks notice
    • 22% report getting four weeks notice or more
    • 3% report having a fixed rota

    Based on information from 32 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 are paid below market rates

    How we know this

    17% of people are paid average or more than the typical pay for the type of work they do

    Based on information from 24 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 sick pay

    How we know this

    0% of people say they would get paid if they were sick but scheduled to work

    Based on information from 30 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.

Not great
  • People don’t recommend their team

    How we know this

    45% of people report that they would recommend working with their immediate team to a friend

    Based on information from 38 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.

  • Not good for parents

    How we know this

    44% of people who care for a child or other relative report this is a good place to work

    Based on information from 9 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.

  • Shifts get changed at short notice

    How we know this

    59% of people say their manager changes their shifts at the last minute

    Based on information from 29 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.

  • No career progression

    How we know this

    In the last year, 30% 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 33 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 feel stressed

    How we know this

    71% of people say they often feel stressed at work

    Based on information from 34 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.

  • Not enough training

    How we know this

    41% of people report they got enough training when they started working here

    Based on information from 37 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.

Good
  • No unpaid extra work

    How we know this

    30% of people report that they do extra work that they don’t get paid for

    Based on information from 27 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.

  • Good choice of shifts

    How we know this

    65% report that their manager gives them enough choice over which shifts they work

    Based on information from 31 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.

  • Well informed about head office

    How we know this

    54% of people feel that they are kept well informed about how the company is doing as a whole

    Based on information from 35 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.

  • People get proper breaks

    How we know this

    68% of people report that they get to take proper breaks

    Based on information from 34 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

    How we know this

    50% of people who enjoy their job

    Based on information from 6 job reviews

  • Easy to change shifts

    How we know this

    50% of people report that it’s easy to change shifts if they need to

    Based on information from 22 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 book holiday

    How we know this

    65% of people report it’s easy to book holidays

    Based on information from 34 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.

  • Easy to take sick leave

    How we know this

    70% of people report that it’s easy to take time off if they are sick

    Based on information from 27 job reviews

  • Breaks are paid

    How we know this

    64% of people say they get paid breaks

    Based on information from 33 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.

  • Managers are respectful

    How we know this

    55% of people say they’re treated with respect by their managers

    Based on information from 31 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.

Excellent
  • Good for students

    How we know this

    100% of students report this is a good place to work if you’re studying

    Based on information from 9 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

    How we know this

    21% of people report they worry about getting enough hours

    Based on information from 29 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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About

Dobbies is a garden centre company.

dobbies.com

How Dobbies ranks

Dobbies ranks joint 66th to work for in retailers

  1. 66= Dobbies
    5.3
  2. 66= Dunelm
    5.3
  3. 66= ForFarmers
    5.3

Pay ranges at Dobbies

  1. £4.65–8.71 per hour

Dobbies job reviews

  • Best thing

    My colleagues

    Worst thing

    The pay is dreadful. Minimum wage does not meet the expectation of the job. The majority of us are multi skilled and have years of experience. When supermarkets can pay 18yr old till operators £10 an hour is shocking that the largest garden centre chain in the UK can't do the same.

    4.8

    Sales assistant, January 2021

    • £8.72 per hour
    • 25 or older
  • Best thing

    Working with customers, we have a great bunch and it makes your day, some people are lonely just takes a few minutes of your time to make theres

    Worst thing

    Horrible customer,s

    5.8

    Catering assistant, January 2021

    • £8.72 per hour
    • 25 or older

Handy to know

How much notice do people get of their shifts?

56% report getting one week notice or less
16% report getting two weeks notice
3% report getting three weeks notice
22% report getting four weeks notice or more
3% report having a fixed rota

Based on 32 employees

How are people paid?

76%
by the hour
24%
an annual salary

Based on 38 employees

What contracts are people on?

31%
low hours
69%
part time

Based on 29 employees

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