5.0

Home Bargains

Sales assistant at Home Bargains

People in this role may also be known as retail and sales assistants or store assistant.

362 workers in this role at Home Bargains have taken the survey.

How much does Home Bargains pay sales assistants?

Sales assistant at Home Bargains
£5.93–9.22
Typical range
£7.40–10.00

Sales assistant employees at Home Bargains are typically paid £5.93–9.22 an hour, based on data from 362 employees.

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What is management like for sales assistant employees at Home Bargains?

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  • Head office doesn’t understand the frontline

    Do sales assistants think Home Bargains 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

    79% 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 302 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.

Good
  • Managers are respectful

    Do sales assistants at Home Bargains feel treated by respect by their managers?

    Most people feel treated with respect by their managers

    How we know this

    64% of people say they’re treated with respect by their managers

    Based on information from 315 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.

Here’s a recent review that mentions management:

  • Best thing

    Non management staff are the best people I've ever met

    Worst thing

    Management
    Fill shifts
    Stressful

    2.8

    Employee, November 2021

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What are the hours like for sales assistant employees at Home Bargains?

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  • Less than 4 weeks notice of shifts

    How much notice do sales assistants get of their shift pattern at Home Bargains?

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

    How we know this

    • 40% report getting one week notice or less
    • 44% report getting two weeks notice
    • 13% report getting three weeks notice
    • 0% report getting four weeks notice or more
    • 2% report having a fixed rota

    Based on information from 362 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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  • Hard to choose shifts

    Do sales assistants at Home Bargains get to choose the shifts they work?

    Most people don’t get enough choice over which shifts they work

    How we know this

    57% report that their manager doesn’t give them enough choice over which shifts they work

    Based on information from 355 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.

  • Shifts get changed at short notice

    Do Home Bargains managers change sales assistants shifts at short notice?

    Most managers change people’s shifts at short notice

    How we know this

    57% of people say their manager changes their shifts at the last minute

    Based on information from 331 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.

Good
  • Easy to book holiday

    How easy is it for sales assistants to book a holiday at Home Bargains?

    Most people find it easy to book holidays

    How we know this

    66% of people report it’s easy to book holidays

    Based on information from 300 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 easy is it for sales assistants to take sick leave at Home Bargains?

    Most people find it easy to take sick leave

    How we know this

    69% of people report that it’s easy to take time off if they are sick

    Based on information from 275 job reviews

  • People don’t worry about getting enough hours

    Do sales assistants at Home Bargains worry about hours?

    Most people don’t worry about getting enough hours

    How we know this

    67% of people report they don’t worry about getting enough hours

    Based on information from 361 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.

Excellent
  • People get proper breaks

    Do sales assistants at Home Bargains get proper breaks?

    People get proper breaks

    How we know this

    78% of people report that they get to take proper breaks

    Based on information from 294 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.

  • No unpaid extra work

    Do sales assistants at Home Bargains do extra work that they don't get paid for?

    No. People don’t do unpaid extra work

    How we know this

    88% of people report that they don’t do extra unpaid work

    Based on information from 333 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.

Here’s a recent review that mentions hours:

  • Best thing

    My colleagues, cheap Products, a 10% discount, 20 hour contract with overtime available sometimes if you ask, £7.55 hourly pay so above minimum wage

    Worst thing

    Early starts, managers constantly changing rules, managers having one rule for them one rule for us, different managers saying different rules, was told shifts would vary but don’t, was told we get overtime pay but found out we only get it if we work more than 36/39 hours (can’t remember which), randomly giving NOI forms for stupid reasons such as not folding cardboard (happened to a colleague), no social distancing and probably more things

    3.0

    Employee, June 2021

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What is career progression like for sales assistants at Home Bargains?

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  • No career progression

    Are sales assistants given support to progress at Home Bargains?

    Only some people are given support to progress here

    How we know this

    In the last year, 57% of people report not 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 301 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.

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  • Enough training

    Do sales assistants get enough training when they start at Home Bargains?

    Most people get enough training when they start

    How we know this

    63% of people report they got enough training when they started working here

    Based on information from 345 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.

Latest reviews from sales assistants at Home Bargains

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  • Best thing

    The colleagues and above average pay

    Worst thing

    Constant pressure from management and then get moaned at about low staff morale. Unpredictable hours

    5.5

    Employee, November 2021

  • Best thing

    Non management staff are the best people I've ever met

    Worst thing

    Management
    Fill shifts
    Stressful

    2.8

    Employee, November 2021

  • Best thing

    Mostely good atmosphere. Friendly staff.

    Worst thing

    Not enough staff in afternoons/Evenings.

    7.6

    Employee, October 2021

  • Worst thing

    Unorganised, stressful, very temporary work place

    5.5

    Employee, September 2021

  • Best thing

    Staff
    Location
    Customers

    Worst thing

    Rotas changing frequently
    Only allowed discount in own store
    Late opening
    Continual backshift

    6.5

    Employee, September 2021

  • Best thing

    Meet new people

    Worst thing

    Paid weekly

    2.1

    Employee, August 2021

  • Best thing

    My colleagues
    The pay is quite good

    Worst thing

    The shift work when trying to make appointments
    Always being put on the same job all the time eg I am always put on tills (even when I've asked for a change)

    6.1

    Employee, August 2021

  • Best thing

    Kept busy, with many different jobs to do.

    Worst thing

    Break times feel a bit rushed due to having to buy lunch in a busy store with only half an hour.

    7.5

    Employee, August 2021

  • Best thing

    The people I work with

    Worst thing

    Other people getting special treatment

    5.5

    Employee, July 2021

  • Best thing

    Staff on same level as me

    Worst thing

    Management - have favourites, ignore requests, don’t listen to what I have to say. Gossip about staff

    2.1

    Employee, July 2021

  • Best thing

    The people I work with

    Worst thing

    No communication

    3.5

    Employee, July 2021

  • Best thing

    The employees

    Worst thing

    The job and managers

    3.3

    Employee, June 2021

  • Best thing

    meeting people and the people I work with. Learning new things everyday.

    Worst thing

    Dealing with rude customers

    8.3

    Employee, June 2021

  • Best thing

    The non management team.

    Worst thing

    Unsafe hours between shifts ocassiknly

    4.0

    Employee, June 2021

  • Best thing

    Routine

    Worst thing

    Not being able to do extra hours

    5.2

    Employee, June 2021

  • Best thing

    Friendly staff and decent pay

    Worst thing

    Rude customers and tiring shifts

    4.9

    Employee, June 2021

  • Worst thing

    Length of shifts can change day after day

    6.6

    Employee, June 2021

  • Best thing

    some of the people

    Worst thing

    management

    2.5

    Employee, June 2021

  • Best thing

    The people I work with

    Worst thing

    The shifts are unfair

    2.1

    Employee, June 2021

  • Best thing

    The staff

    Worst thing

    Being treated like a work horse, hours constantly being cut, no regard from management on what role you want to cover in the shop

    4.0

    Employee, June 2021

  • Best thing

    meeting customers
    building up rapport with customers

    Worst thing

    management

    3.1

    Employee, June 2021

  • Best thing

    Customer and some staff members

    Worst thing

    Favouritism.
    Managers only promoting friends.

    2.0

    Employee, June 2021

  • Best thing

    My colleagues, cheap Products, a 10% discount, 20 hour contract with overtime available sometimes if you ask, £7.55 hourly pay so above minimum wage

    Worst thing

    Early starts, managers constantly changing rules, managers having one rule for them one rule for us, different managers saying different rules, was told shifts would vary but don’t, was told we get overtime pay but found out we only get it if we work more than 36/39 hours (can’t remember which), randomly giving NOI forms for stupid reasons such as not folding cardboard (happened to a colleague), no social distancing and probably more things

    3.0

    Employee, June 2021

  • Best thing

    Making the store look amazing.

    Worst thing

    Ignorant managers. Uncaring managers. Not being praised enough for the hard work I do.

    3.0

    Employee, June 2021

  • Best thing

    Nice friendly team to work with helpful and understanding.

    Worst thing

    Can't increase your hours or get the hours you want.. booking holidays is a nightmare.

    5.2

    Employee, June 2021

  • Worst thing

    Everything, it's the worst job I've ever had

    2.5

    Employee, May 2021

  • Best thing

    Fast pace and variety

    Worst thing

    Constantly changing rules and colleagues not doing proper job

    5.0

    Employee, May 2021

  • Best thing

    Pays the bills.

    Worst thing

    5 am starts and having to pay taxis, cos I don't drive.

    3.1

    Employee, May 2021

  • Worst thing

    Managers speaking to you like dirt , and not enough hours to live on or survive. Managers stand around getting paid triple only happy when they get their bonus while staff struggle to put food on the table .disgusting.

    3.1

    Employee, May 2021

  • Best thing

    Working with good people

    Worst thing

    Management

    3.1

    Employee, May 2021

  • Best thing

    Fast paced, always something to do. Above minimum wage. If you work hard then there's a good chance of progression.

    Worst thing

    Unpaid breaks, work can be physically demanding.

    6.0

    Employee, May 2021

  • Best thing

    some people you work with are good

    Worst thing

    magement and hours

    3.0

    Employee, May 2021

  • Best thing

    My team is amazing, store is clean, happy staff and customers,

    4.9

    Employee, May 2021

  • Best thing

    The people I work with

    Worst thing

    Getting given shifts I can’t do

    3.6

    Employee, May 2021

  • Best thing

    The people i work with are mostly amazing

    Worst thing

    Some customers are very rude

    5.5

    Employee, May 2021

  • Best thing

    Exercise

    Worst thing

    Nonstop work for little money

    3.8

    Employee, April 2021

  • Best thing

    easy to pick up shifts

    Worst thing

    customers, stress

    6.0

    Employee, April 2021

  • Best thing

    Most colleagues are friendly and we don’t get pushed to hard

    6.5

    Employee, April 2021

  • Best thing

    Laid back, easy.

    Worst thing

    Lack of hours, never knowing what time we will finnish. Only having one day off at the weekend permenantly

    3.6

    Employee, April 2021

  • Best thing

    Weekly pay

    Worst thing

    My shift could start anywhere between 6AM and 4 PM, and the rota often comes in a few days before the days of that rota, so you can’t plan anything at all.

    3.8

    Employee, April 2021

  • Best thing

    Helping a customer who appreciates you.

    6.1

    Employee, April 2021

  • Best thing

    Good hours and great team

    Worst thing

    When customers are rude

    7.9

    Employee, April 2021

  • Best thing

    Laughing with staff

    Worst thing

    Hard slog because of the size of the store

    5.3

    Employee, March 2021

  • Best thing

    The people I work with

    6.7

    Employee, March 2021

  • Best thing

    Doing the tills

    Worst thing

    filling out stock onto the shelf

    4.9

    Employee, March 2021

  • Best thing

    Colleagues immediate management

    Worst thing

    Area management

    5.8

    Shop assistant, March 2021

  • Best thing

    Understanding to people’s individual needs, always try to accommodate appointments etc

    Worst thing

    Some managers are power orientated

    7.9

    Cashier, March 2021

  • Best thing

    The team I work with.

    Worst thing

    Pay could be better. Would prefer a fixed schedule. Personally not keen on Retail so a lot of my problems with the job could just be my personal views.

    6.3

    Sales assistant, March 2021

  • Best thing

    most staff are okay, customers can be friendly

    Worst thing

    management don't listen, management belittle you, they will give you NOIs (notice of improvement) for nothing, will not help with issues affecting work, management can be extremely offensive, management treat each other better than they treat the staff, people have started working here and left almost immediately, i'm constantly working over my contract despite asking not to, some members of management will treat staff harshly when the main manager isn't in, some managers have made several comments offensive to disabled people, the list goes on

    1.5

    Store assistant, March 2021

  • Best thing

    Not on minimum wage
    The little on tills you are the faster the day goes

    Worst thing

    Rude customers
    Having to call a manager for everything, eg to do refunds etc
    No independence

    3.8

    Sales assistant, March 2021

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Home Bargains ranks joint 156th to work for in retail or sales assistant employers

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