5.4

Machine Mart

What it’s like working at Machine Mart

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  • People are not paid enough to live on

    Does Machine Mart pay enough to live on?

    People are not paid enough to live on

    How we know this

    80% of people say they are paid below the Real Living Wage for where they live

    Based on information from 5 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 are paid below market rates

    Does Machine Mart pay market rates?

    People are not paid market rates

    How we know this

    83% of people are paid below the typical pay for the type of work they do

    Based on information from 6 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 recommend their team

    Do people at Machine Mart recommend working with their team?

    Very few people recommend working with their team

    How we know this

    100% of people report that they wouldn’t recommend working with their immediate team to a friend

    Based on information from 5 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

    Does Machine Mart pay sick pay?

    No. People don’t get proper sick pay

    How we know this

    80% of people say they wouldn’t get paid if they were sick but scheduled to work

    Based on information from 5 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.

  • Uninformed about head office

    Do workers feel well informed about how Machine Mart is doing?

    People don’t feel well informed about how the company is doing

    How we know this

    80% of people feel that they aren’t kept well informed about how the company is doing as a whole

    Based on information from 5 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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  • Head office doesn’t understand the frontline

    Do people think Machine Mart head office understands what's happening where they work?

    Most people think head office doesn’t understand what’s happening where they work

    How we know this

    67% 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 6 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.

  • Not enough training

    Do people get enough training when they start at Machine Mart?

    Most people don’t get enough training when they start

    How we know this

    67% of people report they didn’t get enough training when they started working here

    Based on information from 6 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.

  • Managers aren’t respectful

    Do people at Machine Mart feel treated by respect by their managers?

    Most people don’t feel treated with respect by their managers

    How we know this

    60% of people say they’re not treated with respect by their managers

    Based on information from 5 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.

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  • People aren’t stressed

    Is it stressful to work at Machine Mart?

    Most people don’t feel stressed here

    How we know this

    67% of people say they don’t feel stressed at work

    Based on information from 6 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 are paid

    Do workers at Machine Mart get paid breaks?

    Usually. Most people get paid breaks

    How we know this

    60% of people say they get paid breaks

    Based on information from 5 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.

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  • Easy to book holiday

    How easy is it to book a holiday at Machine Mart?

    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 5 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.

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How Machine Mart ranks

Machine Mart ranks 27th to work for in diy and builders merchants

  1. 26 Wren Kitchens
    5.6
  2. 27 Machine Mart
    5.4
  3. 28 Wolseley
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Machine Mart job reviews

  • Best thing

    Settled hours, products that I have an interest in, customers discussing their projects.

    Worst thing

    Being lied to, no teamwork, no guidance, no professional development.

    1.0

    Employee, January 2021

About

Machine Mart is a retailer that specialises in power tools and machinery.

machinemart.co.uk

Jobs by location

  1. 17 job openings

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Handy to know

How are people paid?

33%
by the hour
67%
an annual salary

Based on 6 employees

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