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  • Head office doesn’t understand the frontline

    Do people think Tesco 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

    84% 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 3,095 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.

  • Breaks aren’t paid

    Do workers at Tesco get paid breaks?

    No. People don’t get paid breaks

    How we know this

    91% of people say they don’t get paid breaks

    Based on information from 3,463 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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  • People feel stressed

    Is it stressful to work at Tesco?

    Most people feel stressed here

    How we know this

    59% of people say they often feel stressed at work

    Based on information from 3,343 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.

  • No career progression

    Are people given support to progress at Tesco?

    Only some people are given support to progress here

    How we know this

    In the last year, 56% 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 3,092 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 don’t get sick pay

    Does Tesco pay sick pay?

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

    How we know this

    62% of people say they wouldn’t get paid if they were sick but scheduled to work

    Based on information from 3,121 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.

  • Less than 4 weeks notice of shifts

    How much notice do people get of their shift pattern at Tesco?

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

    How we know this

    • 30% report getting one week notice or less
    • 14% report getting two weeks notice
    • 8% report getting three weeks notice
    • 20% report getting four weeks notice or more
    • 29% report having a fixed rota

    Based on information from 3,473 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 enjoy their job

    Do people at Tesco enjoy their jobs?

    Most people enjoy their job

    How we know this

    51% of people report they enjoy their job

    Based on information from 733 job reviews

  • Good choice of shifts

    Do Tesco workers get to choose the shifts they work?

    Most people get enough choice over which shifts they work

    How we know this

    61% report that their manager gives them enough choice over which shifts they work

    Based on information from 3,152 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.

  • Enough training

    Do people get enough training when they start at Tesco?

    Most people get enough training when they start

    How we know this

    68% of people report they got enough training when they started working here

    Based on information from 3,357 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.

  • Well informed about head office

    Do workers feel well informed about how Tesco is doing?

    Most people feel well informed about how the company is doing

    How we know this

    59% of people feel that they are kept well informed about how the company is doing as a whole

    Based on information from 3,137 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.

  • No short notice shift changes

    Do Tesco managers change shifts at short notice?

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

    How we know this

    73% of people say their manager doesn’t changes their shifts at the last minute

    Based on information from 3,310 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 for parents

    Is working at Tesco 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

    74% of people who care for a child or other relative report this is a good place to work

    Based on information from 1,028 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.

  • No unpaid extra work

    Do workers at Tesco do extra work that they don't get paid for?

    Rarely. Most people don’t do unpaid extra work

    How we know this

    73% of people report that they don’t do extra unpaid work

    Based on information from 3,003 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.

  • Easy to book holiday

    How easy is it to book a holiday at Tesco?

    Most people find it easy to book holidays

    How we know this

    71% of people report it’s easy to book holidays

    Based on information from 3,175 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 change shifts

    How easy is it for Tesco workers to change shifts?

    Most people find it easy to change shifts

    How we know this

    55% of people report that it’s easy to change shifts if they need to

    Based on information from 2,277 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.

  • People recommend their team

    Do people at Tesco recommend working with their team?

    Most people recommend working with their team

    How we know this

    55% of people report that they would recommend working with their immediate team to a friend

    Based on information from 3,548 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 are paid enough to live on

    Does Tesco pay enough to live on?

    Most people are paid enough to live on

    How we know this

    70% of people say they are paid at or above the Real Living Wage for where they live

    Based on information from 3,247 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 market rates

    Does Tesco pay market rates?

    Most people are paid market rates

    How we know this

    72% of people are paid average or more than the typical pay for the type of work they do

    Based on information from 2,840 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.

  • Managers are respectful

    Do people at Tesco feel treated by respect by their managers?

    Most people feel treated with respect by their managers

    How we know this

    68% of people say they’re treated with respect by their managers

    Based on information from 3,040 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 take sick leave

    How easy is it to take sick leave at Tesco?

    Most people find it 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 2,798 job reviews

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  • People get proper breaks

    Do people at Tesco get proper breaks?

    People get proper breaks

    How we know this

    77% of people report that they get to take proper breaks

    Based on information from 3,165 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 worry about getting enough hours

    Do workers at Tesco worry about hours?

    People don’t worry about getting enough hours

    How we know this

    75% of people report they don’t worry about getting enough hours

    Based on information from 3,266 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.

  • Good for students

    Is a Tesco job good for students?

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

    How we know this

    91% of students report this is a good place to work if you’re studying

    Based on information from 492 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.

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  1. How can I get a job at Tesco without any work experience?

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  2. Any advice for my first week at Tesco?

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  3. Whats an average day like working at Tesco?

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  4. how can I get a job at tesco if i'm only 16 years old?

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  5. What questions do they ask in the Tesco interview?

    Asked by anonymous, August 2021

  6. Is it normal to not hear back from my Tesco application after 2 weeks?

    Asked by anonymous, August 2021

  7. What exactly does the customer delivery job entail

    Asked by anonymous, September 2021

  8. what are the break entitlements?

    Asked by anonymous, September 2021

  9. Are the company good to work for

    Asked by anonymous, October 2021

  10. What is a day average like?

    Asked by anonymous, October 2021

  11. Is it hard work

    Asked by anonymous, October 2021

  12. What shifts are available?

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  13. How can I get a job in tesco

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How Tesco ranks

Tesco ranks joint 7th to work for in supermarkets

  1. 7= Co-op Food
    6.0
  2. 7= Tesco
    6.0
  3. 9 Marks & Spencer
    5.7

Pay ranges at Tesco

  1. £8.79–9.80 per hour

  2. £10.30–13.27 per hour

  3. £9.39–10.64 per hour

  4. £9.00–12.24 per hour

  5. £11.56–20.89 per hour

  6. £9.00–9.74 per hour

  7. £9.30–11.50 per hour

  8. £10.68–15.12 per hour

  9. £9.23–13.26 per hour

  10. £12.11–22.77 per hour

  11. £9.43–10.00 per hour

  12. £9.65–15.23 per hour

  13. £9.87–11.15 per hour

  14. £10.87–17.00 per hour

  15. £8.72–11.50 per hour

  16. £9.36–11.33 per hour

  17. £9.19–12.06 per hour

Tesco job reviews

  • Best thing

    Pay is okay, team leader roles are a good way to get low-stakes experience in management.

    Worst thing

    The workload expected of express stores is completely unrealistic. If the senior team in my store decided to work as our contracts stipulated (full breaks etc), the store would fall into total disarray. We would likely then be reprimanded as if that were our fault.

    5.2

    Employee, April 2021

  • Best thing

    Being away from the depot and management.

    Worst thing

    Management, logistics and organisation poor. Pay.. £12.79 per hour class 1. Just offered us 22p per hour increase. Aldi offer £14.50 ish for comparison. This from a company that made £825m last year. We've gone from pandemic key workers back to being an inconvenience again.

    6.3

    Employee, August 2021

About

Tesco is the largest supermarket chain in the UK.

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Jobs by location

  1. 459 job openings

  2. 282 job openings

  3. 183 job openings

  4. 165 job openings

  5. 153 job openings

  6. 125 job openings

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  10. 107 job openings

  11. 96 job openings

  12. 91 job openings

  13. 83 job openings

  14. 82 job openings

  15. 79 job openings

  16. 72 job openings

  17. 70 job openings

  18. 68 job openings

Handy to know

How much notice do people get of their shifts?

30% report getting one week notice or less
14% report getting two weeks notice
8% report getting three weeks notice
20% report getting four weeks notice or more
29% report having a fixed rota

Based on 3,473 employees

What contracts are people on?

2% report having zero hours contracts
27% report having low hours contracts (less than 16 hours)
47% report having part time contracts (16-35 hours)
25% report having full time contracts (more than 35 hours)

Based on 3,179 employees

How are people paid?

By the hour 91% of people report they get paid by the hour

Based on 3,588 employees

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