Posted 17 days ago

Warehouse Operative

in Avonmouth

Hovis

17 job reviews

6.9

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  • Head office doesn’t understand the frontline

    Do people think Hovis 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

    31% 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 13 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.

  • Hard to choose shifts

    Do Hovis workers get to choose the shifts they work?

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

    How we know this

    45% report that their manager gives them enough choice over which shifts they work

    Based on information from 11 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.

  • People are paid below market rates

    Does Hovis pay market rates?

    Most people are not paid market rates

    How we know this

    38% of people are paid average or more than the typical pay for the type of work they do

    Based on information from 8 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.

Good
  • Easy to change shifts

    How easy is it for Hovis workers to change shifts?

    Most people find it easy to change shifts

    How we know this

    60% of people report that it’s easy to change shifts if they need to

    Based on information from 5 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.

  • Enough training

    Do people get enough training when they start at Hovis?

    Most people get enough training when they start

    How we know this

    69% of people report they got enough training when they started working here

    Based on information from 16 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.

  • People aren’t stressed

    Is it stressful to work at Hovis?

    Most people don’t feel stressed here

    How we know this

    46% of people say they often feel stressed at work

    Based on information from 13 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 Hovis get paid breaks?

    Usually. Most people get paid breaks

    How we know this

    63% of people say they get paid breaks

    Based on information from 16 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.

  • Opportunities to progress

    Are people given support to progress at Hovis?

    Most people are given support to progress here

    How we know this

    In the last year, 60% 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 15 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 recommend their team

    Do people at Hovis recommend working with their team?

    Most people recommend working with their team

    How we know this

    63% of people report that they would recommend working with their immediate team to a friend

    Based on information from 16 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.

  • 4+ weeks notice of shifts

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

    Most people get 4 weeks notice of when they’re working

    How we know this

    • 0% report getting one week notice or less
    • 17% report getting two weeks notice
    • 0% report getting three weeks notice
    • 67% report getting four weeks notice or more
    • 17% report having a fixed rota

    Based on information from 12 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 get sick pay

    Does Hovis pay sick pay?

    Usually. Most people get proper sick pay

    How we know this

    56% of people say they would get paid if they were sick but scheduled to work

    Based on information from 16 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.

  • Managers are respectful

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

    Most people feel treated with respect by their managers

    How we know this

    67% of people say they’re treated with respect by their managers

    Based on information from 15 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.

  • Well informed about head office

    Do workers feel well informed about how Hovis is doing?

    Most people feel well informed about how the company is doing

    How we know this

    57% of people feel that they are kept well informed about how the company is doing as a whole

    Based on information from 14 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.

Excellent
  • Easy to book holiday

    How easy is it to book a holiday at Hovis?

    People find it easy to book holidays

    How we know this

    81% of people report it’s easy to book holidays

    Based on information from 16 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 to take sick leave at Hovis?

    People find it easy to take sick leave

    How we know this

    80% of people report that it’s easy to take time off if they are sick

    Based on information from 15 job reviews

  • No short notice shift changes

    Do Hovis managers change shifts at short notice?

    Managers don’t change people’s shifts at short notice

    How we know this

    8% of people say their manager changes their shifts at the last minute

    Based on information from 13 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.

  • People are paid enough to live on

    Does Hovis pay enough to live on?

    People are paid enough to live on

    How we know this

    93% of people say they are paid at or above the Real Living Wage for where they live

    Based on information from 14 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 get proper breaks

    Do people at Hovis get proper breaks?

    People get proper breaks

    How we know this

    94% of people report that they get to take proper breaks

    Based on information from 16 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 workers at Hovis do extra work that they don't get paid for?

    No. People don’t do unpaid extra work

    How we know this

    17% of people report that they do extra work that they don’t get paid for

    Based on information from 12 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.

What employees are saying about Hovis

  • Best thing

    Pay is okay.

    Worst thing

    60 hour weeks, no work/life balance, an generally unhappy atmosphere throughout, poor out/ equipment, no canteen/ car park/ anything, building is falling apart, manager thinks it is okay for drivers to have no life outside of work.

    1.0

    Employee, June 2021

    • £31,500 per year, working a 60 hour week
    • 34–44 years old
  • Best thing

    Good pay, relatively easy work, new vehicles, good rota, other staff members.

    Worst thing

    Poor supply of wheel stock to move product on, very early start time of 0300.

    8.4

    HGV driver, November 2020

    • £28,900 per year, working a 40 hour week
    • 25 or older
  • Best thing

    Love driving

    Worst thing

    Having to work outside in all types of weather

    7.6

    Primary driver, August 2020

    • £31,400 per year, working a 48 hour week
    • 25 or older
  • Best thing

    Local to where I live

    Worst thing

    Managers

    5.5

    Senior operative bread production, June 2020

    • £31,400 per year, working a 43 hour week
    • 25 or older

Warehouse Operative, Hovis

Welcome to Hovis. We are the proud guardians of over 130 years of baking experience that make up our iconic and much-loved brand. We produce bread and bakery products created with Hovis goodness at the heart of each. We deliver around 1.3million loaves, every day of the week throughout the UK and Ireland, where we also make Mothers Pride and Ormo products.

We are 2,800 people working within 8 bakeries, 1 flour mill, and 2 regional distribution centres across the UK. Our success is a result of the hard work of our people; they are experts in their field whether it’s baking, manufacturing, logistics, engineering, or the many departments within the central functions team based in our head office in High Wycombe. We are a values-led business and expect our colleagues to live, breathe, and embed Quality, Accountability, and Trust into their ways of working.

Hovis have an exciting opportunity as a Warehouse Operative based at our site in Avonmouth, to carry out duties and instructions so that all products requiring to be despatched are in the correct quantities, the correct quality, and assembled and loaded to the deadlines and standards that are required by our customers.

We are looking for the following candidates:-

  • Attention to detail to ensure products are sent to the correct customer and in line with the customer order
  • Carry out quality and code checks on products as appropriate. To ensure that poor quality items are removed from the order assembly process and replaced with good quality items (thus preventing customer complaints)
  • To actively make and follow through suggestions for improvements, leading to a step change in site performance
  • A work ethnic to constantly improve their performance and in doing so, the performance of the team
  • Decant product as required for the operation
  • Flexibility in a fast moving and changing environment
  • An understanding that Health & Safety is at the heart of everything that we do

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Basic numeracy and literacy essential to the job
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • A good sense of importance of good customer service
  • The ability to operate and understand the Put to Light system
  • A good sense of importance of good customer service
  • Knowledge and experience of short shelf life products and daily delivery operation
  • Ability to prioritise and organise work load in a systematic manner
  • Previous warehouse experience preferred (not essential)

Location: Based in Avonmouth

Type of role: Full Time, Permanent

Reporting to: Shift FLM

Closing Date: Monday 2nd August 2021

Shift Work:- Nights (14:00-01:00, 15:00-02:00 and 17:00-04:00 available), 4 on 4 off shift pattern

Salary:- £21,600 per annum

Why work for us and our benefits:

At Hovis, we understand the importance of looking after our colleagues, so we provide a variety of benefits in addition to their salaries. The benefits we provide at Hovis are as varied as the people who receive them but they are offered with the intention of creating value to them personally over and above their salaries

  • There is a range of colleague benefits available, which individuals can select based on their needs.

  • Our benefits scheme is called Hovis Choice, which offers a variety of savings and cashback offers on day to day living and much more including eyecare vouchers, and a healthcare scheme to suit everyone. It also includes our Cycle to Work scheme where you can obtain a brand new bike at a significant saving

  • We offer competitive annual leave entitlement and flexibility where possible in order to create a healthy work-life balance

  • We celebrate loyalty with our generous long service and colleague recognition schemes

  • We offer three levels of pensions

Hovis values diversity and is committed to promoting equal opportunities in the workplace. Every job applicant, employee or worker will be treated fairly and equally with dignity and respect regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race, colour, social class, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religious belief, union membership, political opinion, sex, sexual orientation or any other protected characteristic.

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