Why we’re different .
At Co-op, we’re not like other businesses. Our vision is to ‘co-operate for a fairer world’, and we’ve been looking for ways to make a difference to people’s lives ever since we were founded in 1844.
We’re one of the world’s largest consumer co-operatives, owned by millions of members. We’re the UK’s fifth biggest food retailer with more than 2,600 stores.
– the UK’s number 1 funeral services provider
– a major general insurer
– a growing legal services business
As well as having clear financial and operational objectives and employing nearly 65,000 people, we’re a recognised leader for our social goals and community-led programmes. We exist to meet members’ needs and stand up for the things they believe in.
So, the more successful we are, the more we can give back to you and your local community. That’s why we’re different.
Mission: Co-operative values and principles are as relevant today as they were when we were founded in 1844. And they’re at the heart of our approach to addressing the challenges that our Co-op and society as a whole face today.
Our vision is to ‘Co-operate for a Fairer World’.
And our purpose is to champion a better way of doing business for you and your community.
Depends which store you work in….
Depending on where you are and how well set up the store and manager are this can be a very satisfying place to work. Co-op do a lot of good things and you get to play your part, colleagues are generally great to work with, and most customers are a delight. Like all retail you have to deal with the ugly side of shop lifters and verbal abuse.
If the store is not well organised it can soon be very demoralising and hard work.
Fast paced and stressful
I’ve worked for the coop for just over 14yrs now,but unfortunately we are all being made redundant from the 12th of November 2022,I enjoyed the jobs I’ve held within our store,but feel like they don’t look after their staff,so much pressure is put on employees, expected to do the job of 3 other staff members,so puts so much stress on each other !!!
The job itself isn’t bad, it’s not hard work per se, putting some stock away, standing at the tills. Love the people I work with, always a good shift.
Nightmare to work for
I often worked over 7 days in a row because it was so understaffed. Management is a nightmare and it was a very unsafe work environment.
Once management changes it’s over
Had an amazing first year and a half at the company, team were encouraging and manager was so lovely and helpful. Got overworked during covid, up to 13 days in a row, and abused by the public for following company protocol. No respect for holidays as I’d often be called on booked holiday asking to come in and cover. Never got Sundays off unless I booked as holiday, no work life balance. Management swapped at the end of 2nd lockdown and work became miserable. Making my shifts 3hrs55minutes so I wouldn’t be entitled to breaks. Called in with covid symptoms and manager said I had a cold so no one took my time off seriously and didn’t want to cover. Also didn’t inform staff I worked with the previous night I might have covid. Didn’t treat us as people and I left 3 months after. Okay job as long as you have a good manager and team.
Get 20% off the weekend of payday
Abuse from public and bad management