Howdens was established in 1995 to provide trade customers with kitchens, joinery, and hardware products, which are available from local stock at depots across the UK, France, and Belgium.
Starting with just 14 depots, there are now more than 750 locations supporting the trade achieve exceptional results for their customers. As a British manufacturer, we were founded on the principle that the business should be worthwhile for all concerned. That includes our customers, the homeowners they serve, the local communities we operate in, local and national charities, our large network of suppliers, our investors and, of course, our people.
Our commitment to these areas has led to many accolades, which include being recognised as one of the ‘Best Big Companies to Work For’ in the UK. We also hold a Royal Warrant by Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen to supply goods and services to Royal Households since 2015. And in 2020, the Mintel group named us as the UK’s number one supplier of trade kitchens.
Can be stressful at times but a breeze if youre with a good team… very good pay with bonuses every month that are usually a few hundred depending on sales
Great Pay and Work Environment, Not So Great Free Time
Howdens is definitely one of the best companies I’ve worked for as a kitchen designer. Weekly deliveries from central stock and kitchens manufactured in the UK make it far more reliable a supply join giving you one less thing to worry about as a designer. Pay is very good, and bonus scheme is based of depot performance so even the warehouse staff get rewarded for the kitchen Sales they contribute towards compared to commission schemes which create toxic work places. Each depot is ran fairly independently, giving local managers flexibility to run their depot to local demands. As such your experience can be heavily influenced by the staff and management at your depot, which I am lucky enough to have a fantastic manager and a fun team to work with.
My only criticism would be annual leave entitlements being pretty poor at just over the legal minimum, coupled with 6 day working weeks (mon-fri and half day sat) gives you precious little time to yourself.
People doing jobs they know nothing about.
New depot managers who know nothing about warehousing, kitchen design, planning and staff moral. After 15 years with this company, a new manager arrives with no warehouse experience and starts to tell me how to organise everything. I had no choice to look for work elsewhere. I now work for a great company as a distribution manager. Your loss Howdens!
Working Saturday mornings for two customers.
Very positive forward thinking company to work for. Yes of course you will have some hard days but the majority are good. Sales and customer service focused.
Fast paced work place which is great if you can keep up. Really enjoyed my time there and would definitely go back if I had the chance. It’s definitely not for the faint hearted and you will be put under pressure.
Days out, Bonuses, Hampers, Tesco Vouchers
High turnover of staff, Long working week.