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    • Livinlovinlaughin
    • By Livinlovinlaughin 8th Oct 18, 2:32 PM
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    Working at waitrose
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    • 8th Oct 18, 2:32 PM
    Working at waitrose 8th Oct 18 at 2:32 PM
    Hello
    Any Waitrose employees or former employees that can help me out?

    Just got employed as temp night shelf filler,
    The uniform is black trousers, black shoes and white shirt
    Are the strict with the uniform policy, can you wear all black trainers?
    Do the trousers have to be smart trousers?

    Any advice about job,what expected in job ... survival tips very welcome too
    Thanks
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    • Comms69
    • By Comms69 8th Oct 18, 2:38 PM
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    If they've sent you a uniform policy I would stick to it.


    If after first few shifts it's obviously not enforced, dress down.
    • ohreally
    • By ohreally 8th Oct 18, 2:41 PM
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    If they require a uniform why aren't they suppling it?
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    • Livinlovinlaughin
    • By Livinlovinlaughin 8th Oct 18, 2:58 PM
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    • 8th Oct 18, 2:58 PM
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    • 8th Oct 18, 2:58 PM
    Temp work.
    I have to buy shoes, shirt and trousers before I start
    Money is tight
    Just trying to see if I can save some money
    Last edited by Livinlovinlaughin; 08-10-2018 at 3:11 PM.
    • ReadingTim
    • By ReadingTim 8th Oct 18, 3:40 PM
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    • 8th Oct 18, 3:40 PM
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    A pair of smart trousers, shoes and a white shirt may come in handy for other jobs (or job interviews, or other 'smart dress' occasions) so it's unlikely to be money wasted, even if this thing with Waitrose doesn't work out/happen.

    I'm sure you can pick up something in Primark for a relatively little, or try the charity shops if things are that tight.
    • Livinlovinlaughin
    • By Livinlovinlaughin 8th Oct 18, 4:14 PM
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    • 8th Oct 18, 4:14 PM
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    A pair of smart trousers, shoes and a white shirt may come in handy for other jobs (or job interviews, or other 'smart dress' occasions) so it's unlikely to be money wasted, even if this thing with Waitrose doesn't work out/happen.

    I'm sure you can pick up something in Primark for a relatively little, or try the charity shops if things are that tight.
    Originally posted by ReadingTim
    I already have interview clothes and shoes, unfortunately not suitable for Waitrose
    • Ja7188
    • By Ja7188 8th Oct 18, 4:49 PM
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    • 8th Oct 18, 4:49 PM
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    • 8th Oct 18, 4:49 PM
    You could easily buy all you need for about £30 new, or less if you use charity shops as suggested above - if you'll be stacking shelves then cheaper clothes are the way to go as they aren't likely to last long...

    In terms of 'survival tips', I can't see that you'll need any other employing common sense - John Lewis are known for how well they look after their staff and you'll probably find that there's a heavily subsided canteen on site and a range of other benefits. Also, depending on your contract and whether you become permanent, you might even qualify for the staff bonus which is normally quite a significant percentage of employees' annual salaries.
    • Les79
    • By Les79 8th Oct 18, 7:23 PM
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    • 8th Oct 18, 7:23 PM
    I already have interview clothes and shoes, unfortunately not suitable for Waitrose
    Originally posted by Livinlovinlaughin
    Unless you go to interviews in trainers then you are all set

    There's an old phrase, "beggars can't be choosers". So just get on with until you get your first pay packet and upgrade your shoes.

    Or consider any cheap/free alternatives (charities may be able to help, friends/family may be able to lend you £10/£20 etc). Or even look at cutting down on your expenditure (jib off a bill as a one off, but ring them. Or buy less food. Or use less gas/elecy if you're on a meter etc).
    • JReacher1
    • By JReacher1 8th Oct 18, 7:47 PM
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    • 8th Oct 18, 7:47 PM
    This is a temporary job but it could turn into a full time position if you impress Waitrose with both your attitude and quality of your work. I imagine they have lots of vacancies so I would dress as smartly as you can.

    I would definitely not wear trainers
    • keepcalmandstayoutofdebt
    • By keepcalmandstayoutofdebt 8th Oct 18, 8:37 PM
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    If the trainers don't look bad, are pretty neat, clean and all black, it might be passable with the even the basic cheapest black trousers from a supermarket - I say this as when it came to working on a courier depot floor last Christmas, the first thing that happened was the question what size are you for safety shoes? (not glamorous but safe) they really didn't care what I turned up dressed in, end of first day I went home with the full top half uniform (exception made for trousers alone) but the shoes which looked like heavy trainers.

    You'll soon tell by their reaction first day if they don't feel what you wear is appropriate and you can do different dress 2nd day.

    It would be tough to spend your money then find out it wasn't needed.
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    • Livinlovinlaughin
    • By Livinlovinlaughin 8th Oct 18, 8:38 PM
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    This is just a temporary stop gap job for me
    It will give me the opportunity to apply for jobs and go to interviews in the day time
    I have not done night work before
    Though I am very much a night owl
    I am having doubts as to whether I could handle night work on a permanent basis
    This is not a permanent job option for me
    • sammyjammy
    • By sammyjammy 8th Oct 18, 8:41 PM
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    I worked as a part time Christmas temp at Waitrose and was provided with a uniform, I think the black trainers if smart and clean would be ok in the role you are employed as. Personally I wouldn't stick around for long, I would have hated it if I had needed to accept a permanent job with them.
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    • Livinlovinlaughin
    • By Livinlovinlaughin 8th Oct 18, 8:46 PM
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    If the trainers don't look bad, are pretty neat, clean and all black, it might be passable with the even the basic cheapest black trousers from a supermarket - I say this as when it came to working on a courier depot floor last Christmas, the first thing that happened was the question what size are you for safety shoes? (not glamorous but safe) they really didn't care what I turned up dressed in, end of first day I went home with the full top half uniform (exception made for trousers alone) but the shoes which looked like heavy trainers.

    You'll soon tell by their reaction first day if they don't feel what you wear is appropriate and you can do different dress 2nd day.

    It would be tough to spend your money then find out it wasn't needed.
    Originally posted by keepcalmandstayoutofdebt
    I have smartish black trainers, but they have a white trim on sole
    I will be on my feet all day I want to be comfortable, I am willing to cut right back and spend a little bit extra.... but not on shoes just for work and I know this is not a permanent job for me.

    I live in trainers and don’t mind spending money on a decent pair of all black trainers
    Because it will be something I would wear outside of work.
    • jobbingmusician
    • By jobbingmusician 8th Oct 18, 9:25 PM
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    Can't you ask at your local WR, before you start? (Although I do appreciate that asking on here is sensible.) If it were me, I'd even be thinking of covering up the white flash on my trainers with tidy black tape for my first shift.....But it would be great to peek into your local warehouse, see everyone in trainers, and feel secure in buying a new pair.

    I mystery shopped a shoe shop last week. Not top end, but not bottom end either. And both the staff were wearing trainers - made by the company I was shopping, I assume.
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    • Lucyjoanne
    • By Lucyjoanne 9th Oct 18, 3:51 AM
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    If itís a shelf filler, I would say you wanted some comfortable boots. There is some large cages that can be painful if you bump them on your toe. My job does supply safety shoes with a steel toe if you want them.
    What hours are you working and will the store be open?
    • MarkN88
    • By MarkN88 9th Oct 18, 7:01 AM
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    Did you come off JSA/UC? They might help you.
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 9th Oct 18, 9:21 AM
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    A pair of smart trousers, shoes and a white shirt may come in handy for other jobs (or job interviews, or other 'smart dress' occasions) so it's unlikely to be money wasted, even if this thing with Waitrose doesn't work out/happen.
    Originally posted by ReadingTim
    I would be prioritising hard-wearing and comfortable over smart. You will be working at the end of the retail day and when the store is closed and you will find you need something that can withstand activity. Have a good attitude to your work and make yourself useful, and you may be asked to stay p/t during the year.

    As an added bonus, expect your arms to tone up rapidly!
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    • Livinlovinlaughin
    • By Livinlovinlaughin 9th Oct 18, 10:29 AM
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    I will be working at night when the store is closed,
    Not coming off benefits, was previously doing warehouse/factory work in the day in jeans and trainers.... arms and upper back stronger and more toned already,

    I do prefer to be up and about when working as oppose to a desk job.... which I have done before,
    Time goes by so much faster and you can get fit in the process,

    This job is ideal for me right now, as stated in earlier post, not sure whether mentally and physically I could handle this type of job permanently, also I am assuming this is an Xmas job and things will slow down significantly...... my reason for not trying to spend money on boots/shoes that will be sitting in the closet after 3 months

    ETA:
    I have done retail work before, Xmas temp during various times in my life, did the shelf filling as well as cashier etc, various shifts, various super markets.... never over night and never just a shelf filler
    Last edited by Livinlovinlaughin; 09-10-2018 at 10:36 AM.
    • robatwork
    • By robatwork 9th Oct 18, 11:49 AM
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    I have smartish black trainers, but they have a white trim on sole
    Originally posted by Livinlovinlaughin
    I was just about to ask if your trainers were all black or had a white or light band around the sole, or any decals. I don't think your trainers would be appropriate for their dress code, at least not on day 1. Can you not wear your interview shoes if that's all you have, and take the trainers in a bag.

    You can then gauge the general code and how strict your manager is, and perhaps ask to change in your shift.

    You can find some relatively comfortable black shoes cheaply, eg.
    https://www.deichmann.com/GB/en/shop/home-mens/home-mens-shoes/home-mens-shoes-comfort/00009001377857/Casual*Slip*on*Shoes.prod?_=1539082106016&fromCate goryDetail=true&positionInList=1

    £15
    • Ridgerunner
    • By Ridgerunner 12th Oct 18, 9:25 PM
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    If you'd spend more on trainers as you'll wear outside work, Skechers are very comfortable and do some all - black versions. Seen all black in Asics and Slazenger too and a few others.

    I have a second job in a supermarket (unsociable hours starting at 0400) that requires plain black trousers and got some for £9 from Peacocks which look pretty smart and wash and wear well too.
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