Somerfield is a supermarket chain in the UK, mostly an amalgamation of smaller failed chains, competing in what is increasingly becoming a two horse race between Morrisons and Tesco.
With its distinctive orange and blue colour scheme, Somerfield consists of
Trading under the somewhat obscure banner of Somerthing the difference, it competes largely on price and convenience rather than quality or range. This isn't to say however that some of the goods aren't half decent - indeed many of the own brand products are considerably better than rival equivalents.
My long list of student jobs includes time working for them and as an employer they're not too bad, pretty much like work for any large company. Plenty of rules and policies handed down from high up, mostly to be ignored by rank and file staff. Employees are divided in to six main areas, each with its own advantages and disadvantages.
- Groceries and stores
Here work is mostly concerned with filling shelves and moving stock around in roll cages.
Advantages: Plenty of smoke breaks whilst unloading lorries
Disadvantages: Lots of lifting and having to be moving to be seen working
Checking dates on stock and reducing prices where relevant. Bringing items to and from the cold stores
Advantages: Skiving marathons in aforementioned cold store
Disadvantages: Most tedious of all available jobs/high boredom factor
Working the ovens and putting out fresh produce according to customer demand
Advantages: Plenty of work downtime waiting for stuff to cook
Disadvantages: Cleaning equipment down and antisocial early morning shifts to start production
- Beers, Wines and Spirits
Replenishing and reordering stock and patrolling the high value stock (theft prevention). Supposed responsibility for underage sales.
Advantages: Talking to customers counts as work and minimal labour involved
Disadvantages: Again, having to be seen moving and doing something to qualify as working
Cooking using the rotisserie, slicing joints for customers and rotating stock
Advantages: Like working in an all you can eat restaurant
Disadvtanges: Nasty cleaning jobs, dealing with angry customers
- Checkout and Kiosk
Scanning goods and taking payment, selling cigarettes
Advantages: Talking to customers, no physical labour involved and refusing tobacco sales to underage chavs
Disadvantages: Inability to work under the influence without detection, smiling when you don't feel like it and dealing with said chavs
All in all not a bad supermarket
to shop at. Always look out for the reductions
with short date
life if possible, with up to 75% off these make good value. They run a variety of discount
schemes too, but like with all loyalty cards
, unless you plan to shop there exclusively you don't stand to save an awful lot through them. And as always, be nice to the staff
, it costs nothing