Wren Kitchens named top retail employer while John Lewis falls flat

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Wren Kitchens has been rated the best retail employer to work for in the UK for the second year running, according to data released by the world’s biggest job site, Indeed. John Lewis & Partners topped the list in 2018 but falls to 11th place following a difficult spell.
Ranking of retail employers is based on reviews from staff posted on Indeed
// Wren Kitchens rated the best retail employer to work for in the UK for the second year running
// John Lewis, which previously topped the list, falls to 11th place following a difficult spell
// HMV, which fell into administration just over a year ago, re-enters the rankings in fourth place

Wren Kitchens has been rated the best retail employer to work for in the UK for the second year running, according to data released by Indeed.

Wren, which manufactures kitchen units and has more than 4000 employees, scored consistently high marks with employees for its salary, benefits and culture to top the annual rankings.

One reviewer praised the company’s job advancement and its managers “who allow their teams to flourish”.

HMV, which fell into administration just over a year ago has rose among the rankings since it was bought by Canadian record store chain Sunrise Records in February 2019, finishing in fourth place.

Its culture and work-life balance were praised by staff in reviews.

New additions in this year’s Top Rated Retailers list included Whole Foods Market, Selfridges, The Perfume Shop, Sofology and The Body Shop.

John Lewis has continued drop down the table after coming top in 2018.

It fell to eighth in 2019, and has fallen further to 11th place this year.

Its profits fell by 23 per cent last year, and it was announced this month that staff bonuses are at their lowest level since 1953.

Below is the table of the UK’s best retail sector employers.

Ranking

Employer

1

Wren Kitchens

2

Whole Foods Market

3

Lush Cosmetics

4

HMV

5

Selfridges

6

Clarks

7

The Perfume Shop

8

Sofology

9

Harrods

10

The Body Shop

11

John Lewis & Partners

12

IKEA

13

Marks & Spencer

14

Dreams

15

Schuh

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6 COMMENTS

  1. John lewis milked this spot for years but due to changes on the shopfloor and staff not being motivated they are on a slippery slope down and have only their top earners in head office to blame

  2. There are partners that do above and beyond in their jobs but are never paid properly when it comes to payrises.

    Some management find petty ways to bring the staff pay review down instead of raise them up.

    The expectations in roles have increased for the same pay. So staff aren’t inspired, they do enough as it is.

    Morale has sunk real low and it’s not the best place to work anymore. What a surprise!

  3. Hopefully you are not amongst the 100’s just made “redundant” just as lock down starts or still being forced to work in the factory (news headlines) despite the coronavirus – Hmmm lovely company – defo !

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