I would usually be either on tills or in the stock room on a typical day. Being on tills means taking a customers order, helping them with queries and ensuring they leave with everything they need. In the stock room, i have to get the customers items out to them as fast as possible to make sure they are not waiting for long.
Because Argos is so driven towards customer satisfaction, i learned that customer service is very important in retail. I also learned to work in a busy environment and to work as part of a large team.
Management were very good and helped if i had ant queries about anything at all.
My co-workers were brilliant and we all worked as a team to make things easier for everyone.
The hardest part of the job is during busy seasons eg. Christmas, trying to get orders out as efficiently as possible.
The most enjoyable part of the job is on tills because you get to interact with customers and see them leaving satisfied.
Most days I worked on the tills, dealing with and helping customers as best I could so they were satisfied leaving the store. Other days I worked in the stock rooms where I got the goods the customers ordered and sent them as quick as I could downstairs for them. I got on well with everybody working there and never had any trouble with anyone, everyone looked out for each other. Some days were hard, especially over Christmas because it was so busy, but I always tried my best and got on with my work. I loves when customers complimented me for being helpful or kind to them as it made me feel like I was doing my job properly. I learned a lot working at Argos from simple things like working the tills to the harder jobs like dealing with customers and understanding the stock rooms, but I loved the new challenges that were put in front of me each day.
Management where always the bane of my time here sadly, even on my second day they started explaining how I had fell behind on targets even though I was still learning to use the tills, I was left alone alot in the early stages as a kind of sink or swim way of training but in reality it just puts you off, 6 months later I was still doing things wrong and management where constantly all over me be it for not doing anything (the store was empty and I had recently been out to clean it) or for not hard selling rpc which I had tried to be inventive with but I aren't going to force it down people's throats there comes a point you have to walk away. Had it not been for the terrible training and aggressive and unfair managers I think I would have enjoyed it alot more here.
Argos is a great place to work for a starting out job. When you do well you get rewards with one for all cards which is great for morale. The discount is 10% which is good for high priced items where you would get €20-€30 off but had when something is only €40 or so. The hours can be dreadful, and could be as short as three hours a day which isn't great, I was paid above minimum wage which was another bonus. Argos teach you a lot about the business world and you could be doing different things every day for example tills on Monday, stock room on Tuesday and jewellery on Wednesday. It's a fun place to work but not for more than. Two three years when you may only be on a five hour contract and get paid less than €50 a week.
A typical day at work involved either serving customers at tills or working at the collection point. I could also be working on the shop floor interacting with customers and helping them select their product on the computer to check if it's in stock. The most enjoyable part of the job was working with friends and serving polite customers. The hardest part of the job was dealing with difficult customers but once they were satisfied with the product or the availability of the product it was rewarding. From my time working at Argos, I have learned how to deal with customers needs and expectations. I am also experienced in working on tills and manual handling.
This job gave me the key skills in communication and interaction with different people. A great work experience and a very self rewarding job, as what you put in is what you get back. I enjoyed my time there and dealing with customers is something i quite like. I liked helping people out with what ever queries they may have and giving them the best experience they could get when they shopped at the store, and all the staff are the same as it is an enjoyable job filled with enthusiasm and joy. Staff constantly smile, its a job which helps boost confidence as you become more outgoing because of the many people you meet each day.
within argos there are many areas you can be assigned to such as till, collection, jewelery, customer services, floor, pick, and delievery assistant. I had worked in each of these areas where the duties included would be dealing with customers, handling cash and stock, returns and damaged stock and also the correct putting away of stock through a voice automated system. what i learned from working in argos is to always put the customers needs first and to listen to exactly what they want and then delivering the best customer service. i also learned to work in a fastpaced enviorment with constant on the go orders.
Although I was only a seasonal worker and worked for 3 months it was the safest, most controlled and friendly environment I have ever worked in. Everyone is really supportive of one another and always has time to show you certain things if you cannot personally remember them. Everyone in Argos especially the management have been nothing but good from the time I was in there. I would highly recommend this job to anyone looking to ease themselves into the retail life. Albeit a pressuring stressful job, you have plenty of people around you to support and lend a hand if you’re overwhelmed.
I started at 8am and balanced tills and all paperwork until the shop opened at 9.30am. Then serve customers while filling shop floor with stock. As the day got on some more staff would start their shift as the shop would get busier. I may have to pick from stockroom or put the jewelry delivery away. My colleagues and I had a great system when we knew what the other was doing and it ran very smoothly. The hardest part of the job was being short staffed and customers waiting. I got on very well with all the staff members.
I am hugely grateful for having had the opportunity to work in this company in the past. All employees are inherently aware of their role within the business and the methods through which they can achieve self actualisation within their work environment. This company helps develop you in every aspect of your job title and company policy is transparent throughout all members of staff as HR managers keep all employees closely informed on all things of their concern within the company
ProsHuge progression and development of every employee
Having spend well in excess of a decade as a manager in Argos I can confirm it is a truly awful place to work and I would urge extreme caution if you are thinking of a career here in any form of management position,
You will be on a very low set salary compared to other businesses with no overtime paid and you will be expected to work well in excess of your 40 hour base for no extra pay. It would be the norm for managers to work 50, 60, 70 hours a week for a 40 hour pay check.
Argos head office decide how many hours you can spend weekly on front line staff which is always less than what is needed and the management are forced to make up the shortfall by doing overtime that is unpaid,
This company will work you to the bone and your home life and mental health will suffer greatly as a result. There are practically no benefits offered either, no company cars, no bonuses (except a tiny one after the pandemic that was practically insulting for what they put us through), they claim that bonus will be paid yearly if targets are met but the targets are always purposely unreachable and the one benefit that they do offer is a 10% discount but seen as their prices are on average 10% higher than most of the local competitors this 10% is effectively non existent.
They offer progression opportunities but for these opportunities you are often years waiting and with every progression in role the growth in role demands far outstrips the growth in your salary.
Job security and progression oppo
Pros10% discount (however it is expensive to start with)
ConsNo overtime paid, expected to work long hours of overtime for free, terrible work life balance, mental health will suffer, no benefits, no bonuses, no company cars, no job security, can be moved to different store without having a say in the decision
So to begin with, I had just been made redundant from a long term job. I needed a job fairly quickly and with xmas around the corner, argos were taking on.
I got a job, apparently as a retail assistant as my background is both working with customer, and in retail management.
I started off working in the warehouse which is something I've never done. I must admit it was hard graft, but I did enjoy it despite it being incredibly repetitive after a shift or two. I ended up asking to work the shop floor which I managed to do a little bit before being put back to the warehouse. I kept pushing to work the shop floor though, and realised why temps didnt really do the shop floor. Their system is incredibly tedious and probably very old. It took a little getting used to, but I managed to get the hang of it pretty quickly as I'd worked lots of different types of tills over my career.
I realised fairly quickly, its hugely target driven. Targets are add ons, insurance where applicable, and getting customers to sign up to argos credit cards. I struggled with the add ons to begin with. You actually had to ask every customer if they wanted a card apparently. One ridiculous member of management heard that I didnt ask one customer and told me it was a "legal requirement" which gave me a laugh.
This one member of management wouldn't talk to temps and didnt really talk to anyone outside of management. She was awful. She only ever spoke to me to tell me to do something, which, considering
ProsThe work was enjoyable enough. Ground staff were good people.
ConsPoor pay, some really bad hours. I did a few 3 hour shifts. Management didnt speak to temp staff.
Good variety of work, meeting a variety of people, colleagues pull together to help each other.
Although I was generally stationed on the tills, a typical day at work could involve a variety of tasks such as order picking, put away of delivery, arranging the shop floor with latest promotional material to a plan chart, and general shop floor tasks such as stock replenishment, tidying. There was also a newly introduced 'Navigator' role in which colleagues casually asked customers browsing catalogues if they'd like any help, after being trained on the type of body language to look for.
Serving at the till involved ensuring customers left with the complete package (for example, a memory card for a camera, or a case for a tablet), and offering the benefits of replacement product care while providing information on spreading the cost over a number of months. My morale with customers came naturally, which gave a lot of job satisfaction during my time there.
Picking stock involved working to a voice-picking system called Talkman, which responded to your voice and gave commands such as location, catalogue number, quantity, destination. There is a brief learning curve but this system is extremely simple to use. Providing there are enough staff on shift to compensate for busy hours, it is a very efficient system. The delivery process uses the same system, though you voice the stock away (to stockroom standards) and confirm location placed as opposed to visiting locations to pick customer orders.
When picking upstairs, as a non-customer facing area of the store, colleagues are e
Pros10% store discount, colleagues received 'Inspire' cards (a financial reward scheme), good variety of work.
ConsPart time contracts only, all manner of recurring technical issues encountered.
I've worked at Argos head office in MK for just over 2 years and it's been a really exhilerating experience. The company is in the midst of transforming itself into a leading digital retailer which makes for a very dynamic environment. You're encouraged to be innovative and if something has gremlins there's no real blame culture - it's treated as a series of learnings for future versions or projects.
The underlying culture running through Argos is one of 'family'. Your colleagues decorate your desk on your birthday and everyone chips in for a card and pressie presented by the team. There's always cakes, lunches and evenings out so you have to pick and choose your calorie intake with care! Good restaurant and a cafe style meeting area across the arborial atrium makes for a busy, productive but relaxed feel to the place. Recent policy changes, lobbied by the colleagues' forum, means you can wear pretty much what you like to work as long as it's clean and tidy.
We do have some pretty punishing schedules at times but these are mainly created by working in a very fluid, agile business where initiatives are set up to address specific challenges - and this can happen at short notice. But, this is balanced with a great range of projects to work on and the occasional quiet day when you can spend time working on personal development and objectives that help to improve you and the business.
There are loads of learning opportunities, a comprehensive intranet and news feed and s
ProsHomeworking, family culture, personal development, discount, bonus
I worked for Argos for an entire year, that year was horrible.
Always understaffed, leaving me to manage the whole shop by myself and numerous customers while the managers and team leaders would just stay in the office, not bothering to come out. Even when you would ask, they would give some excuse as to why they couldn't.
Being in 9-5, and being by yourself, especially around Christmas when hundreds of people would be coming in. Queue's forming outside the shop into Sainsbury's, having to leave your customer to get their items as the warehouse staff were not doing what they are supposed too.
Rarely getting your breaks and lunch breaks as the colleagues who were buddies with the managers got their first, even if you'd been working since 9 and they got in at 11/12.
Hiring new staff and not training them properly so you will always be picking up their slack, you would tell your manager about it but they wouldn't care.
Manager relationships with staff and letting them have all the time off they want and always giving them the easiest work to do (e.g. warehouse), although this was supposed to be on a rota. All the staff were so two-faced. You'd tell your manager or team leader something in confidence and everyone would know about it the next day.
They wouldn't believe you if you were ill.
I had an operation on my foot, they wanted me to still come into work and just have flipflops on.
Rota system, being in 3 hours a day. The rota constantly changing with
Conshours, staff, management, job itself, pay, no beenfits
I worked at Argos as a Christmas Temp and left at the end of my contract. I was only trained in the stockroom (not on the tills), so a typical day for me would involve picking stock, putting away returns, sometimes pulling in the delivery from the van and putting it away, and doing stock counts of high value items. The work itself it pretty straightforward and very repetitive once you have learnt the processes.
The people were nice and were always willing to help me if I was was stuck. The managers in my store were really friendly and understanding.
The hardest part of the job is probably getting to grips with the headset and the processes at the beginning (not actually that hard,just takes 2 or 3 shifts to get used to). In the weeks before Christmas it gets very busy and this can be stressful due to the shop being understaffed which makes picking all the order within target times extremely difficult. For example, there was one morning, two weeks before christmas where there was only me and one team leader picking orders and the shop was busy, and we were both completely overwhelmed.
In the stockroom, staff use headsets. Although these headsets are needed for the job, most the problems encountered by staff are to do with the headset not understanding them and this either leads to things been voiced in incorrectly (through no fault of the staff) or staff members standing there for ages repeatedly saying the same words into their headset trying to get it to registe
Prosflexible shifts- I did a variety of shifts varying from 3 hours to 7 hours, Colleagues were nice, willing to help and a good laugh.
ConsRota means you can't plan anything outside of work in advance, Rota can change at short notice, Understaffed which can make the work stressful, 15 minute break on a 5 hour shift picking isn't enough, when you're on your feet the whole time, Like any job you get some staff who you would rather not work with.
I have worked for Argos for 4years and in the beginning I believed it was a place to thrive and achieve more in climbing the ladder. Everyone worked together as a team and the management communicated well to each other however over the past few years of me being there the management has changed 3 times each time that means us having to adapt as a team to how the new management want to run the store. As the years have gone on due to all the updates the store has gone through this has meant more workload, everyday I work there I'm likely to be doing four peoples job at once this would be picking the items handing them out on collection whilst doing delivery and putting away the returns I believe my store is failing to remember team work and the management do not communicate well at all as one the stock room manager may tell you to do something and the shop floor manager will tell you to do the complete opposite. I have been given the opportunity many of times to be team leader and I have acted team leader but I believed due to the extra amount of work load on top of what I was doing was not worth an extra pound for a lot more stress. At Argos I am what they call an all rounder they are able to place me anywhere in the store weather that being front of house or back I have learnt management skills there the only part I haven't learnt is cash office due to not having time to train me I tend to train up the new members of the team and I can very firm but fair.
My job role incl
ProsIf you want to learn they will train you if possible
ConsNo stability in hours and days
Customer Service Representative | Ely | 5 Feb 2016
Worst company/store I've worked at
Expect to only ever be on a 6 or 12 hour contract although it will be implied that this will increase over time at your interview, barely makes it better then being on a zero hour contract. There is sometimes overtime available as staff are always leaving and staff that have been there for more then 2 weeks don't want any more hours, those who do want extra hours have to compete with the brown nosers as they get special consideration above the people that actually do their job. There's two job roles standing behind a till for your shift having to ask lots of questions and selling insurance being constantly monitored or working in the warehouse either picking items or stacking shelves with shifts starting from 7:00am. Most of the management seem to be incapable and inexperienced which isn't surprising as promotions seem to be decided on length of service rather than ability or whoever they can get to do the job on the disappointing wages and instead of being “competitive” as described in the advert minimum is a better description, which leads to most of the management not caring about the store or staff as they are just there to pick up a wage packet, and explains the little amount of training you receive and are just chucked into it and being expected to know what to do and moaned at when you don't. Expect rotas to change with little notice or even being told they have changed with no week being the same as the next. Expect to be treated as a dispensable commodity and with no
Fun workplace, very friendly and very professional.
A typical day at work for me was, arriving at work 10 minutes before my shift and recieving a briefing on the work i would be doing that day (Stockroom, Collection, Tills or Customer Services) and a briefing on the store itself to see if it was meeting targets, such as feedback, add-on sales etc... for the previous day. At Argos i learned a huge amount about what it is to be in a customer facing environment and what good customer service is. I learned the importance of the small things (a smile and hello when meeting the customer, a goodbye/Have a nice day when the transaction is complete) and how I can effect a customers experience at the store. Management were very good at their jobs, i constantly recieved feedback about my performance which helped alot, the only thing i could critisize would be that i was never stationed anywhere for very long (i'd be at tills for half a day then stockroom for the rest and collection the next) and this made it extremily difficult for me to hit the targets that i was set because i was never in a place long enough to meet the target. My Co-workers were all very friendly. The ones that had been at the store longer than i had were always very keen to help out where they could and this created a very nice environment to work in. The hardest part of the job i have mentioned earlier, trying to meet set targets when i was the person that they were able to send anywhere in the store to work, and the most enjoyable part of the job i guess would be t
A people focused environment with variable job roles within a small team.
A standard day would involve balancing clerical stockroom duties (including stock taking, counts and quality control checks) with near-constant customer interaction.
A day's stockroom duties will typically involve accepting deliveries through the store's computer intranet, organising and putting away the items and logging the necessary paperwork. As part of the process, I would usually have to highlight any delivery errors, check that stockroom standards have been met and carry out the required investigation of lost stock.
Additionally, as well as forwarded items to customers in store, any items coming back into the stockroom would require sorting and placing in the relevant areas. These tasks are continually monitored in-between waiting customers.
A usual day often includes instances of 'problem solving' with customers; often this means identifying their needs and selling a relevant product, or addressing their concerns with warranties, store policies, etc. This one-to-one interaction is often friendly and professional, with the company highly valuing the 'customer experience' within its review (and rewards) procedure.
As both facets of the role demand attention and good timekeeping, the hardest part of the job is balancing time between them. As part of a small team, responsibilities are continually shifting, and staff are expected to attend to numerous areas of the store when needed. Being supportive and motivated within the team is essential; the store would not run
ProsDemanding and friendly environment.
ConsChallenging time management.
Questions and answers about Argos
Why would you want to work at Argos?
Asked 31 Aug 2018
I worked for argos for 26 years. Got made redundant last year. Really enjoyed my job.. And would be happy to work there again..
Answered 27 Oct 2020
Argos is a leading retail company and at the top of its league, I know there can be more job opportunities available for people who are looking for a carreer,
I have worked there before and enjoyed my time fully,
The staff where very helpful friendly and professional.
Answered 16 Feb 2019
Do Argos bring on employees who have had little experience
Asked 21 Sept 2018
Yes everyone is fairly interviewed and chosen not just on skill, but on personality and what they can bring to the store.
Answered 30 Mar 2022
Yes they did
Answered 17 Apr 2021
Hi, I was wondering if hired under 18s thank you.
Asked 25 Jul 2018
Yes they will hire under 18s
Answered 19 Mar 2022
I'm pretty sure they do, some of the people working with me seemed so young
Answered 25 Oct 2018
How should you prepare for an interview at Argos?
Asked 7 Jul 2017
Learn a little background, have examples ready of receiving good customer service.
Answered 30 Mar 2022
Remember to have questions you may want to ask....
Ask how many people have applied for the same role or positional if there is opportunities to progress,
Make sure you are well presented and on time (early is preferred)
be confident nd polite.