A.G. Barr
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Good place to work if management will get better

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Is a good place to work but people skills are missing almost totally, too many mistakes done from lower level up to top, we go with the flow, everywhere is tough.
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Place focused on the development of the staff. Priorities safety over efficiency. Good involvement from the factory floor staff.

Busy and fast paced environment. Minimum manual labour. Very automated factory. Huge scope for training/development for the staff and also area to progress and to be promoted. Positive cultural change within managerial department

Pros

Training, development, carrier opportunities

Cons

BEN shift pattern
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No training at all

No training given left to run the line on my own after a week the management but don't listen and the pay is not worth working here give new starters a payrise but not the experienced ones
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An honest negative review of a once great place to work

A once great place to work destroyed by stagnant management and blatant promotion of family and mates. After 15 years of hard labour in the Cumbernauld manufacturing site I can provide an honest assessment of the factory but not the office as I haven’t worked there. If you are looking for a positive glowing report then look away now as this is an honest summary of a terrible working environment where management deliberately attempt to dehumanise staff through servitude.No diversity and inclusion Outdated culture of aggression and threats Senior management on eye watering wages for no talent or knowledge Human Resources and the company’s direction are as if it was still the 1980’s. It’s a pointless exercise raising any concerns or objections about management or productivity as it’s a closed shop and a brick wall when someone speaks out about the regime and their running of the factory. Managers here never leave for other jobs they only get promoted higher up the chain as they would be found out immediately at any other business and dismissed. The site can’t run without people doing overtime, unfortunately that’s the company’s business model which has led to a false sense of income where staff do so much overtime that they build their lifestyle around double their salary so their afraid to speak out about the aggressive management style and it’s my way or the high way style of leadership because they may lose their overtime and won’t be able to pay for their Range Rover Sport. Sadly, a huge number of talented staff have fled in the past 5 years to other FMCG - 

Pros

Free Car Parking, 24 Cans at Christmas, The Seasonal Oystercatchers, Babestation on the night shift colourful canteen

Cons

Aggressive Management Poor Salary 1950s Business Model
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Used to be a great place to work

A few years ago the job and the culture were good.Now the only thing making it fun is co-workersSadly the company ethos has moved from advancing employees and promoting a fun place to work, to about making as much money as possible even if that means cutting staff hours to do it.Loads of staff leaving and the management can't see it's not purely about money.Due to the exodus there are very few fully trained members of staff meaning training is done by people that are trying to work on another piece of equipment so can't give you their full attention.If advancement is what you want then you might be better of looking elsewhere as it's less about what you can do and more about who you know.

Pros

Co-Workers. The benefit scheme currently called "Extras" is very good.

Cons

Money grabbing culture and lack of trained staff
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Good shopfloor workers poor management

Constant pressure from management don’t get a peace to actually carry out your tasks. Pointless meetings. Extremely poor salary for the jobs undertaken by tech ops running 3 to 4 assets at the one time which i think is a health and saftey risk on its own. Place is totally let down by the people who run the shop floor .

Pros

Free juice when they actually put it in the vending machine.

Cons

Poor management
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Underpaid and Overworked

Terrible Company,Always understaffed and the retail section always has the biggest workload and always shafted by the management.Daily Targets always too high for the number of staff employed therefore always never finished in the 8hrs working day therefore nearly always a 10hr shift 5 days per week,12-8 means no social or family life midweek.

Pros

Free juice

Cons

Long hours, underpaid
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It’s decent

Nothing special just decent although you need to be independent and be driven. Although some times you do get some support whenever there is someone available to guide you.

Pros

Great benefits

Cons

Stressful and average support
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Production department bizarre

Started off a good job.On paper this factory is perfect, through time everything on paper unfolds to be untrue. Managers and supervisors without integrity.Watch your back time of feel to the place.Operator’s treated unfairly and moral is very low. Poorly managed factory with the potential to do well.

Pros

Not many

Cons

Too many
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Not got a clue

Was absolutely brilliant years ago. Now too many rules that will be changed at the drop of a hat to suit higher management. Unprofessional. Clueless management. Too many people on high horses. I gave them years and was papped out the door with a fist pump after redundancy package all because they wanted me to take a massive drop in wages. The place is on its way out. Recently changed all contracts so they can take earned money off your wages. If your happy in that environment then go for it. I would definitely think twice. Only pro is non management staff are excellent to work with. Brilliant bunch of guys.

Pros

Good workers. Decent laugh. Out on road.

Cons

Too many!
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Don’t join barrs

This was a great job to begin with, was promised to be put through my class 2 license until new management came in.New management are nothing short of a joke and are completely unprofessional. Was made to feel belittled for being of for health shielding purposes and told I’m not getting a class 2 license, they love a power trip.I know of at least a dozen fellow workers who have left in the past 4 months. Don’t waste your time here!

Pros

Easy job

Cons

New Management
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Customers very pleasant, with an interest in products shown.

The problem arose when they were asked to open a 30 day account. This in turn went sour when the customers were unwilling to sign up to an account as they could use Cash N' Carry and pick and choose what they wanted and pay for it there and then.Free lunches when out with the Boss.

Pros

Free lunches when out with the Boss.

Cons

Work very repetitive.
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Managers neeed attitude checks.

management were awful. Constantly being told your working for your job etc. Not a great place to work. Being told losses everyday which to be honest I think was lies as then everyone would know there income and outcome.
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Passed employment A.G. Barr Atherton

Good company to work for for the money and benefits Badly run by higher management to many people trying to feather their own nests Blame culture Most talk the talk but can not walk the walk No one challenge higher management if they do higher management clamp down on you

Pros

Good company

Cons

Bad higher management they don’t work for the good of the company
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A great place to work

A.G.Barr is a great company to work for. They have strong well known brands and people are seen as an asset to the business. They have a strong ethical approach to business, soft drinks and their employees.

Pros

Good salary, benefits, working atmosphere, IT systems and great people to work with.

Cons

Could be more successful with recent NPD launches!
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stressful.

management made up of bullies and they expect everyone to work themselves to death for them. wouldnt recommend to anywone. canteen's nice though, well painted, good colours, good food.
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Is NOT bad working in ag barr.

Working in ag barr is a wonderful experience and a caring management. Nice people, health and safety are intact and all protocols are well observed. The shift routine are obeyed and followed accordingly.
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working there always had a laid back attitude

the above company was very good to work for good colleagues to work with management was easy going and were very approachable good bonuses and the company had a very god pension scheme
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Avoid at all costs

Terrible place to work, managers have no idea or care manufacturing manager just storms around with his hair on fire shouting. Latest project was so bad the line was un runable, Jobs for the boys mentality, if you have a manager friend you are set.
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excellence driven

The company strives for excellence and produces excellent products, promotion can be very swift for candidates who wish to work hard and put the effort in, you reap what you sow. The company can be ruthless when it comes to company decisions especially the Scottish element of the HR system. Made a very bad decision to move the company from Tredegar, South Wales to Milton Keynes, should have invested heavily in Tredegar or moved locally keeping highly skilled experienced employees for better results. End product is becoming more expensive in relation to competitors. Overall i would recommend the company for those seeking fast track promotion, job security is never guaranteed. Enjoyable experience from a company which can offer a lot
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They do try

The company try to do the right thing , there are plenty of benefits including a good shares scheme & if you don't want any of the extra benefits they pay you an extra £500 into your yearly salary, but this is still below the industry standard by about 15%. It can be very stressful & depending in which department there is a huge amount of manual handling. There are a lot of Europeans there but no animosity between the workforce
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Based on 66 reviews

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2.9 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.0 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
2.6 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
2.4 out of 5 stars for Management
2.7 out of 5 stars for Culture
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