Boots Opticians Career Development FAQ

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Boots Opticians has a career opportunities rating of 3.5.

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How are the career development opportunities at Boots Opticians?

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4 August 2021

Pros

After 20 years I have experienced the best of Boots Opticians. There is great flexibility and opportunity to progress. The pension and employee benefits are industry leading and there is support available for any aspect of your professional or personal life. The DEI is excellent and I truly believe the company care.

Cons

There are some system improvements landing on a regular basis.

There is great flexibility and opportunity to progress.

4 August 2021

Reviewed by: Clinical Governance Officer in Clanfield, Hampshire, South East England, England, England (Current Employee)

9 February 2020

Pros

1.Work colleges! If you get a store with lovely people 2.Some customers you build up a good relationship with 3. Easy once you know what you are doing 4. Was close to where I lived 5. My second store I ended up was more flexible than my previous store if I needed a doctors appointment etc 6. Management did help when it came trying to move up the ladder a bit more and were supportive when I needed to have interviews carried out 7. Did help me gain valuable skills that I need in any work place and generally has rounded me a as person and because I am young I think it was a good place to start to mould be into a good worker/college - will always be thankful for that. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the job.

Cons

1.Very underpaid for the job you have to do and the responsibility you have 2. Little to no progression at all 3.One rule for you but different rules for others regarding sickness absences etc 4. Can be extremely stressful when busy due to being understaffed constantly 5. the system you use is very slow and makes it difficult to actually do your job 6. Won’t protect you but would push you out if anything happened such as long term sick or a mistake 7. Some staff were very lazy and nothing was ever done even when experiencing my concern numerous times 8. Some customers can seriously be extremely rude more so in this job than any other I have had 9. Management seem to ‘disappear’ and sit in the office when you need them the most 10. Seem to try and undercut you on pay sometimes when working bank holidays and Sundays 11. Sometimes difficult to put in holidays if you don’t get in earlier enough 12. Make you feel guilty for having a sick day when you are genuinely ill 13. Management ‘forgot’ to process my expenses 14. Perks/benefits are gradually getting worse 15. Sometimes management would seem to try and pull the wool over customers eyes but I couldn’t do anything about it 16. Very money focused, daily targets and weekly targets which I totally Understand but for something you think would be clinical it’s very very money driven 17. Don’t generally get any thanks for doing something extra or any recognition at all yet very quick to pull you up on little mistakes and you feel bad for it 18. Constant staff surveys on how we feel which is good BUT nothing gets done ever about the feedback they receive. 19 I personally didn’t like the uniform. 20. Need more support for career progression from the get go. And general support for mental health. 21. Will ask you to go to others stores that are more than an hours drive away if they need extra staff, of course you can decline but I had to eventually go and do my bit

Advice to Management

Management generally needs more training and their performance needs to be monitored more or actually ask the colleges that work their how they think management are. Appreciate your colleges some are in bad mental health because of how stressed they are from work.

17. Don’t generally get any thanks for doing something extra or any recognition at all yet very quick to pull you up on little mistakes and you feel bad for it

9 February 2020

Reviewed by: Optical Consultant

13 November 2020

Pros

Working with some nice people. Helping customers and getting to know people. Interesting job, not as repetitive as other retail jobs Usually getting positive feedback from assistant managers when you do a good job

Cons

Pay is abysmal for the amount of work you do and the responsibility you have. Expected to retain alot of information and have a higher skill set compared to other retail jobs but the pay is the same if not worse. Work load is constantly increased and optical consultants have just been informed they do not qualify for a pay review/raise so more work for the same pay. No routes for progression as all the assistant managers have just been made redundant and other potential training courses have been cancelled.

No routes for progression as all the assistant managers have just been made redundant and other potential training courses have been cancelled.

13 November 2020

Reviewed by: Optical Consultant (Current Employee)

25 October 2020

Pros

- good annual leave - helping customers

Cons

- don’t care about staff - no career opportunities

no career opportunities

25 October 2020

Reviewed by: Optical Consultant in Edinburgh, Scotland, Scotland (Current Employee)

15 January 2021

Pros

Great support from the team to progress in your career (if you choose).

Cons

There is a lot of information to learn at the beginning.

Great support from the team to progress in your career (if you choose).

15 January 2021

Reviewed by: Optical Consultant in London, England, England (Former Employee)

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