With only a little experience in discount retail, Chrissie was thrilled when she was offered the role at Wednesbury’s RDC as a picker. She loves the supportive, family environment and working at Lidl allows her to support her family.
What were you doing before you joined Lidl?
I worked in a discount shop as a customer assistant, and before that I was a full-time parent raising my child.
How long have you been with Lidl?
I’ve been at the Wednesbury RDC nearly two years. I was here when it first opened - I'm one of the originals!
How did you get to hear about Lidl?
I heard about it through the job centre. They told me there was an opportunity for picking and packing at Lidl and I was like “yes, sign me up”. I really did my research, as I wanted to impress at the interview. As a single parent you just want to provide for your family, so I was quite over the moon when I heard that I got the job.
Can you give an overview of your job?
I pick in the meat and poultry centre, where we pick all the fresh meats and pack it. There's about 10 of us, but we're not all on the same shift - I work from 1pm to 7pm.
What qualities do you think somebody would need to do your job?
I'd say punctuality and attention to detail. You've got to be able to get along with your colleagues – we’re all like a big family now.
Why would other people be interested in doing your job?
Because it is a good company to work for. You can progress in the company and you can go up the ladder here.
What do you like about your job?
I like being a picker. I enjoy it. I get along with everyone. A lot of it is about the people. The people make it what it is. It’s like one big Lidl family. Ever since I've worked here it's like I've gained so many brothers. You do make a lot of friends and everyone's really helpful. If you've got a problem, there's always someone who can help you.
What’s the environment like?
It’s very fast-paced. Yet everyone is just so friendly and happy, even when everyone's tired and exhausted from working hard.
What makes Lidl different from other companies?
I'd say it’s the way everyone pulls together. If you have got any issues or problems, you always have someone to turn to. You feel 100% supported.