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Awesome, shame i couldnt get paid to do it :(
Weekend/Relief Supervisor (Former Employee), Cambridge, ENGOctober 17, 2014
Pros: free hot drinks, get to read the books that come in
Allot of fun, great people, interesting work, always something to do.
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An enjoyable and interesting learning experience
Volunteer Shop Assistant (Former Employee), Hitchin, ENGOctober 15, 2014
Pros: all staff were fair and enjoyable to be around.
My job for Oxfam entailed sorting through donations and seeing what could be sold in the shop or elsewhere, and what couldn't and then pricing them using a guide. I also organised displays on the shop floor and later on in the week I learnt how to use till so stayed there.
It was a good experience in terms of getting a starting understanding of retail – more... and what it includes, and the issues that have to be considered whilst in the workplace (e.g health and safety, customer service). I also learnt a lot about the charity and what it aims to achieve which I was unaware of before.
I found that the hardest part of the job was the pricing aspect, as although I had the price guides, the options were quite varied so the final price was occassionally different to what I had thought it to be.
Having said this, I think that working on the shop floor was the most enjoyable part, as I got to interact more with customers and felt that this was a rewarding part of the job. – less
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Helping the comunity
Sales associate (volunteer) (Former Employee), Helston, ENGOctober 15, 2014
Pros: free lunch
Cons: need to be improve for the area
My general duties would be to update the Online sales sysstem with new stock. Rotate stock on shop floor. Inventory of new stock. Dealing with customers needs and questions. Dealing with stationary from head office. I have learnt that Oxfam deal with a lot of issues and help a lot of ongoing issues. Working well as a team. Helping people around the – more... world. – less
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Productive & Fun
Retail Assistant (Former Employee), Frimley, ENGOctober 14, 2014
Learned to provide excellent customer service and improve my organisation.
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Great sense of accomplishment from work done.
Shop assistant (Former Employee), Castlebar, MOOctober 9, 2014
Pros: great discount on in house purchases.
Cons: standing on your feet all day.
A typical day of work would start with a brief discussion with my manager about the work I was expected to do for the day and counting the float for the till. Some days l had to change the displayed items for sale on the shop window and that involved a lot of creativity and a passion for fashion in order to attract customers to come in and view and – more... hopefully make a purchase. The challenging part of the job was to handle challenging customers. During the course of my work l learnt that the best way to deal with challenging customers is listening to the customer, honestly assessing if l am able to assist them or if the problem is beyond me ,I get proper support and work with them to ensure satisfaction. The most enjoyable part of my job was to see a customer coming out of shop smiling. – less
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Nice environment and good team
Shop Assistant (Volunteer) (Current Employee), Nottingham, ENGOctober 6, 2014
Pros: good teamwork
Cons: there is not enough control over the shop
A typical day at oxfam always starts with filling the till and organizing the display of the shop. During a day we have a lot of customers coming in the shop and buying different types of homewares, clothes or peaces of furniture. We also receive a lot of donations. We price them and then put them on displays to sell.
All these procedures help me to – more... get more confidence and experience in my job. It also enables me to communicate with our customers and meet their needs and interests.
Managers are very friendly and always ready to help the team. They always support and motivate us.
Colleagues are very loyal, supportive, punctual and disciplined. We always learn from one another and try to be as much helpful to each other as we can.
The hardest part of the job to me is sorting the clothes. Sometimes it's hard to tell what kind of clothes people like and are willing to buy.
The most enjoyable part of the job is serving the customers and helping them to buy what they like most. – less
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i enjoyed working for this company alot
Volunteer Assitant (Former Employee), Dundee, SCTOctober 6, 2014
This was a great experience for myself, my first experience of working, I volunteered and it was wonderful I gained many skills, including money handling, making displays, researching certain items that came up and deciding on a price for the charity to sell it for with colleagues, great fun with great people
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Tiring and stressful
Retail Assistant (Former Employee), LondonSeptember 29, 2014
I'd start the day full of energy and optimistic by the end of the day I'm over worked.
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productive and challenging
Retail Assistant, Replenishment, Till Work (Former Employee), Birmingham, ENGSeptember 29, 2014
At Oxfam, everyday would be a different day because we would be working at different positions at different situations, so therefore we would get experience of how to react in certain situations. I learned a lot while at Oxfam and it has made me more confident too. I have learned about till work, pricing different items, selling products on-line and – more... dispatching items bought by customers. My co-workers were very friendly, helpful and co-operative as we had to make decisions as a team and agree with one final decision. The hardest part of the job was when I had to dispatch items and go to the post office and pay for the item, I was not sure at first, but then I learnt it slowly and started doing them confidently. The most enjoyable part of the job was when we had to something different and challenging, which was really exciting. – less
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Fun, interesting and enlightening.
Volunteer (Former Employee), Crawley, ENGSeptember 29, 2014
Pros: nice managment
Cons: long hours and not getting paid
I got on with everyone that worked there. It was a lovely environment. I would have to start at 9 and finish at 5. All day I got teas and coffees offered to me. The hard part was that I wasn't getting paid for it so some weeks I had no motivation. The manager was very laid back so that helped a lot and we got on very well.
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productive and fun place to work
Sales Advisor (Current Employee), LondonSeptember 27, 2014
I learned how to merchandise,improved my customer service skills and team work skills.
The management is great and very supportive.The most enjoyable part of my job is meeting different people and exceeding customer needs.
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Me
Full time Volunteer (Former Employee), Durham, ENGSeptember 13, 2014
Pros: free travel
Cons: un payed
Worked with a diverse team as Volunteer, when your out of work you can be very productive when you volunteer for a great cause.
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Perfect and fun workplace
System Admin Volunteer (Current Employee), CardiffSeptember 6, 2014
flexible timing
Admin work
friendly co workers
learning new skills
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productive and funworking place
work experience (Former Employee), wrexhamSeptember 6, 2014
Pros: new expeirence
Cons: nomal hours
it was a new expeirence as i never knew what working in oxfam would be like so i wanted to give oxfam a try to see what types of people went their and what items the store sold.
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motivated and like to work as a team
Shop Assistant/Till Operator (Current Employee), Wembley, ENGSeptember 4, 2014
I am very motivated and hard worker I enjoy working as a group.
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Good friendly place to work.
Shop Assistant (Former Employee), ENGSeptember 2, 2014
Pros: free coffee and discount in shop.
Cons: pay.
Serving customers sorting goods and stock sorting. Working the till taking prices of discounts. Refunding customers busy shop.
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Efficient and friendly workplace
Voluntary Sale Assistant (Former Employee), Bristol, ENGAugust 30, 2014
Pros: contributing to charity
Cons: organising donations was sometimes challenging
The Oxfam shop provided a welcoming and pleasant environment for both customers and staff. The management was excellent and I never felt as though I didn't Know what I was doing or that I didn't know what my Objectives were. Everybody who I met and worked with were professional yet approachable and were always willing to assist customers whenever necessary.
The – more... hardest part of the job was stock taking and keeping on top of the finances because this is such a vital part to the shop and charity's success.
The most enjoyable part of the job was meeting new people, helping customers and knowing that your work is benefiting those who are less fortunate. – less
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Enjoyable working environment
Volunteering at Oxfam (Former Employee), Glasgow, SCTAugust 29, 2014
Pros: not bad hours
I would usually work on the till and help with tidying the shop floor to make it presentable to customers. I would also do banking and help with stock. Through my experience in Oxfam i have learnt how to handle certain situations being under pressure and dealing with difficult customers. My manager was very helpful and let me have the opportunity to – more... do different jobs within the workplace. I wouldn't say there was any hard parts about the job apart from difficult customers. The most enjoyable part was working as a team to make sure every customer is satisfied. – less
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Fun workplace
Volunteer (Former Employee), Bishopbriggs, GlasgpwAugust 28, 2014
Pros: friendly staff and customers
Cons: repetitive.
My main task was to stock shelves and organise donations. Management and my co-workers we very friendly. The hardest part of the job was it could be quite slow and repetitive. The most enjoyable part was helping customers with any problems or questions that they had.
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A fun and enjoyable working environment
Volunteer (Current Employee), Kingston upon Hull, ENGAugust 15, 2014
A typical day at work consists of me and a colleague working on the till, serving customers and making the shop a happy environment. One of my responsibilities is to dress the manikin in the window as to attract more customers. I find it very satisfying that when I dress the manikin the outfits are sold within a matter of hours. I also enjoy giving – more... advice to customers regarding their purchases. I feel that I have a very strong professional relationship with the manager of Newland Avenue's Oxfam, we often have conversations about things such as the way the shop is set out, product pricing and the working environment of the shop. – less

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