Working Xmas

Glassdoor data reveals the best and worst High Street brands to work for over Christmas and why

There are plenty of companies hiring on a short-term basis and at generous rates in order to keep up with customer demand this Christmas. However, with so many positions looking to be filled, applicants are becoming fussy over where to send their application first.

Therefore the team at CoursesOnline has looked to identify which brands make for the best employers – and more importantly which are the ones to avoid! Using data from Glassdoor, they’ve identified what percentage of current and former retail staff would recommend each respective brand to someone looking for a job. Below are the top 15 best-reviewed companies who are looking to hire, and a more thorough list of Christmas employers can be found here.


The sectors surveyed included companies in the delivery, fashion, and supermarket spheres, along with a more generic “High Street” category. It was these fashion and high street sectors that proved the most popular, with just one supermarket placing in the top 15 and not a single delivery company doing so.

In contrast, a number of delivery companies such as Amazon, Hermes, and DPDgroup were nowhere near as well regarded. They received recommendation ratings of 43 per cent, 30 per cent, and 16 per cent respectively so if you want to work for any of the following it pays to really research the roles they are offering well in advance to spot any major red flags.

What makes these companies so good to work for?

Aside from the money aspect, the best employers to work for are those who value their employee’s development and won’t just view them as a disposable cog in a machine. A lot of the positive reviews for each of them mention the time that was spent on equipping the new recruits with a range of useful skills, which will stick with them long into the future.

Sarah-Jane McQueen, general manager at CoursesOnline emphasises the value of these skills: “Just because a job might be temporary, that doesn’t detract at all from what a great learning experience it can be,” she says. “Teamworking, organisational skills, and working to meet deadlines are a few examples of things that you can pick up in a few weeks and are useful no matter what you want to do afterwards. Employers will be happy to see that you’ve got the drive and initiative to seek out these learning opportunities and that you’ve got some real-world experience to go with it.”

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