My name is M. D. J. (rather not use my real name for obvious reasons). I currently work for Lidl as an area manager. Three years ago, I was accepted into Aldi’s program, but it was my first job, and I flunked out.
However, at Lidl, with some profressional experience under my belt, I managed to land the job and made the cut.
I should warn you that I work in Belgium, not in the UK or Ireland, but knowing Lidl (except maybe for the selection process) it will not matter.
First of all, I need to rain on people’s parade…
Working at either Lidl or Aldi is not for 90% of the people looking for graduate schemes.
- The six months/year you spend in a store are very difficult physically (prepare for weight loss) and mentally (they only want to keep stress-resistant people)
- This is NOT an office job; no fancy offices (in fact, the offices are spartan and minimalistic)
- The job is highly competitive
- Lidl and Aldi are “up or out” for area managers.
- The hours you will have to put in in the beginning will be long. BUT - your boss only cares about you meeting your objectives. If with time you can do it while working 40 hours a week, more power to you. There are 60-70 hours week however.
The good things are:
- Very high starting salary (outside of finance I don’t know of many other companies that pay this much) which evolves very quickly
- A4 that is fully paid for, including all gas
- Work experience that will make you welcome in any other company. Doors will open for you.
Anyway. Please ask me anything you like.