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Officially a World Class
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Officially a Good
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Officially a Good
Company to Work For

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Best Company to work for in the UK
Feb 2020
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Best Company
to work for

Howdens are a trade only business that services the needs of over 400,000 local small builders from over 700 UK locations nationwide. The focus of the entire business is on meeting the needs of the depots and in turn their customers. In the widest sense, people depend on Howdens in all manner of ways. As they make and sell kitchens, they feel that they have a particular responsibility in an area which is central to daily life. They ensure that they never let other people down, whether colleagues, customers, charities or residents in local communities. Howdens core principles today are the same on which the business was founded in the mid 1990's, before they had a name, product, buildings or employees. Since then, they have grown the business to one employing nearly 10,000 people. This sense of ownership and heritage is a winning formula, one which everyone can connect to and take pride in. The wellbeing of their people is paramount and they recognise that in their industry, some employees can be exposed to physical risks. They feel that it is their responsibility to help their employees to safeguard themselves against these. Their initiatives 'Safe to Trade' and 'Safe to Supply' emphasise that their culture is committed to safety and encourage all employees to feel empowered to take responsibility for themselves and their team.

Featured Workplace Factors

My Company

80% of staff agreed

This organisation is run on strong values / principles

To embrace the geographical challenge of having employees working in over 700 locations, Howdens invested significantly in a learning management system 'our Academy' which has enabled employees to benefit from a whole range of e-learning to teach soft and technical skills and wellbeing modules.

Giving Something Back

66% of staff agreed

I am happy with the pay and benefits I receive in this job

Howdens support thousands of small local charitable activities with cash and product donations, which local management and employees have the autonomy to decide upon with their teams.

My Team

73% of staff agreed

The experience I gain from this job is valuable for my future

Howdens offers market leading bonus and incentive schemes in addition to generous basic salaries. Everyone within each of their depots benefits from team bonuses based on the profitability and success of the depot.

Benefits

Long Service

Companies where at least 40% of the staff have worked there for more than five years.

Profit Related Pay

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