Quick facts
  • What we do:
    Domestic Appliance Manufacturer
  • Year established:
    1979
  • Website:
    http://www.vax.co.uk
  • UK locations:
    West Midlands
  • Contact
    • 5th Floor, 2 Colmore Square, Queensway, Birmingham, West Midlands, B4 6BN

About Vax Ltd


What is it like to work for Vax Ltd

My Manager
My Manager
Vax's senior team demonstrate their commitment to the values by essentially role-modelling them and recognising those employees who display them.  They talk about “Pushing the boundaries with big targets”.  Vax had a very recent internet sale where they achieved 4 times their target.  This was achievable because all of the senior team engaged the workforce in this; created banter and fun around the sale, blogging on their Hive social enterprise site and creating a huge amount of passion and energy that radiated through the business.  Not only that, but the senior team “took responsibility” for the incredible workload achieving such big targets would place on their warehouse operations, therefore the UK board Directors all volunteered themselves to work in the warehouse during the busy time, and volunteered their teams also.  Directed by the Warehouse supervisors, the Directors labelled boxes, boxed orders and prepared pallets for distribution.  There can’t be many companies where the Directors all take responsibility for the impact of their decisions and personally help those functions impacted.  There is an ingrained culture of being straightforward at Vax and senior manager’s role model this by challenging openly.  There are some great examples of this taking place recently on the company's Hive system, whereby senior managers will openly question something that doesn’t work as well as it could in the business, or particular products they need to review and will put the question out there openly for people to comment on how they can fix an issue.
My Team
My Team
One of the distinctive features about Vax’s culture is its team unity and spirit.  This is evident in both the way they do business together and how they have fun together away from the office.  Vax's flagship event last year was their “Family Fun Day” where colleagues, families and pets alike joined together for a day out in the sun!  Held at Studley Castle in Warwickshire, Vax wanted to provide an opportunity for people to mingle in a beautiful setting whilst also satisfying the energy that their employees have through a competitive game or two!  Held on a Sunday (not a usual working day for many) Vax colleagues came from far and wide to enjoy the free barbeque and each other’s company. After a few hours of excited chatter and laughter, it was time to let the games commence.  Not only were there fairground stalls where the little, or let’s be honest, big ones could win a cuddly toy but there was the grand finale “It’s a Knockout”.  The core value “we push the boundaries with BIG TARGETS” is at the heart of Vax employees, making the company ambitious by nature, so it was no surprise that when put into teams, the camaraderie commenced to beat the competition!  Vax pulled together to succeed using their skills, techniques, enthusiasm and collaboration, all whilst getting a little bit wet on the journey.  A great day was had by all and we all came back to work with an invigorated team spirit!
Fair Deal
Fair Deal
The company's recognition scheme rewards their employees for successfully demonstrating their core values in a transformational way.  This scheme is called Spotlight because Vax take the opportunity to put these individuals in the limelight as they recognise their significant achievement toward the business.  Each quarter, the board of Directors discuss the nominees and select the most deserved winners.  At quarterly business briefings, the Managing Director reads out the winners’ personal stories highlighting the reasons for their success and inspiring other employees to demonstrate our values in all they do.  If that isn’t enough, Vax then plaster their photo and story all over their spotlight recognition boards at all sites and write about them in the company newsletter ‘VaxLife’.  As reward for their performance in the spotlight, David, Vax's MD personally thanks them for the work they have done and they are given £250 net in their next payment.  This scheme is so effective because it is driven from the top and genuinely encourages people to live and breathe the company's values with a constant reminder of how important these values are to the business.  Further, one of the key business measures is their internal promotion rate, as such, last year, they set a target for 40% of their roles filled internally.  This year, Vax are pleased to say that they have hit 50% recognising the great performance that their employees deliver!

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Benefits:

  • Charity Activities
    Charity Activities

    20% of staff undertake charitable activities during business hours

  • Holidays
    Holidays

    Companies offering a minimum of 25 days annual leave

  • Gym
    Gym

    On-site gym or subsidised gym memberships

  • Childcare
    Childcare

    On-site nursery or vouchers

  • Maternity
    Maternity

    At least 10 weeks' leave on full pay

  • Dental Insurance
    Dental Insurance

    Dental insurance offer to all employees

  • Profit Related Payment
    Profit Related Payment

    Companies offering profit related pay to all employees

Company Statistics

  • Earning £35,000+:

    18%

  • Staff Turnover:

    26%

  • Average Age:

    28

  • UK sites:

    3

  • Staff:

    450

  • Male : Female:

    55% / 45%

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