Have been thinking about night fill (say Coles / woolies) work as would work well for our family....we have two small children, hubby is home by 4:30 each day. We don't have family to look after girls so this would mean I could work while he is at home to look after them and avoid using childcare.
Do u get permanent shifts or is it just casual on call type of work? I'd only want maybe 3 nights a week as anymore might get a bit much for me.
Any info / advice appreciated. I haven't worked for 5 years now so not sure if that would be an issue and if its only supermarkets that offer nightfill work or is there other work anyone could recommend!!
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19-10-2015 20:25 #1
Is night fill work any good?
19-10-2015 20:26 #2
Subbing., same same
19-10-2015 20:44 #3
In a previous life, I worked supermarket management.. So my info is a couple of years old, but...
One store I managed, we ran a day fill crew. So the grocery shelves were filled from 7 am and we had full time employees who worked 7-4 everyday, just filling shelves. We then had "facers" who worked evenings, they did from 8-12pm, just pulling the stock forward on the shelves. Making the shelves look neat and pretty.
Other stores do afternoon fill, this would work for you (probably), as the stores that did night fill started at like 10pm until the early hours.
Anyway, if you don't know what time the fillers in your local stores work, call and ask. The grocery manager or duty manager will be able to tell you. Then you'll need to do an online application for either Coles or woolworths. I believe you'll need to just do "expression of interest" if there's no job openings listed for that store at the moment. And when they have a job opening, they'll commence the interview process.
I also was a manager with an iga, we paid our staff less than I did when I managed a Coles, but handled our own recruitment, so people just walked in with resumes in hand.
It's not bad work, mostly uni kids, but it is hard work as you have to work to a carton count, as in, you might need to fill a certain number of boxes accurately in an hour. So it's physically demanding. Facing the shelves is not physically demanding but it is mind numbingly boring and people get sore wrists from repeatedly turning the cans and bottles to face the front.
I hope that helps. If other people are currently doing the job they might be able to give you current info on applying, pay rates etc..
19-10-2015 22:26 #4
I used to do nightfill at Woolies and am considering taking it up again to make some extra $$.
I personally really like the work, it's pretty repetitive but the shifts aren't long and once the store closes you can relax a bit and have a chat, as long as you keep up the pace. The shifts where I worked were typically 8pm -midnight, I'm a night owl so this was awesome for me. I only worked casually 2 nights a week but others did up to 5 shifts and were permanent part-time.
The pay wasn't too bad and we got 5% staff discount. Most of the people I worked with were mums, dads doing a second job or uni students.
I say go for it!
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19-10-2015 22:43 #5
Thanks calicoat. I just asked my friend who works at woolies and she's going to speak to her store manager for me. Fingers crossed!!
19-10-2015 22:44 #6
Oh BTW just curious... do u have to wear a uniform?
20-10-2015 04:29 #7Senior Member
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At my old supermarket, nightfillers typically did 8-midnight. Most were permanent. And yes they wore uniform, though at one stage they were wearing black uniforms, not our usual blouse type things. Most of our fillers were immigrants, though there were a couple of mums like you as well, just wanting a few extra dollars. There can be a lot of pressure sometimes, just depends how much work there is that night, but that's like any job really! It's not exciting work, and the physicality of it depends on what section your're doing, for eg soft drinks- heavy, but then toothbrushes- not heavy, but oh so annoying!
I don't think that you being out of work would be a problem. Applications are online as PP said.
20-10-2015 04:57 #8
Don't forget with the rise of online shopping many stores also have an online team that will complete customers orders
20-10-2015 05:00 #9Junior Member
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20-10-2015 13:13 #10
I used to do nightfill at colesas a second job. I worked with a pretty awesome crew so it was fun most of the time. I was casual but as i worked hard i was given lots of shifts. At one stage i was working 4 nights a week til midnight plus saturdays til 8pm (on top of 8-5 day job). I had no life and was exhausted but needed the money. You do need to work fast as you are allocated a certain time limit to do so many cartons as pp said, but once you get the hang of things it's doable. I always worked the same 3 aisles so after a few months i knew where everything went and would finish my work quite fast then go help others, which then helped me to get more shifts due to being a fast worker. Before i knew it i had been there for 3.5 years!! I had to quit when i injured my back at day job, and then i fell pregnant soon after.
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