Life At Screwfix - Gemma Smallwood
Meet Gemma, one of our Branch Managers who shares her story after being with Screwfix for over ten years.
What made you want to start a career at Screwfix?
Having been made redundant from the hospitality industry, I hadn’t really thought too much about a position with Screwfix until I applied. I knew a little about DIY, being the daughter of a builder and was used to a fast paced environment. The vibe I got from the interview was that at Screwfix, colleagues were like an extended family, who wanted you to be you and would support you on your journey. I certainly made the right decision ten and a half years ago to accept the job, and I haven’t looked back since.
What are your favorite things about working for Screwfix?
The work life/family life balance at Screwfix is second to none, and the best I have ever experienced, the flexibility to accommodate you with your commitments, outside of work is precious and key to our colleagues, who will go out of their way to help each other. As a store manager the team I work with are a family away from home, to have a laugh with and to look out for each other. We celebrate the milestones of each other's lives and support each other through the harder times. Whether it’s a constant supply of tea or lending an ear. Screwfix also provide lots of great tools to help individuals should they wish. Colleague wellness and wellbeing is at the heart of the company from the top down, and everyone is incredibly passionate about supporting this.
What advice would you give to someone thinking of applying?
If you are thinking of a career at Screwfix - apply now! It is the most rewarding job I have ever done. At work, you are a person not a number. You are understood and listened too and respected for your diversity, wellbeing and just being you. The support is there from every level. The company is market leading and it's exciting to be part of a family team that is driving inclusion, sustainability and wellbeing in an ever-changing environment. The company's commitment to the future with regards to being eco-friendly, speaks volumes that it's not just the colleagues that are cared for but the environment we live in and the impact we have. Zero waste goes to landfill, we have a sustainability promise and even have our own charity, The Screwfix Foundation, that supports local charities from all over the UK with grants. Screwfix really is just a fantastic place to work!