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18 Secrets John Lewis Employees Will Never Tell You

John Lewis has an exclusive island resort for employees.

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1. We get a pretty damn impressive 25% employee discount on most products.

2. And as if that's not enough, we also get 15% off at Waitrose.

In case you didn't know, Waitrose is a part of the John Lewis Partnership.
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In case you didn't know, Waitrose is a part of the John Lewis Partnership.

3. Which means you always have friends and family begging you for your discount.

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4. John Lewis owns and runs six private holiday resorts where employees can stay at a subsidised price.

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One of which is located on its own goddamn island. That's right, there's a John Lewis island just off the south coast of England.

5. Which you kind of need after the long working hours.

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Most stores open at 9am and don't close until 8pm. Although you don't work all those hours, it still means that there's a lot that needs to get done throughout the day.

6. But on the plus side we do get super cheap lunch every day.

7. The uniform makes you feel extra professional.

Compared with what workers at other stores have to wear, the business dress code at John Lewis is super glamorous.
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Compared with what workers at other stores have to wear, the business dress code at John Lewis is super glamorous.

8. Working at John Lewis gives you the best training for dealing with the public.

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Beyond the customer service training there's career development and management training schemes.

9. Because John Lewis takes customer service VERY seriously.

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Providing customers with the very best service is pretty much what John Lewis prides itself on.

10. John Lewis is owned by a trust on behalf of its employees.

All workers are partners, which makes it different from working anywhere else.
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All workers are partners, which makes it different from working anywhere else.

11. So all employees have a share of the company's profits.

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12. Which definitely helps you get through what is possibly the busiest time of the year.

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13. Except maybe Black Friday.

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Every staff member dreads the Black Friday sale. The yearly one-day sale that follows Thanksgiving is one American tradition we could definitely do without.

14. Yes, we've seen the newest Christmas advert, so there's no need to keep mentioning it to us.

Although tbf they are the best Christmas adverts.
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Although tbf they are the best Christmas adverts.

15. The in-store decorations are second to none.

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The store feels kind of empty when they're taken down.

16. Keeping all the shelf displays in perfect order is a surprisingly stressful job.

There's nothing more frustrating than a child getting loose in the homeware department.
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There's nothing more frustrating than a child getting loose in the homeware department.

17. Staff have a say in the running of the store.

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Things like opening hours, the canteen, etc. It's all just another perk of being a partner.

18. That's why John Lewis employees are so passionate about the business they work for.

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CORRECTION

John Lewis no longer give out a Christmas bonus (but do, however, offer a share of the profits in the spring). An earlier version of this story misstated that staff were given a Christmas bonus in December.