Comet began life as Comet Battery Stores in Kingston-upon-Hull in 1933. Since then it has passed through various hands before eventually emerging under the KESA Electricals Plc umbrella. Although the original store has now become a UK-wide chain of stores, its home town still figures in the company’s structure with Comet’s Business Centre being located in Hull.
Comet’s Head Office is in Rickmansworth and, across the UK, it now has 250 stores, 14 service centres, 12 home delivery platforms, 4 distribution centres and 2 contact centres. These, collectively, employ around 10,000 people.
The actual distribution of Comet’s products is no longer handled directly by the company. Instead, it farms the work out to DHL, however, if you live or can get to one of the RDC’s (Regional Distribution Centres) at Harlow, Corby or Skelmersdale, there is good job-hunting potential.
Times are hard for electrical retailers such as Comet with its main competition coming from High Street rivals such as Currys and from online adversaries such as Makro. Last year, Comet made a relatively tiny profit of £11.5m on a £1.65bn turnover. This works out at a mere 0.7%, less than a quarter of 2004’s percentage.
Comet have just launched a new logo with the slogan ‘Come and Play’ which is aimed at encouraging potential stellenangebote to visit stores to ‘try out’ new gadgets such as 3-D TV’s, computer peripherals and games. Instead of dissuading shoppers from touching merchandise, staff are now required to actively encourage a store visitor to ‘have a go with it’. Consequently, if you enjoy the latest gizmos and can quickly learn which button does what, then demonstrating electronic appliances could be the job for you.
Naturally, there is a training programme operating to coach new staff regarding the intricacies of the products being sold.
However, Comet is not just about working in its shops. It also employs people to provide Customer Information, After Sales Service and make Home Deliveries as well as filling the range of jobs required by any Head Office.
Comet promises the following benefits:
- Financial – A quarterly bonus and membership of a stakeholder pension (after 3 months of service).
- Health – Private health care and occupational health support
- Working – Flexible hours and career-break options
- Holidays – 30 days annually (including Bank Holidays)
- Personal – Tax-free childcare vouchers and bus passes
- Service – Long service awards
- General – 10% discount card (after 3 months of service), discount vouchers, Cycle2work scheme