In a ferociously hard-fought retail environment, attracting and retaining the best staff can make a competitive difference.

Top 15 retailers to work for

This list has been updated for 2016, click here to see the latest top 15 retailers to work for.

Retailers have made big efforts to highlight the career opportunities the industry offers and to pitch themselves as excellent employers. But which are the best according to staff?

Retail Week teamed up with jobs site Glassdoor to create this list.

RankRetailerAverage rating out of 5Example employee comment
1 Schuh 4.1 “Great pay rate, friendly and supportive staff, excellent discount,” Schuh sales adviser, Livingston
2 John Lewis 4.0 “Annual bonus, opportunities to grow, great annual pay increase if you work hard and keep track of your achievements,” John Lewis selling assistant, London 
3 Ted Baker 4.0 “One of the best things about Ted, is the people working there. They hire based on personality and it’s a fun environment, can be hard sometimes but that’s just work,” Ted Baker sales assistant, London
4 Lush 3.8 “They are the friendliest bunch of people to work for and it is like being a part of a big family,” Lush sales assistant, Chester
5 Burberry 3.8 “Compared to previous jobs, Burberry offer a lot of responsibility, innovative benefits and great people,” Burberry finance manager, London
6 Wickes 3.7 “Very good business to work for,” Wickes Retail store manager, London
7 Waitrose 3.7 “They really care about the development of employees. Continuous training programmes. Opportunity to move onto various departments,” Waitrose supermarket assistant, Worthing
8 Ikea 3.6 “Great organisational culture and structure,” Ikea marketing consultant, Wembley
9 Pets at Home 3.6 “I like working for Pets at Home because my store team of colleagues are all friendly, we have a great laugh and find out interesting information from customers and colleagues,” Pets at Home shop assistant, Warrington
10 Harrods 3.4 “Nice working environment, discounts and benefits, career growth opportunities, they really make you feel proud for being part of Harrods,” Harrods supervisor, London
11 H&M 3.4 “You have a great chance of progression. Staff are fun and friendly, work as a team. Get to challenge yourself,” H&M supervisor, Manchester
12 Boots 3.4 “Great pay, great staff, friendly and helpful management. Really good discount,” Boots customer assistant, Manchester
13 Hollister Co. 3.4 “I could not think of a better job to have alongside university. Hours are very very flexible, you can work as little as you want. The work is not hard either at all,” Hollister floor model, Sheffield
14 The Hut Group 3.4 “Really intense atmosphere, great to be a part of a company which massive, global ambitions and the right model and team to get there,” The Hut Group account manager, Northwich
15 Sainsbury’s 3.3 “Great environment to work in. Friendly colleagues and management,” Sainsbury’s team leader, Edinburgh

Only retailers with at least 20 reviews on Glassdoor have been included. Ratings are out of five. Ratings go to the thousandth and are rounded up.