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    Specsavers Entering Canada

    Just wondering if anyone else is aware of Specsavers coming to Canada?

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    Yeah i heard that. How can someone from UK move there?

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    Hello all
    SpecSavers entered the Cdn market (I guess I should say BC market as I'm not sure about Eastern Canada) by purchasing Image Optometry. Image was an OD owned "chain" with 15 locations in the lower mainland (Vancouver and surroundings) and one on Vancouver Island.
    I was wondering what impressions/experiences do UK and Aussie/NZ Optometrists have about working for/with SS??

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    They have a pretty bad reputation both for customer service and as employers. Especially of optometrists. But because they control over 50% of the UK market, plenty of people still work for them.

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    I second that. Having worked for one of their tech centers which processes errors in orders placed in store I can confirm there is a serious lack of professionalism and knowledge. Let's see how the Canadians rate them.

    Because of this however they've never been quite the serious threat to other UK optical chains.

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    Hi,

    from personal experience with doing my pre reg at specsavers and subsequently working for them for 3 years afterwards… this is a terrible omen for Canadian optometrists in the future. They devalue the Optometry profession to the ground, focusing solely on the sale of glasses in order to bring in profit. That mindset makes optometrists more like salesmen. The directors of the store were explicitly told to focus on the negative and not the positive so the optometrists would think they weren’t worthy of any raises. They expect overtime work with no compensation. Honestly, the worst experience I’ve had with an occupation which almost made me quit being an optometrist. Friends in the UK still have theirs griefs over it. Hopefully their business motto gets shut down quick and the Canadian Optometrists board realize how bad this is going to be if they expand further

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