J Sainsbury

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J Sainsbury Reviews

Updated Jul 17, 2014
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3.2 179 reviews

33% Approve of the CEO

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Mike Coupe

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56% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Staff discount of 10% and on occasion it goes up to a max of 20% for couple days(in 12 reviews)

  • Job is varied, discount card is great/(in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • The team leaders and managers skulk round the isles and watch every move you make(in 12 reviews)

  • I haven't noticed any work life balance policies applied(in 4 reviews)

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    Ever-changing, multiple opportunities for development!

    Store Manager Convenience (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsFriendly, flexible supportive company which will encourage you to progress as far as you want to and are comfortable. Opportunities for transfers, secondments and multi-skulking across divisions.

    ConsHave to be autonomous even in a large store, retail is a challenging environment and very changeable, demands of store or department can change on a daily basis, change programmes must be supported regardless of your personal opinion and /or knowledge.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Nice place to work

    Technical (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsVery flexible people, there isn't any real minute minding and as long as you get on with it they will in general leave you to your own devices

    ConsNo two departments talk to each other. Each is a separate island and none shall cross! Very old fashioned company with a lot of dead wood.

    Advice to Senior ManagementChange your process, get the teams talking to each other. And remove all the unnecessary blocks in between each area.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A great place to work

    Team Leader (Current Employee) Luton, East of England, England (UK)

    ProsAmazing colleagues, team leaders and managers. Training in everything you need. Career progress!

    ConsA lot of work to be done

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue at the same level and support their team leaders

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great little job that has seen me through college and university

    Customer Service Assistant (Current Employee) Shiremoor, England (UK)

    ProsNo experience needed. As long as you're a nice person who can hold a conversation then the job is pretty much yours. The maths test is really easy and the final assessment is about your values, asking you a number of questions where you select whether you strongly agree, agree, disagree or strongly disagree. The pay is reasonable in comparison to other jobs I have had, only a couple of pence short of M&S where I previously worked. It really depends what store you work in as every manager has a different style of leadership. The company seems to be doing well and the training is lot better than previous companies I have worked at. Overall I've had a positive experience, unlike some colleagues I know, however, it is like every company, there will always be those who have bad experiences. Do your job and you'll be fine.

    ConsNot many full-time contracts unless you want to be a Team Leader which isn't much more money than a band 2 colleague even though you pretty much do a managers job e.g. running the department. I would only be a Team Leader to use it as a stepping stone into management. Members of the public can sometimes be challenging, but that's no different to working in any other shop. Disciplinary procedures (not that I had any) seemed quite harsh, especially for a supermarket (sorry, but that is all it is). Some team leaders and management could be quite rude while on a power trip and did not like being challenged. Other managers, such as my own were firm but fair which is how it should be. In a smaller store where the tobacco and lottery kiosk were joint with the customer service desk, it felt like you were chucked into the deep end and left on your own to serve one queue of customers waiting for either the kiosk or for a refund. You were left to learn from your mistakes resulting in annoying customers in the meantime.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAdditional departmental specific training can be an issue and needs to be concentrated on majorly instead of chucking people in the deep end. Monthly briefing and Colleague Performance Reviews need to be done when they're supposed to be instead of being long overdue. Colleague benefits have been cut such as Sunday premium. Communication amongst all colleagues is a big issue which needs to be addressed so that colleagues are all doing the same thing so that it is consistent.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Brilliant

    General Assistant (Current Employee) Derby, England (UK)

    ProsTraining is excellent, colleagues are friendly, working hours are managed fairly. General work environment is happy, and everyone is proud to work together as a team.

    ConsSome days are busier than others which is hard to prepare for, so the working day is unpredictable, though that could be part of the fun too.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    nice people, good pay!

    Cafe Assistant (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsThere are opportunities to progress and develop your skills and position, pay is good with opportunities for bonuses each year and people are friendly.

    Consthe communication between management and people on the shop floor really needs to be improved. Often didn't feel particularly valued or part of a team.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    'Great place to work' - what a joke!

    Anonymous (Current Employee)

    ProsDiscount card, I suppose. Handy when it goes up to 15/20% but they always conveniently put it up when we get paid.

    ConsLazy team leaders and a manager that is as much use as a chocolate teapot. Ridiculously understaffed and they can't even be bothered to train anyone up properly. Everyone is more concerned with kissing each others backside and the rest of us (the ones who actually work unlike the supposed team leaders) get spoken to like dirt and get told 'tough' when put down for a shift we don't agree to (we're contracted days and times Mr manager so it's 'tough' for you). Too much stress for too little reward.

    Advice to Senior ManagementActually do some work for the first time in your life.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    No motivation to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsNothing really apart from regualr income, friendly staff and the occasional 15% discount

    ConsPoor wage
    No recognition
    poor managers
    poor team leaders

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry to make the place more enjoyable to work

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not any worse than other retailers

    Team Leader/CTS (Current Employee) Nottingham, England (UK)

    ProsA generous holiday allowance, and if you need it good sick pay and work adjustments. There is also a strong emphasis on training and skills. In convenience teams are small and close knit.

    ConsShift schedules can change at a minutes notice, and hours are very anti-social. I can finish at half past midnights and be back in at four thirty some days. Its impossible to get a good work/home balance. Pressure to work for free is significant.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe tighter on absence, as many take advantage of how easy it is to take a long time off. Also improve the pay balance, as there are so many different pay systems within the company, resulting in few of us getting the same pay for the same tasks.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A friendly place to work

    General Assistant (Current Employee) Leeds, England (UK)

    ProsNice employees, you have a chance to work in different departments. You get a free uniform and they supply good training before you start the job

    ConsLong hours on your feet lugging heavy items can be a killer for the knees. Some managment can be un friendly or hard to find when you need them.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore consistant good managment needed

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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