J Sainsbury

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J Sainsbury Reviews

Updated August 22, 2014
Updated August 22, 2014
193 Reviews
3.2
193 Reviews
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Mike Coupe
9 Ratings

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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  1.  

    Superb Company with real care of employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Database Administrator  in  Coventry, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Database Administrator in Coventry, England (UK)

    I have been working at J Sainsbury full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Facilities and inclusion
    Location is great
    Restaurant is good

    Cons

    Too much inclusion!
    Quite a lot of meetings
    Some managers appear to arrange meetings and little else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let me have a duvet day now and again :)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Rigid employers do everything by the book even if it's wrong. Expect blood

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Gen Assnt Nights  in  Ely, IA
    Current Employee - Gen Assnt Nights in Ely, IA

    I have been working at J Sainsbury full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    first option on reduced items so cheap food.

    Cons

    Trust is a core value but they don't trust you an inch. Treat consumers like idiots

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to staff, introduce some flexibility in attitude, stop using times for task completetion it encourages damages and burns people out

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Part time work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Assistant  in  Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Customer Service Assistant in Manchester, England (UK)

    I have been working at J Sainsbury part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Good progression
    - Friendly staff, many who have been there for years
    - Good hourly wage for part time work

    Cons

    - Management too focused on passing MCM and MAC
    - Not enough holidays
    - Don't seem to care about younger staff
    - Not much overtime

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more in touch with younger employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Learn alot, but takes over your life

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management  in  Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Management in Oxford, England (UK)

    I have been working at J Sainsbury full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good community spirit, significantly better than other supermarket employers, fast paced, management salary is good

    Cons

    Never allowed day off, very long working hours, sector means you won't get time off at holidays as others will

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to outperform the other supermarkets for culture, but new generation of people won't accept the same culture in future.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Format Planning Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Format Planning Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at J Sainsbury full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Sainsbury's offers great internal opportunities to develop your career and professional skills. The company offers a wide range of management development courses to help with your progression. Line managers are particularly encouraged to help colleagues identify their development needs and provide opportunities to do this.

    Cons

    Although personal progress is encouraged the promotion process and route can seem challenging and put some people off. This leads to many good colleagues decide to move externally for promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review support route for promotion and encourage more secondments and lateral changes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    The culture with the management needs a revamp

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Management  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Management in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at J Sainsbury full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Can be a light and fun environment when it suits them

    Cons

    This is an old company, departments dont talk and change is very difficult to implement.
    Out of all the supermarket chains I think this one will fade away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sack the lot of them. The structure is so flawed and the old ways so entrenched small changes aren't doing any good at all

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Harder than what people say retail would be like

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Assistant  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Customer Service Assistant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at J Sainsbury part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Not as much as responsibility as compared to old job as a Math Tutor, unless a team leader or manager is around and you want to impress them. Till operating is good and time goes by fast

    Cons

    For someone relatively small, I hate stock replenishment when it comes to big products, it really aches and hurts my back for 8 hour shifts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the pay a bit and offer more chances for promotion or bonuses

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Sometimes good, sometimes bad.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - General Assistant
    Current Employee - General Assistant

    I have been working at J Sainsbury part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Really get along with other colleagues in store.

    You can get trained in many different things across the departments in the store.

    Working on your holiday gives you double pay! And lots of overtime during holiday season.

    Cons

    Ok pay but lower than what all the competitive stores pay.

    Always pushed to work on your holiday and get double pay when the managers would never do that themselves.

    HR not open for colleagues that work in the evening shifts.. you have to come in your own time.

    Management will walk around and do nothing and tell you off for talking. They will also leave work early and leave us to do everything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop pressuring people to do overtime or work their holidays when they don't want to.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Convenience Store

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cashier  in  Solihull, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Cashier in Solihull, England (UK)

    I have been working at J Sainsbury part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Never felt intimidated about losing my job, comfortable with 90% of the people I work with at my store.

    Cons

    As with any retail job (I assume) it is very difficult to get time ff at short notice, but I can try and pull a few strings and guilt trip my manager or ask for a favour.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Undervalued

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - NightShift  in  Birmingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - NightShift in Birmingham, England (UK)

    I have been working at J Sainsbury part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    10% discount but then you can buy cheaper elsewhere. Can't think of any other Pros.

    Cons

    Expected to do work in less time than even their Productivity figures suggests. You are told you are valued and they reward you but they are just empty words. Made to feel like a liar when phoning in sick. Pay is poor, not much above minimum wage...if they valued their staff they would pay more instead of quoting it's the industry standard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be nice. Stop acting like meglomaniacs...you work in a Supermarket!! It's poorly payed no matter how much you hype it up, so, don't expect too much from those below you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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