J Sainsbury

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J Sainsbury Reviews

Updated May 21, 2014
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3.2 180 reviews

50% Approve of the CEO

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Mike Coupe

(4 ratings)

57% 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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    '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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    "Great Place to Work" NOT

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsBonus, sick and holiday pay, family friendly. Not much in the way of Pros. Struggled to put this together

    ConsIf you are without children you are a low priority in requests for shift and or contract changes. A colleague once asked to work alternate Saturdays so they could have a free weekend twice a month but was denied because two other colleagues had children or a child. Managers (not all) are very very very condescending and patronizing care more about making themselves look better on paper than actually caring about their colleagues' welfare. An example was a Christmas party was cancelled due to lack of interest because of low morale and the general feeling of not wanting to spend an evening with a manager or person that makes their working life hell. To date not a single manager has asked as to why no one wanted to go. Morale is a unimportant non existent entity to Sainsbury's. If you're not working for Sainsbury's with a mind of a career then you have little hope from managers or gaining any promotion. The bonus is very very meagre. You could argue it's more than some. But it IS less than most. The bonus does NOT reflect how much you have worked for the company (does not take into account overtime) the bonus only reflects your flat contract rate at approximately a weeks worth. So for example somebody on a 12 hour contract who works on average 30+ hours a week including overtime will only receive 12 hours worth of bonus. Other retail companies match what the colleagues work including overtime, John Lewis for one

    Advice to Senior ManagementMorale is extremely important.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Sainsburys stagnation

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood social and benefits pack if you are working class person

    ConsThere is no way to get a promotion if you are eastern european

    Advice to Senior Managementfigure out how to take out company from mental prison. business evolves , you have to keep pace as well

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    worst

    Replenishment Assistant (Current Employee) Grimsby, England (UK)

    ProsStaff discount, Pension, salary and all

    ConsPoor run company
    Rude Team Leaders and Department Managers
    Selfish staff
    Management is poor their dont listen to us

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement should listen to the colleagues

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

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    Sainsbury's Could Be Great Again If....

    Shelf Stacker (Current Employee) Dunstable, England (UK)

    ProsHoliday time is about the best thing to say about Sainsbury's....although the staff discount isn't bad at certain times of the year....

    ConsLack of respect from some of the departmental managers towards other members of staff. Constant procedure changes by the management on the basis that you're supposed to be able to read their minds!

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou need to retrain some of your department managers in the art of of to treat other members of staff with respect in order to get the best out of them. The phrase "to many chiefs and not enough indians" springs to mind. The night shift are a law unto themselves causing a great deal of problems for the day shift....And i think the term "to many kingdom builders" also springs to mind along with bullying by departmental manager who seem to think that is how they are going to gain respect by making people cry and belittling them in front of others. So, Senior managers do your self a favour and take care of the staff that help you get your big bonuses at the end of the day.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    fairness in all things including shopfloor workers and there is none

    Bakery Assistant (Current Employee)

    Proswhen i joined j sainsburys almost 10 years a ago there was a lot more fairness understanding loyalty to wards staff and
    customers then there is now and this shows in the movement of staff

    Consa lot of shopfloor staff arrive late unfit to work due to drink not dressed in there uniform un keep a pearence such as no name badge shoes un polished un shaven many counter staff were rings which break hygiene laws many deli staff wander round the store with aprons on this is also against hygiene laws there also problems with deli staff eating behind
    the counter senior management take no notice of these problems the store at which i work as one law for one and another
    which leads to bad feeling among staff who have genuine problems with health

    Advice to Senior Managementthe problem with senior management is that favouritism is the name of the game they can never see what has been done
    there can always see what has not been done there is no praise for a job well done but plenty of fault they have no respct for any body elses feelings or poistion many store managers are bullies towards members of staff

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    1 000 000 Reasons to not join sainsburys in any way.

    Sales Assistant (Current Employee) Chipping Ongar, England (UK)

    ProsThere are not many good reasons for working in sainsburys apart from the fact that its easy to get a job in there even people like david beckham would get a job at the snap of two fingers. The other reason why it is kinda reasonable is because if you work on the deli you can eat as much as you want, your not suppose to, but what the hell who cares if sainsburys losed 50p evertime you eat a slice of ham. Oh and maybe one more thing everyone that you work with in their hates the whole management tier.

    ConsWhen you actually get given a discount card its 10%, oh wait that aint that good. Every manager is stuck up their own arse, except the normal department managers and sometimes even they act as though their god.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI would advise managment to not talk to their employees like they are dogs and to get their head out of their arse otherwise one day they may have a brown face when they come up against someone that isnt going to let themselves be spoken down to.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    sounds great but then reality bites!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe concept of the values is great and the board seem to display these.

    Consmanagersdo not live the values or behaviours

    Advice to Senior ManagementFor the board to have 1 2 1 s with middle to lower management to understand how life really is.
    Not group discussions where colleaguesfear to speak.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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