J Sainsbury

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J Sainsbury Reviews

Updated October 18, 2014
Updated October 18, 2014
231 Reviews
3.2
231 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Staff discount of 10% and on occasion it goes up to a max of 20% for couple days (in 15 reviews)

  • paid holiday even on part time contracts no matter how long you have been there (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • I haven't noticed any work life balance policies applied (in 7 reviews)

  • Team Leaders are a total waster of time and spend most of them time sucking upto Managers (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Hard work that hardly pay back

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Convenience Deputy Manager in Brighton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Convenience Deputy Manager in Brighton, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    A lot of procedures to keep your job safe. Lots of training , resources and support from Helpdesks.

    Cons

    Always understaffed. Tons of paperwork. Impossible timelines. Work life balance very poor. Company cares about money not people at all. Too much thieving due to generous budgets and lack of control as everyone is too busy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promotion good up to Deputy. Play politics works better than hard work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    nepotism is rife

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

    I have been working at J Sainsbury part-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    i have worked for over 10 years for this company and under 20, and store has gone through lots of changes one being doubling in size, now on outside windows as car deck took over the front, have some great people i work with, not that u get to talk to them as the shifts i do are the quick turn around type of shoppers, in ,pay ,out. Join the Union

    Cons

    when things go wrong which they do the management do not back you, not sure if the same as in every store but this one management can't make waves as too many family members working within store in high profile places ..ie store manager has child in store and wife in HR (so no chance of bringing a complaint). they always take the sides of the customer, even when they are abusive, verbally and physically, i did enjoy working here but now feel unable to carry on,so good i did join the union as they fought my case and i won!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no more family getting jobs that are never advertised in store or elsewhere, give others a chance. stand up for the staff, head office is just that a office where they don't know how the other half work, i know i have been there, fantastic canteen unlike store where there is a vending machine with just choc/crisps really healthy for a days work,the staff are humans first and staff second, most have outside lives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sainsbury's Online is a joke to work at

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Online Driver in Bury, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Online Driver in Bury, South East England, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Theres not many, technically being an online driver could be a great job. Driving round, seeing customers etc, but Sainsbury's ruin it
    Only cons are 10% discount and a bonus, but that only comes down to if you do well on mystery customers.

    Cons

    Where to start. How about the management - They don't care about you as a person, all they care about is the department is making money and their shifts are covered. They are never flexible with you but you have to be VERY flexible with them.
    You have to tell them if theres extra days you can work, there no simple 9-5 job here. It can range from 7 in the morning until 11 at night. You loose all your social life and can never plan to do anything in advance incase your normal 'day off' becomes your flexi day that they make your work!
    Then the other thing I hate, 99% of the time your doing a good job but get no thanks. Do one thing wrong you never hear the end of it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop taking our time away without giving anything back
    Make drivers feel appreciated
    Realise we have lives

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    'Great place to work' - what a joke!

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

    I have been working at J Sainsbury full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Lazy 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 ManagementAdvice

    Actually do some work for the first time in your life.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    No motivation to work

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

    I have been working at J Sainsbury part-time

    Pros

    Nothing really apart from regualr income, friendly staff and the occasional 15% discount

    Cons

    Poor wage
    No recognition
    poor managers
    poor team leaders

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to make the place more enjoyable to work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    "Great Place to Work" NOT

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

    I have been working at J Sainsbury part-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    If 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 ManagementAdvice

    Morale is extremely important.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Sainsburys stagnation

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

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

    Pros

    Good social and benefits pack if you are working class person

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    worst

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

    I have been working at J Sainsbury part-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Staff discount, Pension, salary and all

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should listen to the colleagues

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Shelf Stacker in Dunstable, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Shelf Stacker in Dunstable, England (UK)

    I have been working at J Sainsbury

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Lack 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 ManagementAdvice

    You 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    fairness in all things including shopfloor workers and there is none

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

    I have been working at J Sainsbury

    Pros

    when 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

    Cons

    a 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 ManagementAdvice

    the 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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