J Sainsbury Reviews

Updated March 24, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Vile place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    I really can't think of many positives to working at Sainburys!
    * staff discount but you have to work there at least 6 months to get it!

    Cons

    This really is the worst Job i have ever had!
    * The place is lifeless and the work is boring.
    * The pay is poor.
    * Hardly anyone talks.
    * The Management don't even introduce
    themselves to you. They are rude and bully the younger staff. If they Do talk to you its for a negative reason. They don't value their staff and have terrible people skills, plus they have no sense of humor i offen wonder what planet they have Come from.
    * Job is very boring and theres no sign of progression with It.
    * Team leaders stand about doing nothing and get away with out when others are working hard to try and get work done on time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to Management would be lighten up and treat staff with respect regaurdless of age!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Not the best place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - General Assistant Night Shift in Hertford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - General Assistant Night Shift in Hertford, England (UK)

    I have been working at J Sainsbury

    Pros

    Staff discount. Special offers from outside company's. It pays the bills.

    Cons

    Unsociable hours. Job/hour cuts. Poor atmosphere. Favouritism amongst some staff from management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put staff were they are needed, better training. Assessment of staff (to many getting away with doing as little as possible).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Terribly run

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cafe Worker in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Cafe Worker in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at J Sainsbury

    Pros

    Decent holiday hours and a discount card (only given after six months)

    Cons

    Very poorly run. Constantly understaffed and never seem to Employ new staff! Two people who left the cafe (the department I work) over two months ago are still yet to be replaced. Hours are constantly being cut back (making overtime near impossible) and meaning we are constantly understaffed and stretched. Recognition for hardwork is never given for example managers make observations on customer service. Three reds means a disciplinary whilst three greens....nothing. Furthermore the company goes against a lot of my morals. We are told that we have to lie to.customers about the way is cooled and prepared, the majority of which isn't microwaved (even the omelettes). We are told to serve food at a high quality yet can't tell the customers how it's made? I personally would want an honest answer. Stress levels are at a constant high in sainsburys and you are constantly screwed over in regards to hours and pay. One such instant is a fellow employee who was seriously ill due to stress and was told she would get paid for sick leave due to how long she was in hospital, at the end of the month was only paid £93 with three children to feed. Most employees are rude and disrespectful to customers and fellow employees, most complaints to Managers are mostly ignored and the store manager only seems to show his face when he wants Fish and Chips. An unnaceptable and dishonest company!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think my review speaks for itself

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Good But Going Bad

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    Wages (Below industry average)
    Management that have no people skills what so ever

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People skills training needed, as more presure put onto management the more they are taking it out on their staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Hard work that hardly pay back

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    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
  7. nepotism is rife

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    • 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
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    Sainsbury's Online is a joke to work at

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    • 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
  9. 'Great place to work' - what a joke!

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    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
  10. 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
  11. 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

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