J Sainsbury Reviews

Updated March 28, 2015
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  1. Not

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at J Sainsbury

    Pros

    people are good craic and busy

    Cons

    management treat their staff like animals

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Nightshift conditions

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    Current Employee - NightShift
    Current Employee - NightShift

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

    Pros

    45minute paid break. Steady work.

    Cons

    Lights always turned down low to save company money, very difficult to concentrate and stay awake at an already antisocial and unnatural hour of work.
    Once you are in a position it's very unlikely that you will be able to move to another, they would rather hire someone new and keep you doing what you know. Holiday is not flexible and they will constantly try to make you take holiday to suit themselves rather than when you want it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Working at night requires good lighting to stay awake and alert, stop thinking of your bonuses and saving money, start thinking about the conditions of the staff on the graveyard shift

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

    Customer Service Assistant - 3 years

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Assistant
    Former Employee - Customer Service Assistant

    I worked at J Sainsbury full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - £7.09 a hour
    - Plenty of overtime
    - Plenty of holiday time
    - Available Profit Share
    - Discount Card / Bonuses

    Cons

    - Rude Customers and drunken idiots on the late night shifts
    - Low chance of promotion unless you studied animal care or some other ridiculous unrelated uni topic
    - School behavior from fellow colleagues, constant back chatting about each other
    - Lack of rotation, could see yourself stuck on the same till for a 8 hour shift whilst others rotate in front of you
    - Management choose customers over staff if a situation arises

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Stop treating your staff members like dirt and respect fellow human beings
    - Do your job properly, rotate staff and create a nice place of work
    - Advice opportunity big or small and make progress available
    - Stop calling staff off there holidays expecting them to come in and if they say no you use it against them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Not the best. Not enough training and qualifications available

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    Current Employee - Driver in Ellesmere Port, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Driver in Ellesmere Port, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Pay as a driver is ok. Better than the usual retail in store jobs

    Cons

    There are not enough qualification's available to aid progression

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to really invest in the people not just say it, Qualification's should be available such as NVQ'S. School leavers with no qualifications are stuck at the bottom whilst university graduates who studied animal science are able to get management jobs straight away. Management change location too often to make a difference and goals of staff are forgotten.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. NA

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at J Sainsbury

    Pros

    Excellent Employer, office culture, canteen compensation

    Cons

    Hard to Progress, training, politics, environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Loved the Job! Hate the Politics

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    Former Employee - Counter Assistant in Biggleswade, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Counter Assistant in Biggleswade, England (UK)

    I worked at J Sainsbury part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Staff Discount, uniform, flexible hours to a point, indoors, training if you ask for it

    Cons

    Managers don't care, team leaders are a waste of time. Them and us situation. Managers don't care about staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let people do their jobs and Manage the staff don't back stab about people!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Not organised

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Assistant in Banbury, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Assistant in Banbury, England (UK)

    I worked at J Sainsbury part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    In depth training which covers different topics
    Friendly and helpful staff
    Enjoyed serving and communicating with customers
    Good hourly wage

    Cons

    My clock in number did not work the first week and had to be rectified. As a result I had been underpaid on my first wage slip. This took 6 weeks to sort out and found myself phoning up many times.

    On the first time of working outside on the trollies; they had not realised I hadn't been trained.

    6 months is quite a long time to wait for staff discount.

    Tills were sometimes not prepared with printer rolls, shopping bags or buzzers to alert supervisors.

    It was emphasised not to discuss personal matters, yet staff talked to me about me leaving on the shop floor when I was serving customers, this was not professional.

    Organisation and communication needs to be improved in store.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Worst Place Have Ever Worked

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    Former Employee - General Produce in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - General Produce in London, England (UK)

    I worked at J Sainsbury part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    You get reduced goods, if you know who to ask!! Staff discount card after 6 months

    Cons

    Lots of back stabbing. No praise for doing well but soon on your back if you get something wrong. The Managers are awful and don't care about anyone. Team Leaders are a total waster of time and spend most of them time sucking upto Managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    TRY TREATING PEOPLE LIKE HUMAN BEINGS AND TREAT PEOPLE HOW YOU YOURSELVES WOULD WANT TO BE TREATED!!! The clue is in the title, " MANAGE "!! look after your departments and stores and treat people fairly. Working with the public isnt easy and staff need your support. Most staff work really hard and dont even get a thank you. Would you want to be treated like this?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. Never again

    Former Employee - General Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - General Assistant in London, England (UK)

    I worked at J Sainsbury part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Decent pay, staff on the whole are friendly and helpful to newcomers.

    Cons

    Shocking communication between HR and shopfloor staff made working at Sainsburys more stress than it was worth. Hours were changed at the last minute, and staff were often given false information, whether intentionally or not I am not sure. It was also very hard to get the job in the first place, interviews were re-arranged at very little notice, even when I was told a date and time I was left waiting for an hour because no one had told the department manager he had an interview to conduct.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improved organisation and communication would make working for the company a much more enjoyable experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Good for experience...

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    Current Employee - Baker in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Baker in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Nice colleagues , friendly ,opportunities for transfer

    Cons

    Always under staff , expect to do the job for missing people, when is happen once or twice a month is understandable ,but when you have to do it every day it make you sick and tired and loss all the enthusiasm of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people quickly , soon as you know that a colleague's leaving, hire ,not when you down 3-4 colleagues then become a nightmare.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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