J Sainsbury Reviews

Updated July 3, 2015
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Pros
  • Staff discount card after 6 months (in 15 reviews)

  • Good hourly wage for part time work (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. Helpful (1)

    Well trained but hard work

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Online Driver in Kent, WA
    Former Employee - Online Driver in Kent, WA

    I worked at J Sainsbury full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good training, good team, discount, plenty of overtime. Supervisors muck in

    Cons

    Can't keep drivers because of poor wages in relation to workload. Disorganised shift patterns.

    Advice to Management

    Increase wages


  2. Not

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at J Sainsbury

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    people are good craic and busy

    Cons

    management treat their staff like animals


  3. Store Lead (Convenience)

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Convenience Store Lead in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Convenience Store Lead in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at J Sainsbury full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Colleagues are great, very friendly and fun to work with.

    If you are actually any good at your job, most managers will work with you to help you progress.

    Regular CPRs help you progress, if you are interested. If your store manager is as useless as my first one was, you can always use Sainsburys own intranet to teach yourself what you need to learn.

    Cons

    Very poor working hours - 5am starts and midnight finishes.

    ZERO work/life balance. Store Lead schedule changes weekly, you won't find out til the day before. You get maybe one Saturday OR Sunday off every few months because the deputy will arrange your schedule for you. If schedules have been done early, they will suddenly change at the last minute without a word to you!

    Bad store managers are not dealt with by area managers.

    Store Leads who bully colleagues are not dealt with some store managers. If the store manager can't control it, area managers, HR managers and even their own colleague support line are extremely unhelpful -- Even if issues are raised by a GROUP of colleagues.

    Store Leads are expected to basically be the deputy store manager. Your training is pages and pages of box-ticking with nothing really to prepare you for EHO / Trading Standards visits, violent customers & thieves, refrigeration breakdowns and other horrible things that WILL happen to you at work! Yes, they set up a college in Brixton and yes you get paid to train, but the training is really no good for what they expect from you.

    Store leads get all the responsibility, all the blame...half the money and none of the credit. It's THE BEST!

    They are short on Store Leads (probably for the above reasons!) and keen to fill quotas, so they are now letting any fodder through for the training (and in some cases, forcing unwilling people forward just to fill numbers) which slows everyone down and makes these people feel useless when they fail -- which they inevitably do, due to a combination of the fact that they aren't up to the job, and the poor training they give you.

    Store Leads are expected to pick up the pieces when anything goes wrong. The deputy will "delegate" to you, and you will have to do it all - run bakery, cook the hot food (they are not separate like in supermarkets - it is ALL on YOU), clean the store, serve on tills, manage the colleagues ... all at the same time! And then they wonder why the store wasn't "dressed" properly.

    Advice to Management

    Read your own values! If you want to be a "great place to work", give store leads a chance to have a life outside Sainsburys! Deal with the bullies!


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  5. Store lead

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at J Sainsbury full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work, well respected.

    Cons

    progression slow, only there for a select few

    Advice to Management

    stop holding back your good workers


  6. progression becomes stagnated

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at J Sainsbury

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great teams and colleagues to work alongside

    Cons

    Long hours and not praised for good job Senior management unapproachable

    Advice to Management

    Better training for junior management


  7. Eek

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - HR&Payroll Administrator in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - HR&Payroll Administrator in London, England (UK)

    I worked at J Sainsbury part-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Discount and some good colleagues

    Cons

    Terrible power hungry management

    Advice to Management

    We are people not machines


  8. Pathetic

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at J Sainsbury full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Reasonable working hours that balances work with your life.

    Cons

    Managers never stick to their word it goes in one ear and comes out the other.
    lack of work ethic from other colleagues which makes life stressful.

    Advice to Management

    need to listen to your piers so colleagues would actually want to come to work.


  9. Excessive hours, lack of gratitude, shift changes at little or no notice, lack of respect for your private life

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Not Disclosing, As Can Help to Identify Author in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Not Disclosing, As Can Help to Identify Author in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at J Sainsbury

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Sense of humour between colleagues, when not being quashed!

    Cons

    Excessive hours coerced by bullying management. No respect for your personal life, poor health and safety - often ignored. Poor environment to work in. No respect for any Ill health.
    Sainsbury's is not "a great place to work". Moral is rock bottom compared to other businesses and industries. Pay is low compared to many other industries, but is in line with the mainstream supermarkets - no big wage packets, unless you're senior management. Pay day is every four weeks which is useful, as it improves your cash flow getting paid 13 times a year. Breaks are shortened by management coercion - generally, only 30 minutes is allowed on a 10 hour shift - it should be two breaks, one of 30 mins and a second of 15 mins. 39 hour weeks are not followed, again, by management coercion, instead 40 is expected, without payment ofa the extra hour. Any hours worked after the time you're due to leave work, isn't paid and they frequently get free hours out of you.
    I could add a whole lot more, but that would necessitate detail that could be used to identify the author. We shall remain anonymous.

    Advice to Management

    Give much more respect to employees and pay and commend verbally for good work achieved. Reduce radically the amount of back stabbing negativity which is predominant in such a negative environment. Pay more attention to health and safety and replace old/decaying equipment.


  10. Lots of Chiefs not many indians

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Baker in Worcester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Baker in Worcester, England (UK)

    I worked at J Sainsbury full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    simple work no brain required

    Cons

    Lots of micromanagement
    You will not progress in the company unless your friends with the manager however good you are

    Advice to Management

    Stop managers only hiring there friends


  11. Don't expect recognition

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

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

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

    Pros

    Discount.
    Some team members are friendly.
    Its a job.

    Cons

    Low pay.
    Managers would rather you do all the work while they sit and do nothing.
    Managers quick to criticise.
    CLEAR FAVOURITISM on some departments, ( get on your managers good side).
    Constantly being asked for overtime is annoying.
    try to persuade you in working over time by being friendly then stabbing you in the back later on and expect you to continue to accept it.
    No recognition for hard work.

    Advice to Management

    Give staff the respect they deserve and get up and out of your seat and onto the floor to help.



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