J Sainsbury

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J Sainsbury Reviews

Updated December 14, 2014
Updated December 14, 2014
230 Reviews
3.2
230 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.  

    Not bad

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

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

    Pros

    Lovely people to work with, great shop floor and warehouse staff making it a fun working environment. Everyone works hard for each other, and get along well.

    Cons

    Little chance of promotion to anything other than team leader, and those in management positions often have poor communication with those doing the work and are rarely seen on the shop floor. Having said that, some stores management teams are better than others. Applying for a job isn't the easiest and reapplying as a vacational student is problematic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Colleagues often feel there is a huge divide between management and the shop floor. Managers are not seen on the shop floor, and there is little recognition for good work.

    There appears to be little progression to anything other than team leader, and when positions do become available, they are not well advertised for staff. The last intake of trainee managers in the store I was at was only disclosed to one colleague, who managed to get onto the scheme, despite at least 5 other colleagues who had all been promised the opportunity to apply, kept in the dark.

    All in all, it is a good place to work, but the whole working environment would be better if management involved themselves more with the colleagues, and made more of a team environment, taking into consideration the talents and experience of the colleagues they work with

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    I'v ereally enjoyed working for this company I started out when I was 17 for the summer holidays

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

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

    Pros

    I was easily able to juggle it around college and university, very flexible hours and overtime is always available.

    Cons

    They are very particular on absences, so if your not on a hospital bed don't call in sick.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Sainsburys General Merchandise

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

    I have been working at J Sainsbury

    Pros

    Clear career progression. Progression possible if you work for it. As long as you are average at your job or better you will be looked after by most managers. Work life balance acknowledged.
    Great pension scheme.
    Great office.

    Cons

    Internal promotion pay rises lower than external candidates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good cascade of business strategy and performance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Customer service assistant

    • 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

    Pros

    work life balance, company benefits

    Cons

    leadership and management needs improving

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    invest more into more potential workers

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    It is okay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Checkout Operator in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Checkout Operator in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Part of large company, staff discount,

    Cons

    Feel distant from the management team

  7.  

    Good

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

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

    Pros

    Everything apart from managers to be honest

    Cons

    Managers are totally inexperienced and horrible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get new managers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Customer Service Assistant

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

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

    Pros

    Great progression opportunities if you are looking to progress. Lots of overtime and great atmosphere. You can do overtime in other stores (LOCAL) so you can get all different experiences meet lots of people and learn new things.

    Cons

    managers coming and going. Not all customers are polite so you have to deal with it. shift patterns can be difficult and not always organised (doing a late shift and then a morning next day)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    visit your stores more, we want to see you not just hear/read about you in newsletter.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Hard working and demanding of your time, however salary and benefits rewarded the commitment you gave.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Birmingham, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great career opportunities and chance to develop. Company has solid values and you can always trust the great products you are selling.

    Cons

    Store life in a management capacity will really challenge your work life balance and you will really have to earn your rewards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company's core values are not always applied equally to the management teams v colleagues. There is always an expectation that colleagues will be managed in a mature and balanced manner, applying company values at all times, this is not always the case when senior managers, manage store management teams.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great opportunities, great benefits, good plans for future

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Service Desk Analyst in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Service Desk Analyst in Manchester, England (UK)

    I have been working at J Sainsbury full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great colleagues, lots of opportunities for progression if you are willing to move, extremely good working hours esp. for IT support. Good benefits, not just in-store but for wide variety of things.

    Cons

    Roles are not well defined within the team, needs better time management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management need to have clearer understanding of day to day activities and manage time of the team better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    saisnburys

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Maidenhead, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Maidenhead, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    good people to work with

    Cons

    work so hard with such little reward and pay is pretty terrible for the amount of hours and effort put in

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    remember people have a family and a life to have as well

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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