J Sainsbury
3.3 of 5 143 reviews
www.j-sainsbury.co.uk London, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

J Sainsbury Reviews

Updated Apr 7, 2014
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3.3 143 reviews

                             

81% Approve of the CEO

J Sainsbury CEO and Director Justin King

Justin King

(52 ratings)

59% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Enjoyable experience with great team around

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at J Sainsbury

ProsGood career opportunity as there are many options to take within the retail sector , range of roles help keep motivation high

ConsCompany expect you to work more hours than you should

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ok

Bakery Assistant (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

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

Prosi can make independent decision on my shift

Consit is a low paid hard job

Advice to Senior Managementno trainings and promotion.glass bar between managers and collegues

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Soul destroying

Shelf Stacker (Former Employee)
London, England (UK)

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

ProsThey did a nice breakfast in the canteen. That is about it really.

ConsPoor wage.
Management think they are something special.
Have to work like a dog constantly.
They watch everything you do, how long you take for break everything.
Literally the most boring, soul destroying atmosphere when you are just stacking shelves, you cant even talk to the people you are working with.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good initially but lately it has become very money minded company and doesn't care enough for employees. Lot of changes.

Business Analyst (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

I have been working at J Sainsbury part-time for more than 5 years

ProsGood Brand Name, good colleagues, good veriety of work

Conseducation/skill is not so much important, appraisal process is for managers, not colleagues

Advice to Senior Managementbe realistic and look out for bad middle managers

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Not suited to highly motivated people

Senior Analyst (Former Employee)

I worked at J Sainsbury full-time

ProsThe company genuinely cares about you as an individual and arranges plenty of social events to increase morale.

ConsEnthusiastic and motivated people will find they cannot progress because they will emerge under ceiling of people who have been in their roles for far too long and don't share knowledge.

Advice to Senior ManagementStart getting people who have been in roles too long out of them and doing something else, sharing information is critical to business continuity. For a company that preaches the importance of continuity, you need to address this. It is also increasing your employee churn when motivated individuals leave because they come up against managers who don't want them to shine in case people realise that they aren't actually doing well.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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It was what it was.

Night Shift (Current Employee)
Newhaven, England (UK)

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

ProsAs a Night Shift worker, my lunch breaks were also counted as paid hours. A small perk of the job, but still nice to have.

ConsNot always appreciated - often feel undermined!

Advice to Senior ManagementYou should teach your store managers, especially the Night Shift managers, to have some respect for their employees!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Rigid employers do everything by the book even if it's wrong. Expect blood

Gen Assnt Nights (Current Employee)
Ely, IA

I have been working at J Sainsbury full-time for less than a year

Prosfirst option on reduced items so cheap food.

ConsTrust is a core value but they don't trust you an inch. Treat consumers like idiots

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to staff, introduce some flexibility in attitude, stop using times for task completetion it encourages damages and burns people out

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Ok as a job, never a career

Customer Service Assistant (Current Employee)
Rhyl, Wales (UK)

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

ProsRelatively flexible workload,
Good mix of people,
Breaks and pay are reasonable for sector,

ConsLittle chance of real career advancement,
Insufficient time to do everything by the book,
Work can quickly become repetitive,

Advice to Senior ManagementTry doing the job of ordinary colleagues whilst adhering to Sainsbury's policies and still hitting targets.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good first job but soul-crushing work

Customer Service Assistant (Former Employee)
London, England (UK)

I worked at J Sainsbury part-time for more than 3 years

ProsEasy interview process
Met some genuinely lovely people
Had a laugh with most of the employees
You knew who your supervisors were and knew you could ask them for help
Excellent training, at a good pace so everyone understood everything
Generally well looked after until a manger had it out for you

ConsNew management came in and dismissed a lot of people unfairly
Pay wasn't great
Working on the checkouts is mind-numbing, you just watched the clock in the hopes of time flying by
Bad discount of only 10% for the amount of work you do
Horrible customers sometimes, but that comes with working in retail

Advice to Senior ManagementThe unfair dismissal of employees is a joke.
Bump up the discount, 10% is terrible.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Working for Sainsbury's pays the bill but nothing else.

General Assistant Night Shift (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

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

ProsThere is no pressure at work.
There are no challanges.
You can refuse to do overtime.
Job security unless you are a notorious sick leave taker.
Student friendly environment.
Great flexibility of working hours regarding to study.

ConsMinial job.
No challange.
Incompetency of management from Shift to Store manager level.
The management is a bunch of "yes men", they only do whatever their bosses tell them to do thus they do not try to attempt solving problems. For this reason ideas are often ignored.
Positive discrimination towards a certain minority, religious group (Shift ratio is approx 5:1 where 1 is European including UK) despite there is not many people live from this religious group in this particular area. As a result there is no team spirit, no outside work activities to build one.
Christmas parties are held in the stuff rest room, seriously!!!
No career prospect within above team leader or department manager level, even when you have qualifications, You are better off applying from the outside.
No tallent recognition, no encouragement to step up on the carrer lader.
The appraisal is a joke the annual bonus is worth approx two days of work (£100). The pay rise has been approx 1% since Justin King reign (in comparison his starting bonus was £500.000 in shares).
The only benefit provided by Sainsbury's is the 10% stuff discount (M&S it's 20%).

Advice to Senior ManagementMy only advice is to get a Managment text book and look up Hertzberg's Motivation-Hygiene Theory and see whether those motivator factors are met at Sainsbury's.

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