J Sainsbury

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J Sainsbury Reviews

Updated November 18, 2014
Updated November 18, 2014
222 Reviews
3.2
222 Reviews
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Mike Coupe
18 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Staff discount of 10% and on occasion it goes up to a max of 20% for couple days (in 14 reviews)

  • paid holiday even on part time contracts no matter how long you have been there (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Team Leaders are a total waster of time and spend most of them time sucking upto Managers (in 11 reviews)

  • I haven't noticed any work life balance policies applied (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Online Shopper, Decent place to work however very repetitive picking items for customers.

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

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

    Pros

    Plenty Of Overtime,discounts,cycle to work scheme,quite easy to change roles within store if they are available, monthly charity fund raising

    Cons

    Repetitive Work,boring at times,parts of management

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Sainsbury's offers great internal opportunities to develop your career and professional skills. The company offers a wide range of management development courses to help with your progression. Line managers are particularly encouraged to help colleagues identify their development needs and provide opportunities to do this.

    Cons

    Although personal progress is encouraged the promotion process and route can seem challenging and put some people off. This leads to many good colleagues decide to move externally for promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review support route for promotion and encourage more secondments and lateral changes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    The culture with the management needs a revamp

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

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

    Pros

    Can be a light and fun environment when it suits them

    Cons

    This is an old company, departments dont talk and change is very difficult to implement.
    Out of all the supermarket chains I think this one will fade away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sack the lot of them. The structure is so flawed and the old ways so entrenched small changes aren't doing any good at all

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Harder than what people say retail would be like

    • 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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Not as much as responsibility as compared to old job as a Math Tutor, unless a team leader or manager is around and you want to impress them. Till operating is good and time goes by fast

    Cons

    For someone relatively small, I hate stock replenishment when it comes to big products, it really aches and hurts my back for 8 hour shifts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the pay a bit and offer more chances for promotion or bonuses

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Sometimes good, sometimes bad.

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

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

    Pros

    Really get along with other colleagues in store.

    You can get trained in many different things across the departments in the store.

    Working on your holiday gives you double pay! And lots of overtime during holiday season.

    Cons

    Ok pay but lower than what all the competitive stores pay.

    Always pushed to work on your holiday and get double pay when the managers would never do that themselves.

    HR not open for colleagues that work in the evening shifts.. you have to come in your own time.

    Management will walk around and do nothing and tell you off for talking. They will also leave work early and leave us to do everything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop pressuring people to do overtime or work their holidays when they don't want to.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Convenience Store

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

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

    Pros

    Never felt intimidated about losing my job, comfortable with 90% of the people I work with at my store.

    Cons

    As with any retail job (I assume) it is very difficult to get time ff at short notice, but I can try and pull a few strings and guilt trip my manager or ask for a favour.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Undervalued

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

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

    Pros

    10% discount but then you can buy cheaper elsewhere. Can't think of any other Pros.

    Cons

    Expected to do work in less time than even their Productivity figures suggests. You are told you are valued and they reward you but they are just empty words. Made to feel like a liar when phoning in sick. Pay is poor, not much above minimum wage...if they valued their staff they would pay more instead of quoting it's the industry standard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be nice. Stop acting like meglomaniacs...you work in a Supermarket!! It's poorly payed no matter how much you hype it up, so, don't expect too much from those below you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great for working a long side college

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

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

    Pros

    Friendly staff.
    Staff discount
    save as you earn scheme
    lots of opportunity to get involved for charity fundraising

    Cons

    Money
    lack of career development
    Disciplinary for one day off sick

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on staff who would like to develop

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Customer service Assistant

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

    I have been working at J Sainsbury (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good bunch of people

    Cons

    its boring
    team leaders are lazy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    staff need to be better rewarded

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    General Assistant

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

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

    Pros

    Some good colleagues and managers
    Good communication of company activities
    Very helpful in moving stores when I was at university

    Cons

    A lot of management/ colleagues that are there for an easy ride, making the workload for others higher
    Training / monthly briefings can feel a little childish

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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