J Sainsbury

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Okay place for a student, but dead end for anyone else!

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Former Employee - Counter Assistant in Newport, South East England, England (UK)
Former Employee - Counter Assistant in Newport, South East England, England (UK)

I worked at J Sainsbury

Pros

Good job while you're studying you're A-levels.
Makes you realise the value in going to University and getting a decent job!

Cons

Very boring and monotanous. Customers treat you like you are dirt even though they know nothing about you! Little or no respect from managers. But who can blame them, eh?

Advice to ManagementAdvice

To be honest you do a good job for the most part; just make sure managers treat people as individuals and bother to get to know new staff.

Doesn't Recommend
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    Low wages

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

    I worked at J Sainsbury

    Pros

    Best reason for working ast Sainsbury's is the company of other staff. They come from all over the world and I made many friends there.

    Cons

    The work I was doing was boring. But that wasn't the fault of management. Shelf stacking would be dull in any supermarket.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the wages and incentives offered.

    No opinion of CEO
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    If you have to work in a supermarket, you could do a lot worse

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    Former Employee - General Assistant (Shelf Stacker), Fresh Foods
    Former Employee - General Assistant (Shelf Stacker), Fresh Foods

    I worked at J Sainsbury

    Pros

    The trouble with reviewing retail firms is that it's impossible to say whether my experience is representative of other stores.

    Nonetheless, I was fairly impressed by the senior colleagues at the store I worked at though - they got things done with the minimum of slave driving, and treated you as a person. Not a lot to ask for I guess, but probably shouldn't be taken for granted in this sector.

    Sainsburys does seem to be genuinely trying to invest in the development of shop floor colleagues - via both promotion and job rotation. While I wouldn't expect to go from checkout to boardroom, competent (and inevitably incompetent) staff who stick around seem to get promoted, eventually. Don't get me wrong - it's still a dead end job, but by the standards of retail Sainsburys isn't probably a bad place to be a till monkey.

    Benefits (paid holidays, discount, pension, ect) seem pretty good - if your plan to to supermarket work for the long haul, god help you then Sainsburys probably isn't a bad place to be.

    Cons

    Pay, obviously: though £6.44/hour basic [that's with London weighting] is pretty average for retail work. Your bonus for hitting sales/mystery customer targets is a mere 1% though. Compare that to 15% at a Tesco I worked at a few years back (again, not sure how representative these figures are for other stores).

    As you can probably guess, the work ranges from bearable to soul-destroying. Obviously a lot depends on your actual role, colleagues, and temperament, but there's no getting away from the fact that shelf stacking/till work is about as menial as it gets. if you can hack doing the same thing every day with very little development or variety then you'll be fine.

    A small minority of customers seem to get kicks from talking down to you. Again, probably par for the course for retail.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop messing about giving 1% bonuses to shop floor colleagues. Up it to double digits, or just don't bother.

    Other than that JS seems to be in a good place at the moment. Keep up the good work, and don't take your eye off the ball.

    Approves of CEO
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