J Sainsbury

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J Sainsbury Reviews

Updated Jul 17, 2014
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3.2 179 reviews

33% Approve of the CEO

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Mike Coupe

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56% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Staff discount of 10% and on occasion it goes up to a max of 20% for couple days(in 12 reviews)

  • Job is varied, discount card is great/(in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • The team leaders and managers skulk round the isles and watch every move you make(in 12 reviews)

  • I haven't noticed any work life balance policies applied(in 4 reviews)

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    Soul destroying

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

    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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    very good sometimes

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosgood line manager nice people to work with

    Conshow much they want you to do

    Advice to Senior Managementneed to take on board what staff are saying

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    great first experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFelt motivated and encouraged despite not having the most important position. I learnt how to complete things independently and how to be more confident. These are thing that i can utilize later too.

    ConsSometimes hours seemed demanding. Other than that i can not mention cons. I loved to work for this company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent company, culture changing for the worst

    Senior Manager (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsGreat people, excellent renumeration package, fast pace of work. The company is in growth and engagement has been all the way down the chain so most people working in unity for the right reasons

    ConsGrowing increasingly political, the historic 'family' atmosphere being eroded by narcissistic management, which will probably only get worse with King's departure

    Advice to Senior ManagementEvery single person should obtain 360 feedback as a matter of procedure - too many poor managers hiding behind great performance from people below them

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent

    Bakery Assistant (Current Employee) Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    ProsIt is a wonderful place to work. Everyone is friendly and every one is nice to one another, it gives you a real family feeling like you're part of something. Even on your first shift it's apparent.

    ConsThe application process was simple enough but has developed a fault where it won't allow you to search a place for a job. Also it takes a while to get size 14 shoes in.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Software Engineer

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) Watford, ON (Canada)

    ProsGood pay, great bonus, nice work culture.

    ConsHardly any. Kinda faraway from transport links. But that is me, not driving.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWe need more free food!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    great company, a lot of opportunity however lacks consistency in management between different teams

    Analyst (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    Proswork culture, great people to work with.
    opportunities across different divisions so you are able to move into different roles all the time

    Conssalary is not on par with other retailers
    high profile development opportunities sometimes given to the wrong colleagues
    no flexible working without a full on excuse for why

    Advice to Senior Managementmore consistency

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    "Great Place to Work" NOT

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsBonus, sick and holiday pay, family friendly. Not much in the way of Pros. Struggled to put this together

    ConsIf you are without children you are a low priority in requests for shift and or contract changes. A colleague once asked to work alternate Saturdays so they could have a free weekend twice a month but was denied because two other colleagues had children or a child. Managers (not all) are very very very condescending and patronizing care more about making themselves look better on paper than actually caring about their colleagues' welfare. An example was a Christmas party was cancelled due to lack of interest because of low morale and the general feeling of not wanting to spend an evening with a manager or person that makes their working life hell. To date not a single manager has asked as to why no one wanted to go. Morale is a unimportant non existent entity to Sainsbury's. If you're not working for Sainsbury's with a mind of a career then you have little hope from managers or gaining any promotion. The bonus is very very meagre. You could argue it's more than some. But it IS less than most. The bonus does NOT reflect how much you have worked for the company (does not take into account overtime) the bonus only reflects your flat contract rate at approximately a weeks worth. So for example somebody on a 12 hour contract who works on average 30+ hours a week including overtime will only receive 12 hours worth of bonus. Other retail companies match what the colleagues work including overtime, John Lewis for one

    Advice to Senior ManagementMorale is extremely important.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Looks after it's colleagues, provides good bonus packages and benefits, and allows progression in return for hard work

    Department Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsBonus scheme
    Pension scheme
    Company and colleague values
    Colleague discount
    Will support you in development of your career

    ConsSometimes it's who you know, not what you know, and there are inconsistencies with progression of colleagues and manager sign off

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not what it says on the tin!

    Analyst (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsA handful of genuine nice colleagues and location was central. How to fill a space otherwise when it was one worst companies ever to work for.

    ConsLong hours expected daily in the offices, at least 10 hours if not 12 to "support the business and be part of the company"is what you are told at a review... one word JOKE, and no overtime or time off in lieu. Pretty poor really.Then expected to give time freely several times a year to go work in a store in your own time. This company make billions! Very disappointed. Had great expectations when joining. Won't shop with them ever based on principal. Alot has changed since they started rearranging their London offices and cutting back on the number of heads required in various departments and then to do the same amount of work. They expect you to work for the prestige of the name on your CV. Keep clear of this employer if you are anyway ambitious.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThey were very bullying into telling you to work long hours. If you didn't you were told your work is not of standard! What a joke. Never a thanks given in return. Is it possible to give zero stars! Justin King should read these comments!

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

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