J Sainsbury Reviews

Updated August 28, 2015
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Pros
  • Staff discount card after 6 months (in 15 reviews)

  • Good hourly wage for part time work (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. Boring work, worse managment

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Assistant in Haywards Heath, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Assistant in Haywards Heath, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay OK for skill level required, no work take home. Sainsburys discount is good.

    Cons

    Work is extremely boring as expected with little variety. Good jobs are often given to low managements friends. Absolutely no culture.

    Advice to Management

    Stop employing managers that have 'been there the longest' most of the floor managment had no social skills and could not manage people at all. Often giving there friends the best jobs.


  2. Decent for development

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    Former Employee - Various in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Various in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at J Sainsbury full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Gets you ready for a future job Camaraderie, most staff realise your all in it together Good benefits

    Cons

    Difficult to move up Management move to other stores so often its hard to build relationships/get anywhere Pay is pretty rubbish compared to others, skilled jobs are paid the same as sitting on a till (no offence to checkout workers)

    Advice to Management

    Treat your staff with more respect, see them as more than a number Matching colleague hours based on what a computer program tells you doesn't work in practice


  3. Weekend work for a student

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Assistant
    Former Employee - Customer Service Assistant
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at J Sainsbury part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Staff were friendly, pay was decent for a part-time job at the weekends, not too challenging unless you got a fussy customer, could apply for a promotion within a month of working there.

    Cons

    Management was awful. They would put people on a late shift (until close at 11PM) followed by an early shift the next day (start at 7AM) which is not enough to get 8 hours sleep. The managers didn't communicate with each other and blames each other for issues in the store making life harder for the customer service assistants. Also, you have to work there for 4 months to get a staff discount.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more, don't blame each other for problems just solve them because it impacts on the other employees too.


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  5. Good to work for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Hours are usually quite flexible depending on your manager, shifts fit well around university classes. Opportunity to transfer to other stores for summer/Christmas in most cases.

    Cons

    Have been asking to transfer department for months and although new people are starting, have still not been given the opportunity to move.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more when colleagues are not happy with a situation otherwise they will look elsewhere for a job. Try and be in department more and communicate with staff as much as possible.


  6. Hard work but develops your people skills

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    Current Employee - Pharmacy Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Pharmacy Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible, decent salary, lots of training in terms of people skills as this is what the store is about, 2x annual pharmacy manager conferences where given training and told where things are going within the company, store that process itself on customer service

    Cons

    Rest of the store doesn't understand you're a healthcare professional. Sometimes the way you're spoken to can be demeaning, think they can compare themselves to you or speak to you how they like but you have to be strong willed to stand up for yourself and keep reminding them you're providing a healthcare service which can potentially be life threatening.


  7. Saisnburys General Assistant

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    Current Employee - Bakery Assistant in High Wycombe, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Bakery Assistant in High Wycombe, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people you work with are the main benefit along with flexible working hours. The management can be quite reasonable at times although the senior management leave much to be desired.

    Cons

    The pay is pretty low but it is a retail job. The canteen facilities were substandard when I was there however they now have a PS4 and a pool table so its getting better.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the staff and reward your staff more often. The board should not be on the millions they are earning. Increase the wages of normal workers to help them live well but not for less


  8. not the best

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at J Sainsbury part-time

    Pros

    not the best job in the world there are career growth opportunities if wanted hunger for more progression can get you places discounts on food stuff meeting new customers

    Cons

    not the best job too cold at times management are too unrealistic sometimes things aren't as they used to be as new manager implementing new rules and making it less fun to work there stocking things up all day isn't the greatest


  9. Deputy Manager in Sainsbury's local

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    Current Employee - Deputy Store Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Deputy Store Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at J Sainsbury full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Similar payment compare to industry. Depending on the store some are easy to manage and vice versa.

    Cons

    Automation is Squeezing out physical labour thus sometimes hard to complete all the job as planned as priority


  10. Good potential career development

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    Current Employee - Department Manager in Wrexham, Wales (UK)
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Wrexham, Wales (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits - discount card, pension, shares etc... Career schemes are strong.

    Cons

    Expected to put the company ahead of everything else in your life.

    Advice to Management

    Work life balance is talked about but rarely acceptable.


  11. Sainsburys CSA

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Assistant in Bishop Auckland, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Assistant in Bishop Auckland, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at J Sainsbury part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Salary - £6.91 per hour Customers - many whom began regulars Uniform - long sleeved fleeces

    Cons

    Catty female supervisors - made me feel back at school Strict probation period - didn't realise they'd be writing every mistake I made down & use it against me later on



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