J Sainsbury

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J Sainsbury Reviews

Updated October 18, 2014
Updated October 18, 2014
208 Reviews
3.1
208 Reviews
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Mike Coupe
13 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Staff discount of 10% and on occasion it goes up to a max of 20% for couple days (in 13 reviews)

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


Cons
  • The team leaders and managers skulk round the isles and watch every move you make (in 10 reviews)

  • Long hours labour is at a minimum (in 7 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Generally ok for a student job

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    Former Employee - Customer Assistant in Liverpool, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Customer Assistant in Liverpool, England (UK)

    I worked at J Sainsbury part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good work atmosphere especially with other students doing part time around. Nothing bothers me really.

    Cons

    Nothing in particular although I would love to get a bit of time off. Also it could be very busy if not enough people are in their shifts.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Superb Company with real care of employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Database Administrator in Coventry, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Database Administrator in Coventry, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Facilities and inclusion
    Location is great
    Restaurant is good

    Cons

    Too much inclusion!
    Quite a lot of meetings
    Some managers appear to arrange meetings and little else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let me have a duvet day now and again :)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Young, happy workforce

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Assistant Convenience in Sheffield, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Assistant Convenience in Sheffield, England (UK)

    I worked at J Sainsbury part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Convenience teams are very close and friendly. The workforce is fairly young, and opportunity to spend time outside of work such as 'work nights' are often. All colleagues and management were very friendly, from this I have developed many out of work friends. Yearly bonus is also available for all colleagues. Holiday allowance is also great. Flexibility to switch shifts, give away shifts or pick up overtime. Overall superb part-time student employment.

    Cons

    Underpaid in comparison to competitors such as Tesco. No pay rises for working national holidays. Fairly little opportunity for upwards progression throughout the business, especially on a part-time contract.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Sainsbury's Online is a joke to work at

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Online Driver in Bury, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Online Driver in Bury, South East England, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Theres not many, technically being an online driver could be a great job. Driving round, seeing customers etc, but Sainsbury's ruin it
    Only cons are 10% discount and a bonus, but that only comes down to if you do well on mystery customers.

    Cons

    Where to start. How about the management - They don't care about you as a person, all they care about is the department is making money and their shifts are covered. They are never flexible with you but you have to be VERY flexible with them.
    You have to tell them if theres extra days you can work, there no simple 9-5 job here. It can range from 7 in the morning until 11 at night. You loose all your social life and can never plan to do anything in advance incase your normal 'day off' becomes your flexi day that they make your work!
    Then the other thing I hate, 99% of the time your doing a good job but get no thanks. Do one thing wrong you never hear the end of it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop taking our time away without giving anything back
    Make drivers feel appreciated
    Realise we have lives

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Learn alot, but takes over your life

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Management in Oxford, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good community spirit, significantly better than other supermarket employers, fast paced, management salary is good

    Cons

    Never allowed day off, very long working hours, sector means you won't get time off at holidays as others will

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to outperform the other supermarkets for culture, but new generation of people won't accept the same culture in future.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Can't complain

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Assistant in London, England (UK)

    I worked at J Sainsbury part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good working environment, support from senior staff is always at hand. A generally relaxed atmosphere as far as retailers go.

    Cons

    You don't get a discount card for six months - poor employee bonuses. Also it can be difficult to book preferred holidays.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Place to work

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    • 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
  9.  

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

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    • 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
  10.  

    The culture with the management needs a revamp

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    • 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
  11.  

    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

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