J Sainsbury Reviews

Updated May 2, 2015
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  1. Lots of Chiefs not many indians

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    Former Employee - Baker in Worcester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Baker in Worcester, England (UK)

    I worked at J Sainsbury full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    simple work no brain required

    Cons

    Lots of micromanagement
    You will not progress in the company unless your friends with the manager however good you are

    Advice to Management

    Stop managers only hiring there friends

  2. Average

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    Current Employee - General Assistant
    Current Employee - General Assistant

    I have been working at J Sainsbury part-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Loved this job when I started at Christmas time, kept me busy, fit and met lots of new people. Friendly colleagues.

    Cons

    Will not be accommodating if you want a change of contract, will suggest something ridiculous in it's place. Nice enough people but a lot of drama, suppose its the same in many work places. Will pick on you for the tiniest uniform/appearance flaws. Bought my own trousers as had problems with the fit of the given ones - they were virtually the same but I was pulled up by HR. Clearly got their priorities wrong! Very doubtful I was causing much distress to the general public and there had been no complaint.

    Will never tell you how well you are doing or thank you for the hard work, not even at Christmas or any other public holidays. For paying their employees nothing and offering only 10% discount to staff is slightly insulting as well. Took them half a year to till train me. Still amen't allowed to shift the cardboard bailer over and press a button because I need trained to do this apparently.

    Large divide between staff and management - a hierarchy based on absolutely nothing. Departmental managers do not get paid significantly more than the general staff, therefore there is no room for this strange retail class system.

    Please note, these views are based on my store - this is not necessarily the case for Sainsburys across the country.

  3. Don't expect recognition

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    Current Employee - Sales Assistant
    Current Employee - Sales Assistant

    I have been working at J Sainsbury part-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Discount.
    Some team members are friendly.
    Its a job.

    Cons

    Low pay.
    Managers would rather you do all the work while they sit and do nothing.
    Managers quick to criticise.
    CLEAR FAVOURITISM on some departments, ( get on your managers good side).
    Constantly being asked for overtime is annoying.
    try to persuade you in working over time by being friendly then stabbing you in the back later on and expect you to continue to accept it.
    No recognition for hard work.

    Advice to Management

    Give staff the respect they deserve and get up and out of your seat and onto the floor to help.

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  5. Friendly staff, flexible working hours, decent pay!

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    Current Contractor - Sales Colleague in Surbiton, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Sales Colleague in Surbiton, England (UK)

    I have been working at J Sainsbury as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Staff discount, friendly environment, fun place to be

    Cons

    Working late and bank holidays

    Advice to Management

    Share out who gets bank holidays off!

  6. Helpful (1)

    After working for the company for 8 years and getting 4 promotions the company went downhill rapidly

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Department Manager
    Former Employee - Department Manager

    I worked at J Sainsbury full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Colleague discount
    Pension scheme
    Some wonderful colleagues
    Good progression (in some areas)
    Used to be a well respected company with good values.
    Brilliant working relationship between department managers and their direct reports

    Cons

    Company standards falling rapidly.
    Product quality not as good as it used to be.
    Managers made to feel they have to work 12 hour days every day.
    It was deemed acceptable to contact managers at any time of day or night even if it was their day off or they were on holiday.
    Senior store management seemed to be above the rules
    Senior management very quick to deflect blame if anything went wrong.

    Advice to Management

    Bridge the gap between senior store management and department managers
    Practice what you preech.
    Dont spend all day in an office and then pretend great results are a reflection of your hands on management when actually it is department managers running the branch and training the colleages.

  7. Good place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Petrol Customer Service Assistant
    Current Employee - Petrol Customer Service Assistant

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Colleagues are freindly, overtime available, flexible hours, work life balance...good benefits, shift swap when needed, support available even from manager.

    Cons

    Colleague know if youve made any mistakes from other departments. Becareful what you also say, some may gossip but stay within ur limits course.

  8. I started working part time in february 2015

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Assistant in Cramlington, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Customer Service Assistant in Cramlington, England (UK)

    I have been working at J Sainsbury part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    lots of training to progress, great benefits and friendly staff

    Cons

    i have no cons as of yet

    Advice to Management

    Management are so friendly and helpful

  9. Ok job while a student.

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    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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good discounts on own shopping. Flexible hours available, to be taken over both night and day shifts. Cashiers have little responsibilities in thier role.

    Cons

    Duties are boring: scanning goods through tills, watching customers scan thier own goods, stacking shelves, stocktaking, etc. Wages often calculated wrong. Minimal training in transferable skills.

    Advice to Management

    Cashiers could benefit from better training.

  10. Interesting

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

    I worked at J Sainsbury part-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -great sociable staff
    -10% colleague discount
    -interesting customers
    -flexible
    - good for students

    Cons

    -poor management
    -disrespectful team leaders
    - hours drag
    -zero acknowledgments for the good you do

  11. Very pleasant place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at J Sainsbury

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good employment benefits for everybody

    Cons

    Hard work is going all time

    Advice to Management

    Keep focus on your duty :-)

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