J Sainsbury Reviews

Updated July 26, 2015
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  1. CSA

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at J Sainsbury full-time

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

    Pros

    Good company to work for. Treated staff pretty well and paid well for such a low requirement job. Three more words!

    Cons

    Microwave in the staff room was so basic. I had to reheat my pasty several times on occasion. I wish they had a George Foreman grill so I could tuck into some steak at work.

    Advice to Management

    My number one piece of advice would be to stock my Jamie Oliver products and try to get rid of the ill fitting polyester uniform. Orange is not the new black.


  2. Ok place

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Gloucester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Gloucester, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Job security, 5 weeks holiday per year, training schemes to build you up to next level, staff discount.

    Cons

    Long hours, favoritism from upper management, lack of progression from Department Manager onwards.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the basics of retail, not all of these silly little add-ons all the time!


  3. Customer Assistant Role GOOD & BAD

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Assistant Convenience in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Customer Service Assistant Convenience in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at J Sainsbury

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

    Pros

    Contract & shift timetabling is very flexible and can suit you if you're a student or an individual that cannot commit to the full-time positions Overtime is always available on request, this is one aspect I admire about the customer assistant role at Sainsbury's. Because as a student, you almost cannot work more than 25hours in a week as it would be hard to balance both studies and work. Yet in the summer, when you have finished your studies at the end of the year, Sainsbury's will always give you more hours than your contracted which would deem you a "full-time" colleague till your start your studies again in september or whenever. Pay is quite decent and can be extra rewarding when doing more overtime hours

    Cons

    Hierarchy don't show any interests or provide adequate help to all personnels who works as a customer assistant. When working at a supermarker or a local store, you would notice that everyone eventually takes sides because of mutual background relations etc. Managers are definitely in on this as well. Favouritism is such a BIG issue in Sainsbury's that not only does it cause bad team morale but it creates a bad environment within the whole store that eventually gets transferred onto the customers. When Sainsbury's advertised their positions to the public, they call their organisation "a great place to work". This is clearly not the case, as a customer assistant you can at times be treated like a 'slave'. Managers show no manners or courtesy to their staff when individuals have completed their tasks effectively and thoroughly. Most of the days, certain individuals (which I have experienced on a number of occasions) are tasked to carry out a number of duties than other colleagues which is completely unfair. Yet again this all comes down to the favouritism factor that is continuously on-going each and everyday in all Sainsbury's stores.

    Advice to Management

    Take pride and care to your current crop of colleagues whilst you have them at your disposal rather than always looking to your books first. The ones that tend to leave are the ones who I believe are extremely bright and have the potential to aid Sainsbury's in standing them out from their other supermarket competitors.


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  5. Store Lead (Convenience)

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Convenience Store Lead in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Convenience Store Lead in London, England (UK)

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

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

    Pros

    Colleagues are great, very friendly and fun to work with. If you are actually any good at your job, most managers will work with you to help you progress. Regular CPRs help you progress, if you are interested. If your store manager is as useless as my first one was, you can always use Sainsburys own intranet to teach yourself what you need to learn.

    Cons

    Very poor working hours - 5am starts and midnight finishes. ZERO work/life balance. Store Lead schedule changes weekly, you won't find out til the day before. You get maybe one Saturday OR Sunday off every few months because the deputy will arrange your schedule for you. If schedules have been done early, they will suddenly change at the last minute without a word to you! Bad store managers are not dealt with by area managers. Store Leads who bully colleagues are not dealt with some store managers. If the store manager can't control it, area managers, HR managers and even their own colleague support line are extremely unhelpful -- Even if issues are raised by a GROUP of colleagues. Store Leads are expected to basically be the deputy store manager. Your training is pages and pages of box-ticking with nothing really to prepare you for EHO / Trading Standards visits, violent customers & thieves, refrigeration breakdowns and other horrible things that WILL happen to you at work! Yes, they set up a college in Brixton and yes you get paid to train, but the training is really no good for what they expect from you. Store leads get all the responsibility, all the blame...half the money and none of the credit. It's THE BEST! They are short on Store Leads (probably for the above reasons!) and keen to fill quotas, so they are now letting any fodder through for the training (and in some cases, forcing unwilling people forward just to fill numbers) which slows everyone down and makes these people feel useless when they fail -- which they inevitably do, due to a combination of the fact that they aren't up to the job, and the poor training they give you. Store Leads are expected to pick up the pieces when anything goes wrong. The deputy will "delegate" to you, and you will have to do it all - run bakery, cook the hot food (they are not separate like in supermarkets - it is ALL on YOU), clean the store, serve on tills, manage the colleagues ... all at the same time! And then they wonder why the store wasn't "dressed" properly.

    Advice to Management

    Read your own values! If you want to be a "great place to work", give store leads a chance to have a life outside Sainsburys! Deal with the bullies!


  6. online shopper

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Online Shopper in Beckton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Online Shopper in Beckton, England (UK)

    I have been working at J Sainsbury

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    easy job,quite easy interview,good for part time job.

    Cons

    early start,can get boring,small shift


  7. Seems good at first

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay Meet lots of people Move around within different departments when you get the opportunity.

    Cons

    Most hours are for the weekend or late night Never get given full time hours If you are off sick once they are very strict and hold it against you Pressure you into overtime

    Advice to Management

    Give more full time positions Don't make staff scared to be off ill


  8. Store lead

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at J Sainsbury full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work, well respected.

    Cons

    progression slow, only there for a select few

    Advice to Management

    stop holding back your good workers


  9. Best in the short term

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bakery Team Leader in Lytchett Matravers, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Bakery Team Leader in Lytchett Matravers, England (UK)

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

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

    Pros

    Nice people at the working level. Customer engagement is nice.

    Cons

    Training is all a tick box excercise. You learn by being chucked in the deep end. Most management feel theyve worked to their right to do nothing. Way too much of a pull on staff. Morale severely affected. Senior management dont listen or act. No work/ life balance. Change schedule day before

    Advice to Management

    Do something


  10. progression becomes stagnated

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at J Sainsbury

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great teams and colleagues to work alongside

    Cons

    Long hours and not praised for good job Senior management unapproachable

    Advice to Management

    Better training for junior management


  11. Helpful (1)

    Store manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Reading, England (UK)

    I have been working at J Sainsbury

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The Salary The People The Opportunity The Exposure The Package The Travel

    Cons

    Balance Investment insecurity now Politics Treacle at the top

    Advice to Management

    Treat managers as well as colleagues



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