J Sainsbury Reviews

Updated August 4, 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. online shopper

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at J Sainsbury full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    enjoyed working there the hours were good and staff friendly

    Cons

    having to work around the clock near christmas


  2. A great place to work and shop

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)

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

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

    Pros

    A real focus on colleagues, lots of staff benefits. Store managers and deputy managers are generally very skilled at engagement and team building this lead to great social calender. the social committees often have trips and parties that are discounted. If you want to work hard you can progress

    Cons

    a lot of very clicky teams means sometimes newcomers have to work very hard to fit in. A lot focus on how engaged you are this means that some of the more senior managers expect you to constantly engage with them but often do do it them selves. long hours. and some store managers are simply rude

    Advice to Management

    carry on changing for the better, but if you want your colleagues advice and you seem to please make sure you don bot let them down


  3. Customer Service assistant

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Student in Manchester, England (UK)

    I worked at J Sainsbury part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Easy going staff, understanding of student needs and overall very friendly.

    Cons

    Can't really think of any overall felt the company was a good company to work for as a student.

    Advice to Management

    Take student views into consideration a little more during exam time e.g. allow for holidays.


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  5. My favourite place to work so far

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - General Assistant in Liverpool, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - General Assistant in Liverpool, England (UK)

    I worked at J Sainsbury as a contractor (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Friendly staff Lots of staff at all ages so it's not awkward with a bunch of old people Long breaks (esp. doing a 9 hour shift) High pay - above minimum wage Loads of overtime available on different departments Opportunities to be trained on all departments

    Cons

    Nobody was ever on customer services and it is frustrating being moaned to by other customers

    Advice to Management

    Get people on customer service! PERMANENTLY!


  6. J Sainsbury's

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General Assistant in Harlow, England (UK)
    Current Employee - General Assistant in Harlow, England (UK)

    I have been working at J Sainsbury

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

    Pros

    For a large company it really functions well and you feel like what you contribute is taken seriously. Higher management frequently visit the sites to discuss the company's hopes for the financial year and beyond, and to answer any concerns that employees have, so there's good communication all around and it's reassuring to know that any problems a colleague may be having, whether it's work related or financial or personal, that the company genuinely care about this. Another thing about working for a company that is so large is that you get to potentially learn the trade from so many different department perspectives, which is a valuable experience. The uniform isn't bad either and it dries quickly.

    Cons

    There's no longer a Starbuck's in the building.


  7. Manager at Sainsbury's

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at J Sainsbury

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

    Pros

    Great organisational culture and collaborative environment

    Cons

    Rates of pay can be less competitive


  8. Life within jS

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at J Sainsbury full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Amazing training programs, progression is quick, fast paced retail!

    Cons

    There aren't many large disparity in wages for the same job. Stores range in size vastly and salary doesn't match complexity of the roles

    Advice to Management

    Keep working hard deliver your KPI's and Sainsburys will reward you financially. And with job and career development.


  9. Great company

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at J Sainsbury full-time

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

    Pros

    Sainsburys is a great employer and offers colleagues many great benefits such as discount and generous holiday allowance

    Cons

    No negatives about Sainsburys except their wages could be higher in competition with supermarkets such as Aldi and Lidl


  10. sold to lloyds now

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Pharmacy Dispenser in Sheffield, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Pharmacy Dispenser in Sheffield, England (UK)

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

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

    Pros

    Well staffed, well trained, discount

    Cons

    Store management not intrested in pharmacy, poor pay, bad communication, no progression, too much paperwork. y

    Advice to Management

    Get out of your office


  11. Sainsburys CSA

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Assistant in Bishop Auckland, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Assistant in Bishop Auckland, England (UK)

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

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

    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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