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J Sainsbury Reviews

Updated June 26, 2017
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Pros
  • Very nice environment to work in especially if you like to be busy (in 35 reviews)

  • Fairly good pay for retail work (in 75 reviews)

Cons
  • Team Leaders can be given a lot more responsibility than managers which can be a bit draining but you learn so much about management (in 68 reviews)

  • Work-life balance can be difficult at times (in 28 reviews)

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  1. "Excelent"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Home Delivery Driver in Derby, KS
    Current Employee - Home Delivery Driver in Derby, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Gd pay and hrs holiday allowance paid to wait

    Cons

    Management hrs nothing a a a a a. A a a a a a a a


  2. "No way would i go back there"

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    Former Employee - Checkout Supervisor in Epsom, NH
    Former Employee - Checkout Supervisor in Epsom, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at J Sainsbury (More than a year)

    Pros

    good pay
    good discount for what it is

    Cons

    no room to progress
    bad management
    favouritism
    made to leave work crying 9/10 times

    Advice to Management

    Sort yourselves out and stop the sneakiness

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Well trained but hard work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Online Driver in Kent, WA
    Former Employee - Online Driver in Kent, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good training, good team, discount, plenty of overtime. Supervisors muck in

    Cons

    Can't keep drivers because of poor wages in relation to workload. Disorganised shift patterns.

    Advice to Management

    Increase wages


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Rigid employers do everything by the book even if it's wrong. Expect blood"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Gen Assnt Nights in Ely, IA
    Current Employee - Gen Assnt Nights in Ely, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    first option on reduced items so cheap food.

    Cons

    Trust is a core value but they don't trust you an inch. Treat consumers like idiots

    Advice to Management

    Listen to staff, introduce some flexibility in attitude, stop using times for task completetion it encourages damages and burns people out


  5. "Team leader"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at J Sainsbury full-time

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    Hrs very unsocialable and unflexible

    Advice to Management

    Be more flexible


  6. "Very accommodating for university students."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Assistant
    Former Employee - Customer Service Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I work for Sainsbury's for 5 years while being a student at university. They were very accommodating to university students letting me come back to work during the university vacations saving hassle applying for other jobs every vacation. After I graduated from university they offered me a permanent contract which meant I had a job straight out of university. Colleagues were overall very nice and friendly. I had a chance to be trained in the majority of different departments adding more variety to the job.

    Cons

    Low pay and the flexible contract with varied shifts made planning ahead inconvenient. It is very hard to get a full time contract. The sick day policy is very harsh. The Cafe was very badly organised with customers sometimes waiting waiting 45+ for their food and complaining, having to stay over one hour after my shift was due to end because of closing down and this was due to poor management from the team leader and managers.

    Advice to Management

    Overall management was good when managers were approachable to colleagues and gave them credit if they were doing a good job. However, there were some managers who were always trying to only focus on the negatives on observations which can be demotivating which can form a negative mood with the colleague in front of the customers. It is good if both the positives and negatives can be fed back in the observation feedback. Make sure all managers say hello to their work colleagues. The sick day policy needs reviewing. There were some work colleagues who have medical conditions and were receiving disciplinary action for having to take time off when they were ill. Or some work colleagues with the flu were coming in and spreading their viruses to colleagues and customers because they were too worried about receiving disciplinary action and this was concerning when germs were being spread at a place dealing with food.


  7. "Sainsburys"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great 1st company for students in college

    Cons

    Have to work weekends and holidays

  8. "assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at J Sainsbury part-time

    Pros

    meeting people and good benefits

    Cons

    odd hours to work, weekends as well, but by choice


  9. Helpful (1)

    "General Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great for students to develop soft skills.

    Cons

    Poor pay. Lack of progression.


  10. "Customer service rep"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work life balance and opportunities to grow within the organisation.

    Cons

    High staff turnover rate across most stores, and really boring work.

    Advice to Management

    Try to motivate staff for more by rotating roles within the store.


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