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J Sainsbury Reviews

Updated March 15, 2019
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Pros
  • "Great environment, flexible hours, good pay for a pre-uni student" (in 227 reviews)

  • "Staff discount 10% of total sales" (in 111 reviews)

Cons
  • "unpaid break, poor work/life balance" (in 48 reviews)

  • "Team leaders are often contradictory" (in 119 reviews)

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  1. "Excelent"

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    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. "Excellent culture and rewarding work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at J Sainsbury full-time

    Pros

    People to work with are excellent and family-oriented culture helped foster work-life balance. Also, I loved my team - smart colleagues who helped push me to be better, while giving me authority to implement changes I wanted to make. Couldn't have asked for a better place to work!

    Cons

    Nothing major stands out for me. If I hadn't relocated I would have stayed!

  3. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Staff
    Former Employee - Staff

    I worked at J Sainsbury full-time

    Pros

    Nice people, good benefit, 401k

    Cons

    None, none, none, none, none


  4. "Sainsburys general assistant."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some staff are friendly.
    An easy job for anybody of any type.
    Short Shifts.
    25% discount card after 3 months employment.

    Cons

    Payments are irregular or incorrect.
    Unpaid Breaks.
    Regular Security searches.
    Rota is often wrong.
    Repetitive.
    A lot of unhappy or rude staff.
    No room for progression.

    Advice to Management

    Please make sure all rules are in the handbook before trying to enforce ones that aren't. When making promises stick to them. Please directly tell your staff of any issues rather than passing them through other staff members. Make the hours fairer to all staff. Improve the payment system. Offer overtime fairly between all staff.


  5. "customer service"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at J Sainsbury part-time

    Pros

    good hours, good and friendly management

    Cons

    repetitive shifts, prone to boredom


  6. "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


  7. "Good co-workers, management are over expectant."

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    Former Employee - Cafe Assistant
    Former Employee - Cafe Assistant
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overtime is usually avaliable, good workers are kept on, good discount.

    Cons

    Management usually hired from outside and have unreal expectations.

    The constant bending of will to customers.

    The constant abuse and accusations of theft by security.

    Advice to Management

    Stop flogging a dead horse and be more realistic.

  8. "Very accommodating for university students."

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    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.


  9. "Online Shopper"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    People are friendly. A lot of overtime if you want extra money. Good holidays about 4 weeks.

    Cons

    Very high turn over. There's no future prospect.


  10. "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