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J Sainsbury Reviews

Updated February 9, 2017
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Pros
  • Good pay for a part time student (in 61 reviews)

  • Annual salary review paid from August yearly bonus paid in may staff discount card after 6 months of employment pension scheme (in 58 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance can be difficult at times (in 26 reviews)

  • Low salary for the expectation of team leaders (in 58 reviews)

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  1. "good"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at J Sainsbury full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    good to work and recommend

    Cons

    average pay and conditions to work

    Advice to Management

    na


  2. "Customer Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Customer Service Assistant in Sunderland, North East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Customer Service Assistant in Sunderland, North East England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Store Discount Card after 6 months

    Cons

    Sainsbury's is extremely Cliquey
    Your progression is dependent on the managers interpretation of you
    Worst Supermarket Ive worked for Tesco is better
    Message Mike is a joke as you never gain a response
    Fair Treatment Policy is a joke
    Managers cover each other back at all time and so dependent on one manager
    Not a nice place to work

    Advice to Management

    An urgent review of the way staff are treated and internal staff development is a joke, why is it that development and progression is down to an individual manager and no one else even if you have the skills and experience?


  3. "Poor quality"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People you work with, holiday and sick pay they look after you well. Not responding to the rest

    Cons

    Teat management like rubbish, pay external alot better then internal, don't expect any support or help they will dump you in in and leave you

    Advice to Management

    Treat management like colleagues with respect or support staff who will be able to give you 200 percent and want to work harder stop paying external more than internal


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Not bad"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Staff discount friendly colleagues company pension

    Cons

    Senior management unreasonable expectations

    Advice to Management

    Instead of playing on your phone and standing glaring at colleagues who chat as they work try putting a shift in to gain more respect


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Slave Driving, Brain melting culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Store Assistant in Poole, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Store Assistant in Poole, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at J Sainsbury part-time

    Pros

    Have yet to see any.

    Cons

    -No Communication
    -Regularly underpaid
    -Badly organised
    - Issues raised are not followed through by managers. For example issues regarding lack of stock rotation.
    -Low morale/ Miserable attitudes amongst staff on a day to day basis
    - Even with the discount, Due to price inflation compared to wages, it is not realistic nor affordable to buy a majority of items now.
    -Poor Health & Safety regarding employee safety, No wet floor signs down slippery aisles (nearly causing me to slip on a couple of occasions), Over stacked bread crates/rollcages causing falling items or over reaching.
    -Expected to handle the workload of 3 people, Whilst other members of staff stand chatting.
    -understaffed
    -L shapes are old and wobbly (feel very unstable now)
    -I have provided more guidance to new starters than my team leaders
    - Members of staff take aim at each other when their backs are turned. Forming a finger pointing, blame culture.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to you're staff. Make sure everyone is doing their fair share of work, Don't surpass employee complaints as just moaning, Take a look at the trustpilot customer reviews as well.


  7. "Don't work for Sainsbury's"

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

    I have been working at J Sainsbury part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I can't think of one. It used to be a lovely company but in the past few years they've cut hours and perks and now they don't care about store employees. All the focus now is on the online customer and buying up Argos, in a vain attempt to save themselves. I will be leaving soon.

    Cons

    as above, even Aldi pay better (£7.40 ph as opposed to £7.66).
     It used to be a lovely company but in the past few years they've cut hours and perks and now they don't care about store employees. All the focus now is on the online customer and buying up Argos, in a vain attempt to save themselves. I will be leaving soon.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Too many aspects wrong"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Software Developer Grade C in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Developer Grade C in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Some tech talks and auditorium in the basement floors.

    Cons

    Chaotic management. Lack of management, planning and coordination meant the project I have been working on had the highest rate of mistakes and poor decisions I had seen in a decade, and I have been working in IT for 20-25 years. Worst choice of technology stack, also closed-source, depending on proprietary languages and systems, poorly integrated. Multiple managers with opposite ideas. Contractors being the architects meant they only cared about getting to the end of the contract. In 10 months times from an original team of 9, plus 3 who came and went, I am literally the only one remained. And I'm leaving too.

    Advice to Management

    Identity is a project joining all others, the first step towards a Service Oriented Architecture, so it should be managed differently, prioritised over the other missions, instead of having to compete with them and beg. And contractor architects should have been given more concrete goals.


  9. "Great fun place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Contact Centre Agent in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Contact Centre Agent in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Staff discount friendly people always helping with things you don't understand career opportunities to move the ladder overall a wonderful company to work.

    Cons

    None. The company really cares about its people and help them in all aspects of their training and development. A great company to work for.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Unfriendly"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Cheap breakfast and free tea and coffee

    Cons

    Its a man's world and as a contractor you are treated poorly. Everything is done to 70% and the people are very unfriendly and many don't have any idea what they are doing.

    Advice to Management

    Document processes and stop treating contractors differently from permanent staff, we are there working to a common goal.


  11. "Not keen"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Assistant/Checkout Supervisor in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Customer Service Assistant/Checkout Supervisor in London, England (UK)
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lovely, super friendly and helpful collegues

    Cons

    If you are sick, it buggers them off. Favoritism from managers. Ridiculous targets. Immense pressure. Massive workload.

    Advice to Management

    Change your sickness policy, I haven't even had my return to work from the third absence this year and I'm already having a disciplinary hearing meeting!



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