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J Sainsbury Reviews

Updated April 27, 2017
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Pros
  • Fairly good pay for retail work (in 73 reviews)

  • The 10% staff discount is sometimes raise to 15 or 20% for a few days (in 63 reviews)

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

  • The team leaders have favourites being unfair to the rest (in 64 reviews)

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  1. "Avoid"

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

    Pros

    None that I can think of

    Cons

    Everything that you can imagine

    Advice to Management

    Treat employers better


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Not a great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at J Sainsbury (More than a year)

    Pros

    You get a salary and a Mac.

    Cons

    No transparency within the department, you will never find anything out until the week it happens.

    Opinions don't really get heard, senior leadership team tend to make contradictory statements.

    Very hierarchical, political, and slow work environment.


  3. "Degrading job- Do NOT work here if you want to be valued."

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Assistant Convenience in Chester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Assistant Convenience in Chester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Reasonable pay
    Discount in Sainsbury's and Argos
    Nice to talk to regulars

    Cons

    If your not in the 'clique' you don't get valued
    If your looking for a job where its one rule for one- -one rule for another then Sainsbury's is the place for you!!
    I enjoyed interacting with customers on a daily basis, more than certain colleagues (management)
    For a part time job it should not have been as stressful as it was made.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to colleagues who actually work on the shop floor as they understand customers needs.
    Don't promote the wrong people
    Try boost employees moral, this could lead to the team wanting to help you out with favours and tasks.


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  5. "Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Department Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Department Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Discount card and pension scheme

    Cons

    If your face fits, long hours is expected and no more thought of.

    Advice to Management

    You are supposed to be a fair employer, treat all colleagues equal.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "The store support centre is a very poor area of the company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Account Controller in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Account Controller in Manchester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    To be honest there are not many pro's to working in the store support centre. One benefit is the fact it's a major company & so as long as you can perform in your role you have relatively good job safety.

    Cons

    You are not valued as a member of staff.
    Over worked & underpaid.
    Work is constantly added onto your already hectic work load with no incentives apart from being told it will look good on your Cv.

    Advice to Management

    Take more pride in looking after your employees


  7. "Poor treatment of people with mental health issues"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Some of the nicest co-workers

    Cons

    No compassion to people of sick due to anxiety just treated as though your off sick for no reason.
    Team leaders are snoopy
    Don't like people who speak up if you do they will try to push you out

    Advice to Management

    Need to reassess absence policy's for mental health reasons and not lump it all under same category as putting people through back to work interviews and disciplinary hearings causes more stress making people more ill


  8. "Grocery Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Grocery Assistant in East Kilbride, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Grocery Assistant in East Kilbride, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You could put your headphones in and listen to music when the shop shut at 10pm.
    The hoodie and top are very comfortable (the trousers aren't).

    Cons

    The staff are so cliquey and rude, you couldn't turn your back for two seconds and people would be staying stuff about you.
    Management pick and choose who they like, and if you aren't part of the people they like, they will near enough ignore you.
    Very stressful time constrains, and the work and be exhausting.
    Always expected to be better, never thanked for what you can already do.
    If someone is off, you have to pick up their slack and do twice the work.
    Very little sympathy if a family situation arises, or if you need a holiday. For example, I was diagnosed with seizures, and I was told by my doctor I HAD to lower my hours, and I told management. I waited over a month, and my contract still wasn't changed. I had to quit.

    Advice to Management

    Be a bit more sympathetic to your staff, especially when they do twice the physical labour you do. Let them have their holidays and give them support when personal or family situations arise that effects work. And treat everyone equally.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Dreadful HR function."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Holborn, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Holborn, England (UK)
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice office design and catering
    Functions and people outside of HR are great
    Great central London location
    Potential to be great at some point in the distant future

    Cons

    If you work in HR and are thinking of working at Sainsbury's, you will need to enjoy the following to be successful:

    Enjoy working for career driven toxic political bosses

    Like being part of a team who think they are amazing but have never working anywhere else and in fact have very poor HR capability

    Enjoy working in a command and control environment

    Like being in a PR driven HR team rather than actually getting anything done

    Your peers will be people who get promoted to senior positions not for what they do but for who they leave behind as casualties

    Like working in a traditional old fashioned HR function, not strategic or progressive

    Like being put back in your box for speaking up or having ideas

    Enjoy being new and not having any onboarding

    Advice to Management

    Sort it out. You're in a challenging industry and you haven't got time to muck about. Change your HR leadership team and shake it up. You could be so much better if you did.


  10. "Online Driver"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Online Driver in Pinhoe, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Online Driver in Pinhoe, England (UK)
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at J Sainsbury part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good in the early days

    Cons

    No breaks....No stable contract.....Managers guarding their profit and avoiding problems.

    Advice to Management

    Look and see how busy your drivers are rather than stitch them up or avoid them for daring to mention Thier break times ( and load times and delivery times ) It a situation where the doorstep time for a customer is 5 mins and you rely on team leaders and managers to type into the system your adjustments. For example you have asked for 8 or 9 for a customer who's house has difficult access or a high volume of shopping and nobody bothers. If the delivery times and root planning were accurate then sainsburys would make less money. You wouldn't get much more efficient than me and Drivers are always going without a break and their minimal contract hours keep getting shifted around. The arragance of managers at the online is shamefull. I felt quite ill after working for the online.....No food. Not a cup of tea and no rest. Proper working standards should be look at by someone. JHS online really spin the rules of the workplace. Avoid it ......Your only break from fast driving is lifting heavy crates quickly in 8 hours. The age of the computer should not be planning your workload. We are not robots ! Perhaps London could look at the impossible schedules.


  11. "Worst job I ever had."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Online Shopper in Bath, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Online Shopper in Bath, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It was only part time and some of the staff were ok. Otherwise it was a rubbish job, that I would not recommend.

    Cons

    The hours were terrible. The staff area was really unclean and the lockers/toilets stank. Some of the people were annoying and not Very nice. The management were rubbish and didn't care. It made me feel really depressed.

    Advice to Management

    Care more about your staff.


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