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J Sainsbury Reviews

Updated March 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Good pay for a part time student (in 64 reviews)

  • Annual salary review paid from August yearly bonus paid in may staff discount card after 6 months of employment pension scheme (in 59 reviews)

Cons
  • The team leaders have favourites being unfair to the rest (in 61 reviews)

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

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  1. "Very accommodating for university students."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  2. "Good"

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

    Pros

    Good pay and really good fun

    Cons

    Long hour however was worth it


  3. "Temporary xmas contract"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Doncaster, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Doncaster, England (UK)
    Recommends

    I worked at J Sainsbury (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very professional company, and the jobs overnight were dished out quite fairly, although you were shown a computer print out of how many cases you were expected to put out and how long each job should take

    Cons

    I would have liked to stay on after xmas, but they had to let me and a few others go as our contract was finished, then they asked everyone in the staff room to work overtime in the next few days between xmas and new year


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  5. "Great place for students and other casual workers!"

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    Current Employee - Sainsburys General Assistant in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sainsburys General Assistant in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    First off - this really depends on the branch. I've heard horror stories from other branches, friends leave to join another branch having moved after university only to quit because they couldn't stand it. It all comes down to management in a particular branch.

    Generally a fun place to work - contracts and hours to suit all sorts of people. Managers are usually good with giving out overtime and there is scope to change up your hours temporarily or permanently if people leave/demand requires it etc.

    The stores can be lovely environments to work in - we raise money for Red Nose Day etc. so there's always a night out or raffle or bake sale going on, it's nice. Equally, you can just show up and do your hours and leave if that's what you need.

    Pay is good - currently above minimum wage for under 25s (£7.66) and the store discount (which can also be used at Argos and Habitat) of 10% is achieved after just 3 months of service - occasionally the discount percent is raised to celebrate great sales etc. - this is great, Sainsbury's has lovely food!

    Cons

    Training is essentially non-existent and if undertaken, boring and seemingly pointless. It's a shelf stacking, basic retail post so this isn't that shocking.

    Extremely strict policies on appearance, lateness and sick days that are usually strictly (but fairly) enforced. You will be searched regularly so never carry items like phones on to the shop floor, don't be late etc. - basic things but bear this in mind.


  6. "Excellent environment full of kind people"

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    Former Employee - General Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - General Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good and professional management with transparent policy, gender equality and so on. You an meet people from diverse ethnic background and have good career progress.

    Cons

    Seasonal work load could be immense, especially during the Christmas time.


  7. "Good full or part time work"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Assistant in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Assistant in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    No age pay discrimination
    Good salary/benefits
    Good team environment
    Opportunities for advancement
    Opportunities to earn qualifications
    Flexible overtime

    Cons

    Busy position
    Discount could be higher
    Requires decent levels of fitness
    Some issues with consistent payment for overtime (poor admin of payroll)


  8. "It's ok"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at J Sainsbury part-time

    Pros

    Nice customers and staff once you know your roll it's easy to get on with your work.

    Cons

    Can get really busy sometimes not enough staff around at that point

    Advice to Management

    Not fair when other people have to carry theose that don't work as hard


  9. "Good firm"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexible hours. Good Training. Solid company.

    Cons

    Work will inevitably get boring after a while.


  10. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Assistant in Sheffield, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Assistant in Sheffield, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    My management team was good. Nice place to work. Good balance between work and personal life. Well payed. Payment on time.

    Cons

    Higher management shows off that they care about their colleagues but it is their least concern. Overtime and holiday pay are poor.

    Advice to Management

    Show more responsibility towards your workers.


  11. "Store Supervisor"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Store Supervisor in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Store Supervisor in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Progression opportunities
    Staff are Valued
    Training is great
    Great place to work

    Cons

    Fully flexible shifts for supervisors working hourly
    Store supervisr responsibility does not align with salary



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