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J Sainsbury Reviews

Updated October 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Best environment to work and company is very helpful towards it's colleagues (in 41 reviews)

  • Fairly good pay for retail work (in 87 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 75 reviews)

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

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  1. "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


  2. "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.

  3. "Good Retailer"

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    Current Employee - Store Supervisor in Brighton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Store Supervisor in Brighton, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Discount at Sainsburys, Argos and Habitat.
    Yearly bonus.
    Good sick pay.
    Colleagues are great.

    Cons

    Career progression can be too political at times.

    Work life balance isn’t great for supervisors.

    Advice to Management

    Use logical thinking.


  4. "Decent place to work locally"

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    Former Employee - Potato Stacker in Matlock, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Potato Stacker in Matlock, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good bunch of people to work with

    Cons

    Contracted hours were too low.


  5. "Decent place to work part time"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at J Sainsbury (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fair recruitment process
    Flexible hours and opportunity for overtime
    Good hourly pay

    Cons

    Management varies, there were often misunderstandings with shift changes
    Lack of training

    Advice to Management

    More training or enforce training for new employees


  6. "Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Discount card, increased nectar points

    Cons

    No time off at Christmas

    Advice to Management

    When you work in a team, it feels very much like family. Although there are some management that doesn't do anything which everyone knows, but can't do anything about as the store will not sack them. The department hours are strained as they will not hire new people to replace the ones left but want the employees are that still around to do a lot more work. People were getting very annoyed with this.


  7. "Meets immediate needs"

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

    Pros

    Flexibility
    Routine
    Busy
    Extra hours
    Management easy to approach about any personal problems affecting work

    Cons

    A bad team leader can really disrupt the energy of the department.

  8. "Working at Sainsbury's"

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

    I have been working at J Sainsbury full-time

    Pros

    Great business values.
    Fantastic internal personal development tools.
    Clear communication.
    Great leaders.
    Fantastic products.
    Fantastic colleagues.
    Outstanding customer service focus.

    Cons

    Food retail can mean working weekends and evenings.
    Reducing opportunities to gain promotion


  9. "General Assistant"

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    Current Employee - General Assistant in Basingstoke, England (UK)
    Current Employee - General Assistant in Basingstoke, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great working atmosphere, great community of workers

    Cons

    Lack of equipment to do job, lack of aknowledgement

    Advice to Management

    Praise employees more


  10. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - General Convenience Store Assistant in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - General Convenience Store Assistant in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    10% discount, not much but when you mostly spend quite a lot of money on food in there, it works out. Flexibility at times, good system of work.

    Cons

    For my specific store, management were very clique-y and one particular manager was quite inappropriate, even the other managers knew it, yet nothing was done when quite a few employees had complained.


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