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J Sainsbury Reviews

Updated August 10, 2017
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Pros
  • The quality of the employees is way above average making it a brilliant environment to work in (in 36 reviews)

  • Fairly good pay for retail work (in 79 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 72 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Not"

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

    Pros

    people are good craic and busy

    Cons

    management treat their staff like animals


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Well trained but hard work"

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    Former Employee - Online Driver in Kent, WA
    Former Employee - Online Driver in Kent, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good training, good team, discount, plenty of overtime. Supervisors muck in

    Cons

    Can't keep drivers because of poor wages in relation to workload. Disorganised shift patterns.

    Advice to Management

    Increase wages

  3. Helpful (1)

    "General Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great for students to develop soft skills.

    Cons

    Poor pay. Lack of progression.


  4. "Working at Sainsbury's"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Assistant
    Former Employee - Customer Service Assistant

    Pros

    - Job security
    - Standards are consistent
    - Equipment works, if broken, fixed fairly quickly
    - Pay rises and pension scheme

    Cons

    - Can be overlooked for promotion very easily as there are a large number of staff
    - Have to wear a sickly blue and orange uniform

    Advice to Management

    I would say that there needs to be greater enthusiasm and more awareness from the management, so that staff feel proud and feel that their work does not go unnoticed.


  5. "Okay place for a student, but dead end for anyone else!"

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    Former Employee - Counter Assistant in Newport, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Counter Assistant in Newport, South East England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good job while you're studying you're A-levels.
    Makes you realise the value in going to University and getting a decent job!

    Cons

    Very boring and monotanous. Customers treat you like you are dirt even though they know nothing about you! Little or no respect from managers. But who can blame them, eh?

    Advice to Management

    To be honest you do a good job for the most part; just make sure managers treat people as individuals and bother to get to know new staff.


  6. "overall review"

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    Current Employee - RST Profiler in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - RST Profiler in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good benefits, and the company have good values on community and enviroment.

    Cons

    Don't expect to have a personal life outside work.

    Advice to Management

    leave the gentleman's club mentallity behind, see individuals and merit not who knows who, who's related to whom.


  7. "Small team so you'll be jack of all trade"

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst - Customer Insights in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst - Customer Insights in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Small team so you will be gain experience in various projects and have a variety of responsbilities, great for broadening your skill sets.

    Cons

    Most people come from a retail background and not an analytical/numerical background so it's challenging too get buy-in to new ideas and approcahes.

    Advice to Management

    Value their internal analytical resources because there's downside to rely on external resources even if they do get the job done.

  8. "ok"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good for part time student

    Cons

    work will not appriciate that's why


  9. "Job that will always be there, but stagnating"

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    Former Employee - Team Leader in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Team Leader in London, England (UK)
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The work is solid and as long as you don't make a gross obvious mistake you will always have that job. Discount is ok. It's fairly easy to get promoted to the Team Leader position. They are excellent towards students and I've never had a problem getting emergency time off or had any issues or complaints with my holidays. Store managers treat you as humans. Solid development system. Training readily available if you want it. Job responsibilities clearly laid out.

    Cons

    Work weekends and holidays for no premium. Pay is very low, even with London Weighting. Customers will abuse you for their own amusement/stress relief. Bonus is slim. Labour budgets too tight (in Convenience) leading to massive stress and failure to hit other targets. Store CCTV and security procedures focus on staff being criminals, rather than on actual criminals. There is serious risk of assault on weekends, especially in Convenience. Physical toll on your body. Quality of working environment depends on the specific store you are in, some of the Convenience stores are catastrophically bad.

    Advice to Management

    Increase labour budgets in Convenience stores. Start treating each Convenience store as it's own local entity with it's own sales direction and daily routine, rather than standardising ranges and policies across a whole diverse area.


  10. "Basic wages, boring repeated work.."

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    Current Employee - Cashier in Camden Town, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Cashier in Camden Town, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They pay our Holiday but nothing else.

    Cons

    Boring. No respect for staffs. Customer are always right. No place for career development opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Pay decent wages, support ur staffs. Delegate jobs. Give opportunities to handle responsibility to bright staffs.


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