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J Sainsbury Reviews

Updated February 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Good pay for a part time student (in 62 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 59 reviews)

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  1. "Confusing management"

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

    Pros

    Office is nice and some of the software developers know what they are doing. Also after 6 months you get discount to Sainsbury's shop.

    Cons

    Really confusing decision making - teams are formed only to be ditched.


  2. "Only Part-time"

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    Former Employee - Sainsburys General Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sainsburys General Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people you work with
    The pay is good

    Cons

    Management is terrible and unorganised


  3. "Lovely People, Good training, Poor Management"

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    Former Employee - Convenience Store Lead in Sutton, London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Convenience Store Lead in Sutton, London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Worked at Sainsbury's for a year and a half. Lovely people to work with (colleagues, not so much management) - my colleagues were the best thing about working there. Good training.

    Cons

    Management was poor. Witnessed bullying, harassment, cover-ups, general incompetence. The company on a whole has some very good values and training in place, but this is definitely not reflected by store-level management (I worked at 2 different stores, attitude of management was the same at both).

    Advice to Management

    Value your colleagues, make an effort, maybe put that good training into practice when it comes to managing people.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Ok job"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Assistant in Norwich, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Customer Service Assistant in Norwich, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Average pay, not bad but not brilliant. Yearly Bonus is good

    Cons

    I work very hard and am under appreciated. Can only progress if you are young and fun. If you are hard working and serious about your job you get over looked and put upon more. Can be very stressful. The nightshift department gets treated like you dont exist. Its all about congratulating day shift. Yet they do a huge amount of work.

    Advice to Management

    Respect your harder workers. Not just the young lazy people who like to have a laugh. Start treating your night shift workers with as much respect as you do the day shift workers. Make the effort with them as they graft hard for your company!


  6. "Disappointing end to a long service at Sainsbury's."

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    Former Employee - General Assistant (Night Shift) in Rustington, England (UK)
    Former Employee - General Assistant (Night Shift) in Rustington, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Contracted hours with plenty of over-time available, Good holiday allowance, Friendly co-workers.

    Cons

    Difficulty communicating with HR to solve problems, Higher management showed little respect to staff.

    Advice to Management

    Treat every department equally, Show appreciation for hard work.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great company let down by a disappointing IT division"

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    Former Employee - Developer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Developer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company culture and quality products. During my time there I’ve always felt that the company and the senior management always put their money where their mouth was. Colleagues and suppliers alike are true to the company’s values. Having seen the company from the inside, I feel I’m a more loyal customer now than ever.

    Cons

    The D&T (IT) division. This was a huge investment and for a while the company hired the best talents. However, due to an unexperienced middle management that couldn’t solve the clash between an AGILE culture and an old mentality, the developers hung around without work for months. The team grew too fast, bad hiring choices were made and it wasn't possible to build a good shared culture as in the rest of the business. The majority of the projects didn't had the company's backing and were eventually shelved letting the division greatly over budget. In the end the brightest started to look for new opportunities and that was the end of it.

    Advice to Management

    Be true to the efforts and the sacrifices of the rest of the company. Hire / promote more experienced middle management in D&T in London. Promote veterans that wants change and are able to build bridges and trust between the new and the old mentality to avoid clashes. Change the budgeting of D&T because let’s be honest: it’s an old model that doesn’t fit in a dev workflow. It may work for the rest of the company but it surely doesn’t work for D&T.


  8. "POOR"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Worked 4 hour shifts
    Friendly colleagues

    Cons

    Harassed to do over time

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Agile teams a mess"

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    Former Employee - Worked In D&T in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Worked In D&T in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at J Sainsbury (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Company discount on supermarket purchases
    Subsidised gym in London site
    Great salad bar in staff canteen

    Cons

    Company wants to do Agile but ends up doing a horrible mish-mash of Agile and Waterfall
    Agile coaches, testing and devleopment all pulling in different direction in their own internal power struggle which negatively impacts delivery
    Old manual processes are never challanged so projects are slow, clunky and expensive to deliver
    Scrum teams are not assembled at the start of development which mean that teams are forever playing catch up
    Internal teams do not even use the same systems to communicate, all of testing on Skype and Sharepoint and all of development on Slack and Confluence
    Some departments act like they are part of an independant agency and hold up projects until they are ready to deliver. This is not an Agile way of working
    Teams do not have the ability to configure or improve the environments they are working in. So they cannot test out any improvements which would be beneficial to the business
    Tech support can take days to respond to requests for configuration changes
    Cloud tech being used in an unstruted way with no communicated ownership

    Advice to Management

    Align the Agile coaches, development, product owners and testing to work as a true delivery team so you do not have to bring in expensive outside development agencies to show you how to work
    Cut out the non-technical staff who are willing to upskill in new Agile automated ways of working
    Agile coaches need to communicate out their vision of Agile and get buy in from the whole company not just individuals at a time
    Stop looking for mysterious undefined characteristics in your new hires and hire those with a past in Agile delivery and encourage them to stay
    Do something about your training - whole departments going without training for nearly two quarters is appaling especially when people were hired on the basis of being offered a comprehensive training package
    I was not the only one to leave because of a lack of career progression and training


  10. "Working at this place is a double edged sword"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - General Assistant in Leigh, North West England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - General Assistant in Leigh, North West England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The shopfloor staff can be really friendly and the job itself can be enjoyable to one must enjoy their job if they are too succeed.

    Cons

    • The management specifically the line manager in particular were quite deceitful.
    • Team leader informed me i was being kept on only for the last 48 hors of my contract my Line manager told me they was finishing my contract only 1 or 2 were having their contracts extended. It turned out all staff except 2 or 3 were kept on.
    • Some of the permanent staff get away with everything from repeated absences to using their mobile phones on the shopfloor.
    • The team leaders have favourites being unfair to the rest.

    Advice to Management

    Honesty goes a long way being decieitful to your employees when all they have tried to do is be loyal.


  11. "Sain"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Absolutely no pros to this job

    Cons

    Management rude and disrespectful always

    Advice to Management

    Be polite and respectful



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