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J Sainsbury Reviews

Updated September 16, 2017
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Pros
  • Best environment to work and company is very helpful towards it's colleagues (in 40 reviews)

  • Fairly good pay for retail work (in 86 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 73 reviews)

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

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  1. "Store supervisor"

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

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

    Pros

    I have a full time job, which are rare to come by

    Cons

    you can get on in the company if your face fits.


  2. "stuff"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at J Sainsbury as a contractor

    Pros

    10% off shopping

    Cons

    heating broke during winter for 2 weeks and had to work in scarfs and gloves

  3. "sainsburys"

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

    Pros

    lots of overtime
    pleasant colleagues

    Cons

    disorganised management
    hard to change shifts if you need them changed


  4. "Average place to work, typical supermarket"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at J Sainsbury part-time

    Pros

    Good when you are a student

    Cons

    Not very nice management/ co workers, bad pay.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Not quite there yet"

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

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

    Pros

    - You might get to work with some interesting technologies.

    Cons

    - Maybe you won't have a project when you join.
    - Management decisions are somewhat questionable, they do a lot of experiments without learning much about their failures.
    - Career progression is non existent.
    - They're still trying to figure out tech org chart

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to your worker's feedback and respond with actions, not with promises.


  6. "Finance Manager"

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    Former Employee - Finance Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at J Sainsbury (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The company values employee Flexibility

    Cons

    No possibility of employee career growth

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you do


  7. "Fine until cutbacks are needed"

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    Former Employee - Online Delivery Driver in Beckton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Online Delivery Driver in Beckton, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    colleague discount, out on the road you're your own boss, once you've got used to it quite easy.

    Cons

    can be stressful and strenuous. not great back up sometimes from the call centre and depot., need to get your hours on contract and demand that they honour it.
    Salary is quite often wrong with hours missing.

    Advice to Management

    Value people for they job they do, not look for ways to cut back.

  8. "Okay on surface, but rife with problems."

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    Current Employee - Groceries Online Shopper
    Current Employee - Groceries Online Shopper
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Okay wage £7.66 an hour.
    Lots of overtime. Pretty flexible with shifts (days, not hours)
    Set hours instead of rota good for planning ahead.
    Holidays go up based on overtime worked in previous tax year
    Was a good strong department when I started (2yrs ago)

    Cons

    Absolute shambles of a shop - spaces on shelves, overs not worked, everything in wrong place. All problems blamed on online department only because they are the ones with a way to record it (substitutes for customers etc.) Management looks for superficial ways to cover problems.
    Pay is regularly wrong - overtime not counted, holidays missed etc.
    Love card system pointless. Manager doesn't nominate any staff.
    Understaffed.
    Expected to work later if busy day - rarely thanked when you do.
    Team leaders thrown in at the deep end with minimal training, they don't stay long. All the managers problems are dumped on them.
    Nothing done about late/lazy/rude staff. Makes you think whats the point in trying...
    Online department is too late in the day for unsociable hours pay (4am-8am or 5am-9am), but before MCM visits, so no 100% service, or way we can contribute to the percentage of customer service.
    Rare opportunities to move depts/progress to team leader or manager.

    Advice to Management

    Look at long term solutions to problems like spaces on shelves and low availability in online.
    More proactive way of awarding staff- love card system too easily forgotten. Give staff a reason to want to work hard.


  9. "Do not reccomend"

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    Former Employee - General Assistant in Newton Abbot, England (UK)
    Former Employee - General Assistant in Newton Abbot, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    decent pay for what you do.

    Cons

    Bad management, other members of staff back stab each other, inconsistent overtime, refusal to give out full time contracts

    Advice to Management

    They meed to learn how to do their jobs


  10. "Working at Sainsburys"

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

    I worked at J Sainsbury full-time

    Pros

    Lots of overtime, flexibility and good pay.

    Cons

    Rude managers and team leaders.

    Advice to Management

    To create a more lively atmosphere in the work place.


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