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J Sainsbury Reviews

Updated July 25, 2017
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Pros
  • Fairly good pay for retail work (in 77 reviews)

  • The 10% staff discount is sometimes raise to 15 or 20% for a few days (in 66 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 69 reviews)

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

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  1. "Great while studying"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sainsbury's Counter Assistant in Stirling, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Sainsbury's Counter Assistant in Stirling, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at J Sainsbury part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Set shifts and decent pay makes it a great job to work along side uni, but there are also good opportunities for those who want to climb the ladder.

    Cons

    Overtime is not always guaranteed

    Advice to Management

    Extend the overtime budget instead of over-hiring


  2. "Best stay in retail"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Customer Service Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work flexibility, a great place to in work retail if you have commitments outside of work. The application process is straightforward and arranging interview dates flexible.

    Cons

    There is a lack of support for staff wanting to progress outside of retail. There are limited opportunities in retail and reduced resources available in convenience local stores.

    I attended an interview and it seemed to go well, unfortunately when I asked for feedback it was very informal and seemed personal. The interviewer advised I was best suited for a future in retail despite applying for an office job at Holborn.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage internal progress, even from the shop floor. There are graduates wasting away on the shop floor wanting more job satisfaction. Also more support is need for staff (excluding management) on the shop floor.

  3. "Very good overall"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Checkout Assistant in Paignton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Checkout Assistant in Paignton, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good employee bonus/discount scheme; will provide training if needed; and brilliant paid holiday scheme

    Cons

    None that I can think of


  4. "Online shopper"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Online Shopper in Sheffield, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Online Shopper in Sheffield, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Always lots of over time, nice staff and manager

    Cons

    Absolutely no cons other then the 4am starts but that's all part of the job

    Advice to Management

    It's almost as if there's tazers at the start of the onlin dept the higher management act as if the dept runs by itself


  5. "Career Progression"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you are in for a retail career this is the place for you.

    Cons

    can be repetitive if you are stuck at one position


  6. "no bad"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at J Sainsbury part-time

    Pros

    great team . great repot with customers

    Cons

    one person can change the attitude of the place

    Advice to Management

    na


  7. "Nothing special"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Assistant Convenience in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Customer Service Assistant Convenience in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Decent and equal pay, flexible (ish) hours, 12 hour minimum contract, overtime available, decent holiday, possible bonus, 10% discount- including argos and 20% at habitat, some benefits, toilets good place to cry

    Cons

    3 sick days allowed per year, bonuses revoked if more than 3 sick days are taken in one year, little to no choice when booking holiday, risk of injury, no support should injury happen, only treated fairly if well liked by staff, customers can be brutal, sexism everywhere all the time, not a very good job.

    Advice to Management

    Support employees, make it clear they are all equal, don't let them get hurt

  8. "Not the best!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay rate and easily flexible, focus highly on customer service which is good. They do respect colleagues and try to make it a better place to work.

    Cons

    No opportunity to promote or get higher a higher position unless you know someone in management. Don't get enough holidays throughout the year either


  9. "Customer Service Assistant"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at J Sainsbury part-time

    Pros

    My store has a great environment from management to colleagues

    Cons

    Retail industry is the worst industry to work on


  10. "Team leader"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good friendly staff, good discount

    Cons

    Career progression if your willing to be moved all the time with no notice .................


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