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Updated October 21, 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 76 reviews)

  • Work-life balance can be difficult at times (in 29 reviews)

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  1. "Supervisors expected to work more"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Durham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Durham, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Get to learn about management.
    You run the show when manager's not around.

    Cons

    Got to have a flexible schedule which changes every other week.
    Too much of work load on supervisors.
    Not much of pay difference from colleagues but a vast difference in workload and responsibilities.


  2. "Good Retailer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

  3. "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.


  4. "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


  5. "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.


  6. "General Assistant"

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    Former Employee - General Assistant in Solihull, England (UK)
    Former Employee - General Assistant in Solihull, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, flexibility in working hours

    Cons

    Got very monotonous on some days


  7. "Customer Service Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Assistant in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Assistant in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fixed Contract, rarely was called in to cover staff member

    Cons

    My manager was difficult to work with and many people agreed. Not very accomodating towards students

    Advice to Management

    Keep a closer eye on department managers because they were overwhelming disliked

  8. "Sainsburys - more pro's than cons but pay isn't fair"

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    Current Employee - Retail Store Supervisor in Milton Keynes, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Retail Store Supervisor in Milton Keynes, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company benefits.
    Lots of opportunities for self development.
    Great support network.
    Fair(ish) bonus scheme.

    Cons

    Not paid much more than a colleague which isnt good as a store superivisor does a great deal more work and has a lot more responsibility.
    I don't like the fact that we have to do huddles as I get nervous and have a stutter and end up making a fool of myself. But apparently this is tough luck.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your workers fairly, but great work on opportunities for self development


  9. "Checkout assistant"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Bristol, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy process of joining, co-workers friendly and pay is reasonable for part-time employment, interesting meeting different walks of life

    Cons

    Management can be strict to rules and regulations from Sainsbury's, chances of progression slow, job can be repetitive and dull


  10. "Not a great job, good stepping stone"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Advisor in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Advisor in Leeds, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Discount Card
    - Yearly Bonus
    - Overtime available
    - Ability to take well needed holiday

    Cons

    - Awful Management (from my experience)
    - Stressful environment
    - Colleague Drama
    - Favouritism
    - Called in on holidays
    - Called in on birthday
    - Called in on day offs
    - No recognition for achievements (MCMs) but negative aspects always brought up.

    Advice to Management

    Remember your staff are human beings and not punching bags. Put yourself in out shoes and ask yourself if it is acceptable to be spoken at like that.


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