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Updated March 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Good pay for a part time student (in 64 reviews)

  • Annual salary review paid from August yearly bonus paid in may staff discount card after 6 months of employment pension scheme (in 59 reviews)

Cons
  • The team leaders have favourites being unfair to the rest (in 61 reviews)

  • Work-life balance can be difficult at times (in 26 reviews)

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  1. "Checkout"

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    Former Employee - Check Out Staff in Southend-on-Sea, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Check Out Staff in Southend-on-Sea, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    very good learning opportunities great flexability lovely people

    Cons

    no cons, really lovely company to work for

    Advice to Management

    more benefits


  2. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay and really good fun

    Cons

    Long hour however was worth it


  3. "Temporary xmas contract"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Doncaster, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Doncaster, England (UK)
    Recommends

    I worked at J Sainsbury (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very professional company, and the jobs overnight were dished out quite fairly, although you were shown a computer print out of how many cases you were expected to put out and how long each job should take

    Cons

    I would have liked to stay on after xmas, but they had to let me and a few others go as our contract was finished, then they asked everyone in the staff room to work overtime in the next few days between xmas and new year


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  5. "Great place for students and other casual workers!"

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    Current Employee - Sainsburys General Assistant in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sainsburys General Assistant in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    First off - this really depends on the branch. I've heard horror stories from other branches, friends leave to join another branch having moved after university only to quit because they couldn't stand it. It all comes down to management in a particular branch.

    Generally a fun place to work - contracts and hours to suit all sorts of people. Managers are usually good with giving out overtime and there is scope to change up your hours temporarily or permanently if people leave/demand requires it etc.

    The stores can be lovely environments to work in - we raise money for Red Nose Day etc. so there's always a night out or raffle or bake sale going on, it's nice. Equally, you can just show up and do your hours and leave if that's what you need.

    Pay is good - currently above minimum wage for under 25s (£7.66) and the store discount (which can also be used at Argos and Habitat) of 10% is achieved after just 3 months of service - occasionally the discount percent is raised to celebrate great sales etc. - this is great, Sainsbury's has lovely food!

    Cons

    Training is essentially non-existent and if undertaken, boring and seemingly pointless. It's a shelf stacking, basic retail post so this isn't that shocking.

    Extremely strict policies on appearance, lateness and sick days that are usually strictly (but fairly) enforced. You will be searched regularly so never carry items like phones on to the shop floor, don't be late etc. - basic things but bear this in mind.


  6. "Fabulous"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    lovely colleagues
    pay is good
    hours are flexible
    easy job

    Cons

    Very busy
    Sometimes have to work on different departments

    Advice to Management

    nothing


  7. "Excellent environment full of kind people"

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

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

    Pros

    Good and professional management with transparent policy, gender equality and so on. You an meet people from diverse ethnic background and have good career progress.

    Cons

    Seasonal work load could be immense, especially during the Christmas time.


  8. "Good full or part time work"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Assistant in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Assistant in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    No age pay discrimination
    Good salary/benefits
    Good team environment
    Opportunities for advancement
    Opportunities to earn qualifications
    Flexible overtime

    Cons

    Busy position
    Discount could be higher
    Requires decent levels of fitness
    Some issues with consistent payment for overtime (poor admin of payroll)


  9. "It's ok"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at J Sainsbury part-time

    Pros

    Nice customers and staff once you know your roll it's easy to get on with your work.

    Cons

    Can get really busy sometimes not enough staff around at that point

    Advice to Management

    Not fair when other people have to carry theose that don't work as hard


  10. "Good firm"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexible hours. Good Training. Solid company.

    Cons

    Work will inevitably get boring after a while.


  11. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at J Sainsbury part-time

    Pros

    friendly staff and always opportunities available and good pay in comparison to other supermarkets and jobs out there.

    Cons

    certain tasks can get repetitive and it is difficult to get trained on new things as you have to be there a certain time to do other things, so can get boring after a while.



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