J Sainsbury Reviews

Updated 21 May 2014
Updated 21 May 2014
188 Reviews

3.2
188 Reviews
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Mike Coupe
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Staff discount of 10% and on occasion it goes up to a max of 20% for couple days (in 12 reviews)

  • Job is varied, discount card is great/ (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • The team leaders and managers skulk round the isles and watch every move you make (in 12 reviews)

  • I haven't noticed any work life balance policies applied (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    'Great place to work' - what a joke!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at J Sainsbury full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Discount card, I suppose. Handy when it goes up to 15/20% but they always conveniently put it up when we get paid.

    Cons

    Lazy team leaders and a manager that is as much use as a chocolate teapot. Ridiculously understaffed and they can't even be bothered to train anyone up properly. Everyone is more concerned with kissing each others backside and the rest of us (the ones who actually work unlike the supposed team leaders) get spoken to like dirt and get told 'tough' when put down for a shift we don't agree to (we're contracted days and times Mr manager so it's 'tough' for you). Too much stress for too little reward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually do some work for the first time in your life.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work at if you are a student otherwise avoid it like the plague

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in London, England (UK)

    I worked at J Sainsbury part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Great flexibility with regards to hours and switching shifts.
    - Strong collegial atmosphere (but this can vary wildly depending on which store you work at).

    Cons

    - Severe lack of appreciation from senior management which removes any incentive to work any harder than required.
    - Development opportunities are virtually nonexistent.
    - Quality of training is so poor that I sometimes wonder why they even bother to do it.
    - Problem employees are not dealt with quick enough.
    - Work is very repetitive (but that is to be expected in this line of work)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show more appreciation for hardworking colleagues whilst swiftly dealing with those that cause problems within the team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    No motivation to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at J Sainsbury part-time

    Pros

    Nothing really apart from regualr income, friendly staff and the occasional 15% discount

    Cons

    Poor wage
    No recognition
    poor managers
    poor team leaders

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to make the place more enjoyable to work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Rubbish

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in London, England (UK)

    I worked at J Sainsbury part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Nothing good at all apart from the people

    Cons

    Boring and not interesting so is not valuable

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sort out the management as they cannot manage

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    If i could give less than a 1 star rating for J Sainsbury (Thurmaston, Leicester), I would!!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Shelf Stacker  in  Leicester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Shelf Stacker in Leicester, England (UK)

    I worked at J Sainsbury as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    There are probably more pro's working in an Indian sweatshop for a bowl of soup.

    Cons

    There are lots of cons, but don't think there would be enough space here to list them all.. Here's a few - They work you like a dog and treat you like something they'd wipe off their shoes.
    The team leaders and managers skulk round the isles and watch every move you make.. the Rockwell song somebody's watching me should be their theme tune.. wouldn't surprise me if they had camera's in the bogs, timing how long you took to take a dump!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should quit Sainsburys and join the prison service.. I'm sure wormwood scrubs would benefit from your management style.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    "Great Place to Work" NOT

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at J Sainsbury part-time

    Pros

    Bonus, sick and holiday pay, family friendly. Not much in the way of Pros. Struggled to put this together

    Cons

    If you are without children you are a low priority in requests for shift and or contract changes. A colleague once asked to work alternate Saturdays so they could have a free weekend twice a month but was denied because two other colleagues had children or a child. Managers (not all) are very very very condescending and patronizing care more about making themselves look better on paper than actually caring about their colleagues' welfare. An example was a Christmas party was cancelled due to lack of interest because of low morale and the general feeling of not wanting to spend an evening with a manager or person that makes their working life hell. To date not a single manager has asked as to why no one wanted to go. Morale is a unimportant non existent entity to Sainsbury's. If you're not working for Sainsbury's with a mind of a career then you have little hope from managers or gaining any promotion. The bonus is very very meagre. You could argue it's more than some. But it IS less than most. The bonus does NOT reflect how much you have worked for the company (does not take into account overtime) the bonus only reflects your flat contract rate at approximately a weeks worth. So for example somebody on a 12 hour contract who works on average 30+ hours a week including overtime will only receive 12 hours worth of bonus. Other retail companies match what the colleagues work including overtime, John Lewis for one

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Morale is extremely important.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Not what it says on the tin!

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    Former Employee - Analyst  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I worked at J Sainsbury full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    A handful of genuine nice colleagues and location was central. How to fill a space otherwise when it was one worst companies ever to work for.

    Cons

    Long hours expected daily in the offices, at least 10 hours if not 12 to "support the business and be part of the company"is what you are told at a review... one word JOKE, and no overtime or time off in lieu. Pretty poor really.Then expected to give time freely several times a year to go work in a store in your own time. This company make billions! Very disappointed. Had great expectations when joining. Won't shop with them ever based on principal. Alot has changed since they started rearranging their London offices and cutting back on the number of heads required in various departments and then to do the same amount of work. They expect you to work for the prestige of the name on your CV. Keep clear of this employer if you are anyway ambitious.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They were very bullying into telling you to work long hours. If you didn't you were told your work is not of standard! What a joke. Never a thanks given in return. Is it possible to give zero stars! Justin King should read these comments!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Sainsburys stagnation

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at J Sainsbury full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good social and benefits pack if you are working class person

    Cons

    There is no way to get a promotion if you are eastern european

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    figure out how to take out company from mental prison. business evolves , you have to keep pace as well

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor treatment of a loyal employee

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Checkout Operator  in  Colchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Checkout Operator in Colchester, England (UK)

    I worked at J Sainsbury part-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Convenient and the staff discount, although not generous, is useful.

    Cons

    Not supported by management when a customer complained about me for implementing a store policy. I was treated so badly by managers that it made me I'll and I resigned. Complaints made about my treatment by the manager were not upheld (by other managers of course).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your staff more and don't believe everything that a complaining customer says.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Working at nights had been very tough.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Assistant  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Assistant in London, England (UK)

    I worked at J Sainsbury part-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    You can improve your communication skills while interacting with customers

    Cons

    Very difficult to move from a store role to Head office. There is a lack of internal mobility

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to promote internal mobility. People get bored doing the same thing and you have many talented young people working for you during their university and college. Provide more opportunities for them to get into graduate roles from with in the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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