J Sainsbury

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J Sainsbury Reviews

Updated May 21, 2014
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3.2 179 reviews

33% Approve of the CEO

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Mike Coupe

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56% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    'Great place to work' - what a joke!

    Anonymous (Current Employee)

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

    ConsLazy 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 Senior ManagementActually do some work for the first time in your life.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Sales Assistant (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    No motivation to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsNothing really apart from regualr income, friendly staff and the occasional 15% discount

    ConsPoor wage
    No recognition
    poor managers
    poor team leaders

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry to make the place more enjoyable to work

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Rubbish

    Sales Assistant (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsNothing good at all apart from the people

    ConsBoring and not interesting so is not valuable

    Advice to Senior ManagementSort out the management as they cannot manage

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Shelf Stacker (Former Employee) Leicester, England (UK)

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    "Great Place to Work" NOT

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

    ConsIf 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 Senior ManagementMorale is extremely important.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not what it says on the tin!

    Analyst (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsA 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.

    ConsLong 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 Senior ManagementThey 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!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Sainsburys stagnation

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood social and benefits pack if you are working class person

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Poor treatment of a loyal employee

    Checkout Operator (Former Employee) Colchester, England (UK)

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

    ConsNot 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 Senior ManagementValue your staff more and don't believe everything that a complaining customer says.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Working at nights had been very tough.

    Customer Service Assistant (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsYou can improve your communication skills while interacting with customers

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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