J Sainsbury

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J Sainsbury Reviews

Updated 16 October 2014
Updated 16 October 2014
207 Reviews
3.1
207 Reviews
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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 13 reviews)

  • paid holiday even on part time contracts no matter how long you have been there (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • The team leaders and managers skulk round the isles and watch every move you make (in 10 reviews)

  • Long hours labour is at a minimum (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Can't complain for a part time job

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

    I worked at J Sainsbury part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very good career progression, pleasant environment, opportunities to improve many skills, varied taks

    Cons

    Lots of overtime and changing stores frequently not taking into account that extra time and money will be spent travelling to further places

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Nightshift general assistant

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Nightshift General Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Nightshift General Assistant in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good ambience
    10% discount all year round with up to 15/20% during special events (xmas,Easter...)

    Cons

    Really difficult to actually achieve a career, a lot of empty promises with a lot of favour asked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should put more efforts in giving training to highly motivated employees and get rid of bad workers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    A decent place to work.

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

    I worked at J Sainsbury part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Most of the staff are friendly, and depending on each manager, they can make your job enjoyable or not. Atmosphere of the store is good depending on which area you work in.

    Cons

    They hate it when you call in sick, or take time off. Also benefits only come after 6 months which is slightly unreasonable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees with respect and talk to them in a friendly way, dont always assume that they are lieing when calling in sick. Try to be more considerate with students etc and understand that they have priorities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Some managers are brilliant. Some managers need to pull their finger out.

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

    I have been working at J Sainsbury part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Discount goes up to 25% certain times during the year.
    Good bonus if we hit targets.
    Everyone is really friendly.
    Meet some nice customers.

    Cons

    Some manager take the mick when it comes to 'Morning brews' 'Afternoon brews'. Favoritism can cause problems, unless your a brown noser. Sometimes it's one rule for one member of staff then another rule for another memeber. Store Manager doesn't seem to do much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your workers!!

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Fast paced retailer in tough market

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Developer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Product Developer in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at J Sainsbury full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great location, discount and friendly colleagues

    Cons

    Hard to climb the career ladder

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Could be better, hope it improves.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at J Sainsbury

    Pros

    Decent collegues, most customers were good and some staff were very supportive, lots of different jobs to do (if you can get at them), sometimes a store team clicks together excellently (even though it's only temporary as management is soon shuffled around). I found there was good collegue support if you ended up with a very difficult customer, as well.

    Cons

    A lot of focus on making metrics with little resources or support. Very little employee appraisal or training, too much employee blame when things go wrong. Chronic under-staffing problems. No time-and-a-half or any extra pay for working unsociable hours and public holidays in Convienience stores.

    n.b: I left before the recent change of upper management so I don't know if things have changed since.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Agreeing with sentiment re: senior management - employee morale is hampered by unworkable practices and a lot of the policies should be fairly and pragmatically trial-tested in a few stores before being cascaded down. There is very little in-situ appraisal of new ways of doing things other than "don't question it, just make it work or else".

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Decent money and a large number of different jobs doing different things, plus good benefits.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Warehouse Clerk in Basingstoke, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Warehouse Clerk in Basingstoke, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Benefits include staff discount of 10% at all stores and online, plus many other discounts and benefits with other companies exclusive to Sainsbury's staff. Decent pay for clerical positions, and between 5-6 weeks holiday per year. Opportunities in both retail and warehouse/operational side of the company, in locations across the UK.

    Cons

    Shift work,so you may have to work unsociable hours, and in some sites people get taken on as agency staff for lower pay than being Sainsbury's staff directly, which also means they do not get the benefits. Training in critical areas that impact health and safety done by competent professional trainers, but day to day office training done by other staff in the office on an ad-hoc basis, so you will be pushed in at the deep end and expected to swim!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers are too frequently unaware of what each clerical job entails; they know what each department and member of staff is responsible for, but not always what they have to do to achieve that. I quite often hear my job being reduced to "printing out paperwork" and "building a few journeys" when there is so much more that I do and it involves in some cases a lot more work than is implied. One manager ordered a clerical staff member to stop what they were doing to do something for him, not understanding that if that person stopped what they were doing at that moment, the whole warehouse floor would run out of work, for the sake of his job which could wait until someone was free to help him. When they refused and tried to explain why, they were told that they would be brought to the manager's office for a talking to, although this was later quietly dropped when it was explained to the manager by other management that he was wrong.
    The rota changes constantly from one day to the next,as there are not enough staff to cover everything effectively, and often you are not told your shift has changed until you get to work.
    Training depends on fellow staff in each department, so it is hard to get uniformity of processes; for example, when a change to one of our systems was recently discussed, my department was left in the dark about the change because it involved another part of the warehouse and not our department, however this ignored the fact that my department creates the reports that the other department uses and so would need to be aware of any changes to it, and on top of that our staff do have to work in other departments, so we would have to know of the changes anyway.
    In summary, there needs to be more clarity between management and staff on what they do, when they work, and on what training and processes they need or are required to do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Online Shopper, Decent place to work however very repetitive picking items for customers.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Online Shopper in Lincoln, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Online Shopper in Lincoln, England (UK)

    I have been working at J Sainsbury full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Plenty Of Overtime,discounts,cycle to work scheme,quite easy to change roles within store if they are available, monthly charity fund raising

    Cons

    Repetitive Work,boring at times,parts of management

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Format Planning Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Format Planning Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at J Sainsbury full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Sainsbury's offers great internal opportunities to develop your career and professional skills. The company offers a wide range of management development courses to help with your progression. Line managers are particularly encouraged to help colleagues identify their development needs and provide opportunities to do this.

    Cons

    Although personal progress is encouraged the promotion process and route can seem challenging and put some people off. This leads to many good colleagues decide to move externally for promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review support route for promotion and encourage more secondments and lateral changes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    The culture with the management needs a revamp

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Management in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Management in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at J Sainsbury full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Can be a light and fun environment when it suits them

    Cons

    This is an old company, departments dont talk and change is very difficult to implement.
    Out of all the supermarket chains I think this one will fade away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sack the lot of them. The structure is so flawed and the old ways so entrenched small changes aren't doing any good at all

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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