J Sainsbury Reviews

Updated 23 April 2015
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Mike Coupe
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Pros
  • Staff discount of 10% and on occasion it goes up to a max of 20% for couple days (in 15 reviews)

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

Cons
  • I haven't noticed any work life balance policies applied (in 7 reviews)

  • Team Leaders are a total waster of time and spend most of them time sucking upto Managers (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Was a good company to work for 5 years ago....not now

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Goal driven, bonus tied to company performance

    Cons

    Some really strange company policies....became a horrible place to work when new management ruled to the letter of the law.

    Advice to Management

    Use common sense and don't hide behind policies. Talk to your staff and be sincere.

  2. On the whole, pretty good.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - GOL Driver in Brookwood, England (UK)
    Current Employee - GOL Driver in Brookwood, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good atmosphere, decent pay, flexibility.

    Cons

    Seems a bit much to have a 4-week notice period once you've worked there for a month, especially considering you don't get any store discount until you've been there for 6 months. Regularly asked to do over time with very short notice.

    Advice to Management

    Make induction training relevant to sections.

  3. Customer Service Assistant

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

    I have been working at J Sainsbury

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Really Good pay
    lovely managers and colleagues
    there's always overtime

    Cons

    rigid with absence policy
    early starts

    Advice to Management

    long shifts

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  5. Staff and management are all very supportive and helpful and it is an enjoyable workplace environment.

    Current Employee - Bakery Assistant in Newhaven, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Bakery Assistant in Newhaven, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing people, very good salary considering my age, just a nice environment to work in

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Advice to Management

    None, they all seem more than capable of doing their jobs and doing them well

  6. It's a secure job with flexible hours

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    -Job security
    -Customer focused
    -No unreasonable targets
    -Ethical company both in how they treat disputes and source their products
    -Store manager has no problems getting stuck in with the regular folk

    Cons

    -Slow to employ staff on departments that really need it and expecting employees to pick up the pieces. Okay if the jobs a stopgap for you but if you're aiming for promotion you're expected to put Sainsbury's first at all costs eg. coming in on days off/holidays and working 12 hour days.
    -If you're just a shop floor assistant you are still bombarded with irrelevant bureaucracy in the daily "morning huddle" because they want to look inclusive.
    -They pay below the living wage
    -No staff canteen anymore that made you good value for money meals meaning you have to go shopping for food on your break

    Advice to Management

    Understand that the person wanting to work their way up may also have a life outside of work and if they give that up for you then show more appreciation.

  7. Team Leader

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

    I have been working at J Sainsbury full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The job offers reasonable pay.

    Cons

    career prospects are a little low.

  8. CSA

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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 (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    The work culture is really good and you will have a good social life. Good pay will help you to be independent even if you are working part time.

    Cons

    Sometimes you might find yourself under a lot of pressure and not all team leaders are really friendly. But its a rare case.

  9. Good employer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at J Sainsbury full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn, values of the company, environment, colleagues

    Cons

    Salary expectations, work - life balance

  10. General Assistant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at J Sainsbury part-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The job itself is not challenging so if you're looking for a job with minimal to no stress I'd highly recommend; however this is reflected with low end pay.

    Lots of opportunities for over time if you need it.

    Cons

    Can become monotonous after a while.

    Working weekends and late nights consistently are a bit annoying.

    Management is very fluid within the company meaning people don't stay in the same place too long, this can mean drastic environment changes each time senior leadership changes.

    Advice to Management

    There could be more effort made to engage with colleagues on all levels of the business. Never really see any senior management from outside the store engage with colleagues that aren't managers.

  11. Store Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Love working with the people

    Cons

    Some of the processes are outdated

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