J Sainsbury

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J Sainsbury Reviews

Updated 14 December 2014
Updated 14 December 2014
230 Reviews
3.2
230 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 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.  

    Not bad

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

    I have been working at J Sainsbury part-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lovely people to work with, great shop floor and warehouse staff making it a fun working environment. Everyone works hard for each other, and get along well.

    Cons

    Little chance of promotion to anything other than team leader, and those in management positions often have poor communication with those doing the work and are rarely seen on the shop floor. Having said that, some stores management teams are better than others. Applying for a job isn't the easiest and reapplying as a vacational student is problematic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Colleagues often feel there is a huge divide between management and the shop floor. Managers are not seen on the shop floor, and there is little recognition for good work.

    There appears to be little progression to anything other than team leader, and when positions do become available, they are not well advertised for staff. The last intake of trainee managers in the store I was at was only disclosed to one colleague, who managed to get onto the scheme, despite at least 5 other colleagues who had all been promised the opportunity to apply, kept in the dark.

    All in all, it is a good place to work, but the whole working environment would be better if management involved themselves more with the colleagues, and made more of a team environment, taking into consideration the talents and experience of the colleagues they work with

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    OK, I guess

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Check Out Assistant in Brighton, England
    Former Employee - Check Out Assistant in Brighton, England

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

    Pros

    Socially, you meet loads of like-minded individuals. Most employees are either young students or have worked there their whole lives.

    Cons

    Young managers tend to be inexperienced and pushed up the ladder quickly from starting out. Hectic work pattern and often disorganised shifting. Holidays could be managed better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engage frequently with staff, don't penalise for small things.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Maidenhead, England
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Maidenhead, England

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

    Pros

    good people to work with

    Cons

    work so hard with such little reward and pay is pretty terrible for the amount of hours and effort put in

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    remember people have a family and a life to have as well

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

    Great place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Employee benefits
    Friendly environment
    Oppurtunity for growth

    Cons

    Management can be harsh at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees a bit more

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Can't complain for a part time job

    • 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

    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
  7.  

    Nightshift general assistant

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

    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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    Was good for a year, but found higher staff were rude and disrespectful. Think it was just my branch though.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Dry Goods Assistant in Ringwood, England
    Former Employee - Dry Goods Assistant in Ringwood, England

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

    Pros

    Learnt new skills and made friends, also it was more a manual job - I enjoy being more active so that was good.

    Cons

    Tasks were expected to be completed quickly as well as doing a variety of other things, which was sometimes impossible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be polite to all workers, just because you have a higher position doesn't mean you are a better person.

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

    Fast paced retailer in tough market

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

    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
  11.  

    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

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