J Sainsbury Reviews

Updated 28 August 2014
Updated 28 August 2014
189 Reviews

3.2
189 Reviews
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Mike Coupe
6 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Summer Job

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    Former Employee - Sales Assistant
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant

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

    Pros

    Good pay
    Lots of summer hours if wanted

    Cons

    As only summer job for a few years had no cons - it gave me money while away from uni

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Superb Company with real care of employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Database Administrator  in  Coventry, England
    Current Employee - Database Administrator in Coventry, England

    I have been working at J Sainsbury full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Facilities and inclusion
    Location is great
    Restaurant is good

    Cons

    Too much inclusion!
    Quite a lot of meetings
    Some managers appear to arrange meetings and little else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let me have a duvet day now and again :)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Part time work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Assistant  in  Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Customer Service Assistant in Manchester, England

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

    Pros

    - Good progression
    - Friendly staff, many who have been there for years
    - Good hourly wage for part time work

    Cons

    - Management too focused on passing MCM and MAC
    - Not enough holidays
    - Don't seem to care about younger staff
    - Not much overtime

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more in touch with younger employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Generally ok for a student job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Assistant  in  Liverpool, England
    Former Employee - Customer Assistant in Liverpool, England

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

    Pros

    Good work atmosphere especially with other students doing part time around. Nothing bothers me really.

    Cons

    Nothing in particular although I would love to get a bit of time off. Also it could be very busy if not enough people are in their shifts.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Young, happy workforce

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Assistant Convenience  in  Sheffield, England
    Former Employee - Customer Service Assistant Convenience in Sheffield, England

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

    Pros

    Convenience teams are very close and friendly. The workforce is fairly young, and opportunity to spend time outside of work such as 'work nights' are often. All colleagues and management were very friendly, from this I have developed many out of work friends. Yearly bonus is also available for all colleagues. Holiday allowance is also great. Flexibility to switch shifts, give away shifts or pick up overtime. Overall superb part-time student employment.

    Cons

    Underpaid in comparison to competitors such as Tesco. No pay rises for working national holidays. Fairly little opportunity for upwards progression throughout the business, especially on a part-time contract.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Learn alot, but takes over your life

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    Current Employee - Management  in  Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Management in Oxford, England

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

    Pros

    Good community spirit, significantly better than other supermarket employers, fast paced, management salary is good

    Cons

    Never allowed day off, very long working hours, sector means you won't get time off at holidays as others will

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to outperform the other supermarkets for culture, but new generation of people won't accept the same culture in future.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Format Planning Manager  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Format Planning Manager in London, England

    I have been working at J Sainsbury full-time for more than a 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
  9.  

    The culture with the management needs a revamp

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    Current Employee - Senior Management  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Management in London, England

    I have been working at J Sainsbury full-time for less than a 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
  10.  

    Can't complain

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Assistant  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Customer Service Assistant in London, England

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

    Pros

    Good working environment, support from senior staff is always at hand. A generally relaxed atmosphere as far as retailers go.

    Cons

    You don't get a discount card for six months - poor employee bonuses. Also it can be difficult to book preferred holidays.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Convenience Store

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cashier  in  Solihull, England
    Current Employee - Cashier in Solihull, England

    I have been working at J Sainsbury part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Never felt intimidated about losing my job, comfortable with 90% of the people I work with at my store.

    Cons

    As with any retail job (I assume) it is very difficult to get time ff at short notice, but I can try and pull a few strings and guilt trip my manager or ask for a favour.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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