J Sainsbury

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J Sainsbury Reviews

Updated 7 August 2014
Updated 7 August 2014
185 Reviews

3.2
185 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 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.  

    Young, happy workforce

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Assistant Convenience  in  Sheffield, England
    Former Employee - Customer Service Assistant Convenience in Sheffield, England

    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
  2.  

    Learn alot, but takes over your life

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

    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
  3.  

    Can't complain

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

    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
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  5.  

    Great Place to work

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    Current Employee - Format Planning Manager  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Format Planning Manager in London, England

    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
  6.  

    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

    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
  7.  

    Harder than what people say retail would be like

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

    Pros

    Not as much as responsibility as compared to old job as a Math Tutor, unless a team leader or manager is around and you want to impress them. Till operating is good and time goes by fast

    Cons

    For someone relatively small, I hate stock replenishment when it comes to big products, it really aches and hurts my back for 8 hour shifts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the pay a bit and offer more chances for promotion or bonuses

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Convenience Store

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    Current Employee - Cashier  in  Solihull, England
    Current Employee - Cashier in Solihull, England

    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
  9.  

    Fun people, horrible management, mundane work but decent pay for what it was

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    Former Employee - Sales Assistant  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in London, England

    Pros

    It's decent money for simple work and it's really easy to get along with staff it's more like a family atmosphere. Very good union, who are supportive and worth every penny.

    Cons

    Bad tempered management, if they don't like you, bad treatment will persist for the duration of your time there because they take things very personally. A lot of management usually HR and dept. manager sleeping together, this happened twice in my store, this leads to a real us against them culture, because HR are supposed to be impartial to an extent but instead their judgement is clouded because their getting it on instead of being professional. No internal progression because the current management just keep the position for 10/20 yrs +, my manager had been there for 40yrs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Poor store culture, just get rid of most of the managers, some of them can barely speak English, lack common sense and are far too authoritarian.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Varied and interesting but not much room for growth

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Work-life balance, fun and talented people, interesting, diverse

    Cons

    No career progression, low salaries

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should be less hierarchal

  11.  

    Lost the plot!!!

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    Former Employee - Team Leader/CTS  in  Coventry, England
    Former Employee - Team Leader/CTS in Coventry, England

    Pros

    Pleasant colleagues in store until mystery shopper score comes down............

    Cons

    Not so pleasant senior Management especially when mystery shopper result comes down.................

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get man management skills for senior management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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