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J Sainsbury Department Manager Reviews

Updated 8 July 2017
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Pros
  • Best environment to work and company is very helpful towards it's colleagues (in 41 reviews)

  • Fairly good pay for retail work (in 87 reviews)

Cons
  • Team Leaders can be given a lot more responsibility than managers which can be a bit draining but you learn so much about management (in 75 reviews)

  • Work-life balance can be difficult at times (in 28 reviews)

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  1. "Great company trading in a difficult market"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Department Manager in Keighley, England
    Former Employee - Department Manager in Keighley, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at J Sainsbury full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Reasonably good work-life balance, pay was good and generally a feel good factor in most stores. Good holiday entitlement, sick pay and a great bonus to work towards.

    Cons

    The food retail industry is dog eat dog which piles pressure on everyone. Was made to feel like we were saving lives, at times, when really all we were doing was putting beans on a shelf.

    Advice to Management

    I understand the need to remain focused but this needs to be kept in perspective


  2. "Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Department Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Department Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at J Sainsbury (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Discount card and pension scheme

    Cons

    If your face fits, long hours is expected and no more thought of.

    Advice to Management

    You are supposed to be a fair employer, treat all colleagues equal.


  3. "Department Manager"

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    Current Employee - Department Manager in Watford, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Watford, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at J Sainsbury full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Big company, great benefits, great values, lots of great staff, great products

    Cons

    Labour a consistent issue all over, never feels enough.

    Advice to Management

    Schedule meetings to be the most important and thorough meeting we have with full attendance!


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Dept. Manager"

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    Former Employee - Department Manager in Stoke-on-Trent, England
    Former Employee - Department Manager in Stoke-on-Trent, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at J Sainsbury (More than a year)

    Pros

    There is advancement opportunities available but woe betide you if you put insignificant things like a pregnant spouse first.

    Cons

    The management are all that is wrong with retail. Care more about H.O. than the customers.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "disappointment"

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    Former Employee - Department Manager in Chesham, England
    Former Employee - Department Manager in Chesham, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I really wanted to join the Sainsbury's family, I loved the 20x20 vision and they have some truly fantastic colleagues.

    Cons

    The senior management team is very poor. The Department Managers are in really low and there is no real training. I remember last year in my previous store at Chesham when we had to do the fireworks training for bonfire, it was a copy exercise from the answer sheet that even the fire brigade noticed. I witnessed unfair dismissal and even people pushed to resign to avoid paying redundancy. I witnessed abuse which have been reported but no actions have been taken... The list can be very long... OF COURSE THIS DOES NOT APPLY ONTO THE WHOLE COMPANY. Only what I unfortunately experienced on CO6.

    Advice to Management

    Unfortunately, you have to be really careful of everything you are saying and to who you are talking. It's a really competitive place to work but in the wrong way. The competition is on who will keep his job instead of important KPI.


  7. "Department manager Sainsburys"

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    Current Employee - Department Manager in Guildford, England
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Guildford, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at J Sainsbury (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    10% discount
    10% annual bonus on meeting of targets
    Discount from other retailers
    Protected workplace

    Cons

    Expected to work a lot more hours than contracted to.
    No HR anymore so all this falls on to department managers


  8. "Shift Manager"

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    Current Employee - Department Manager in Derby, England
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Derby, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people, great benefits.

    Cons

    Getting harder and harder to progress

    Advice to Management

    none


  9. "Good and secure place to work"

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    Current Employee - Department Manager in Fulham, England
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Fulham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at J Sainsbury full-time

    Pros

    5+ weeks of paid Holidays
    Job security

    Cons

    Inconsistency of staff progression, more the case of who you know rather than based on yours skills.

    Inconsistency of disciplinary actions with the staff members.

    amount of hours above your contacted contract which you often have to put in.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "A Good Company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Department Manager
    Current Employee - Department Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great Colleague Benefits
    Reasonable Pay
    Great People
    Good opportunity to Progress

    Cons

    Some unsociable hours.
    Retail is a tough environment at the moment

    Advice to Management

    reduce the pay gap bands 2,3,4 need lifting up. this will attract and retain the best colleagues. also a greater percentage of these colleagues wages are spent in to store, so any pay increase will result in a greater increase in store sales then increasing a directors pay.


  11. "department manager"

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    Current Employee - Department Manager
    Current Employee - Department Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you come in as a external the pay is not bad. If an internal it is terrible.
    Hr side is strong.

    Cons

    Shocking store managers who demand a performance. They say love your colleagues but the managers are left to rot! No support. Dangle a carrot and say you are the next deputy.

    Advice to Management

    Stay on none foods. Loved this section. Thefood side is tough