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J Sainsbury General Assistant Night Shift Reviews

Updated 18 August 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. "Decent but not glamourous"

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    Former Employee - General Assistant Night Shift in Sheffield, England
    Former Employee - General Assistant Night Shift in Sheffield, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at J Sainsbury part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Decent pay, colleagues, and manager was okay

    Cons

    Often long hours, and sometimes unrealistic targets


  2. "Night shift"

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    Former Employee - General Assistant (Night Shift) in Basildon, East of England, England
    Former Employee - General Assistant (Night Shift) in Basildon, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at J Sainsbury part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    1. Fairly good salary of rougly £9/h
    2. Plenty of overtimes available
    3. Friendly staff
    4. Coleague discount card and free cake during the tea breaks
    5. Music all night!
    6. Suitable for students and those with little kids

    Cons

    1. Night shifts can ruin your body clock
    2. Can be pretty physically hard
    3. Very repetitive and monotonous


  3. "Not for everyone"

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    Current Employee - General Assistant Night Shift in Badger, England
    Current Employee - General Assistant Night Shift in Badger, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Instead of 5, 8 hour shifts you work 4, 10 hour shifts

    Cons

    Being at night it is quite tiring and hard physical labour


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  5. "Company has changed and not for the better"

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    Former Employee - General Assistant Night Shift in London, England
    Former Employee - General Assistant Night Shift in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fair wages with annual pay review
    Opportunity to progress
    Company discount

    Cons

    HR hard to get hold of
    Messed around with annual holiday
    Not enough staff to do the job, putting pressure on everyone
    Conflicting information about standards of practice, one manager telling you this and another telling you that which is confusing and frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Not only listen to the staff but ACT on what they say instead of giving them lip service. There is no point asking staff to give feedback if nothing is ever changed.


  6. "Colleague policy issues"

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    Current Employee - General Assistant Night Shift in Islington, England
    Current Employee - General Assistant Night Shift in Islington, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Colleagues are mostly friendly, pay could be worse. And to be honest there aren't any more pros. It is dreadful.

    Cons

    Management are only caring for profits and have little care about how hard people actually work.

    The company itself has a dreadful policy when it comes to colleagues, often cutting hours and forcing those on a lower wage into working too hard.

    One of the worst companies to work for. Very regressive and only looks to protect profits rather than grow as a business, short sighted and lack ambition.

    Advice to Management

    Sort your policies out and treat employees better than the rubbish you currently treat them. Also, actually pay a living wage and actually bring the company into the 21st century.


  7. "Iffy"

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    Former Employee - General Assistant Night Shift in Didcot, England
    Former Employee - General Assistant Night Shift in Didcot, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at J Sainsbury full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay for night shift work and management basically left you alone to work on your aisles and did not bother you too much.

    Cons

    Poorly run, inappropriate use of different peoples skill sets. Did not give enough time to reasonably complete tasks. Working on fresh sections without warm uniform

    Advice to Management

    Utilise skill sets better so people are placed in the appropriate role so more work can be done quickly and efficiently instead of trying to learn a new store section every night.


  8. "Disappointing end to a long service at Sainsbury's."

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    Former Employee - General Assistant (Night Shift) in Rustington, England
    Former Employee - General Assistant (Night Shift) in Rustington, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at J Sainsbury part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Contracted hours with plenty of over-time available, Good holiday allowance, Friendly co-workers.

    Cons

    Difficulty communicating with HR to solve problems, Higher management showed little respect to staff.

    Advice to Management

    Treat every department equally, Show appreciation for hard work.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Bonus"

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    Current Employee - General Assistant Night Shift in Darwen, England
    Current Employee - General Assistant Night Shift in Darwen, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at J Sainsbury full-time

    Pros

    We all get a yearly bonus every May how much depends on how ell the MCM as done and the store.. I also get a yearly bonus in June for doing the 3 day first aid course, All staff after being there get 10% discount that turns into 15% at Easter< Christmas and few other times a year. If you are in the SSA there are many discounted days out and a monthly raffle.. Sainsbury's are a very mad on courses and way to many and if you want to get promoted to a team leader it is a joke it does not go on what you can do are how good you work iy goes on if you pass the interview with stupid roll plays and knowing sainsbury's ways then if you are lucky enough to pass that you have months of courses that in i can not be bothered with. However a good place to work and I am happy to work there

    Cons

    Due to low budget supermarkets there as been a lot of cut back on staff recently night shift team gone from 7 staff to 2 or 3 doing the same work,, Staff are worried to be ill you do a back to work form when off 3 in a year you get a warning more than 5 and they will sack you


  10. "Love it"

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    Current Employee - General Assistant Night Shift in London, England
    Current Employee - General Assistant Night Shift in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The team I work with are friendly and the manager leaves you to work. You are able to listen to your headphones whilst working

    Cons

    Your body not getting used to the nightshift hours so it makes it hard to do anything constructive during the day

    Advice to Management

    N/a


  11. "Good place to work if you're a student."

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    Current Employee - General Assistant Night Shift in Saint Albans, England
    Current Employee - General Assistant Night Shift in Saint Albans, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    I am `able to put my headphones in a work through the night so quickly.

    Cons

    I have been underpaid for 1 month and it takes ages to get tat money back.