J Sainsbury Reviews

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3.7
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Pros
  • "Good pay, lots of work around christmas(in 598 reviews)

  • "They offer flexible hours to workers(in 194 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Long hours and lack of diversity(in 180 reviews)

  • "Some team leaders can be bullies if you slack(in 142 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Customer service assistant

      Apr 18, 2021 - Sainsburys General Assistant in Ashford, Kent, South East England, England, England
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      Pros

      Great team to work with good management

      Cons

      They don’t give bonuses any more

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    2. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      messy, with too many leaving

      Jul 22, 2021 - Engineering Manager in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - smart people - benefits - namely colleague discount, 2 days a month for personal development - flexible working, allowed to work from home after lockdown - the tech stack - for the most part they use the right tools for the right things - learning opportunities - great place to develop skills as an engineer - the digital transformation in progress is very interesting and can be exciting

      Cons

      - base salaries - way too low - no salary increase during yearly reviews - career growth - no promotions - to step up to a more senior position you need apply to an existing vacancy and compete with external candidates - terrible attrition rate - never saw so many people leaving and taking so long to hire replacements - silos between departments even within tech - creates a little "us vs them" mentality - still lots of external consultants (Tata CS, Accenture, etc.) - not agile enough - terribly bureaucratic processes

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    3. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Avoid HR Data Roles

      Apr 28, 2021 - Data Analyst in Manchester, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      I started in the finance division which ran like a well oiled machine. Plenty of room for career development and lots of opportunity for promotion. I have great memories working in this team.

      Cons

      I moved to another division within the company and it was like night and day. I wouldn’t recommend working in this department to anybody. Sainsburys needs to seriously review some of their management. Just because they brown nose their superiors doesn’t mean they should be absolved when they treat their direct reports abhorrently. I was once taken into a room and screamed at by a manager for something that later turned out to be false. No apology and no accountability for their mistake or their behaviour. Due to lack of support I ended up going off sick after a breakdown. I can’t believe I let it get to that point. Unfortunately you’re usually gaslighted to feel like you’re the problem. It’s only when you leave the company and thrive elsewhere, you realise how horrific some of the HR Data managers were. Before I left, I remember peers being told there would be no cuts despite a new system coming in. After leaving, I heard that they cut 50% of the team and the reduction in headcount was part of the initial business plan for the new system. If that’s the case, just be honest with your team so they can look for new roles rather than lie to their faces.

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    4. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Great place to work

      Jul 22, 2021 - Customer Service 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Lovely team, bonded quickly even as a person of colour

      Cons

      Career progression wasn't the easiest to access information about

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    5. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Potential to be good, but too many negatives

      Jul 4, 2021 - Scrum Master in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Some very clever and genuinely nice colleagues Work-life balance was good Pay was reasonable Employee discount

      Cons

      Senior Management have mostly made their way up from depots/stores , with command and control mindset. Agility treated with little understanding of what it was and even desire to understand it. Redundancies announced in October 2020 and then people had to wait 6 months to find out if their name was on the hit-list. At the same time, colleagues were being asked how their mental health was, if it wasn’t so awful, it’ll be funny. Store working last year was in effect, compulsory, with your name going onto a list if you refused, despite there being a pandemic Investment in training was given to developers but basically zero money available for agile SMs “Face Fits” mentality. If you were one of the favourites, you’d be ok. Nepotism rife in certain areas

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    6. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Overall it’s a nice place to work but there are issues

      Feb 2, 2021 - Product Manager in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      -Generous and supportive in helping people WFH, allowed us to expense office equipment. -Overall there is a nice, supportive culture that supports D&I. All festivals are acknowledged and celebrated. -There’s some really talented people within Tech (sadly it is them that are leaving though) -Holiday allowance is quite flexible -Great team building activities ( when we were in the office) -Generous discount both Sainsbury’s and Argos -Quite transparent, there’s always comms and Lives and everyone is welcome to ask questions, Senior Leaders don’t shy away from answering questions, even those that are contentious

      Cons

      -Senior Leadership Team have made some god awful decisions recently -Bonus last year was really poor, in fact- it felt like a slap in the face considering we were one of the only businesses to continue to operate as usual -Diversity and Inclusion can sometimes be a little woolly- we’ve just stopped an entire engineering apprenticeship programme because there wasn’t enough individuals meeting our D&I quota- people should be hired based on their skill sets not to meet a quota. There’s other ways to drive more D&I into the organisation -Some areas of the Business still work in Silos to tech which make it difficult sometimes to do the right thing, never seems to be noted all challenged in the correct way -It feels like some Managers are promoted into that role as it’s the only line of progression, this in turn means there are some Managers out there that are aren’t great at People Management, this can sometimes bring moral down

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Good company to work for

      Jul 21, 2021 - Store Manager 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      SM benefits, overall package, work life balance depends on location

      Cons

      Salary for existing talent, limited opportunities in certain parts of countries

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    8. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Working at my store

      Jul 21, 2021 - Sainsburys General Assistant in Warlingham, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good collegues Nice environment Trustworthy team Good facilities Alot of interaction

      Cons

      Not valued as you should at times Lack of appreciation Unrealistic targets at times Querries unheard Staff problems not heard

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    9. 4.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Great

      Jul 22, 2021 - General Assistant 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Flexible and friendly staff at work

      Cons

      Can get repetitive would be nice to work in other departments

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    10. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Great for students

      Jul 20, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in Guildford, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Friendly people and a convenient place to get a job for students.

      Cons

      Lack of career progression for those that do not have a degree.

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