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J Sainsbury Reviews

Updated 23 May 2017
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Pros
  • Fairly good pay for retail work (in 73 reviews)

  • The 10% staff discount is sometimes raise to 15 or 20% for a few days (in 63 reviews)

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

  • The team leaders have favourites being unfair to the rest (in 64 reviews)

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  1. "Good part-time work"

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    Former Employee - Online Shopper in Sheffield, England
    Former Employee - Online Shopper in Sheffield, England
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    At the time for me it was good working-hours so I could fit two jobs in the week. Frendly and helpful staff.

    Cons

    During christmas period it gets super busy and need to work extra hours.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  2. "Good student job"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Assistant in Glasgow, Scotland
    Current Employee - Customer Service Assistant in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great for a student job! Decent wage, good overtime availability, and managers are lenient around exam and deadline times

    Cons

    Some management can be a bit pretentious, and there is a high staff turnover meaning there can be disruptions in productivity


  3. "Not the best"

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    Current Employee - CSA in London, England
    Current Employee - CSA in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very high job security
    Nice environment ONLY IF you have a nice/fair manager

    Cons

    Not supportive of commitments outside of work
    Would not give me unpaid time of to revise for exams
    bad pay
    not enough room to progress like they say there is

    Advice to Management

    stop being so bureaucratic


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  5. "online shopper."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Online Shopper in Newcastle upon Tyne, England
    Former Employee - Online Shopper in Newcastle upon Tyne, England

    Pros

    good pay. care about staff and 10% discount.

    Cons

    early starts at 6am. so no public transport


  6. "About to start"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Leader in London, England
    Current Employee - Team Leader in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    About to start working there.
    Feels like a genuine and honest company where you get rewarded for your effort!

    Cons

    Significant cut in income due to lack of relevant experience

    Advice to Management

    N.a.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company To Work For"

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    Current Employee - Code Controller in Welwyn Garden City, England
    Current Employee - Code Controller in Welwyn Garden City, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ideal hours for me (16) & I can normally get plenty of overtime on checkouts.
    I am left to get on with my job & am trusted to do it well by management.
    Feel my job is purposeful as a code controller, trying to minimise the fresh dept waste.
    Lovely colleagues who all pull together as a team , especially when something goes wrong, like equipment failure. The pay is OK with regular reviews & we are looking forward to getting a 3% bonus on our next pay day- re the mystery shopper incentive scheme & our store achieving GOLD.
    There are some great deals at Sainsbury's , so my 10% discount card is used frequently. I love it when we occasionally get uplifts to 15% & even 20%
    Some managers are very motivational & appreciative.Most acknowledge me & are approachable.

    Cons

    Sometimes I don't get a break due to the work load, & although I'm told to get support from a colleague,there isn't always someone readily available to assist.
    Having to wait 6 mths to be eligible for the staff discount card.
    Management turnover can be unsettling & have knock on effects, when there are not smooth handovers.( unease/retention)
    Booking holidays so far in advance on a first come first served basis.

    Advice to Management

    Cross Communication/Lack of it at times needs addressing.
    Change staff discount card qualifying period to 3 mths
    Hand out Love Cards more often in recognition of going above & beyond the call of duty.
    Look at the way new departmental managers are introduced into an existing team to enable a smooth transition to us employees at the coal face please.


  8. "Fine job as I completed my studies"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Assistant in Bristol, England
    Former Employee - Customer Service Assistant in Bristol, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people. Flexible. Varied.

    Cons

    Repetitive. Mind-numbing at times , don't get anywhere

    Advice to Management

    Communicate !


  9. "General Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sainsburys General Assistant in Vauxhall, England
    Former Employee - Sainsburys General Assistant in Vauxhall, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get to be trained in a lot of ways which you can use to grown within the company

    Cons

    You might be stuck doing the same thing over and over again with no place for growth

    Advice to Management

    Try to see encourage growth within the company


  10. "sainsburys"

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

    Pros

    decent pay for a student

    Cons

    not somewhere you can progress easily

    Advice to Management

    promoted people that have good english


  11. "OK for a filler"

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in Leicester, England
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Leicester, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at J Sainsbury (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Internal job postings for people looking to move up in the company.

    Cons

    Terrible hours - working late nights and then mornings the next day. Management are poorly organised, and not interested in team progression.

    Advice to Management

    More incentives, less scaremongering.


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