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J Sainsbury Reviews

Updated 20 October 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. "Customer Service Assistant Part Time"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Assistant
    Current Employee - Customer Service Assistant
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very flexible; worked for the company during university and was able to transfer back and forth between different stores to maximise working time.

    Mostly good management, with good motivators and managers who understood staff needs.

    Can be a positive working environment which was assisted massively by good management.

    Cons

    Some management failed to communicate effectively with staff, which could lead to a negative working environment, and additionally led to scheduling problems.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage more direct staff feedback rather than a long, strenuous online feedback form.


  2. "Loosing its style"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Store Colleague in Trowbridge, England
    Former Employee - Store Colleague in Trowbridge, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Discounts. Regular salary reviews (annually) Bonus scheme.
    Do job go home and forget about work (sad but true)
    A valuable place for students and those needing work in between more fulfilling roles.

    Cons

    Loosing direction in the marketplace due to confused strategy to compete against discounters (Aldi,Lidl)

    Big chain (J.S, Tesco,ASDA, Morrison) fighting for the same market and no differentiation. One will loose some day.
    Waitrose and M&S seem to have defined their territory.

    Removal of night shifts which completed store restocking to replace that with early late shifts which purports to be for customers “better availability”

    17 % pay cuts as consequence of above for those moving from nights to days for shift colleagues.

    Unless you want to remain store based then facing working in London support is probably your only other option.

    Company does not seem to scrutinise its work force for talent it could benefit from.

    Advice to Management

    Realise that the executive became complacent about the arrival of the German discounters and are now in a corner wondering how to recover.
    The executive are paid to define strategy and preempt signs of competition before it damages sales not after.

    It is the store colleagues that are the face of the company so think hard about how you motivate them without the current parental patronising approach.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Counters Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at J Sainsbury part-time

    Pros

    Work with food
    Relaxed atmosphere
    Friendly customers

    Cons

    Bad management
    Unsociable hours
    Smell of fish

    Advice to Management

    Better review into line managers management


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  5. "christmas temp"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student in Shrewsbury, England
    Current Employee - Student in Shrewsbury, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    friendly envronment to work in

    Cons

    can be boring at times


  6. "Baker"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Baker in Wakefield, England
    Current Employee - Baker in Wakefield, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Morning shifts
    Good team if you forget about the managers who only hinder your progression

    Cons

    Forcing contracted hours changes and if you don't accept your contract is terminated
    Bad pay compared to elsewhere


  7. "Very good work experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at J Sainsbury part-time

    Pros

    - Good rate of pay
    - Friendly work environment

    Cons

    Only had a positive time working here


  8. "Team Leader"

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    Former Employee - Team Leader in Leatherhead, England
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Leatherhead, England

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

    Pros

    Kept busy
    Shift work
    Available overtime

    Cons

    Slow career progression in my store


  9. "Temporary Part time work - really good employer"

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    Former Employee - Groceries Online Shopper in Lancaster, England
    Former Employee - Groceries Online Shopper in Lancaster, England

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

    Pros

    Training and management were spot on . Interview process pleasant. Contact with HR really good. My job role was online shopper, really enjoyed this position.

    Cons

    Not much personal development or contact. While I was there they introduced a new way of doing shifts/overtime managing and it meant you couldn't pick it up casually, you had to put your availability and were held to it when overtime was available.


  10. "Ok for Retail"

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    Former Employee - Counter Clerk in Gravesend, England
    Former Employee - Counter Clerk in Gravesend, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at J Sainsbury (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent hourly wage
    Good training and opportunities for overtime
    I had a nice manager

    Cons

    Some managers treat staff poorly
    long shifts at unsociable hours

    Advice to Management

    Some managers are nice but others need to learn how to speak to people professionally.


  11. "General Assistant"

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    Current Employee - General Assistant in Devizes, England
    Current Employee - General Assistant in Devizes, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    My working hours fit around school.

    Cons

    They hourly rate for U18's is lower than other supermarkets.


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