J Sainsbury Reviews

Updated 18 October 2014
Updated 18 October 2014
209 Reviews
3.1
209 Reviews
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Mike Coupe
14 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Staff discount of 10% and on occasion it goes up to a max of 20% for couple days (in 14 reviews)

  • paid holiday even on part time contracts no matter how long you have been there (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Team Leaders are a total waster of time and spend most of them time sucking upto Managers (in 11 reviews)

  • I haven't noticed any work life balance policies applied (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Hard work that hardly pay back

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Convenience Deputy Manager in Brighton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Convenience Deputy Manager in Brighton, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    A lot of procedures to keep your job safe. Lots of training , resources and support from Helpdesks.

    Cons

    Always understaffed. Tons of paperwork. Impossible timelines. Work life balance very poor. Company cares about money not people at all. Too much thieving due to generous budgets and lack of control as everyone is too busy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promotion good up to Deputy. Play politics works better than hard work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    nepotism is rife

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Shop Floor
    Current Employee - Shop Floor

    I have been working at J Sainsbury part-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    i have worked for over 10 years for this company and under 20, and store has gone through lots of changes one being doubling in size, now on outside windows as car deck took over the front, have some great people i work with, not that u get to talk to them as the shifts i do are the quick turn around type of shoppers, in ,pay ,out. Join the Union

    Cons

    when things go wrong which they do the management do not back you, not sure if the same as in every store but this one management can't make waves as too many family members working within store in high profile places ..ie store manager has child in store and wife in HR (so no chance of bringing a complaint). they always take the sides of the customer, even when they are abusive, verbally and physically, i did enjoy working here but now feel unable to carry on,so good i did join the union as they fought my case and i won!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no more family getting jobs that are never advertised in store or elsewhere, give others a chance. stand up for the staff, head office is just that a office where they don't know how the other half work, i know i have been there, fantastic canteen unlike store where there is a vending machine with just choc/crisps really healthy for a days work,the staff are humans first and staff second, most have outside lives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sainsbury's Online is a joke to work at

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Online Driver in Bury, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Online Driver in Bury, South East England, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Theres not many, technically being an online driver could be a great job. Driving round, seeing customers etc, but Sainsbury's ruin it
    Only cons are 10% discount and a bonus, but that only comes down to if you do well on mystery customers.

    Cons

    Where to start. How about the management - They don't care about you as a person, all they care about is the department is making money and their shifts are covered. They are never flexible with you but you have to be VERY flexible with them.
    You have to tell them if theres extra days you can work, there no simple 9-5 job here. It can range from 7 in the morning until 11 at night. You loose all your social life and can never plan to do anything in advance incase your normal 'day off' becomes your flexi day that they make your work!
    Then the other thing I hate, 99% of the time your doing a good job but get no thanks. Do one thing wrong you never hear the end of it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop taking our time away without giving anything back
    Make drivers feel appreciated
    Realise we have lives

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    'Great place to work' - what a joke!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

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

    Pros

    Discount card, I suppose. Handy when it goes up to 15/20% but they always conveniently put it up when we get paid.

    Cons

    Lazy team leaders and a manager that is as much use as a chocolate teapot. Ridiculously understaffed and they can't even be bothered to train anyone up properly. Everyone is more concerned with kissing each others backside and the rest of us (the ones who actually work unlike the supposed team leaders) get spoken to like dirt and get told 'tough' when put down for a shift we don't agree to (we're contracted days and times Mr manager so it's 'tough' for you). Too much stress for too little reward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually do some work for the first time in your life.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work at if you are a student otherwise avoid it like the plague

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in London, England (UK)

    I worked at J Sainsbury part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Great flexibility with regards to hours and switching shifts.
    - Strong collegial atmosphere (but this can vary wildly depending on which store you work at).

    Cons

    - Severe lack of appreciation from senior management which removes any incentive to work any harder than required.
    - Development opportunities are virtually nonexistent.
    - Quality of training is so poor that I sometimes wonder why they even bother to do it.
    - Problem employees are not dealt with quick enough.
    - Work is very repetitive (but that is to be expected in this line of work)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show more appreciation for hardworking colleagues whilst swiftly dealing with those that cause problems within the team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    No motivation to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at J Sainsbury part-time

    Pros

    Nothing really apart from regualr income, friendly staff and the occasional 15% discount

    Cons

    Poor wage
    No recognition
    poor managers
    poor team leaders

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to make the place more enjoyable to work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Rubbish

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in London, England (UK)

    I worked at J Sainsbury part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Nothing good at all apart from the people

    Cons

    Boring and not interesting so is not valuable

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sort out the management as they cannot manage

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    If i could give less than a 1 star rating for J Sainsbury (Thurmaston, Leicester), I would!!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Shelf Stacker in Leicester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Shelf Stacker in Leicester, England (UK)

    I worked at J Sainsbury as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    There are probably more pro's working in an Indian sweatshop for a bowl of soup.

    Cons

    There are lots of cons, but don't think there would be enough space here to list them all.. Here's a few - They work you like a dog and treat you like something they'd wipe off their shoes.
    The team leaders and managers skulk round the isles and watch every move you make.. the Rockwell song somebody's watching me should be their theme tune.. wouldn't surprise me if they had camera's in the bogs, timing how long you took to take a dump!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should quit Sainsburys and join the prison service.. I'm sure wormwood scrubs would benefit from your management style.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    "Great Place to Work" NOT

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at J Sainsbury part-time

    Pros

    Bonus, sick and holiday pay, family friendly. Not much in the way of Pros. Struggled to put this together

    Cons

    If you are without children you are a low priority in requests for shift and or contract changes. A colleague once asked to work alternate Saturdays so they could have a free weekend twice a month but was denied because two other colleagues had children or a child. Managers (not all) are very very very condescending and patronizing care more about making themselves look better on paper than actually caring about their colleagues' welfare. An example was a Christmas party was cancelled due to lack of interest because of low morale and the general feeling of not wanting to spend an evening with a manager or person that makes their working life hell. To date not a single manager has asked as to why no one wanted to go. Morale is a unimportant non existent entity to Sainsbury's. If you're not working for Sainsbury's with a mind of a career then you have little hope from managers or gaining any promotion. The bonus is very very meagre. You could argue it's more than some. But it IS less than most. The bonus does NOT reflect how much you have worked for the company (does not take into account overtime) the bonus only reflects your flat contract rate at approximately a weeks worth. So for example somebody on a 12 hour contract who works on average 30+ hours a week including overtime will only receive 12 hours worth of bonus. Other retail companies match what the colleagues work including overtime, John Lewis for one

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Morale is extremely important.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Not what it says on the tin!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I worked at J Sainsbury full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    A handful of genuine nice colleagues and location was central. How to fill a space otherwise when it was one worst companies ever to work for.

    Cons

    Long hours expected daily in the offices, at least 10 hours if not 12 to "support the business and be part of the company"is what you are told at a review... one word JOKE, and no overtime or time off in lieu. Pretty poor really.Then expected to give time freely several times a year to go work in a store in your own time. This company make billions! Very disappointed. Had great expectations when joining. Won't shop with them ever based on principal. Alot has changed since they started rearranging their London offices and cutting back on the number of heads required in various departments and then to do the same amount of work. They expect you to work for the prestige of the name on your CV. Keep clear of this employer if you are anyway ambitious.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They were very bullying into telling you to work long hours. If you didn't you were told your work is not of standard! What a joke. Never a thanks given in return. Is it possible to give zero stars! Justin King should read these comments!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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