J Sainsbury

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J Sainsbury Reviews

Updated Jul 27, 2014
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3.2 181 reviews

50% Approve of the CEO

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Mike Coupe

(4 ratings)

57% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Staff discount of 10% and on occasion it goes up to a max of 20% for couple days (in 12 reviews)

  • Job is varied, discount card is great/ (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • The team leaders and managers skulk round the isles and watch every move you make (in 12 reviews)

  • I haven't noticed any work life balance policies applied (in 4 reviews)

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    Sometimes good, sometimes bad.

    General Assistant (Current Employee)

    ProsReally get along with other colleagues in store.

    You can get trained in many different things across the departments in the store.

    Working on your holiday gives you double pay! And lots of overtime during holiday season.

    ConsOk pay but lower than what all the competitive stores pay.

    Always pushed to work on your holiday and get double pay when the managers would never do that themselves.

    HR not open for colleagues that work in the evening shifts.. you have to come in your own time.

    Management will walk around and do nothing and tell you off for talking. They will also leave work early and leave us to do everything.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop pressuring people to do overtime or work their holidays when they don't want to.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fun people, horrible management, mundane work but decent pay for what it was

    Sales Assistant (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsIt's decent money for simple work and it's really easy to get along with staff it's more like a family atmosphere. Very good union, who are supportive and worth every penny.

    ConsBad tempered management, if they don't like you, bad treatment will persist for the duration of your time there because they take things very personally. A lot of management usually HR and dept. manager sleeping together, this happened twice in my store, this leads to a real us against them culture, because HR are supposed to be impartial to an extent but instead their judgement is clouded because their getting it on instead of being professional. No internal progression because the current management just keep the position for 10/20 yrs +, my manager had been there for 40yrs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPoor store culture, just get rid of most of the managers, some of them can barely speak English, lack common sense and are far too authoritarian.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Varied and interesting but not much room for growth

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsWork-life balance, fun and talented people, interesting, diverse

    ConsNo career progression, low salaries

    Advice to Senior ManagementShould be less hierarchal

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    Great for working a long side college

    Cashier (Current Employee)

    ProsFriendly staff.
    Staff discount
    save as you earn scheme
    lots of opportunity to get involved for charity fundraising

    ConsMoney
    lack of career development
    Disciplinary for one day off sick

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus more on staff who would like to develop

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Customer Service Assistant (Current Employee) Birmingham, England (UK)

    ProsGood bunch of people

    Consits boring
    team leaders are lazy

    Advice to Senior Managementstaff need to be better rewarded

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Up and Down

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSince joining Sainsburys 7 years ago it has been a constant source of income and I have never felt insecure about redundancy or losing my job. It is a great company to work for but to work in retail you must be a particular type of person - patient, hard working and reliable. You must dedicate yourself to the job but I have never felt mentally challenged in this role due to the nature of serving customers, stacking shelves and other mundane tasks. I have been a student whilst working at Sainsburys and they are very flexible with my education responsibilities. After working at the company for 3 years you are paid for your sick pay and generally the managers are easy to get along with.

    ConsI have never felt the need to go above my role as an assistant on a department but I have seen others try and fail down to reasons I could never understand, as I knew the person to be hard working, passionate and commit to the job without complaint. I have seen people not being paid correctly, sneaky decisions being made and overall I believe the disciplinary system is a disgrace. You are treated as a child when you ring in sick and are made to feel awful and guilty when things like "your letting your team down" or "it looks like you have planned this sick time off". I feel like a number here not a person and I think it is absolutely diabolical when the management say things like this and yet they dont hire any staff because they dont want to spend the money till the time is convenient for them. I am currently working on a department which is short staffed and being asked to commit my time over my contract, there is too much pressure being applied to the existing staff.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTalk to the staff on the department and get advice from the people who work on it every day other than giving orders out without considering our view. I believe upper staff could do more to make sure everyone is happy in their job, and to recognize when something needs doing for the staff rather than when convenient for them i.e hiring

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A good business which is let down by treating HQ staff as expendable human capital.

    Human Resources Manager (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    Pros- Relaxed office culture.
    - Good training programmes.
    - Decent benefits.

    Cons- Lack of management support.
    - Unclear targets/goals/strategy for the division.
    - Very little collaborative working.
    - Senior Managers not delivering on their commitments to colleagues.
    - Lack of cultural/gender diversity.
    - Limited internal development.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDeliver on your commitments to colleagues and be brave enough to be honest and manage teams with integrity.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    its a nice place to work and pay the bills

    Counters Assistant (Current Employee) Hornchurch, England (UK)

    Prosthe income is good, the staff are nice, nice enviroment

    Consthe pressure put on you by the company to reach targets etc... instead of just getting on with the work that need to be done

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Some great points, some horrible points

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsColleagues are great, made some great friends
    Pay and staff discount/bonuses are really good
    Working in different areas of store can keep things interesting (e.g Alcohol one day, pet food the next)

    ConsLack of appreciation, you could work so hard your hands drop off and no one will say well done
    This will depend on your manager but mine was pretty useless, would hand in holiday forms and never get them back or get told you can be off then later told you can't or even that you can't then turn up for work and find out you are on holiday
    Workload could be excessive at times, impossible at Christmas

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry and make sure each colleague has a similar work load. Plenty of times there has been colleagues working like mad because they have so much to do while others are bored stiff because they have nothing to do. It becomes frustrating for both.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Not any worse than other retailers

    Team Leader/CTS (Current Employee) Nottingham, England (UK)

    ProsA generous holiday allowance, and if you need it good sick pay and work adjustments. There is also a strong emphasis on training and skills. In convenience teams are small and close knit.

    ConsShift schedules can change at a minutes notice, and hours are very anti-social. I can finish at half past midnights and be back in at four thirty some days. Its impossible to get a good work/home balance. Pressure to work for free is significant.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe tighter on absence, as many take advantage of how easy it is to take a long time off. Also improve the pay balance, as there are so many different pay systems within the company, resulting in few of us getting the same pay for the same tasks.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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