J Sainsbury
3.3 of 5 146 reviews
www.j-sainsbury.co.uk London, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

J Sainsbury Reviews

Updated Apr 22, 2014
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3.3 146 reviews

                             

81% Approve of the CEO

J Sainsbury CEO and Director Justin King

Justin King

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59% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Not any worse than other retailers

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

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

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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A friendly place to work

General Assistant (Current Employee)
Leeds, England (UK)

I have been working at J Sainsbury part-time for less than a year

ProsNice employees, you have a chance to work in different departments. You get a free uniform and they supply good training before you start the job

ConsLong hours on your feet lugging heavy items can be a killer for the knees. Some managment can be un friendly or hard to find when you need them.

Advice to Senior ManagementMore consistant good managment needed

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

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A company with loads of entry level jobs.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at J Sainsbury

ProsIt's one of the biggest entry level employers , which offers to anyone who's looking for a temporary or permanent job immediately. The company offers lots of job opportunities, has a very good health safety policy, great co-workers. The employer enjoys respect and the recognition in the labour market from other employers and the HR department is really responsible and actually asks for references from your referees.

ConsUnfortunately plenty of the chances of advancing in the company, engagement, appraisal and personal development are depending on the manager's choise, so the company it would be good to promote and check if they are put in practise all the company's practises. The pay rate is average and there are no good bonuses, no bank holiday extra pay or any overtime extra pay. I haven't noticed any work life balance policies applied.

Advice to Senior ManagementSpend more time engaging with the staff to improve the working environment and listen the employees requests if you cannot apply any changes. Pay attention to the training, except induction there is no other kind of in theory training and many of the important parts of training are learned only after mistakes in practise.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Enjoyable experience with great team around

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at J Sainsbury

ProsGood career opportunity as there are many options to take within the retail sector , range of roles help keep motivation high

ConsCompany expect you to work more hours than you should

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ok

Bakery Assistant (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

I have been working at J Sainsbury part-time for more than a year

Prosi can make independent decision on my shift

Consit is a low paid hard job

Advice to Senior Managementno trainings and promotion.glass bar between managers and collegues

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Soul destroying

Shelf Stacker (Former Employee)
London, England (UK)

I worked at J Sainsbury part-time for less than a year

ProsThey did a nice breakfast in the canteen. That is about it really.

ConsPoor wage.
Management think they are something special.
Have to work like a dog constantly.
They watch everything you do, how long you take for break everything.
Literally the most boring, soul destroying atmosphere when you are just stacking shelves, you cant even talk to the people you are working with.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good initially but lately it has become very money minded company and doesn't care enough for employees. Lot of changes.

Business Analyst (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

I have been working at J Sainsbury part-time for more than 5 years

ProsGood Brand Name, good colleagues, good veriety of work

Conseducation/skill is not so much important, appraisal process is for managers, not colleagues

Advice to Senior Managementbe realistic and look out for bad middle managers

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Not suited to highly motivated people

Senior Analyst (Former Employee)

I worked at J Sainsbury full-time

ProsThe company genuinely cares about you as an individual and arranges plenty of social events to increase morale.

ConsEnthusiastic and motivated people will find they cannot progress because they will emerge under ceiling of people who have been in their roles for far too long and don't share knowledge.

Advice to Senior ManagementStart getting people who have been in roles too long out of them and doing something else, sharing information is critical to business continuity. For a company that preaches the importance of continuity, you need to address this. It is also increasing your employee churn when motivated individuals leave because they come up against managers who don't want them to shine in case people realise that they aren't actually doing well.

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

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It was what it was.

Night Shift (Current Employee)
Newhaven, England (UK)

I have been working at J Sainsbury part-time for less than a year

ProsAs a Night Shift worker, my lunch breaks were also counted as paid hours. A small perk of the job, but still nice to have.

ConsNot always appreciated - often feel undermined!

Advice to Senior ManagementYou should teach your store managers, especially the Night Shift managers, to have some respect for their employees!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Ok as a job, never a career

Customer Service Assistant (Current Employee)
Rhyl, Wales (UK)

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

ProsRelatively flexible workload,
Good mix of people,
Breaks and pay are reasonable for sector,

ConsLittle chance of real career advancement,
Insufficient time to do everything by the book,
Work can quickly become repetitive,

Advice to Senior ManagementTry doing the job of ordinary colleagues whilst adhering to Sainsbury's policies and still hitting targets.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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