Counters Assistant (Current Employee) – Horsham – 13 December 2017
I've spent 4 years working for Sainsbury's and have found management to be highly unprofessional in their manner of dealing with absence, (if you have more than 3 in a year you are disciplined, even with a doctors note). Managers will swear at or undermine colleagues, will give false impressions of what they can and can't get away with. Will tell new or young colleagues who are more impressionable that they HAVE to pick up an extra shift or they HAVE to work a bit later which just isn't the case. I know some managers who aren't even trained themselves on their department so never do any work. Absolute shambles and can't wait to find something else so I can leave!
Contract hours : 12 p/w. Anti-social hours starting at 4 am. Store not suitable for the job as the isles are too small, so to meet the targets was a constant challenge as they were constantly crowded with shelf-stackers and/or other colleagues/customers. Management constantly picking on you if you fail to do as told. Workplace was made up mostly of married women or students as it suited them with their other commitments. I would not recommend this job to anyone who is the main breadwinner as the overall pay package is very poor. There is no breaks, little regard for you from other store colleagues, you are just doing a job that other colleagues in the store tend to avoid. The job should be paid a night rate because of the early start however Sainsbury's doesn't offer the most basic pay perks. It runs on a tight ship.
Groceries Shopper (Current Employee) – Harrogate – 8 December 2017
Working at Sainsbury's reminds you that a productive workplace is driven by supportive and inclusive staff. I feel that my hard work is acknowledged, and individual and team progress is well-tracked. Needless to say that this makes self-improvement achievable and fun.
Counter Assistant (Current Employee) – London Colney, Hertfordshire – 3 December 2017
A very fast paced environment with lots of potential to progress. As one of the leading supermarkets it is typically well managed and efficient, However as it is forever progressive, management is constantly changing which is sometimes confusing to keep up with.
Customer Analyst (Former Employee) – Holborn, Greater London – 3 December 2017
A very toxic environment where the place suffers from micro-management and inability to fit in due to toxic nature left one no alternative but to leave. Furthermore, when Ideas were suggested, they were either brushed aside or not considered. Tried asking reasonable questions related to responsibilities only to be hinted not to ask any questions. Wasn't involved in training in other areas of the job and hence was made an outcast due to not being able to fit in. The only valuable thing I learned was how to write a stats programme using SAS (which was actually self-taught, even though training was promised) and IBM Unica. Never was given an opportunity to apply various stats techniques gained from education due to aforementioned factors.
Micro-management, toxic team, unable to ask questions related to job
To you shopper (Former Employee) – Bradford, West Yorkshire – 1 December 2017
Sainsburys staff are not as uptight as other places i have worked. In Asda for example you got death stares for speaking to your fellow colleagues where as Sainsburys are fine as long as you do your work properly.
Finance Assistant (Current Employee) – Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire – 1 December 2017
Great company to start from, relatively okay regarding progression but often filled with broken promises. The amount of times a colleague will be told they are going to be promoted/advanced to a higher role, and then given excuses when those assurances don’t arrive is far too frequent.
Customer Service Assistant (Former Employee) – Guildford, Surrey – 30 November 2017
Id always be working in customer service which was a busy day. Serving customers, making sure they recieved excellent service, had to make sure people would be old enough to buy the products they need and always available to help our customers.
Customer Assistant (Former Employee) – Brentwood – 29 November 2017
My job at Sainsbury’s was to present excellent customer service with an engaging smile and a helpful personality. Working at Sainsbury’s helped me to interact with any costumer at the till and even when working in the store. It has also helped me to commit and work with a team of people who I feel comfortable around. Working in a big store has produced my skills to be more flexible within my work hours which increases a better understanding of a career for the future.
As well as presenting excellent customer service at the check outs I also had the opportunity to work in other departments such as, clothing, the bakery, fresh, cafe and produce which has increased my confidence in trying new areas of work.