My time at Sainsburys, I enjoyed the role of delivering a great service to our customers and making the store a great place for colleagues whilst achieving our targets and store standards. Corporate does encourage progression, but ultimately at area level this does not happen.
Sainsburys as a company are great to work for but the whole culture in the Glasgow area was rotten to the core. Area Manager at the time when I worked there a few years ago was a nightmare, people skills were none existent and immature is taking it lightly.
Too many rules and regulations, tick box exercises and head office folk sitting in Ivory Towers sending 50 million emails of drivel down every day. Clearly most of these folk are Professionals/Graduates have no idea how the stores actually allow them to have a Job and how challenging it is. Clearly need to be put into stores when starting inductions to learn how hard it is before the endless rules and demands.
Working hours are nonsense and illegal, promotion is none existent, no matter how hard you work, how competent you are and how you well you make yourself stand out and be a shining star as they say. The game players/ small minded politics folk will always be promoted first, no matter how hopeless they are :-)
Shopfloor colleagues are great and work hard, most have been there for years or are students, Area management and senior roles above them could learn to interact and appreciate the colleagues a lot better. Certain Store Managers should not be in the roles, as it is usually the management team in the store are actually running the store, as the Manager is hopeless, but they get the salary for it, again this does not get addressed.
All in all not a bad company, just ruined by some awful senior people, HR should manage these folk a lot better.
Pay was no where near the work/commitment required, go to Aldi/Lidl's as they pay far more for the same level of effort required.
Look after Shop Floor Colleagues and encourage development.
Baby sitting Store Managers who arent competent, too many politics and game players in Store Manage positions, long hours, finish at 11pm and back in at 6am, No chance of promotion unless you are a player, no matter folks ability to be promoted.