Sainsbury’s
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Low wage but decent staff. Management avysmal

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When I started was great but a reorganisation of management meant it quickly went down hill. Low wage.anagement breaking promises and a massive demand increase on what your expected to accomplish
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Amazing

This was a fun environment to work in. They all treated me well during my whole experience there. I learnt a lot of skills such a managing my tasks efficiently. The management were also very nice and understanding but also made sure you were on top of your work.
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Good Pay at a sacrifice to your work life balance

Good pay is the only positive,Work life balance is appalling as a manager, too much is asked with constant cuts to labour budget it's impossible to maintain good standards
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Poor

Just awful. Management are terrible. Don't care about staff health or concerns. Move you from store to store without any notice. They're unconcerned about staff wellbeing and don't follow their own company values.

Pros

Discount card.

Cons

poor management.
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High pressure and bad management

When I started at sainsburys 19 years ago it was a company everyone wanted to work for , now they employ 19 and20 year olds with no experience as management because they can operate a pc , NO people skills at all and all want to sit in the office chatting . I would not recommend applying for employment at sainsburys even to my worst enemy ,I am glad they made me redundant , they use colleagues as a number not a person ,,,, disgusting

Pros

Nothing

Cons

Long hours, no management, just used as robots
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Wouldn’t recommend working here personally

Management was horrible and a mess , constantly begging for overtime and then shaming you for not accepting. Always short staffed and always criticised you for the tiniest mistakes

Cons

Boring job
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Good

Good place to work. Variety of tasks day to day, though lots of unnecessary paperwork . shift schedules can also affect personal life as subject to change quickly.
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Fun workplace

Good place to work, management are good, flexible hours and a good place to work, many ways to progress to management if you want, money could be better though

Pros

Flexible

Cons

Money could be better
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Decent part time job for students

Decent job to gain experience in customer service. Management is a joke . Customers are beyond horrible so you will loose faith in humanity pretty soon.
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Great workplace

Friendly staff, great to work with. Great benefits such as staff discount and staff events. Management weren’t happy if you phoned in sick. Lots of opportunity for overtime

Pros

Friendly

Cons

Not happy if you’re off sick
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Stressful environment

Online shopping is fast paced, stressful and exhausting. It's all about targets. I liked the fact that I could listen to my music on shift. The staff discount also came in handy.
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Terrible management

Great place at first but the more you move up the more you realise you are just a number and if your not a favourite you are in for a bad time stay well clear of you can
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Stressful & unachievable targets.

The work isn't difficult but the targets set are unreasonable. You are always under threat of being sacked if you don't reach the target & if you reach it they just raise the target, impossible situation & incredibly stressful with no support from management. The pay is reasonable & the staff welcoming and friendly, sadly the training is somewhat lacking.
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Ok to work for

Unsociable hours but friendly team…. Pressure to hit a good pick rate every shift but overall a good company to work for. Good holidays and sick pay….. management approachable and when I moved down south was able to transfer with the company
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Don’t even bother

Probably the WORST company to work with Honestly Sainsburys is the most useless company to work with.They just don’t care for you You are a number to them Management is useless they claim they care but they don’t. Will claim to help you with your complaints but they just cover it all up.

Pros

Nothing

Cons

They use and abuse you as a company
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Fast paced

Good place to work very fast paced higher manager don’t have a clue however and make you work like a dog, they have to find somebody to Blame and it’s usually you
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Things to know...Pro's & Con's/experiences .

They have a stupid rule where if you have 3 sick absences in a year, You get a disaplinary. If you have 5 absence periods in a year they can let you go. Being sick is uncontrollable and expecting everyone to be of perfect health less than 3 times a year is ridiculous. Getting a disaplinary for being sick feels like being told off for being unwell. It's almost like a slap in the face to say don't let that sickness happen again. You use to get paid break now you don't.Managers have a lack of care for workers and job. Many managers come and go, I've seen like 7 leave in the space of 3 or 4 months. Managers expect you to do a 2 or 3 man job almost all the time and try give you a disaplinary if you don't meet those expectations. Managers sit in the office all day, watch people on camera's and question how long of a break they had or how long they was in the toilet for. Some managers are forced to work overtime of 12 hour shifts or more and still only get paid their contract hours.Night shift only get paid night premium for 5 hours of their night shift so if you work a 10 hours shift which alot do, they are only getting half their wages night premium where as it use to be the whole night you would get night premium before in the past.Overall if you want just any job go for it but I would just avoid retail jobs tbh and if I knew what I knew now I would avoid applying here but at first it seemed fine because it got me what I needed to start off with back in 2015 but then it just got worse over the years with policies changing and new rules and bad managers. Now the pay is not - 

Pros

10 or 15% off food.

Cons

Pretty much everything else.
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Calm, good job to earn some money

Nice job especially for students wanting some extra money. As long as you have friendly colleagues its a relaxed work environment. Good pay and good shifts
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Productive

Hard working environment. Work/life balance not the best. Pros- Discount at sainsbury and Argos Cons- Working long hours with no support from the store manager
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Enjoy working there

Early start, it is busy at all times. People are friendly, though there isn't much time to socialise. Overall, fast-paced and monotonous, but enjoyable.

Pros

Pay and bonuses.

Cons

Early hours
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Amazing company.

Amazing and sweet collegues. Good working environment. Nice canteens. Flexible working hours. Smart uniform. Friendly and cooperative people, who treats u equally.
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Based on 10,961 reviews

Ratings by category

3.4 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.5 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.4 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
3.1 out of 5 stars for Management
3.3 out of 5 stars for Culture

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