(Original post by Katie-27)
Hello, I'm thinking of applying for a job at Sainsburys but wanted to ask a few questions beforehand.
It would be my first job apart from working in my parent's holiday cottage for the past few summers so i admit that it's unlikely i'd even get to interview but there's no harm trying.
Firstly, Is it a good company to work for?
Also, for a 16 year old of school leaving age is the pay minimum wage?
And I'll be going to sixth form in september so are they likely to be flexible with hours or will I have to just quit or whatever then?
Thanks in advance.
Well, I got this job at 16, my first job too, I don't think that counts against you at all for a Sainsburys job! Most of the part timers that started with me were also working for the first time.
The pay is actually pretty good, its definitely above minimum wage! It depends on where you live though; I live in the south and got paid £5.08 when I started which went up to £5.38 after 6 months.
I find that they are generally reasonably flexible, I think most student part timers tend to do 1/2 evenings and a weekend day- normally the evenings would be able to be moved around with other students as needed, although it does depend on your manager!
Are they a good company? Ha! Well imo no not at all lol. A part from the pay there is not a lot going for them! They are very very very profit driven, and productivity is a big thing with them! You are worked very hard, and usually are understaffed but they refuse to hire more. Overtime often goes unpaid even if you get everything signed and then its a huge hassle to fight for it. There is a lot of favouritism among managers and the work itself is repetitious and boring. Also their very harsh with their disciplinarys, you get one for stupid things. And, do not ever tell a manager anything you wish to remain confidential, it will be passed round the whole store in seconds!
Wow, I've written a lot sorry! Anyway I know I've made them sound pretty bad, but actually the people I work with are great, made lots of friends and we do have a laugh, apart from slight issues with my ***** of a manager I don't really mind it! Definitely try for it!