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Terrible treatment of staff
Member Name: stufflover
I worked for Sainsburys just under 2 years ago, and I must say I am so glad I am no longer working there. As a company, not so bad, but the store I worked in could have been run better by monkeys I think.
I started working in my local Sainsburys when it opened up in my town in November 2008. I started 2 days after the store opened, and was due to work 2 evenings and 1 day a week as this was all they had available. I was working on checkouts, but was soon made to be supervisor, more for the fact that they had no one else old enough on the evening shifts. I felt more like a creche manager than a checkout supervisor, and at 23, I shoudn't be feeling old surely? My checkout manager was a complete waste of job space, she had been sent over from a different store, funnily enough where her boyfriend was a manager, and the fact she was a few years younger than me made most of us wonder as to how she actually got the job (any guesses?) She has since been moved to a different store, due to most of the staff actually hating this one person.
In fact, most of our managers were replaced quite easily and quickly. Since I have left there has been 2 more checkout managers, the checkout supervisors are always changing, and more and more people are just walking out of the job. The deputy manager was replaced within a month of the store opening, as she truly was an incompetent, bitch who had no people skills what so ever, the only decent manager of any kind was replaced and we have no idea why! Shame they never bought him back, he knew what he was doing.
The treatment of staff in that store was terrible. I got injured (not actually in work) and when I came to work on crutches, I was whinged at and told I should have stayed at home, yet when I asked to go home as I was in a lot of pain, I was told it was my own fault and that I would be put into a disciplinary hearing should I wish to go home before the end of my shift! I was moaned at for not having the correct uniform black trousers (I wore my own) but when ever I asked for a pair of uniform trousers, no one ever bothered to get me some. My name badge was printed wrong twice, and I ended up printing my own just to get it right.
I got put into a disciplinary hearing for being ill, because I had not phoned in sick before my shift started, yet I had been sent home ill by my manager during my shift! I was actually given a verbal warning and told that any more abscence could result in a written warning, surely that is not fair?
The worst treatment I saw in the store was actually to my partner. We both worked in the store, and so we both booked off the same holiday time to go to Spain for a few days. Whilst in Spain I actually got majorally injured (ACL!) and my partner asked for time off work to look after me as I was unable to do most things for myself without falling over or dramatic amounts of pain. I was told I could not have time off without a disciplinary, even though I couldnt walk and had doctors notes to say I needed time off, so I told them to stick their job where the sun don't shine. My partner was then asked where he had been for 4 days, to which he replied, in Spain, you knew this. Suddenly all knowledge of my partner even mentioning Spain was denied, and the holiday he had booked was magically never asked for, yet we had the confirmation 4 weeks before going.
They decided a disciplinary hearing was needed as they were adament my partner had not booked this time off, and was in fact just skiving work! They even went so far as to say my injury wasn't real, even though doctors notes, scans, xrays and the wheelchair said different. He then also told them where they could stick their job.
We put in a formal complaint to head office, which was ignored even though we put in 6 formal complaints, and we are now in the process of taking this further! I would not bother working for these guys again.
Summary: A bad place to work
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