Warehouse operative at Sainsbury’s

People in this role may also be known as warehouse operatives.

46 workers in this role at Sainsbury’s have taken the survey.

How much does Sainsbury’s pay warehouse operatives?

Warehouse operative at Sainsbury’s
£9.38–14.13
Typical range
£8.65–12.18

Warehouse operative employees at Sainsbury’s are typically paid £9.38–14.13 an hour, based on data from 46 employees.

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What is management like for warehouse operative employees at Sainsbury’s?

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  • Head office doesn’t understand the frontline

    Do warehouse operatives think Sainsbury’s head office understands what's happening where they work?

    Most people think head office doesn’t understand what’s happening where they work

    How we know this

    75% of people think that this employer’s head office or owners don’t have a good understanding of what’s really happening where they work

    Based on information from 40 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, the role of head office should be to support the people on the frontline serving customers.

    To do that properly, the company’s owners or head office need to have a good understanding of what’s really happening on the frontline. This is especially important when a company owns multiple locations.

  • Managers aren’t respectful

    Do warehouse operatives at Sainsbury’s feel treated by respect by their managers?

    Most people don’t feel treated with respect by their managers

    How we know this

    54% of people say they’re not treated with respect by their managers

    Based on information from 39 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone should get treated with respect by their managers. You shouldn’t feel discriminated against or bullied, and if you have a problem you should be able to speak to someone about it.

Here’s a recent review that mentions management:

  • Best thing

    Staff discount

    Worst thing

    Managers treat you like a child

    4.9

    Employee, September 2021

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What are the hours like for warehouse operative employees at Sainsbury’s?

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  • Hard to choose shifts

    Do warehouse operatives at Sainsbury’s get to choose the shifts they work?

    Most people don’t get enough choice over which shifts they work

    How we know this

    53% report that their manager doesn’t give them enough choice over which shifts they work

    Based on information from 38 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job is flexible around your personal life. This means you get a say in when you prefer to work.

  • Less than 4 weeks notice of shifts

    How much notice do warehouse operatives get of their shift pattern at Sainsbury’s?

    Most people don’t get 4 weeks notice of when they’re working

    How we know this

    • 12% report getting one week notice or less
    • 7% report getting two weeks notice
    • 5% report getting three weeks notice
    • 40% report getting four weeks notice or more
    • 37% report having a fixed rota

    Based on information from 43 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you get plenty of notice about when you’re working.

    This makes it easy for you to plan the rest of life, as well as your finances, because you know how much you’ll be working and when.

Good
  • Easy to book holiday

    How easy is it for warehouse operatives to book a holiday at Sainsbury’s?

    Most people find it easy to book holidays

    How we know this

    58% of people report it’s easy to book holidays

    Based on information from 40 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should let you take time off when you need it, and it shouldn’t be a nightmare to arrange.

Excellent
  • Easy to take sick leave

    How easy is it for warehouse operatives to take sick leave at Sainsbury’s?

    People find it easy to take sick leave

    How we know this

    81% of people report that it’s easy to take time off if they are sick

    Based on information from 37 job reviews

  • No short notice shift changes

    Do Sainsbury’s managers change warehouse operatives shifts at short notice?

    Managers don’t change people’s shifts at short notice

    How we know this

    86% of people say their manager doesn’t changes their shifts at the last minute

    Based on information from 42 job reviews

    Why this matters

    If your manager is often changing your shifts at short notice that’s a sign of poor planning. At a good job you won’t be messed around at the last minute.

  • People get proper breaks

    Do warehouse operatives at Sainsbury’s get proper breaks?

    People get proper breaks

    How we know this

    90% of people report that they get to take proper breaks

    Based on information from 39 job reviews

    Why this matters

    When you take a break it should be a proper rest. It should last the full duration and you shouldn’t get pulled off it.

  • No unpaid extra work

    Do warehouse operatives at Sainsbury’s do extra work that they don't get paid for?

    No. People don’t do unpaid extra work

    How we know this

    88% of people report that they don’t do extra unpaid work

    Based on information from 33 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone should get paid for any extra work they do, even if it is outside your contracted hours. At a good job, you should be paid for all the time you spend at work.

  • People don’t worry about getting enough hours

    Do warehouse operatives at Sainsbury’s worry about hours?

    People don’t worry about getting enough hours

    How we know this

    93% of people report they don’t worry about getting enough hours

    Based on information from 41 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you shouldn’t have to worry about getting enough hours each week.

    A good job should guarantee you a minimum number of hours in a contract, if you want it.

    This makes it easier to plan your finances, because you know how much you’ll be earning.

Here’s a recent review that mentions hours:

  • Best thing

    contracted hours, discount, same hours every week

    Worst thing

    managers, customers

    5.2

    Employee, September 2021

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What is career progression like for warehouse operatives at Sainsbury’s?

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  • No career progression

    Are warehouse operatives given support to progress at Sainsbury’s?

    Only some people are given support to progress here

    How we know this

    In the last year, 60% of people report not being given an opportunity to get better at their job, learn a new skill, learn to manage a team or get more responsibility in their role

    Based on information from 40 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should help you progress at work, if you want to. That might be supporting you to get better at the job you currently have, learn something new, manage a team or take on more responsibilities.

    This means you’ll be able to build on your skills and experience, and earn more money.

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  • Enough training

    Do warehouse operatives get enough training when they start at Sainsbury’s?

    People get enough training when they start

    How we know this

    82% of people report they got enough training when they started working here

    Based on information from 45 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should give you good training when you start, not just drop you in at the deep end.

    This means that you’ll be happier and more productive from day one and shows that your employer values you.

    It’s also very important if your job involves anything that could be dangerous. Good training from the outset keeps you and your team safe.

Latest reviews from warehouse operatives at Sainsbury’s

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  • Best thing

    Good pay

    Worst thing

    You have to break your back to reach targets. High turn over off staff due to exhaustion.

    3.8

    Employee, September 2021

  • Best thing

    Payment

    Worst thing

    The targets are too high and it us impoasible to achieve ta 100 percent

    4.6

    Employee, July 2021

  • Best thing

    I really like my colleagues and some managers.

    Worst thing

    Forced overtime,no consideration for how tired or stressed someone is, as long as the work gets done.

    4.6

    Employee, June 2021

  • Best thing

    You get paid on time

    Worst thing

    Targets and pressure to reach these targets no matter what age or sex or physical disabilities you have.

    4.2

    Employee, May 2021

  • Best thing

    working 0600-1400

    Worst thing

    we are just treated as a number not a being

    6.3

    Employee, May 2021

  • Best thing

    Been there so long and been treated fairly

    Worst thing

    Not knowing how safe my job is in the future

    5.5

    Employee, April 2021

  • Best thing

    Management is very friendly to their colleagues.

    9.4

    Employee, April 2021

  • Best thing

    Rate of pay

    Worst thing

    Constantly pushing for more

    6.4

    Employee, April 2021

  • Best thing

    Rates of pay sickness benefits

    Worst thing

    Constantly pushing for higher performance

    6.6

    Employee, March 2021

  • Best thing

    Training on all MHE equipment at no cost to yourself, all ppe is provided

    Worst thing

    Its a freezer, its freezing

    10.0

    Warehouse operative, November 2020

  • Best thing

    Pay

    Worst thing

    Getting up at 4am

    10.0

    Warehouse operative, November 2020

  • Best thing

    The people.

    Worst thing

    managers micro managing.

    7.9

    Warehouse assistant, August 2020

  • Best thing

    Training on all equipment, doesn't feel like the day is dragging.

    Worst thing

    It's a freezer, temperature is -20 or more so its cold

    10.0

    Warehouse assistant, August 2020

  • Best thing

    4 on 3 off

    Worst thing

    Night work

    4.6

    Warehouseman, February 2020

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How Sainsbury’s ranks

Sainsbury’s ranks joint 23rd to work for in warehouse operative employers

  1. 23= B&Q
    6.3
  2. 23= Sainsbury’s
    6.3
  3. 23= Wincanton
    6.3