Trader Joe's

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Trader Joe's Reviews

Updated 18 August, 2014
Updated 18 August, 2014
629 Reviews

3.4
629 Reviews
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Trader Joe's Chairman and CEO Dan Bane
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Better than average (although used to be fantastic pay and benefits) (in 25 reviews)

  • The crew members are some of the most interesting and quirky people I have ever met (in 49 reviews)


Cons
  • Most managers are extremely lazy and pass all work along to the crew members (in 57 reviews)

  • It can be physically demanding so entry jobs are best for the young and fit (in 39 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Crew Member (part time/full time)

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Crew Member  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Crew Member in San Francisco, CA (US)

    Pros

    Discount is 10% off everything in the store.
    "Tastings" which do include beer and wine (if you are of age of course) for Product Knowledge
    Crew Members can be be around your age bracket and always have a great attitude.
    Have the ability to get a raise... which is every 6months after that you have to wait a year after that.

    Cons

    Management can fire you at their will.
    Management can play "favorites" with certain crew members
    Seniority does not matter in this job.
    Customers always think their entitled to treat you like crap. Don't take anything personally from them.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Truly a fun place to work...if you are not a manager.

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    Current Employee - Crew Member  in  Downers Grove, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Downers Grove, IL (US)

    Pros

    Great work environment, excellent benefits, 401k, fun and casual....ability to be yourself on the job.

    Cons

    If you are a manager (or MATE...as the company calls it)..you will be working long hours with little or no flexibility...very difficult to have a balance in life with family time, etc...great place if you are starting out young...can be physically grueling

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no work life balance for managers....some people have to work all the crappy shifts for years...favoritism and not a good system of rotation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Overall, great company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Scottsdale, AZ (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ (US)

    Pros

    The people are really fun to work with, you will make great friends here. Fun and fast pace environment with hard-working people. I have learned a lot about how to deal with all different types of people between the customers and co-workers and management. Great temporary job for young people and or students or for people who are looking to make a decent amount of money fairly easy.

    Cons

    The company is making a lot of changes to management and benefits etc. they are becoming more corporate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tone-down the micromanaging a bit, it does absolutely nothing for morale. Promoting from outside the company also negatively effects morale.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Mate

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mate (Assistant Manager)
    Current Employee - Mate (Assistant Manager)

    Pros

    Great products and price. Benefits, atmosphere, cut fat off the top by demoting highly paid veterans.... Or is that a con since I am not one of them.

    Cons

    Becoming more numbers /accounting orientated. New Mates are young and mobile and underpaid for what the company demands (but better than other retail mgmt. positions) but other companies don't demand as much. Mate bonuses suck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Still losing sight of the big picture by treating crew members as numbers. Rapid expansion stressing vendors and hurting customer experience. $250 bonus, really?!?!?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mate  in  Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Mate in Atlanta, GA (US)

    Pros

    Fun, flexible, great people and products. The uniform rocks! Opportunities for everyone willing to bust their butt to get noticed.

    Cons

    Slow path to earning a fair wage if promoted from within
    Becoming just another giant grocer with lots of competition on the horizon.
    Culture being lost in rapid growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay people, especially managers who are promoted from within and are your culture keepers what they are worth!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Part-Time gig

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    Former Employee - Crew Member
    Former Employee - Crew Member

    Pros

    Work environment and clientele. Flexibility. Great benefits (when I was there) - health coverage for part-timers, 401k w/ employeer contributions, accrued leave. Above average for a part-time job.

    Cons

    It's retail, so you get your share of difficult, entitled customers. Fewer here than at most other places.

    Recent changes are puzzling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recent cuts to benefits and structure changes are puzzling. You had a winning model that was working beautifully - why fix what isn't broken?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    crew member

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    Former Employee - Crew Member  in  Monrovia, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Crew Member in Monrovia, CA (US)

    Pros

    excellent place to work, great atmosphere friendly

    Cons

    gets busy during rush hours

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Part Time Crew Member  in  Peabody, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Part Time Crew Member in Peabody, MA (US)

    Pros

    Compensation, fellow workers, funky attitude. Customers LOVE to shop with us because we treat them with respect and work to make them happy with their purchase.

    Cons

    Hard work, not entirely older worker friendly, benefits now only for full-timers. Some process break-down due to busy store being understaffed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    LISTEN to your employees - don't shoot the messenger, listen to the message! Company is getting more and more corporate and less flexible. Attention to detail lacking and it means processes suffer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great company!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Wonderful coworkers and always busy!

    Cons

    I can't think of any cons at the moment. The company was wonderful to work for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

  11.  

    Trader Joes

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Trader Joes pays very well.

    Cons

    There can be favoritism among management.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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