Trader Joe's

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Trader Joe's Reviews

Updated 23 November, 2014
Updated 23 November, 2014
682 Reviews
3.4
682 Reviews
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Trader Joe's Chairman and CEO Dan Bane
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431 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great benefits and a great place to work for people who don't mind working hard (in 52 reviews)

  • The benefits are great considering it's non-union part time work (in 47 reviews)


Cons
  • Managers sit in the office all day while crew members run the store (in 64 reviews)

  • It can be physically demanding so entry jobs are best for the young and fit (in 40 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great job great benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - F/T Crew Member in Falls Church, VA (US)
    Current Employee - F/T Crew Member in Falls Church, VA (US)

    I have been working at Trader Joe's full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Working with great people
    Great Benefits

    Cons

    No cons really, like most jobs it can be a bit stressfull when it's busy but other than that nothing really to complain about.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 10 people found this helpful  

    Not a bad job for right-out-of-college or between careers.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sign Artist
    Current Employee - Sign Artist

    I have been working at Trader Joe's full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The atmosphere is pretty laid-back and friendly. Benefits are good -- dental and vision for working at least 17.5 hours per week, full medical for working at least 30 hours per week -- and the company pays something like 75% of your premium. Paid time off is accrued as you work.

    They are pretty flexible about schedules. For the most part, you can decide what days and hours you work.

    Cons

    There is a major lack of organization and communication within the company. When messages are sent from corporate, they often don't make it all the way through the chain down to the lower employees, or they are really different when they get there. Hence, we will hear different messages from each mate, and I'm sure each store's mates are hearing different messages from each captain.

    Each store's art department is expected to find its own equipment and is given a very small budget to do so. Each store's computers and printers are provided by a central office, and most are 10+ year old machines that have been refurbished countless times. Transferring files to or from our computers is extremely difficult, because we can't access any websites except traderjoes.com, and most of the computers have no usb ports. Each store does have its own wifi signal, but its name is kept secret and it is undiscoverable by outside devices.

    Regional managers visit the store several times a year and make drastic decisions about our day-to-day operations without good reasons and without really seeing the effects.

    Almost everyone is required to work at least one weekend day. There is an "everyone does everything" policy, which mandates that every employee must work at the registers and/or stock merchandise, regardless of department or specialty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The people in charge at corporate and regional offices need to stop adding bureaucracy, broad safety policies, and broad employee conduct policies. They should trust their employees more. The company is starting to lose the independent, neighborhood co-op feel that made it so original and appealing in the first place. If they aren't careful, Trader Joe's will soon be just another grocery store chain full of disgruntled employees and fake smiles.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    It's a great company that's different than just about anything else out there.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Part Time Crew Member in Portland, OR (US)
    Former Employee - Part Time Crew Member in Portland, OR (US)

    I worked at Trader Joe's part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great community of workers. Generally the staff and management have great communication.

    Cons

    Depending on the store and the manager, the climate of trust and stress can vary a lot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the employees and don't

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Company To Work For

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Laguna Hills, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Laguna Hills, CA (US)

    I have been working at Trader Joe's part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible Scheduling
    Raises twice a year
    Many food/wine tastings
    Decent Health Insurance for those working on average 30 hours/week
    Great people to work with
    Safe environment
    Paid time off

    Cons

    As a crew member, hourly pay capped at around $21 an hour
    Slowly making cuts to overall benefits but looking to improve on those again

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More advice to CEO: promoting from within is better than taking others from the outside. Go back to the Trader Joe's tradition of doing that.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Highest paying, most positive atmosphere, and easiest retail/grocery job I've ever had by far

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Crew Member in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Crew Member in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Trader Joe's full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, caring environment, positive atmosphere, high salary, constant learning experience, non-routine, extremely team-oriented

    Cons

    Sadly the company places all emphasis for promotion/raises on presence and exact punctuality rather than quality of work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Crew Member

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Wayne, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Wayne, NJ (US)

    I have been working at Trader Joe's full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    This company has Great benefits

    Cons

    Not too much of a career

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No need to Micromanage

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Fun and great company to work with!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Part Time Crew Member in Millburn, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Part Time Crew Member in Millburn, NJ (US)

    I have been working at Trader Joe's part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    wonderful company to grow with
    pay is goode
    everyone is so positive and happy

    Cons

    very competitive to become a higher position

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Awesome Place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clerk in Santa Barbara, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Clerk in Santa Barbara, CA (US)

    I have been working at Trader Joe's full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    They split up your job duties every hour to make day go by quicker. Fun and efficient atmosphere.

    Cons

    Some of shifts were way to early in the morning,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 17 people found this helpful  

    Hard work. But there is trouble behind the friendly, happy facade...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Part Time Crew Member
    Current Employee - Part Time Crew Member

    I have been working at Trader Joe's part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great products, happy customers. Crew mates generally friendly and easy to work with. Management gives leeway most of the time to keep people happy.

    Cons

    Age discrimination...being told you are "slow" and giving the younger people the more fun jobs. Those fired or demoted are older for the most part. TJ's does not acknowledge that accuracy, proper product placement and rotation is more important than how fast you can "throw" product.In its zeal to increase profit, TJ's ignores many practices that cost them money. They'd rather promote a know-nothing younger employee (and what I mean is they haven't been there long enough to know enough to be promoted) than let someone with knowledge and experience get ahead - it's all about how much money you make. Tell me something TJ's...why promote that you pay people well when you look to cut them off when they earn too much? DON'T YOU WANT TO KEEP GOOD PEOPLE?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Standards and practices. Stop nickle and diming with salaries and look at where waste really occurs. Pay attention to how the stores are run. Our store is ignoring frozen. It's a mess - too much product in the freezer, too many cut boxes, product left out of the freezer too long (45-min to one hour in many cases) leading to degradation of product. No rotation. Too many products available for order elsewhere don't get ordered. And some places where shelves are empty and product is in back, the product doesn't get thrown. IF THE PRODUCT IS NOT THERE YOU CAN'T SELL IT, AND WE LOSE MONEY. And it disappoints the customer. Pay attention to the store. TJ's uses nautical terms and considers each store a ship. Well, no sailor worth his salt would run a ship like TJ's does. Ger your act together! Finally, when an employee mentions something or has an idea, listen to the message, don't kill the messenger.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    cashier

    Current Employee - Cashier in Colorado Springs, CO (US)
    Current Employee - Cashier in Colorado Springs, CO (US)

    I have been working at Trader Joe's part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    great company to work for

    Cons

    the hours I work are horrible

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