Trader Joe's

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Trader Joe's Reviews

Updated 17 December, 2014
Updated 17 December, 2014
705 Reviews
3.4
705 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great benefits and a great place to work for people who don't mind working hard (in 56 reviews)

  • The benefits are great considering it's non-union part time work (in 48 reviews)


Cons
  • Managers sit in the office all day while crew members run the store (in 65 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.  

    Crew Member

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    Former Employee - Part Time Crew Member in Long Beach, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Part Time Crew Member in Long Beach, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    A great place to work as a student. Benefits and flexible hours to work around class schedules. Great people to work with

    Cons

    Various levels of competency among full timers/management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Section Leader in Louisville, KY (US)
    Current Employee - Section Leader in Louisville, KY (US)

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

    Pros

    Great work environment. Challenged everyday. If you enjoy hard work, accomplishing goals, meeting fun and interesting co-workers & customers and room to grow you will love to work here.

    Cons

    A downside for some are the high expectations presented. We work hard and provide excellent customer service. These things are definitely outside of some people's wheel houses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication is always key to having a good work flow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    I love it.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mate (Assistant Manager) in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Mate (Assistant Manager) in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Trader Joe's

    Pros

    Great experience to work for.

    Cons

    Long hours but amazing savings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    It's too bad about what's happening to the veteran employees.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Trader Joe's (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Decent benefits if you can keep your hour above 785 per every 6 month period. Everyone is responsible for a variety of tasks around the store, so you're not stuck doing the same task day in and day out. Active job, so it doubles as getting exercise for some. Pleasant coworkers.

    Cons

    Job injuries are frequent, due to being an active job. Poor store communication between management. Customers can act very entitled.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication is key.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Positive

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Part Time Crew Member in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Part Time Crew Member in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    No look policy and salary.

    Cons

    I can't think of any so far.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Well run.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Trader Joe's

    Pros

    Well run company with no debt and good starting income for the type of job it is. Always expanding stores as well.

    Cons

    While you can get raises, it tops out at around $20 an hour. After you've reached that, there's less incentive and not as much to aspire to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't cap raises.

  8.  

    Amazing job!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Lexington-Fayette, KY (US)
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Lexington-Fayette, KY (US)

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

    Pros

    Trader joes is there for you and will do anything in their power to make you happy!

    Cons

    No cons. Labor is mandatory but it's part of the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be happy and lead us!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Could be a better place to work.

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    Former Employee - Crew Member
    Former Employee - Crew Member

    I worked at Trader Joe's part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fellow employee's and most managers were very easy to get along with. Pay slightly above average. Casual atmosphere. Usually not stuck in one section all day.

    Cons

    Benefits only available to those that work and maintain 700 hours within a period. One day you have benefits and the next day you could lose them which happened to me. Job is extremely physical - just about everyone I worked with had some type of injury that even if it hurts, as long as you're cleared by a doctor you still do the same thing. Once they find you're good at something, you are pretty much stuck there even though they're supposed to rotate you during the day. Management tends to play favorites with some employees. Little encouragement for hard work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure all employees are trained properly on all sections. Have a way that employees can check online to see if they are close to losing benefits so they can pick up other shifts or have other options. Rotate employees often. Ask them what sections they like to work. Have baggers during peak hours and holiday season assigned to each register. Let employees work hours you hire them for, even if it's not a full shift. While I'm all for the "customer experience", it's ok if the cashiers don't chit chat with EVERY customer. Some customers would like to get in and out without having small talk.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    I'm very disenchanted with this place.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Dallas, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Dallas, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    I love my coworkers, just quality people. And I really like the benefits but I'm sad I will be losing them soon.

    Cons

    They are cutting hours right and left even though we are a very steady store that brings in tons of money. It's obvious they're doing this because they don't want to give benefits anymore and what really bothers me about this is they're covering this up by lying to our faces about our "slow sales". Why do they expect us to believe that when we're the ones making the transactions?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just be honest and have some genuine concern for your employees. Otherwise, why do you even want to manage at all?

    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Crew member

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Crew Member in West Hartford, CT (US)
    Current Employee - Crew Member in West Hartford, CT (US)

    I have been working at Trader Joe's part-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are better than most employees.

    Cons

    Not very challenging and they are shifting to cheaper supervisors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use experience personnel to get things done right.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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