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ALDI Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
502 Reviews

3.1
502 Reviews
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Hartmuth Wiesemann
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Very competitive pay and benefits, even for the lowest paid employees (in 38 reviews)

  • Great Pay, loved the physical part of the job, no need for a gym membership (in 64 reviews)


Cons
  • Difficult to maintain a work life balance of any kind, but know some who managed (in 24 reviews)

  • Only hire District Managers just out of school, some it was their very first job they ever had (in 40 reviews)

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  1.  

    High Wages are NOT WORTH the High Stress Mentally and Physically

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier  in  Pitts, PA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Pitts, PA

    Pros

    High Wages, Benefits, there really aren't any pros other than that. The money was good but it's really not worth it, people get hurt all the time.

    Cons

    I applied to Aldi with high hopes, excitement and shock over the high starting wage which was 11.25 in PA. I read the reviews about the company and told myself that the negative reviews were just from people who were lazy, didn't want to work or had never worked retail/sales before. I was very very wrong.

    After three interviews I got my job as an associate/cashier at Aldi and was excited. My first day of Orientation was good, and my second day ( first real day on the job ) was an eye opener and train wreck. I had never worked a pallet jack in my life, and they basically threw me on them and told me that I would have to operate them within the cramped small confines of the stores isle ways WHILE CUSTOMERS were in the store. Operating a machine with no experience and trying not to hurt myself or others was just unprofessional training and ridiculously stressful. Then they want you to unload these pallets if you can even get them where you need them to be properly, in about 25 minutes, when they are full of extremely heavy products at times. The subhuman treatment from day one, and superhuman speeds that they want you to somehow accomplish were exactly what the reviews had said they would be. My hope was going downhill and I was devastated that this company wasnt the shining star of a career I had hoped it potentially could be.

    My second day I was slammed on the register, after about 2 hours of attempting to figure it out myself. All of the produce at Aldi has NO BARCODE. This means you have to remember almost 100 random number codes for EACH item. Example: Nothing scans, so when you see lets say an avocado you have to remember the number 50, and so on for each produce item and even some non produce items. On top of all this, the register is literally archaic and something from the 40s. It's function is terrible, and difficult to work with. Mistakes on their oldschool POS system create a massive headache that a normal POS could just void. Trying to remember 100 numbers for produce and then trying to THROW THE PRODUCE, eggs, boxes, cans and other items FASTER THAN HUMANLY POSSIBLE into the cart without hurting the items makes for an absolutely stupid and stressful work situation. They want you throw things in the cart as fast as possible, which makes no sense, and the customers CAN'T STAND it because you damage items sometimes.

    Ultimately nothing is worth the stress they put on you for no reason, to physically and mentally rush around like a chicken with your head cut off. The store would be fine if they updated their entire method of business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit the stressful RUSH MUSH MUSH MUSH tactics

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    At this company you have to work very hard with very little respect from any shift managers or store manager.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Pay is good, benefits are good.

    Cons

    You work incredibly hard with no respect as a cashier/store associate, and the shift managers and store manager hide behind you and tell you to "smash" customers groceries so you can scan super fast. Long hours, and you have to basically work all alone, I have worked for Aldi for over a year and I have hated every minute of it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people with respect and since most of the people you are in charge of are doing your work for you or with you then show some kindness and don't ask someone to do your work and run into the office and sit down!!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Don't drink the Kool-aid during the interview process

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - District Manager
    Former Employee - District Manager

    Pros

    The compensation is decent, but you don't really have any time to enjoy your paycheck because you're working nonstop. There are some really nice people, and management takes your complaints really seriously if there is a workplace issue. The company is expanding rapidly in the next 5 years, so there is room to move up if you can hack it.

    Cons

    You are working 10-14 hr days 6 days a week and expected to blindly follow policy. They do not appreciate critical thinking or analytical questions. It's a very much "do as you're told and smile" type of environment. ALDI is not looking for "smart" people, they are looking for "smart enough" so be prepared to dumb yourself down otherwise you will be seen as a problem. Work-life balance is nonexistent. You get a company car, but are so exhausted, you might just fall asleep at the wheel. The customers can be super mean and unreasonable, the produce comes in from the warehouse moldy, and the ground beef has premature browning. It's really tough to believe in the company when you see that stuff. I would not shop at ALDI after working there. They pay competitive salaries/wages above market average, but really abuse their employees because they know they won't be able to make as much money anywhere else with their skill set.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The work life balance is really dangerous and unhealthy. Honestly, your DMs all look unhealthy and miserable after a few years at the company. Treat your store managers better. Also, don't get so focused on productivity that you sacrifice workplace safety. Rushing leads to injury. Sometimes you are so focused on numbers that management promotes a "sense of fear" rather than a "sense of urgency" creating an unnecessarily stressful work environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great at first, but doesn't last forever

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    the pay is great
    Great benefits for full timework

    Cons

    All consuming job
    hefty work load
    impossible expectations
    No work/ life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees better. Hire more people per store, so that the handful of employees on duty don't have to work so many hours

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awful Company to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager Trainee  in  Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Manager Trainee in Baltimore, MD

    Pros

    Good benefits. Holiday and overtime pay. Mandatory you must take your breaks but sometimes its impossible because there is a time constraint.

    Cons

    I am a MIT for about five months now. I was told i will sometimes unload and stock products and manage at the same time. Apparently i was mislead that my job is an everyday stacking, lifting. I have different bruises each day. Worse part of the training is store manager had no proper training to train employee. They transfer you from store to store and each store manager have different training. Management does not care about there employee. They care more about the productivity but never say thank you nor encourage you for the hardwork that you do. It was a hostile environment I am in. Store manager throw bags of potatoes because i overlook checking the product. They treat you like a piece of dirt. There is no morale. The DM does not do anything either.. I think they should not hire managers with bad temper. Affects customers, employee and gives negative bibes to the environment. Its not all about the money. Its more of treating employee with respect. Nobody is perfect and to achieve the 100 percent they should motivate employee to succeed. It was a contrast, they work you to the limit and no matter what you do is not good enough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employee with respect. Hire DM with experience who knows what theyre doing not fresh from college.
    I will not recommend this to anyone..

  7.  

    Slavery at best

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    There are no pros as there are no employees , just temp slaves

    Cons

    Constant berating, whipping, insults, not fit for anyone who respects themselves.
    Need to bring in the unions. But they wont last anyway because word is out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This slave driving store won't last long.
    As we speak, new co. on your heels ready to undercut and treat employees with respect while providing same or better pay scale , benefits, and a solid schhedule that respects home and family. They are coming soon.

  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    District Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Aldi District Manager  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Aldi District Manager in Pittsburgh, PA

    Pros

    The money is great while working for this company. The problem is once you leave, you will never make that kind of money again, and everyone eventually leaves.

    Cons

    Not worth the money. It's a trap to get young people to come on board with the company, then you are worked to the bone. I spent an average of 80+ hours a week in the stores, on my feet at crazy hours. When I wasn't working, I had a pit in my stomach waiting for the phone to ring with an "emergency" or something that went wrong that needed immediate attention. Truthfully, I could have had 2 full time jobs, worked less and made the same amount of money with far less stress.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Apply the same standards to all workers across the board. You're dealing with discount groceries, treat your people better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    A waste of 10 years of my life!!!

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    Former Employee - Store Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Salary was good but not worth the treatment upper management dishes out.

    Cons

    U can spend years cleaning up and turning around a store for Aldi and when times get tough they treat u like trash.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show some loyalty and respect to your employees. Managers break their backs running your stores and then u treat them like dirt after years of service by tossing them away. In the future when a new district manager comes along with nothing but negative things to say about a store manager, take a moment to think about what's going on and investigate the situation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Aldi riverside,ca

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

    Pros

    Cheap health insurance and that is absolutely the only pro.

    Cons

    This Riverside, California office is very odd, mean spirited and the work is intense and does not pay well. They tell you on 1 of the 4 interviews ( all four on different days) that there is absolutely no chance for promotion.

    They offer no employee discount whatsoever. I've never worked for a retailer who did not offer some amount of employee discount.....this is an excellent indication of how they feel about their employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Relax just a little bit and realize people are human beings and should not be treated like cattle.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Started OK...If you're a good employee you'll hate it eventually.

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    Former Employee - Shift Manager
    Former Employee - Shift Manager

    Pros

    The pay seems great as a cashier and they offer good benefits.

    Cons

    I consider myself a hard worker. Within 2 months of being hired I was promoted to shift manager of a brand new store. That was when I started hating it. It is entirely normal for managers to work 8-12 hour shifts (sometimes 7 days a week for store managers) with no breaks. Even though my store manager knew we weren't taking breaks because of the workload we were encouraged to punch out while we worked through them, as not giving breaks is illegal. The workload was so much it was also common that we had to punch out at the end of our shift and then work off the clock to finish so we did not go over budget. The only people I met who did not have a problem with the workload were people who did not care if they got everything done well, or at all. The training is terrible, people from different stores all do things differently. Everyone cuts corners because the goals are so unrealistic that is the only way to get everything done. The staff is so small you are constantly picking up extra shifts to cover sick calls, etc. If you can deal with all of that and work your way up to Store Manager, that is as far as you can expect to go, all of the District Managers are kids straight out of college and everyone above them seemed to be from Europe. Staff are also treated as disposable with pads of applications always out to cover the high turnover rate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More staff should be used. The cost should easily be offset by what will be saved in shrink caused by theft (which is never caught due to lack of staff), employee fatigue (product is constantly lost from tired employees dropping/sloppily loaded pallets/crashing pallet jacks....my store had an insane amount of 14 codes).

    A greater effort should be made to retain good employees, and improve the work/home balance of employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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