ALDI Reviews

Updated September 14, 2014
Updated September 14, 2014
475 Reviews
3.0
475 Reviews
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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. 4 people found this helpful  

    They will eat you alive if you let them.

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

    I have been working at ALDI full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great starting pay and benefits. Nothing with the job is difficult to understand or accomplish.

    Cons

    Absolutely NO way to advance. I have tried and was told "the company just doesn't do it" Raises are non-existent. Micro-managed. Given more and more things to do but given no time to accomplish these new standards. Every customer is the reason you are there (I agree!) but only two people running the store makes it impossible to stock/ring/clean/reset effectively and take care of customers wants and needs 100% of the time like we should. Even if you are reaching your goals you will feel it is never enough and you may be fired at any moment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do the math. Cost of people getting hurt because you are pushing for high productivity verses 20 to 30 more hours in the store a MONTH. Let us say 30 hours at 14 dollars and hour =420 dollars. Employee Injuries =medical bills $$, work compensation $$, employee on light duty 280 (20 hours@14 dollars an hour). You would be ahead if you just built the hours into the system instead of gambling each month on employees running hard and miraculously not getting hurt.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Terrible horrible no good very bad company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ALDI

    Pros

    Closed on holidays and paid for. Paid lunch. I have no other pros but have to have 20 words...

    Cons

    Underpaid. Aldi workers are required to do the work of 3 people and only get paid less than minimum wage for two. They do NOT promote from within instead hire idiots off of the street that have never even been in an aldi. The district managers back the store managers no matter what and don't listen to what the shift managers say. They pay people $14 an hr to train someone making $22... It's the most backwards multi billion dollar business out there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to make employees happy.

  3. 7 people found this helpful  

    Ridiculously Stressful, Employees Treated like Machines

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at ALDI full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Better starting wage that other retail stores at 11$ HR, good benefits. They are basically compensating you for doing the work of more than two people, and it is simply not worth it.

    Cons

    This company has some major positives, such as the compensation rate which of course is much higher than normal retail chains, and of course the benefits. One would assume that this would equal out to a respectful and optimistic work environment, but boy, was I very mistaken.

    I’ve worked in retail my entire life, and have seen and dealt with some of the most ludicrous situations you can fathom when it comes to the standard corporate retail scheme. However, ALDI takes the cake for the most brutal, outlandish, blatantly brainless work ethics I have ever experienced.

    First of all their POS system is dreadful and needs modernized but ALDI loves to cut corners, which is why their prices are so low. Unfortunately, these cut corners are cut in the area of aiding the employees in doing their job properly, as in the cut corners make it much more complicated for the employees to do their job appropriately in the subhuman ridiculous speeds that ALDI expects them to complete the work in.
    The buttons on the POS literally make no sense, and you are give next to no training on the POS, and thrown on it. You are timed and expected to throw items across the register at staggering, detrimental and worrying speeds that do nothing but aggravate you and the customer. Customers don’t like you throwing their groceries into the buggy, obviously, and as a cashier it’s totally ludicrous to have to basically slam groceries as fast as you can just to meet some sort of mythical “ring speed” that again does nothing but frustrate the customers. Not to mention customers are constantly wanting refunds because they feel that you threw the items in the cart, little do they know that you are required to basically throw them in there. Wait until you get a Watermelon or heavy items. Obviously you can’t really throw that, you have to pick the heavy item up. Which ruins your ring speed and gets you in trouble. WHOEVER came up with the idea of ‘ring speed” has obviously never had to endure it.

    Mentioning Watermelons, all of Aldi’s produce has no scan code so they give you a enormous dim-witted list of produce and some non produce items to commit to memory. YES memorize. They are too cheap to label their produce, so you have to ring everything up at supersonic speeds, not damage anything AND remember over 50 numeral codes for produce and non produce items, punch them into this backwards POS system, and hope that your ring speed doesn’t get you in trouble. Customer Service? Bah, forget it. RING SPEED RING SPEED RING SPEED! Pray to the ring speed god.

    Now the POS system is from the ice age, so logically if you do happen to punch anything incorrectly with your pathetic, nonexistent training you are beyond screwed. You have to buzz the manager up, your ring speed dwindling by the second, and then they have to fix it, which they hate to do. It’s exceedingly easy to do this because the POS was made by some corporate genius who doesn’t understand why modern POS systems are more competent than typewriters.

    Once you’ve dealt with this scenario, it’s on to the stocking catastrophe. Every day the store gets a truck at 5am, which is when your day starts, and here’s why you have amazing benefits. You are expected to unload this massive truck of mixed palettes within a couple of hours, and stock the shelves as fast as you can, basically running. You are given next to no pallet jack training, and the isles are small which results in a hot mess. Eventually you get the pallet jack down, however being expected to haul and lift and stock heavy pallets like potatoes, watermelons, canned goods etc. in no time at all really puts damage on the body. I met people who had been there two weeks with back issues already. If you don’t finish the job, you are expected to do this work while customers are in the store which means attempting to move heavy pallet jacks around elderly and small children somehow without someone running in front of you, paired with already crammed isles and of course your expected superhuman speed.

    If you unload everything on time, get ready, your body is already aching because you’ve just ran a marathon basically and now you’ve got to throw things in carts at the same speed. And come your day off, you will most likely get called in because someone else physically can’t do it that day. You are expected to come in on your day off too.

    The speed issue and rate at which this store wants you to work, due to it refusing to hire the crew it ACTUALLY needs and would be efficient to get the work done in the time Aldi wants, is why you get paid great and have benefits. They are basically compensating you for doing the work of more than two people, and it is simply not worth it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restructure the entire company and hire the crews you need instead of abusing employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    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

    I worked at ALDI

    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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Houston, TX

    I have been working at ALDI full-time for more than a year

    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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great at first, but doesn't last forever

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ALDI full-time

    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

  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Awful Company to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager Trainee  in  Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Manager Trainee in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at ALDI full-time for less than a year

    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..

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Slavery at best

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ALDI

    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.

  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    District Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Aldi District Manager  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Aldi District Manager in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at ALDI full-time for less than a year

    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
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    A waste of 10 years of my life!!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Store Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at ALDI full-time for more than 8 years

    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

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