ALDI
3.0 of 5 384 reviews
www.aldi.com Essen, Germany 500 to 999 Employees

ALDI Reviews

Updated Apr 8, 2014
ALDI – Newark – “Outside an Aldi store in Newark, Ohio (Photo…”

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Hartmuth Wiesemann

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49% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Brutal

Cashier/Shift Manager (Former Employee)
Greenville, SC

I worked at ALDI full-time for more than 5 years

ProsThe pay was decent when you were given shift manager hours and the benefits were also very good. We were given a decent amount of vacation time and the store closes relatively early. You get to sit down when you're at the register.

ConsWorking at Aldi is intense physical labor and the work is thankless. Cashier pay starts at $10 and shift managers make $5 extra dollars per hour when they are running the shift. That sounds nice, right? Well in reality, only one person can be clocked in as shift manager at a time. So when they store manager is there, he automatically gets the shift. He will schedule himself 40 to 50 hours, so the only hope you have of getting shift hours is when he/she isn't there; however, often Aldi will have 5, 6, and 7 different shift managers, so you are all fighting each other to get the shift for yourself or else you're stuck making cashier wages while you are there. The majority of employees there are women, and the store and assistant managers are usually men. It always seemed to me like this was done on purpose because they think women are more submissive and easier to control. We would be scheduled to come in as early as 5 a.m. and stock the truck. Usually there were only 3 people scheduled to do this. This labor is very hard on the body. You would be expected to stock not only grocery, but cooler, freezer, and produce. Every product at Aldi is stocked on the shelf in boxes. Manyof these boxes weight at least 10-20 pounds (sometimes up to 50 lbs) and often you have to chuck them up to get them to the right spot on the rack. After working there for 5 1/2 years, I had developed a bad case of carpal tunnel from all of the heavy lifting. Aldi keeps a skeletal staff, perhaps only having 8-10 employees at each store. Most of thetime there would be only 4 or 5 people working in the store at one time. That meant that if 1 person called out sick, everyone else would have to make up for their work and would often be stuck there hours and hours late trying to get everything caught up. Working as a shift manager, I was often on my feet for 10-12 hours at a time without being able to take a break. I would say the worst part about it is how much management does not care about you as an employee. You are simply the six-digit number that you clocked in with and nothing more. Our manager would constantly call us in on our days off when he didn't feel like working and would have us doing back-breaking work without rotating certain tasks to certain employees. Everything there was arbitrary and played by favoritism. Our work was never complimented, only criticized. The bosses didn't care if you were sick or had a death in the family, or if anything urgent had come up. They would bully you to come into work even if you had a real emergency and if you didn't come in, you would be punished by being made to do the hardest tasks there and work the worst hours. The store manager at my location had been there for so long, that he no longer had any accountability with upper management. He could do or act however he wanted and it was impossible to talk to upper management about it without him finding out. Even if they did find out, they would never believe any employee over him. It was next to impossible to get a full weekend off work, even if you tried to request it months in advance. Many times If we tried to switch shifts with another person, the store manager would intervene and say no. Again, completely based on favoritism and bias. The district manager would stop in frequently and nit-pick everything going on. A lot of these times, we didn't have enough people scheduled or someone had called in sick or we were having a record sales day, and it was nearly impossible to catch up, but he had no sympathy. He would make people skip their breaks just so we could "catch" the floor up to his perfect standards. I would have loved to see any of the district managers we had over the years get off their butts, roll up their sleeves, and attempt to run that store for 2 hours. There were at least 2 district managers at my location that were having sexual affairs with staff members. At lot of the equipment we used was over a decade old and had been falling apart for years, but management would not buy us new stuff. If out store manager spent over X amount of dollars in store expenses, he wouldn't get his bonus for the end of the year; therefore, he would push equipment as far as he could, no matter how much more difficult it made our job. It always irritated me so much because Aldi is a billion dollar company, but they can't shell out a few thousand to give their employees a decent environment to work with.

Advice to Senior ManagementRead what I wrote above and try to make as many changes as you can, because there was not a single girl I worked with over the years that didn't despise that job more than anything and wish they could get out. The job market in Greenville isn't great right now, and that was one reason so many of us were stuck there for so long.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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An excellent stepping stone, but not a career

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsBenefits
Gain experience in various areas
Paid vacation
Pay

Overall the job seems easy on the outside, however once you begin you see why the "now hiring" sign is always outside of ALDI stores.

ConsConstantly over-worked. The job is demanding both physically and mentally, it seems like no matter how much you improve they always ask for me. But your efforts are never rewarded and seldom acknowledged.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great pay but you will have no life

District Manager (Former Employee)
Pittsburgh, PA

I worked at ALDI full-time for more than 3 years

ProsPay, Company car, make your own schedule and good vacation time, decent training program

ConsYOU ARE ALWAYS WORKING! You will get calls all day long even when off, the company is in the Stone Age when it comes to technology, upper management does not care about you

Advice to Senior ManagementTrying caring about your DMs and realize we have lives to

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Horrible job

Assistant Manager (Current Employee)
Philadelphia, PA

I have been working at ALDI full-time for more than 3 years

ProsBenefits is the only thing I could think of

ConsThe hours are horrible. Some nights you may have to close and then the next day you have to be there at 6am. The company doesn't care for there employes. The pay is good but when your doing 6 different jobs it doesn't add up. The only person that love there job is the store manager because the pay and there bonus check. This is the worst job I ever worked for

Advice to Senior ManagementManagement Is unfair and unprofessional

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Boot Camp

Store Manager (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL

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

ProsPay, Insurance, 401K, Great Co-Workers, Hard working

Consyou can give your 150%, Buts its never enough, You will wear the hats of ten different jobs, and if your salary your schedule 10 hours but end up working 15 hours.

Advice to Senior ManagementPick and choose your battles, especially when you have hard working employees that really care!!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Hard work is not enough

Store Manager (Former Employee)

I worked at ALDI full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGreat Pay, loved the physical part of the job, no need for a gym membership.

ConsThey are never ending with wanting more out of everyone. Only hire District Managers just out of school, some it was their very first job they ever had. Always dealing with schedule issues and no hours to do job. They do not want anyone that may be smarter about them in the retail business, they feel threatened by your knowledge of the business and will run you out of a job eventually. Was told upper management idea of management was to " never give a compliment, their pay IS their compliment". Think about that before you apply. And trust me, you will never get a compliment from anyone at ALDI.

Advice to Senior ManagementIdentify managers that can build your business and have made a solid commitment to your company and try to retain them, don't let the job be manager vs. district manager. Learn that their is no I in the word team.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Sketchy leadership

Cashier (Former Employee)
Grand Rapids, MI

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

Prosdecent starting wage. Better than average work hours.

ConsCorrupt. A few months after being let go because my drawer was short I found out the district manager was stealing money all along

Advice to Senior ManagementInstall ethics

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great job at first, however if you are fit and fairly active to unload the trucks then your job becomes a stocker.

Cashier (Former Employee)
Grand Prairie, TX

I worked at ALDI full-time for more than 5 years

ProsIf you are not physically able to unload trucks you will be a cash register all day which is pretty easy.

ConsDefinitely the early mornings, they use the good workers and let the bad ones cashier all day without a differential in pay.

Advice to Senior ManagementAllow there to be a difference in pay in cashiers if one is on their feet all day, while the other is sitting at a cash register.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Work your life away

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at ALDI

ProsFree car and free gas salary is great but you never have a true day off

ConsNo life, your phone will ring non stop and a presidential visit can threaten anyone's job

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Management treated employees extremely poor.

Cashier (Former Employee)
Oconomowoc, WI

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

ProsGreat pay, lots of hours

ConsNo social life. Very hard work. Always running, on your feet. NO down time

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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