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ALDI Reviews

Updated Jul 11, 2014
ALDI – Newark – “Outside an Aldi store in Newark, Ohio (Photo…”

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3.0 434 reviews

66% Approve of the CEO

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Hartmuth Wiesemann

(112 ratings)

49% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    No balance.

    Cashier (Current Employee) Waterbury, CT

    ProsPay is fair. Fast paced enviroment.. Easy to move from cashier to Shift Supervisor. Benefits are great actually. You get to work with good people that have to be extremely hard working. Lazy people don't last.

    ConsLong hours, since its non union; I've worked `12 hour days with one 5 minute break. I'm never fast enough for expectations even though I'm the fastest cashier in my store. No work life balance. They say you can have a half hour lunch break during training, and two 15 minute breaks during an 8 hour shift... They say a lot of things. All Shift supervisors are under constant scrutiny from the District managers causing massive amounts of stress and pressure. I've been working there for a year and over a third of the staff has gone out on disability due to medical problems directly correlated to the speeds which you are expected to ring and work at. You are recorded on camera and the District manager see's you sitting for more than thirty seconds while (I am not exaggerating or kidding) ... let's say you are waiting for a senior citizen to unload groceries onto the conveyor belt, you will be reprimanded, this really happened to me. No matter what you do you will never be good enough, understand that and you'll understand half the game.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop working your employees to the breaking point.... Unless Aldi's corporate really likes paying disability leave, in which case have at it. wondering how many people have to go on disbility before Aldi's figures it out.

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

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    Great company, fast paced environment

    Cashier (Former Employee)

    ProsThe pay is by far the best you will get in retail. The benefits are wonderful. Stable company. Company has good values. If you are fresh out of high school, with no kids or have adult children that can care for themselves, you don't mind working efficiently and fast, and good with people, this job would be a good opportunity for you.

    ConsIt's a very fast paced environment. You really have no social life. If you're a parent, finding babysitting for a constantly changing schedule can be rough.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay attention to employee morale, ask questions

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Shift Manager (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    Prosgood benefits paid holidays. Aldi pays good salaries compared to other jobs who offer the minimum wage. I think is a good job for those who want to finish school and have some extra money working part time as a cashier.

    ConsThe shift manager is responsible for everything as well as the store manager except work on the schedules, calculate budgeting, inventory and monthly sales ratios.

    Advice to Senior Managementtry to be more flexible with employees

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Hard Working, Fast Paced work environment, minimal staff

    Shift Manager/Cashier (Current Employee)

    ProsIf you want a job where you are always busy this is for you! Also a plus if you find working out fun; every shift is a work out. Great pay. Great Benefits.

    ConsNo chance to climb the corporate ladder, they hire outside the company for higher paying jobs (MIT, DM etc.) No consistency with hours, or pay. As a shift manager (assistant manager) you will be paid only when you show up on the schedule as a manager- often time expecting to do manager job while getting paid significantly less. Often safety is an issue with large sums of cash on hand and minimal staff in the store, sometimes only you if someone is on break. You will be pushed to your limits mentally and physically and you will develop back problems if continued in this work place- extreme lifting and refusal to provide back braces or the ability to wear them.
    Extreme biased in hiring. Any one older than 30 will not be hired.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEqual pay across the board for managers would make the workplace better. Our brains and attitudes are what made us managers in the first place, on days we are not managers we're still expected to use that same attitude and knowledge.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Aldi is not for everyone...

    Shift Manager/Cashier (Current Employee) Fredericksburg, VA

    ProsGreat pay and benefits, 401k, paid vacation time, personal and sick days.

    ConsAfter working for this company for 6 years now, I've had my fair share of the Aldi Ups and Downs. YOU WILL WORK EXTREMELY HARD AND PUSH YOURSELF TO ITS LIMITS! Our store has been through 5 Store Managers, 7 District Managers and 2 Director's of Operations since I have been employed here. Each one is going to have their own ways of doing things and their expectations will be different from the last. I have had the pleasure of working with DM's that would compliment your work everyday and I've worked with Dm's that have laughed in my face. I've worked with Store Managers that have taught me very valuable ways of running my shifts and I've worked with Store Managers that our cashiers would run circles around. I guess your work experience here will depend on who your management is and their work ethic. Aldi does expect a lot from their employees which is why they pay you higher than other retail. I have seen many men hired that only lasted 3-4 days because of the amount of work to be completed in their 8 hour shift. I could sit here and type a book on my experiences at Aldi but bottom line I honestly feel like it's whoever training you that's going to determine if you like it here or not.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCompliment compliment compliment when needed! This is what gives us the motivation we need to continue to do good work. When improvement is needed, let us know but please don't make us feel like 1st graders. I would also say that Store Managers should be allowed to be promoted to District Managers. I have watched a store manager of mine do the same GREAT JOB everyday for years, but with what the job entails, it would make it impossible to retire with Aldi.

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

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    Opinions are based on experience, not judgement

    Operations Assistant (Former Employee) Haines City, FL

    ProsToo quick to throw off or under the bus without reason. Lack of respect for great workers

    ConsControversial of unexperienced management based on training process not experience

    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 and ok benefits

    Aldi District Manager (Current Employee) Cleveland, OH

    ProsGreat Pay good benefits including comapny car with a favorable fuel expense policy. Ability to set your own schedule and some autonomy.

    ConsBack breaking work and a major commitment of your time beyond 40hrs. Encouraging the managers that work for you is challenging considering the time you require them to work and the fact that Aldi frowns upon promoting anybody from the store operations beyond store manager.

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider bonus potnetial for DMs. Open up upward mobility for store level employees and management.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great job for young people.

    Shift Manager/Cashier (Former Employee) Atlanta, GA

    ProsStore manager was great to work for. Loved most of my co-workers. Decent pay, benefits. Can get more hours traveling to other stores.

    ConsHighly stressful environment. Customers don't understand the process and make your job harder. Environment varies widely from store to store.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop hiring District Managers straight out of college. Most of them don't have any common sense.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    More training

    Store Assistant (Current Employee) Bronx, NY

    ProsClosed Holidays, great paid and great benefits

    ConsI was trained in a store that was much slower than my permanent store. I was definitely not prepared for all the lifting, bending and squatting everyday. Training should focus on more what to expect when new hires goes to their store. Fast pace. Must know everything when going to your permanent store.

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    I loved my job and the responsibility that came with it.

    District Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsExcellent pay and benefits. I was fortunate to have worked many years with a talented group. This position trusts leaders to make important decisions, allows autonomy and flexibility. I loved the enormous responsibility and taking part in projects that impacted the entire company.

    ConsMy first 3 direct leaders were excellent. Very motivating and passionate about their jobs. They challenged me to seek continuous improvement and believed in my ability. My last direct leader drained my motivation because she didn't have the backbone to be the leader she was promoted to be.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNever lose sight of how hard employees have to work. Ensure you have leaders in place at all levels who take ownership in the position. Employees can detect a leader who isn't devoted and who is only there to do the minimum. It is frustrating to follow a leader because you have to; because they have the title and you have no choice. It is far more productive to follow a leader because you want to; because of what that leader does for you and for what they do for the company.

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

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