Trader Joe's

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Trader Joe's Reviews

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
740 Reviews
3.5
740 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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  1.  

    great place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Trader Joe's

    Pros

    great place to start out, had great experiences working retail here

    Cons

    it's retail so it's the same cons as anywhere else that is a retail environment. mostly inexperienced management and rude customers on a daily basis.

  2.  

    good to work with people that believe in eating healthy !

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Trader Joe's

    Pros

    like working with friends and family !

    Cons

    you have to work closer to fill-time now to get health benefits.

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    TJ's of Naperville

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Crew Member in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Crew Member in Naperville, IL

    I worked at Trader Joe's part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great team culture. Management listens to and cares about your opinion. Company surveys sent out to employees every year and they really do take action and make changes if many voice concerns about something. Great opportunity for promotions and raises if you perform well. You rotate between task every hour so you don't have to just cashier or stock all day like some grocery stores make their employees do. TJ's is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day and has shortened hours the other major holidays.

    Cons

    My cons are more about the grocery industry in general, not Trader Joe's. I personally just did not like working nights and weekends. Also holidays are very busy which can physically exhausting, but it makes the day go by fast and managers treat you really well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When coming back to work for you guys during college breaks I would be considered a new hire in the system so I didn't get the benefit of adding to my AR or getting a performance review, but I can't complain because I was glad to be taken back for my breaks and given so many hours.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Fun

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Trader Joe's

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere workers customers fair pay good hours

    Cons

    There are really no cons its a win win the people that you are in contact with on a daily basis add to your life

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thank you

  6.  

    Great Place to Work

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

    I worked at Trader Joe's

    Pros

    Salary
    Company Culture
    It is a really fun place to work
    Benefits are great
    The company cares about the planet

    Cons

    Somewhat snotty customers
    They are too tolerant of employees that need to go

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support your employees more when there is a conflict. Sometimes things are not all butterflies and daiseys. There are people that are hard to get a long with out there that will never be satisfied. They just have to go- get rid of them. There are plenty of people out there that would love to work at Trader Joes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work

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

    I have been working at Trader Joe's

    Pros

    High pay for retail, managers are fun and respectful Co workers are energetic and friendly. The company sends out Christmas cards to all their employees and the benefits are excellent.

    Cons

    Getting hired as a seasonal employee I isn't fun. There's a lot of competition to be hired permanently and the months of January and February aren't the best for job searching.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give feedback to seasonal employees, let us know whether we'll be made permanent earlier.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company, great products!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Crew Member in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Crew Member in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Trader Joe's full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    I was attracted to TJ's because of their awesome products. I really enjoyed the team members and the customers there are super sweet and fun to help. A few times when I had to work late the manager would allow everyone to get a $10 product to take home for free which was really fun. love this place!

    Cons

    Insurance coverage isn't great. I was only offered dental insurance and pretty bad health insurance so that was a big downer. Raises are very minimum so important to negotiate pay up front!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe try to get better insurance benefits to keep employees long term. The potential for growth is there but it would take forever to get a sizable raise because the raises are so tiny.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Heaven on Earth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Las Vegas, NV

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

    Pros

    They are very good to there employees. All the equipment is in perfect operating condition. They set reasonable expectations for there employees. You don't become a liability when you start to make good money.

    Cons

    None compared to other grocery stores I've worked in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Never go public.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Laid back, understanding, too easy

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

    I worked at Trader Joe's

    Pros

    Everyone is on the same page
    Team work is a big deal

    Cons

    sometimes too laid back and not enough go getting

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to people on the bottom

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Fun culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Crew Member in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Crew Member in New York, NY

    I have been working at Trader Joe's

    Pros

    The company culture is very fun and it's great working for a company that sells amazing products

    Cons

    Not enough locations. Limited middle management positions. No pay increase for taking on additional responsibility such as writing orders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer pay increase or incentives for crew members willing to write orders for products.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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