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“Pays well at all levels, but the work load can be both physically and mentally exhausting over time. ”
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I worked at ALDIDoesn't RecommendPositive OutlookDisapproves of CEODoesn't RecommendPositive OutlookDisapproves of CEO
It's all about the money!!!!
I've done every job inside a store; I've cashiered, been a supervisor, management trainee and store manager. All of those positions pay above what I would consider market value when compared to direct competitors. I'm married with kids so I had the family benefit package. I'm not sure if I'd call it a "pro," but it was OK and they did include dental and vision.
The days literally fly by. You can work an 8-12 hour shift and wonder where your day went. You are never bored working for Aldi and most folks find they don't need a gym membership, because of the physical nature of the work.
As a store manager you are the only salaried person working in the building so you not only have to make up unexpected staffing needs a lot of time, but you also get all the alarm calls at off hours. The hours become consuming, it's not unusual for a manager to work 60-70 hours per week. The money was great, but I literally never had any time to spend any of it, much less see my family.
Besides the normal brain damage of trying to "herd the kittens" in a retail environment a store manager also is the lead stocker, cleaner, organizer and display setter. I'm in my early forties and the physical load finally became too much when coupled with the hours. I slipped two discs in my back and was never the same after that. I required months of rehab and several procedures.
Advice to Management
I understand that the "productivity" number is everything to Aldi. However, I've seen a lot of employees get injured trying to do things that they should have had help doing, but there was no help available. There are also countless potentially decent (above average) employees who quit because they don't want to drink the Aldi aid that is so heavily pushed. I think it's time to for management to revisit how they staff their stores, you can't keep breaking employees.