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30+ days ago

Mate - Assistant Store Manager

Trader Joe's San Francisco, CA +89 locations

Trader Joe's is unlike any other place you've ever worked. Trust us. We simply have no room for bureaucracy... all Crew Members support our stores to… Beyond.com


7 days ago

Store Crew

Trader Joe's Arlington, VA +36 locations

As part of our Crew, you'll handle a lot. But that's the thing; so does everybody else. What's more, you won't be stuck in one role here. Here are… Glassdoor


30+ days ago

Store Crew - Pikeville

Trader Joe's Pikesville, MD

As part of our Crew, you'll handle a lot. But that's the thing; so does everybody else. What's more, you won't be stuck in one role here. Here are… Glassdoor


30+ days ago

General Counsel

Trader Joe's Monrovia, CA

Reporting to our Chairman and CEO, the General Counsel will serve as our in-house staff attorney and will work on legal matters across all areas of… Glassdoor


30 days ago

Human Resources Generalist

Trader Joe's Monrovia, CA

Prepare yourself for a challenging role and intense workload in this exhilarating Human Resources career. The HR… Glassdoor


8 days ago

Store Crew - Rancho Santa Margarita

Trader Joe's Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

As part of our Crew, you'll handle a lot. But that's the thing; so does everybody else. What's more, you won't be stuck in one role here. Here are… Glassdoor


8 days ago

Store Crew - Newbury Park, CA

Trader Joe's Newbury Park, CA

As part of our Crew, you'll handle a lot. But that's the thing; so does everybody else. What's more, you won't be stuck in one role here. Here are… Glassdoor


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    In desperate need of diversity, good balanced leadership & an emphasis on updating.

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    Former Employee - Crew Member  in  Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Former Employee - Crew Member in Lexington-Fayette, KY

    I worked at Trader Joe's full-time

    Pros

    10% discount on decent already cheap booze, carbs; nitrate free meats; tasty hummus, good mineral water spritz prices, good coffee, sample anything; emphasis on reusable or paper bags -- no plastic bags used anywhere.

    Cons

    Scheduling is rife with poor communication and inaccessible management adding to the frustration are back-to-back shifts like closing then opening then closing then opening that contribute to poor health, sleep depravation, which in turn causes everything to suffer, least of all the people. TJ's uses a 2 star rated iPhone only app -DayForce- for employees to request vacation, sick leave, etc. The only other way is to track down the singular manager responsible for scheduling at least a 2 weeks in advance to place a request. There're are no TJ afforded/addressed emails to management that could expedite this process and good luck reaching anyone if you're sick and have to open at 5am. It's the most antiquated systems I've ever had the displeasure of working with.

    All employees were forced to use our/their own cell phone data to fill out post hire documentation --wifi is available, but kept greedily from employees & the hiring process. Out-of-date cheap training materials & computers give off the distinct atmosphere of a 2 bit bodega & not the image of the fastest growing "children of god-esque" replica... ahem, grocery store in America.

    A 2 hr orientation took 6 hours due to ridiculous needless miscommunication, inexperience, a nonexistent HR, constant technical failures (inadequate computing power aforementioned) & interruptions as there was no space separate from the 100+ degree break room to process new hires. The introductory training content & direction were disgustingly condescending at best.

    Scheduling & pay were after thoughts & addressed half heartily at the end of the day.

    My favorite ridiculous-ism was the non-confident assertion that "integrity" was, "...just about being nice to people and stuff..." - Manager

    The GM (Captain) was so socially awkward, he made the others look adequate, when they were just as bad.

    There was an overwhelming sense of false/faux equal treatment for equal work with the white men holding the highest positions & wielding the most control & power, while the female higher ups (all 2 to the men's 7 @ least) were constantly abrasive, unprofessional & defensive as if they had had enough of inaction to right the proverbial ship of obvious inequalities & were determined to react irrationally at or around anyone anytime no matter the reason, nor the company kept & that included in front of the glassy eyed patrons, whose questions went unanswered, irritatingly passed off, or were given completely false & concocted out-of-thin-air responses that presented TJs in the angelic light the kool-aid drinkers with their purple stained lips thought it deserved.

    An overall poor performance from the top down -- I came home bewildered & wondering if all the red flags had been shown or if it was just a really bad day at the park. Sadly, I should've walked away. While not tasting the kool-aid, a glass was poured and I kept it on ice. In my case I got out before I was forced to drink it.

    For a place that wants to be considered a family of friends, it fails on almost every level through forced, coerced, fake & out-of-date methods that actually give off the impression that it IS all just an act. No one cares. The company is cheap. The equality is fake. The trust is paper thin. There is no integrity above "...just being nice to people and stuff..."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read the cons and fix them. Focus on diversifying by race/ethnicity & gender (@ the very least) both crew and mates/captain. Take notice of skill sets and place employees accordingly -- it's one thing to have a crew that can do everything & quite another to have a crew that enjoys & is good at doing everything -- most are drawn to particular roles and those roles should be witnessed early-on and exploited if so desired by all parties. That way people like their jobs with the exception of management who need to be willing to pick up the slack in every area. I think this goes to the schedule which is a hot mess to say the least. The answer to avoiding 9 hours of bathroom duty is not breaking up an adult employee's day w/2 hrs here, 2 there and so on. It's demeaning and doesn't allow one to get any sort of rhythm, nor satisfaction.
    Don't be cheap! Fix intolerable break room temperatures. I'm sure there's a way to put a wall unit in there.

    Doesn't Recommend
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