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I have been working at Trader Joe's full-time (More than 5 years)RecommendsPositive OutlookDisapproves of CEORecommendsPositive OutlookDisapproves of CEO
If you can handle the work week, see cons, Trader Joe's can be a great place to work. The company offers generous pay, great 401k contribution, good health benefits, employee discount, and more.
The environment is very fast paced. Even as management, you are always moving and always working. There is no sitting down. I sit down for my half hour lunch break and that is it. There is always something going on, you will never be bored.
By far the worst part of working at Trader Joe's is the schedule. It's not how many hours you work, it's how they are bunched together. Many, but not all, Trader Joe's stores use what they call a descending schedule. You start your work week by working 2pm to 12am. The next day you start a little earlier, like 12pm to 10pm, and each day after you start a little earlier and earlier. On the last day of your week you work 5am to 3pm. So in 5 days you go from starting at 2:00 in the afternoon to starting at 5:00 in the morning. Some days you will have 9-10 hours off between shifts.
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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I applied in-person. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at Trader Joe's.
I printed out the application and filled it out ahead of time. I turned it in and had an immediate, 5 minute interview with an assistant manager. We scheduled a time to come to interview again that week.
Second interview was a sit down with a crew member. Same thing, scheduled for another interview that week.
Another crew member interview and was told I would be called. After that, I received a call from a manager, which was technically another "interview" but more about logistics of the position. I was hired then.
I prepared using the interview quesitons on Glassdoor. They were spot-on.
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When it comes to grocery chains, Trader Joe's isn't your average Joe. With more than 365 stores in 30-plus states, the company offers upscale grocery fare such as health foods, organic produce, and nutritional supplements. To keep costs down, its stores have no service departments and average about 10,000-15,000 sq. ft. The company's specialty is its line of more than 2,000 private-label products (70% of sales), including beverages (its signature Charles Shaw brand wine sells for $2 a bottle), soup, snacks, and frozen items. Started by Joe Coulombe as a Los Angeles...