ALDI Reviews in Columbus, OH

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
474 Reviews
3.0
474 Reviews
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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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  1.  

    Rewarding but hard work

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    Current Employee - Cashier  in  Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Cashier in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at ALDI part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pays well and hours aren't too demanding

    Cons

    Little training, hard physical labor and fast paced enviornment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold everyone to the same standards.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    No matter what you do, it is never enough.

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    Former Employee - District Manager  in  Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - District Manager in Columbus, OH

    I worked at ALDI full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It offers great experience. You are responsible for everything that happens inside the four walls. You get to change peoples lives. Sometimes for the better and sometimes not so much.

    Cons

    Long hours, no work / life balance, constantly tied to your cell phone, always on call, no matter how hard you work it won't be enough

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change your philosophy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Hard work good pay

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Manager  in  Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at ALDI full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Able to work more hours by traveling to other stores if u choose. Closed all major holidays.

    Cons

    Constant change in district managers. Long shifts sometimes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a little more consideration for where people live and where they are placed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Over worked, unreasonable expectations, most or all employees hate their job, high turn over

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    Current Employee - Store Manager  in  Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at ALDI full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    closed on major holidays unlike other retailers. medical, dental, vision benefits are low cost

    Cons

    This company will work the crap out of you and will expect more, little praise or appreciation. no advancement for store managers, everything is timed, Your scheduled until 10 and are expected to return to work the next morning at 5am. Moral is down and everyone that I have encounter hates their job. High turn over, hiring events every week

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    It is a great place to work, but they never tell how well you are doing in terms of advancement

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager  in  Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Columbus, OH

    I worked at ALDI

    Pros

    Great Benefits.
    Great hours for being retail.

    Cons

    Hardly get 40 hours a week.
    Never get a pay raise.
    They do not communicate well when an assistant is motivated to move up and get own store.
    I was told after 12-15 months if you peform well then you should have yoru own store, well that did not happen and they never really would communicate to me about my concerns for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some District Managers are great and some are just misrable. Same goes for the store managers I had one of the best for 14 months and then the worst for another 5 months, and I would tell my DM the weakness of the weak store manager they really did not have the power to make a decesion to get rid of them, that went through the Director of Operations.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a job for everyone

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    Current Employee - Cashier  in  Hilliard, OH
    Current Employee - Cashier in Hilliard, OH

    I have been working at ALDI

    Pros

    There is always something to do and you never get bored the pay is good and the benefits are great. My manager is great and treats everyone with the respect they deserve he has high standards and holds everyone to those standards no matter who you are and he dose not believe in a job description no one is to good for any one job and like wise no job is ever to high for anyone.

    Cons

    Dealing with so many different people in such a short amount of time really takes a toll on a person it is emotionally draining as well as physically draining with no chance of promotion past the management level

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make sure you praise you fellow employees they will work twice as hard when they know there appreciated

    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    The low-down.

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    Current Employee - District Manager  in  Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - District Manager in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at ALDI

    Pros

    For folks coming out of college this is a fabulous deal. Great first-job pay, company car, lots of freedom in your schedule, aboe average length of vacation. If you have a blue collar work ethic it's not hard to do well here. Not a lot of promotions but each one doubles your salary.

    Cons

    Be ready to work.... a lot. Also be ready for weekend work and lots of business around the holidays. You won't have as much authority and responsibility as you would expect with the district manager title. There is somewhat of a micromanaging of store managers. Dreadfully behind technologically, I don't even have a company email account.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move into this century technologically. Continue to expand, there are a lot of people looking for exactly what ALDI offers.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    just collect unemployment

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Store Manager  in  Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at ALDI

    Pros

    paid most major holidays and you do receive benefits.

    Cons

    ridiculous expectations in regards to sales per man hour.
    complete disregard for employees safety, security and balance of personal life

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    lighten up, it's a grocery store. it doesn't need to be such high stress and high pressure.
    if customers were REALLY priority number one, you would have a decent amount of staff to assist them and still stay more productive than the rest of the industry. your employees are the lifeblood and that is not just a saying. someone needs to take a human resource class at aldi headquarters to realize that such high turnover contributes to money down the drain. constant hiring and retraining is not a good route to achieve good productivity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Honest review of ALDI DM

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - District Manager  in  Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - District Manager in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at ALDI

    Pros

    I have total freedom and flexibility in scheduling. I dont have an office to report to. I truly believe that ALDI offer incredible value to our customers. The growth we are experiencing now is unbelievable. The current economic climate is almost custom tailored for highlighting our benefits to our customers. Many people hired to be a DM take this as their first job out of college, so the salary is unbelievable if this is your only exposure to the business world. The training program is very thorough, almost too long. You don't have ignorance as an excuse when you finish training.

    Cons

    Working weekends. Literally 1980 technology. Decision making authority kept too high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More Technology, more customer service.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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