ALDI

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ALDI Reviews

Updated November 26, 2014
Updated November 26, 2014
543 Reviews
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543 Reviews
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ALDI Presidents Chuck Youngstrom, Jason Hart & David Behm
Chuck Youngstrom, Jason Hart & David Behm
12 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • You are very well compensated for the work that you do, both in pay and benefits (in 52 reviews)

  • Great pay and benefits always a need for people so its easy to pick up hrs (in 79 reviews)


Cons
  • Difficult to maintain a work life balance of any kind, but know some who managed (in 35 reviews)

  • Most District Managers are right out of college with little or no experience (in 48 reviews)

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  1.  

    Incredible leadership development opportunity and amazing career possibilities!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Vice President in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at ALDI full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    ALDI provided me the opportunity to become a District Manager straight out of college. They provided me with unbelievable leadership development opportunities and training for a full year. After 4 years as a district Manager I was promoted to Director of Store Operations and again received excellent training for 5 months in three different areas of the company. The Director of Operations job gave me the ability to learn new skills and continue to develop as a leader. The impressive company growth allowed me to move into my current role as Division Vice President and I couldn't be happier. I recommend the District Manager career track to anyone who is self-motivated, driven and wants to make the most out of their life.

    Cons

    All of the positions that i have held provide numerous challenges on a daily basis. These have provided countless learning opportunities. People who are not fully committee to personal and professional growth may not enjoy these challenges.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Aldi was a great place to work and they offered good benefits.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Shift Manager in Oswego, NY
    Former Employee - Shift Manager in Oswego, NY

    I worked at ALDI full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, and good pay

    Cons

    Customers are mean, you are required to do a lot of work and lifting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This was a great place to work I wish I had never left.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    ALDI District Manager Internship

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Aldi District Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Aldi District Manager in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at ALDI as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The pay is ridiculously high for an internship.
    The other interns I met, the mentors I had, the executives of the company are all AMAZING. They are wonderful and absolutely care about what you are doing and really care about you. The VP of the district would ask me about how my half marathon went, and always remembered the details.
    The company works to make the internship a REAL experience. You directly shadow multiple DMs and Executives, have to actually present a real project to the company, sit in on all their meetings, literally hire and interview people, you do it all.
    They will hire people who are of mostly any year in school, so as a sophomore in college I got this internship.
    The company culture is amazing.

    Cons

    The MAIN and pretty much only con was that the work/life balance is not there. Realistically though, they pay really well and there will always be a trade off for this. So it depends how much you love the work. Personally, I didn't find the work rewarding, but that was because I knew off the bat I wasn't interested in the work and just wanted to get some good interning experience. Most DMs work 50-60 hours a week and seem to basically live at work/ live their lives for work. It's a very rigorous environment where you are expected to be top notch all of the time. They are more stuck in the German ways of the company even in the US-- which means they are somewhat outdated and very rigorous with their work ethic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to make the work/life management more realistic to the times of today.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    You'll be highly compensated, but be ready to earn it

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - District Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - District Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at ALDI full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent Pay and Benefits.

    Flexible Hours (choose your own schedule).

    High level of independence. You are your own boss day to day, which allows you the opportunity to run your stores as you see fit, so long as you deliver the results the company is asking for. Tremendous learning opportunity for anyone who wants to own and run their own business some day.

    Cons

    Have to work some weekends.

    Long hours. You are salaried for 50hrs/wk, but expect to work more as necessary to deliver the required results. There were times when I had to push 70+hrs depending on what was going on in the stores (holidays, remodels, hiring, etc).

    Tough and long (though necessary) training prior to taking over a district. Be prepared to start as a cashier and stock shelves as you work your way up through the ranks of the various in store roles throughout the 8 month training program.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be understanding when workload is unexpectedly increased or special projects are assigned. Attempt to reduce number of stores per district to increase attention to detail in each store and help with work/life balance. Provide clearer paths for advancement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Work is work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ALDI

    Pros

    In the morning all items needing to be stocked come tightly bound on pallets ready to be worked throughout the store. Most of the items on the pallet typically belong in the same aisle. There is usually one person working on produce, one on the cooler/freezer pallets, and two on grocery. This can vary based on the number of pallets per section of the store. The stockers are given electrical pallet jacks that do the heavy pulling for them, as well as raise the pallet higher so they do not have to bend farther down as they work the pallet. When the store is open, one person is cashiering, the others are working on cleaning the store and further stocking areas such as meat, bread, and produce. When the team communicates and is on the same page, everyone is able to succeed with their tasks. The pay is higher than most retail/ grocery store places. You will find time passes by quickly as well by how busy you can stay.

    Cons

    There are team members who like to bring drama to the work place, talk down about other team members, and find short cuts whenever possible. The breaks vary from day to day, you could take a break three hours into your shift, and then your second break a half hour later. This is done to make sure your breaks are out of the way. Information/ changes that need to be made through the whole store is communicated with a store meeting, typically the changes are not applied or enforced. A lot of team members hate cashiering and will try to avoid it at all cost, even if they are the back up cashier. There are managers that will say negative things about team members as well. When it comes to stocking foods such as meat and bread, dates are not checked daily for expiration. There will be newer meat on old which causes the old meat to either expire and not be sold or to be sold discounted. Which affects sales.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a stronger emphasis on team work, back up cashiers staying down longer to reduce the line more easily for whoever is the main cashier. Do not allow employees to talk poorly of other employees. Communicate the bigger goals such as stocking neatness, inventory on the shelves instead of the back room, and checking dates on perishables. Cross train the team, do not rely heavily on one or two individuals to be your stockers and others cashiers. Take time and observe what team members are doing with the specific task assigned to them. Look to see if they are thorough with the job or are they taking short cuts to get out of the task. Give raises/promotions to those that do the job correctly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Associate in Reading, PA
    Current Employee - Store Associate in Reading, PA

    I have been working at ALDI full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great training, promotions, decent pay

    Cons

    Be prepared to learn everything

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    mgt team is great, no suggestions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - District Manager in Syracuse, NY
    Current Employee - District Manager in Syracuse, NY

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

    Pros

    Freedom and autonomy to lead on your own

    Cons

    Must be good at multi tasking

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Best job I've ever had. The company is extremely generous, consistent and fair!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director of Purchasing
    Current Employee - Director of Purchasing

    I have been working at ALDI full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Aldi takes care of it's people better than any retailer in the industry. The salaries are extremely competitive and I've never had a year without a raise! This company doesn't do layoffs and always does the right thing, even if it costs money.

    Cons

    Over the past eight years of my employment I haven't had bad experiences that would be caused by the company. We definitely work hard but we get compensated better than anyone else!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    This job will kill you, but it could be worth it.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Shift Manager/Cashier in Independence, MO
    Current Employee - Shift Manager/Cashier in Independence, MO

    I have been working at ALDI full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The work keeps you in shape. The benefits are decent and the pay is very good, for a grocery store.

    Cons

    Don't expect to get off work on time. EVER. And, if one person slacks off just a little, it puts the whole operation behind. Don't forget trying not to run down the customers that jump in front of your jacks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold the slackers accountable instead of blaming management for not "re-training people properly". Sometimes people just need to be let go.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Fast-Paced and Rewarding. Flexibility is key.

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

    I have been working at ALDI full-time

    Pros

    The DM position demands a great deal of responsibility from Day 1. The position allows for much independence both in scheduling and completion of work tasks. You are very well compensated for the work that you do, both in pay and benefits. You will grow as a leader each and every day on the job.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be as good or as non-existent as you make it. Relocation is required of all DM's often resulting in you getting moved to any random area within the Division (whether good or bad). Leadership within upper management is often hit or miss.

    Approves of CEO

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