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No amount of hard work is enough.

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Former Employee - Shift Manager
Former Employee - Shift Manager

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

Pros

They pay a decent wage and have good benefits. You receive your first week of vacation after 6 months of employment.

Cons

Impossible time standards, incredibly negative attitudes trickle down from upper management. Extremely minimal store coverage (sometimes only employees on the clock at a time).

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Spend a little extra on labor, and your employees will perform better.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Demanding

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    Former Employee - Shift Manager
    Former Employee - Shift Manager

    I worked at ALDI full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits. Work hard enough and show you have some potential and you'll easily end up a shift manager, which will look good for future jobs.

    If a store is right on the cusp of being a busy store (but not too busy), the system works well and both employees and customers will go home happy that day.

    Cons

    Very physically demanding without proper training being given in regard to lifting and stocking. Everyone at Aldi does every job around the store, yet most training time is devoted to ring speed and store appearance instead of how to unload a 6' mixed pallet in the mythical 25 minutes you're supposed to do it in without hurting yourself. At any given time, at least one shift or store manager from the stores in my area was out due to injury (always neck, back, and/or shoulder). Two had to leave due to permanent disability after 5+ years of service. They were both career store managers and were devastated when they found out that their job had physically broken them so badly, but it's easy to ignore the aches and pains when they come on slowly.

    Getting days off for special occasions is always stressful and iffy, regardless of how far in advance you made your request and how many days you'd worked without a day off prior to that. You will receive phone calls to fill in at your store or other stores on almost every day off, even when you're on vacation.

    The push to always improve on your previous performance was very motivating to me for the first few months, but after a while, the goals become unreachable, yet you will be berated for not achieving superhuman feats of strength and speed.

    Criticism is given freely, especially by DMs, who also like to use shame and humiliation tactics on employees who are already desperate for their jobs and will do anything to stay. They often try to pit employees against each other in hopes of spurring on higher performance through aggressive competition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look at those stores that are starting to be busy stores and let them run for a while like that before pushing for leaner staff and better numbers. Even though 3 or 4 employees might seem extravagant by Aldi standards, when the numbers are good (but not yet 'great'), you'll find the happiest employees who actually want to come to work. You'll also find happier customers, as there's more time to spend on store appearance and fewer burnt-out employees avoiding eye contact. Also, physical training needs huge improvements. That will probably save you some money on Worker's Comp claims later.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    great pay and benefits

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    Current Employee - Aldi District Manager  in  Denton, TX
    Current Employee - Aldi District Manager in Denton, TX

    I have been working at ALDI full-time

    Pros

    pay is great, very fast paced, off most major holidays

    Cons

    luck of te draw wit upper management, some good, some horrible leaders. Most other complaints probably typical of retail/grocery business, (no vacation during major holidays, if you are management you're on call 24/7, very demanding of your time and energy)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Conduct climate surveys of director level management to find out your poor leaders

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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