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Don't believe the hype

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Former Employee - Mate (Assistant Manager) in Staten Island, NY
Former Employee - Mate (Assistant Manager) in Staten Island, NY

I worked at Trader Joe's full-time (more than a year)

Pros

Co-workers and managers are usually very upbeat, creative types who hold down a job to pay the bills while they pursue artistic endeavors. Very gay-friendly.

Cons

The 80/20 rule: 80% of the work gets done by just 20% of the crew. Lots of dead weight and management is very hesitant to lay off due to "diversity" concerns.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

The job is "at will" so get rid of employees that don't measure up within the first 90 days.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO
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  1. Not what it might have once been - now just a retail outlet.

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    Former Employee - Crew Member in State College, PA
    Former Employee - Crew Member in State College, PA

    I worked at Trader Joe's full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice people, although they are mostly nice because they drank the Koolaid

    Cons

    Safety training is an afterthought. I was hired in as a "crew" member at 37.5 hours a week (they won't guarantee those hours by the way unless you are a slave to a 5 a.m. to midnight availability.) Too many immature "mates" that really don't know how to create a caring staff - they drank the Koolaid for sure. Too much crazy work for someone who wants to be a "grocer." TJ ain't what you want it to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get real now that you're a box chain.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great Company

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    Current Employee - Mate in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Mate in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Trader Joe's full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    great people and place to work if you are working retail

    Cons

    hours, trying to take time off, schedule

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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