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Helpful (5)

Not the place it once was

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

I have been working at Trader Joe's part-time (More than 8 years)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Awesome environment
Great benefits
Not stuck in one department
Opputunity to grow

Cons

They have changed the management structure and are deadset on hiring more managers from outside the company instead of inside hires. There is a particular culture that someone "off the street" doesn't get and it is demeaning and detrimental to the morale of the crew to have these corporate minded people be our bosses on the first day
Some customers just can't be handled

Advice to Management

Stop ignoring the people and culture that made Trader Joe's what it is! Don't forget the "little"people and consider going undercover to see all the double standards that go on.

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  1. Good starting pay, not so exciting job

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

    I have been working at Trader Joe's part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good starting pay ($11) + Benefits
    Nice friendly co-workers
    easy work

    Cons

    Horrible job/Life Balance
    Depending on management, shifts will be great or not so great
    Shifts are either 6AM-PM or 2PM-10Pm which are not the greatest of shifts
    retail gets boring

    Advice to Management

    Please pay attention to the needs of your workers and allow room for training and moving up in the system of sections within the store. There is no necessity in placing a new hire in the same position every day.


  2. Helpful (5)

    Still a good company to work for , but in a massive state of flux

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    TJ's sell's real food without artificial preservatives, colors, flavors, gmo ingredients. No food is imported from China. Every item goes through exhaustive testing panels before it hits the store's shelves.
    Excellent health benefits including dental, prescription drugs, vision, even for part time employees. Company paid retirement package where company (currently) matches 15.4 % of gross yearly salary and places this money into a 401k for you , with a six year vesting schedule.

    Fast paced, seldom place to work. Great pay for supermarket work.

    Cons

    Company is extremely focused on opening new stores and as a result is hiring large amount of off the street hires for Mate,(Assistant Mgt) positions. If you are ex Target or Starbucks, TJ's wants you! 85% of promotions used to come internally from former part time crew , now it is far more difficult to move up that way. TJ's is dangerously close to losing the spirit and mentality and corporate culture that has made it such a hit for so long.

    Reviews used to be given four times a year for everyone. Now it is twice a year for pt crew and yearly for ft crew. Bonus incentive program has become a joke unless you are a store Captain. There is no longer a formal store training program for management, you are expected to sink or swim pretty much on your own. Captains are under great pressure to bring in good numbers and are easily dismissed after years of loyal service.

    Work to life balance is abysmal. Management works ten hour shifts, often with only nine or ten hour turnarounds. Get a good data plan for your cell phone, because you'll be texting your family all the time. Even store Captains unload trucks, so the work is physically demanding and each store has a long list of employees out on Workman's Comp.
    Current restructuring plan places newly hired off the street Mates in charge of pt crew and Merchants whom often have many years with the company and better understand company values.

    Company is cutting back on payroll per store again, leading to a feeling of never having the time to do the job right. Store cleanliness and food safety suffer.

    Advice to Management

    Give management the tools and personal to do a better job. Try to re institute the old school Trader Joe's values that made the company a great place to work for years.


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