Trader Joe's

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5 people found this helpful  

Like M.A.S.H. the tv show

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Former Employee - Crew Member in Atlanta, GA
Former Employee - Crew Member in Atlanta, GA

I worked at Trader Joe's part-time (less than an year)

Pros

High Energy. Great customers and great co-wokers make it fun. Management supported me/us when faced with horrible customers. Trader Joe's fosters great customer service and makes it easy to make shoppers happy even letting us open packages and give samples at any request.

Cons

Lots of tiring physical work. New pay structure stinks. In the past workers could get very good raises if they really impressed management. Now it's less than a dollar or nothing with every review (6 months). Training is haphazard, expectations are not always conveyed and always unevenly. There is a ton of turnover (probably in line with industry).

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Fix training. Find the best ways to do things from the crew/captains and then share. Not standardize but share. It will cut down on accidents and turnover.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Surrounded by great coworkers

    Current Employee - Crew Member in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Fun, helpful coworkers
    Flexible hours
    Free food tastings
    Eligible for a raise twice a year
    More stores opening up so there are employment/advancement opportunities

    This job allows you to pay your bills, but also gives most people time to work on their own side projects (e.g. music, art, writing, ...)

    Cons

    Closing shift (4 pm - midnight) is tiring and wears you down. Depending on the store, you may not be able to get any midday or morning shifts.
    Stores rarely fire anyone so workers who slack off and do the bare minimum stay employed and leave more for others to do.

  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Stay Away!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Part Time Crew Member in Florham Park, NJ
    Former Employee - Part Time Crew Member in Florham Park, NJ

    I worked at Trader Joe's part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly, smart crew members.
    Good employee discount.
    Most customers are nice, but some act very entitled, impatient and rude.

    Cons

    Corrupt, favoritist management. If you are a crony of management, you wil get good performance reviews twice a year. You get written up for minor infractions, raises are rare and puny. Watch your back, keep your mouth shut and you will avoid being fired.

    A 30 minute break is completely inadequate! This is a a back-breaking job and 1/2 hour break is not enough time for an employee to sit down, eat a meal and recharge their batteries for the rest of their shift. It's a disservice to the employee and the customers.

    Be prepared to do 6 hour cashier shifts.

    Basic equipment, particularly ladders, are old, worn out and dangerous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Commit yourselves to showing fairness and respect to crew members. Most of them work extremely hard and they are what make the stores work and profitable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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