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.

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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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good job, great healthcare benefits

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    Current Employee - Part Time Crew Member in Clifton, NJ
    Current Employee - Part Time Crew Member in Clifton, NJ

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

    Pros

    Nice people, fun atmosphere, great healthcare benefits for those that work over 30 hours per week.

    Cons

    Since your healthcare benefits will be terminated if you work less than an average of 30 hours per week you need to work 5 days a week to guarantee that you qualify each measurement period. Since AR (paid time off) is so stingy if you get sick or need personal time off and don't have enough AR in your account you can lose your benefits which is scary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Paid time off (AR) is very stingy. If an employee at the salary cap for a part timer (Currently $21 per hour) works the maximum 37.5 hours per week, your paid time off equals approximately 11 days a year. The store is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day and if you want pay for those 3 days you need to use AR they are not paid holidays even though the store is closed. That leaves you 8 paid days off a year for any other holiday you may celebrate and any vacation, sick or personal leave that you may want or need to take. AR does not increase with longevity except on your third anniversary when it goes from 3% to 5% of your gross salary. Basically after many years of service when you are at the salary cap, there is no incentive. When you are reviewed even though you are a top performer your reward is literally a pat on the back. Give extra AR to long term employees especially those that are at the salary cap. Perhaps it can be reward based.

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    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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