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loved the job

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Former Employee - Sign Artist in Alexandria, VA
Former Employee - Sign Artist in Alexandria, VA

I worked at Trader Joe's

Recommends
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
No opinion of CEO

Pros

LOVED LOVED LOVED making signs. The people are fun, always happy. Nothing to complain, great customer service.

Cons

No other way to advance in company if you want to just do art. Not Trader Joe's fault, just a downside to working there.

Advice to Management

leadership could allow the artist more creativity.

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  1. Hard work pays, it can be hard to avoid store politics

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    Current Employee - Part Timer in Pikesville, MD
    Current Employee - Part Timer in Pikesville, MD

    I have been working at Trader Joe's

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Great health benefits
    -Good for students, as a second job
    -Fast paced environment, eclectic crew
    -Workday varies between floor work and register

    Cons

    -Turnaround shifts!
    -Store politics-- some people don't deserve the credit they get, and nobody in management puts them in their place

    Advice to Management

    Recognize hard work, and note that the most charismatic individual may not be the most valuable to the crew. This should be reflected in reviews.


  2. Good if you love food

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    Former Employee - Part Timer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Part Timer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Trader Joe's

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you love food this is a great place to work because you are trying something new all the time. Good mix of physical work, customer service, responsibility (if you want it) and brain power. You can get up to 50 cents an hour raise 4 times a year, and if you work over I think it's like 18 hours you get benefits. The customers are pretty cool.

    Cons

    The hours can be long and stressful. As in most retail environments shifts are irregular. You might work until midnight then come back at 8 am. While that's legal, it just sucks, especially if you have a commute. Sometimes you get surprised in your review and wish that management would address issues when they happen so that you can work on them before you blow a good raise. It's clicky as well, including with the management. If you come to work on time every day, have a reasonably flexible schedule at least, have a positive attitude, are willing to do what you are asked, express an interest in learning more or improving, and love talking to customers about food then you will love this job. Just stay away from the gossip. Supervisors are in training too and sometimes aren't very helpful. Find out what the store manager wants and do it.

    Advice to Management

    The store Captain (store manager) spends a lot of time with under achievers and that takes away from us regular joe's ...time we need to be coached or listened to about great ideas or whatnot. Managers: be present both physically in the store and for the crew. Pay more attention to your supervisors: they are new and easily swayed by each other and other part timers. Coach them more and give them more feedback. Get rid of the dead weight: poor performers really affect morale, vibe, productivity, and TJ's reputation.


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