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Fun place to work

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Current Employee - Crew Member  in  Palm Desert, CA
Current Employee - Crew Member in Palm Desert, CA

I have been working at Trader Joe's

Pros

Good starting hourly rate, every six months you are reviewed for a possible raise.
Low pressure environment.
Great health benefits after 3 months, don't forget to enroll!
Lots of personalities to work with, co workers and customers, usually pleasant.
Great food! Employee tastings!

Cons

Some personalities are a bit over the top, but that's life.
Some repetitive tasks.
Beware of working in seasonal environments, or being hired for the season, if you are looking for a lasting job you may not be able to keep your position past the busy season.
Physical labor will take a toll after some time.
Management rarely listens to part time employees.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Take the time to listen to your part timer crew, don't forget to treat them as individuals with valuable ideas, not just part of your workforce. Give credit where it is deserved.

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    fun demanding atmoshere

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    Current Employee - Crew  in  Troy, MI
    Current Employee - Crew in Troy, MI

    I have been working at Trader Joe's

    Pros

    flexible hours retirement insurance vacation

    Cons

    culture changing, company core values changing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Disillusion to the masses

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    Current Employee - Crew Member  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Crew Member in New York, NY

    I have been working at Trader Joe's

    Pros

    Most of the people you work with are moderately cool and talented.
    You get an hour lunch break, and a discount.
    Most of the food offered is delicious and at reasonable prices.
    Some of the customers are really fun to chat with, humorous and interesting.
    Decent starting wage.
    Moderate benefits package.
    Tasting allow for you find out more about the quality of products and what you can par them with.
    You learn quite a bit about cooking, food, and dining from coworkers and customers.
    Yes, all of the signs are made right at the store.
    The tasting station is open as long as the store is and always has something new to try.

    Cons

    Management is totally disorganized, and under qualified, never expect praise for the work you do. You get the feeling that you can always be replaced at any time.
    Taking a bathroom break is almost a sin against god.
    Yes managers do play favorites with part time people.
    You are constantly called off your break to resume 'register' duties.
    10 or 15 minute breaks are non existent, which might be illegal in NY?

    You have no idea what to tell people about the food they are eating, I still have no idea where our dairy comes from or produce or anything really in the entire store.
    Everything just says Monrovia, CA on it. Which can't be possible, Its a warehouse building. No one seems to know where the stuff comes from. The little stories in the Fearless Flyer seem totally shaddy and almost distracting to the point.

    The wage is not ground breaking, considering how much money these stores are making on daily basis in NYC. Most of my co-workers are collecting public assistance, in some form or another.

    You do get benefits working on part-time, but you wont be able to afford them if you only work part time 20-25 hrs per week. Also you are part time even if you work up and including your 39th hour of work. Which I am sure is some kind of shady lingo tip toe around employment regulations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actual training for your Full Timers, weed out the ones with personality disorders. Real promotions to people who deserve them. Real training for part time employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
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