Trader Joe's

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Trader Joe's Reviews in California

Updated January 24, 2015
Updated January 24, 2015
738 Reviews
3.5
738 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great benefits and a great place to work for people who don't mind working hard (in 56 reviews)

  • The benefits are great considering it's non-union part time work (in 48 reviews)


Cons
  • Managers sit in the office all day while crew members run the store (in 65 reviews)

  • It can be physically demanding so entry jobs are best for the young and fit (in 40 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Producer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Producer in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Trader Joe's

    Pros

    Pay, employees, and customers were great

    Cons

    A little boring after a while

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A Great Place To Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - F/T Crew Member in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - F/T Crew Member in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Trader Joe's

    Pros

    Above average wages/salary. Fantastic retirement plan. Great Benefits. Employee discount on all products.

    Cons

    Inconsistent hours for most members of management. Sometimes difficult to get time off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Praise often, be direct, consistent and hold everyone accountable.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Crew member for 8 years

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Crew Member in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Crew Member in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Good work environment with engaging co-workers

    Cons

    Benefits have been slowly chipped away at the last few years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring the number of hours required for health benefits down to 24/week

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great core values, direction & environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Crew Member in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Crew Member in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Upbeat work environment. 100 percent customer satisfaction policy is great. Good starting wages & benefits package after 90 days. Never an issue getting plenty of hours. Captain is amazing at his job. Always smiling, approachable as well as knowledgeable. Practices what he preaches.

    Cons

    The management under the Captain do not always engage in nor facilitate the core values as expected of company. Communication between them especially during holiday crunches lacks there of and penalizes crew members. As a new hire I was written up without being told what I was doing wrong. Training in certain departments of store was very inconsistent or never happened.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I was hired with about ten others so the managers had allot of training to designate during the holiday season. Kind of challenging most likely. With this I see some not being trained efficiently in all areas. Might be an good idea to check in with the new hires at some point to see how they feel about their training or company policy knowledge.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    pros

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Concord, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Concord, CA

    I have been working at Trader Joe's

    Pros

    nice people easy job for first time

    Cons

    rude costumers and that's it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Crew Member

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Part Time Crew Member in Long Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Part Time Crew Member in Long Beach, CA

    I worked at Trader Joe's part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    A great place to work as a student. Benefits and flexible hours to work around class schedules. Great people to work with

    Cons

    Various levels of competency among full timers/management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Crew -> Mate -> Crew

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Walnut Creek, CA
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Walnut Creek, CA

    I have been working at Trader Joe's full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great job for those who love food and working in retail. Good pay, great benefits, fun and laid back environment, amazing co-workers, and really a wonderful place to work. Raises twice a year for good performers at Crew level.

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunities. Lots of hoops to jump through. Or, just be in the right place at the right time. Captains (bosses) vary in management styles, some MUCH better than others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up. Great talent is abundant at the store level, but it needs to be nurtured. Help your crew to grow into better workers by enforcing consistency and responsibility among the crew. Create a plan for those on track for success. There are no standards whatsoever here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Crew Member in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Former Employee - Crew Member in San Luis Obispo, CA

    I worked at Trader Joe's part-time

    Pros

    Amazing coworkers. Upward opportunity. Challenging and diverse work opportunities. Flexible schedule. Great customer base.

    Cons

    Multiple managers--sometimes too many chefs in the kitchen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees input more. Don't change the hierarchical structure too quickly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Going downhill fast

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Part Time Crew Member in Alameda, CA
    Current Employee - Part Time Crew Member in Alameda, CA

    I have been working at Trader Joe's

    Pros

    The only good thing for me is that I can walk to work. Coworkers are friendly.

    Cons

    Captains are completely out of touch with the store and their mates. They have promoted people with zero leadership skills and the stores are suffering because of it. We have zero training for new hires, standing around and chit chatting happens all day long and nothing gets done right. Our store is so bad that it makes me sad. If customer knew how we treated the products they would shop elsewhere. There isn't enough space to describe how bad the mates are. Sad,sad,sad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Constant training for management. Regionals need to visit stores more than twice a year and talk with veteran crew members, they are the ones who know what's going on. Something needs to change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Company To Work For

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Laguna Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Laguna Hills, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexible Scheduling
    Raises twice a year
    Many food/wine tastings
    Decent Health Insurance for those working on average 30 hours/week
    Great people to work with
    Safe environment
    Paid time off

    Cons

    As a crew member, hourly pay capped at around $21 an hour
    Slowly making cuts to overall benefits but looking to improve on those again

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More advice to CEO: promoting from within is better than taking others from the outside. Go back to the Trader Joe's tradition of doing that.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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