Trader Joe's Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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Trader Joe's Chairman and CEO Dan Bane
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Pros
  • This company has Great benefits (in 56 reviews)

  • Health benefits for only working part-time (in 48 reviews)

Cons
  • Management can play "favorites" with certain crew members (in 65 reviews)

  • It is a physically demanding job (in 40 reviews)

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  1. First Job Where I Liked My Fellow Employees

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Trader Joe's full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A great place to work. Most everyone has a positive outlook. You do feel as though you are in an environment where people care about you.

    Other pros:

    -Great health care benefits
    -Excellent vacation time/AR (Absence Reserve) system
    -Flexible hours in terms of getting the time off you need.
    -Shifts are always nice 8 hour blocks
    -Raise every 6 months, provided you had a good review

    Cons

    If you are a good worker, they will mess with the shifts you work. All of a sudden you will start getting only closing shifts which can be exhausting. If you ask about it, they will say something like "well, you know we only put the good people on closing shifts" which really makes no sense. It's punishing people for good behavior and rewarding people for bad behavior.
    Of course, you can change your availability, but you will risk losing hours.
    Communication often felt like an afterthought and the store often felt understaffed. (This con may only be specific to the NYC store, I don't know what other locations are like)


  2. Better than Average Retail

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Crew Member in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Crew Member in New York, NY

    I worked at Trader Joe's

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Free snacks and free coffee, employee events a few times a year like bowling or karaoke, higher pay then typical retail, health insurance plus dental and vision once you qualify, community feeling

    Cons

    can be tricky to qualify for the health insurance, customers can be rude, some management isn't as great as other management - they lack consistent communication

    Advice to Management

    communicate more among each other and to employees, be consistent with rules and how you implement them


  3. Helpful (1)

    Crew member

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits, flexibility, egalitarian, 401k, creative, empowering

    Cons

    Becoming too corporate
    Managers are babysitters

    Advice to Management

    Train your managers
    Don't promote such youngsters they are green about lifexskilks


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Part time crew snap shot

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Part Time Crew Member in Commack, NY
    Current Employee - Part Time Crew Member in Commack, NY

    I have been working at Trader Joe's

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, good pay, benefits are great!

    Cons

    Routine sometimes. Some mates don't have a clue. Should not be in their position or strongly retrained

    Advice to Management

    I would give this advice to all managers, give the crew the goal or target and stand back and let the hit it. Celebrate their success!


  6. Greatness

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ind Hillside, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ind Hillside, NJ

    I worked at Trader Joe's

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Team, customers, food. great environment.

    Cons

    Nothing that i can think of. Maybe, no. Maybe yes.

    Advice to Management

    na


  7. Started off great, 4 years later its horrible

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Part Time Crew Member in Staten Island, NY
    Current Employee - Part Time Crew Member in Staten Island, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Pay
    Good Benefits
    Good Customers
    You get to try new food

    Cons

    Favoritism out the yang
    If your in good with a mate you never have to worry about doing a task you dont want to do. Don't wanna be on register then just ignore it when your log says your on register, dont wanna go collect carts then say your still writing your order, Dont want to be on the floor then sit on a table in the back while "double checking your order"
    I have had to train 5 of the 8 mates that work in my store
    All but 1 mate has been promoted from within the store
    Got Written up for not smiling enough
    If your not on the morning crew or closing crew your not working more than 3 days a week at best
    They apparently don't have enough hours to hand out to everyone but every weekend 3 new people are going through orientation

    Advice to Management

    check in on your stores more, dont let the entire management staff be people promoted from within the store it causes to many conflicts


  8. Sales

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Trader Joe's

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People are very nice and decent, and they care about making it the best store possible

    Cons

    Work is very hard and time-consuming. HOurs can be long

    Advice to Management

    And sales how they can help out more, get advice and feedback from them on what the customers want


  9. Crew Member

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Trader Joe's

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very flexible schedule. Great benefits. Very friendly people, great range of hours. Fun easy going. Days go by quickly

    Cons

    They customer may stress you out at times.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Crewmember

    Former Employee - Crew Member in Paramus, NJ
    Former Employee - Crew Member in Paramus, NJ

    I worked at Trader Joe's

    Pros

    The best reasons to work at Trader Joes are the other crewmembers, the customers and of course the products.

    Cons

    The work is demanding - heavy lifting, loading and unloading pallettes, moving cases with handtrucks. Not easy work - bending and kneeing stocking shelves. Cartruns can be very hard on the back - especially in the bad weather.

    Advice to Management

    You lost many good workers by taking away benefits to part-time employees.


  11. Employee of 10+ Years

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

    I have been working at Trader Joe's part-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Awesome Co-Workers
    Relaxed Environment
    Great Health Benefits
    Respects Employees and Customers

    Cons

    No Overtime
    Full Time Employees work unusual/difficult hours



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