Trader Joe's Reviews

Updated August 29, 2015
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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. Helpful (45)

    Great place to work, if you can handle the hours

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mate (Assistant Manager)
    Current Employee - Mate (Assistant Manager)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Trader Joe's full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you can handle the work week, see cons, Trader Joe's can be a great place to work. The company offers generous pay, great 401k contribution, good health benefits, employee discount, and more. The environment is very fast paced. Even as management, you are always moving and always working. There is no sitting down. I sit down for my half hour lunch break and that is it. There is always something going on, you will never be bored.

    Cons

    By far the worst part of working at Trader Joe's is the schedule. It's not how many hours you work, it's how they are bunched together. Many, but not all, Trader Joe's stores use what they call a descending schedule. You start your work week by working 2pm to 12am. The next day you start a little earlier, like 12pm to 10pm, and each day after you start a little earlier and earlier. On the last day of your week you work 5am to 3pm. So in 5 days you go from starting at 2:00 in the afternoon to starting at 5:00 in the morning. Some days you will have 9-10 hours off between shifts.


  2. Helpful (1)

    To happy to leave

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Trader Joe's part-time

    Pros

    People are positive, pay is very generous, and management is good. I have another job, engineering, but still work one day a week because it is that easy and fun.

    Cons

    Physically demanding and some of the customers can be real granola munching, documentary loving, food obsessed wack jobs.


  3. Super company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Brooklyn Park, MN
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Brooklyn Park, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, amazing staff and great management. Not only does the job help with the financial but it prepares and equips you for other endeavors in your work life!

    Cons

    There's very little I can say about Trader Joe's in the negative realm. Definitely a spot that you should work at!

    Advice to Management

    Work your way up: applying as a manager right away is stupid because you won't know the flow. Start as crew and work there!


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  5. Captain

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    Current Employee - Captain in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Captain in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Trader Joe's full-time

    Pros

    Autonomy, opportunity, diverse crew, great food, great environment

    Cons

    long hours, physically demanding


  6. TJs

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Trader Joe's part-time

    Pros

    Great place to work, if you average 30 hours a week you are eligible for healthcare, paid time off, ect.

    Cons

    Sometimes you get shafted on hours especially when they are training holiday help

    Advice to Management

    I really don't have any advice for management. I LOVED my job. Best college job I could have had.


  7. crew member

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    Current Employee - Crew in Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Crew in Naperville, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    fair hourly wage, great people, great insurance if full time

    Cons

    its retail so kiss your nights and weekends goodbye. guilt trips when calling in sick

    Advice to Management

    management is great


  8. Fun and easy to get along

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sign Artist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sign Artist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Trader Joe's full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The other crew members are easy to associate with. The work isn't too much and the benefits are great

    Cons

    I wish the opportunity for advancement in my position existed

    Advice to Management

    No advice


  9. Crew Member

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    Current Employee - Crew Member
    Current Employee - Crew Member
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company actually cares about its employees.

    Cons

    Random hours and occasionally understaffed


  10. Committed to Employees

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Trader Joe's full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Committed to enhancing product knowledge, flexible work schedule, and great pay with benefit options.

    Cons

    Hours can be inconsistent due to morning and evening shift needs.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Crew Member

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mostly great people to work with, different tasks throughout day, gained responsibility over time ("section leader"/order-writer)

    Cons

    You may be pigeonholed if you're particularly good at customer service, like get too much register duty. However, this may depend on the store you're working at/the way the captain runs the store.

    Advice to Management

    Stay more faithful to the "upside-down pyramid" system that the company prides itself on (respond more to crew members' feedback)



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