Trader Joe's Reviews

Updated July 5, 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 (26)

    Great place to work, if you can handle the hours

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mate (Assistant Manager)
    Current Employee - Mate (Assistant Manager)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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. Trader Joe's Crew Member Review

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

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

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

    Pros

    TJ's really cares about their crew members. They give good benefits for full-time crew members. Excellent place to work at.

    Cons

    The only downsides are that sometimes you have to do some heavy lifting and it's retail; you can run into some bad customers but most of them are good.

    Advice to Management

    Management is excellent. The only advice I have for them is to keep doing what they are doing.


  3. Best Job Ever

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

    I worked at Trader Joe's

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

    Pros

    Such a friendly workplace great co workers . Nice place to grow a foodie passion. Free food at times. Apply now you wont forget it!

    Cons

    Shifts can be as early as 4 am! But you have control over your hours. Can be very hard physical work at times.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Watch out for older crew who get lazy and don't work.


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  5. Helpful (6)

    Trader Joe's Best of Retail Jobs- Crew Member

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

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

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

    Pros

    Trader Joe's really treats their crew members well. There was always lots of free food. Demo make breakfast and dinner for the crew everyday, plus wine & beer tastings at least once a week.
    Pay is higher than any any other retail store for crew and they offer about $1.00 a year in raises.
    Good benefits for 30 hours of more per week.
    Company gives employees a chance to voice their opinion with yearly surveys.
    Great atmosphere. Fun. Co-workers are really great people.
    Captains can be really cool. They like to hire easy going people that match the vibe at TJ's.
    Some stores work with your schedule while others do not. It just depends on the management.
    I really enjoyed this job and my co-workers were great! Met some awesome people.

    Cons

    It's retail. Customers were generally very nice, but once in awhile you have to deal with the crazy customers. Hours are all over the place, especially for management who work at least one turn around shift a week (close at 10:00 at night only to be back early morning 4-6:00 am). I think those types of schedules should be illegal. Seriously messes with your body.
    IT"S AN INCREDIBLY PHYSICAL JOB! If you work the morning shifts your body, especially your back gets worked. Loads of back injuries from young to old people. I am nursing a back injury now. Breaking down pallets day after day can really take it's toll. Plus you have to do it quickly in order to have the store ready for customers. When the store cuts back hours, there are fewer workers but the work load is the same. Injuries are way too common because you have to do things very quickly with fewer workers, leaving less time to lift things the right way.
    Management is kind of a mess right now. Mates that are hired from the outside make close to 2 times the amount as those who are promoted from within the company. So those who have proven themselves to be exceptional workers by working their way up the ladder end up making far, far less money than those who are hired from Walmart and Target. It causes a lot of turn over in the management positions. Lots of Mates step down to crew members or go on to higher paying management jobs elsewhere. This problem could go away if TJ's would pay all incoming managers the same and be more transparent reguarding pay. Why not pay all starting Mates the same and at least start them at the top of the crew member scale? Seriously pay them enough so they don't have to have another job to survive. It's hard enough to work that crazy 50 hour a week schedule with the crazy hours. At least pay them for it!

    Advice to Management

    Change Mate pay to reflect dedication to the company. The crew members are treated very fairly and compensated very well for loyalty. Please extend this to management. Make sure stores have enough crew for morning duties. Even when the numbers are down, there is still just the same amount of work to be done in getting the store ready for customers. Less crew members puts too much stress on workers which in turn causes injuries. It would also be nice if there were some other positions available in the store for advancement. There just aren't many advancement opportunities, especially for Moms. It would be really cool if Trader Joe's was more family friendly in terms of schedule. It is almost impossible for parents to work these types of hours and have a healthy, happy family life. No reason why that cannot change!


  6. Best Retail Job

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

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and an excellent work atmosphere.

    Cons

    Store level management changes frequently.


  7. TJ's is happenin'!

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great work environment with great compensation: employee discount, paid time off and benefits!

    Cons

    I was hired while in school, and although they sometimes try to be accommodating, I have had several scheduling issues.


  8. Loved it

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Part Time Crew Member in Paterson, NJ
    Former Employee - Part Time Crew Member in Paterson, NJ

    I worked at Trader Joe's

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

    Pros

    Great training, great community. They are very flexible in terms of schedule. They increase your responsibility once they see your work ethic.

    Cons

    Sometimes a struggle to get more hours


  9. Helpful (1)

    Trader Joe's Work Exp.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Crew Memner in Rochester Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Crew Memner in Rochester Hills, MI

    I have been working at Trader Joe's

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

    Pros

    The other crew members are so friendly and helpful. The customers for the most part are just as friendly. Our health benefits are very nice. The work environment itself is very enjoyable, fun, safe and very welcoming the second you step in the door.

    Cons

    The only real downside to working at Trader Joe's is sometimes you have to endure some very heavy lifting, and you can easily scratch/cut yourself if you're not careful while working.

    Advice to Management

    I really have no advice for the management of Trader Joe's. They're doing an immaculate job at keeping the work place safe, and a very fun place to work.


  10. Crew members

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Trader Joe's

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good overall even though some were cut a few years ago. Flexible schedule. Good food that employees are encouraged to taste for free.

    Cons

    Paid vacation is below industry standards. Management promoted to position before ready. Or people put in management position that should not be.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within the company more. Put new managers on trial 1st then decide after 3 months like they use to do whether they can hang or are a good fit.


  11. 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)



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