Trader Joe's Reviews

Updated April 25, 2015
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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. Crew Member

    Current Employee - Crew Member in Florham Park, NJ
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Florham Park, NJ

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

    Pros

    Welcoming staff members, good managers with little bureaucracy, overall a very pleasant and welcoming place to work.

    Cons

    A lot of physical workload, customers not always the most friendly

  2. Crew member

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    Former Employee - Crew Member in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Crew Member in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    Great staff, great company, care a lot for workers

    Cons

    None I can think of,

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work

  3. willing to work with a busy student schedule

    Former Employee - Crew Member
    Former Employee - Crew Member

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    friendly work atmosphere, very willing to accommodate to your schedule outside of work, the discount is nice.

    Cons

    management doesn't always listen to the crew members when there is an issue between employee's which can be very frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to the crew member's and s

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  5. Crew

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Trader Joe's full-time

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

    Pros

    great people, raises, health insurance, flexible hours. Good transition job, and if you are looking into management, they will help you.

    Cons

    The work hours are also tough, sundays are always busy, and when it is slow, your hours get cut. While you do get raises, when hours get cut it is difficult to make ends meet.

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire new people when it is slow- it discourages your employees from trying harder.

  6. crew member

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Trader Joe's

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

    Pros

    Great people, pay and benefits

    Cons

    Physically demanding from the constant movement, twisting and bending

    Advice to Management

    Keep on keeping on

  7. Great place to gain customer service experience

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    Former Employee - Part Time Crew Member in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Part Time Crew Member in Irvine, CA

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Excellent working environment with a mixture of young and old employees who are outgoing and willing to help you learn. Everyone was generally understanding and happy to offer help whenenver possilbe

    Cons

    Because there are so many employees working at one time, it is at times difficult to get noticed for doing a great job. There were annual reviews, in which you could receive a small raise if management deemed appropriate

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring cheerful employees who enjoy working with people on a daily basis. The atmosphere and customers caters to those who are outgoing.

  8. Crew member

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    Former Employee - Crew Member in Royal Oak, MI
    Former Employee - Crew Member in Royal Oak, MI

    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

    Amazing coworkers, discount on food, fun environment, great benefits, and we would sometimes have wine tasting nights.

    Cons

    You must be able to lift large boxes. This is a very physical job. To excel, you need good customer skills, so don't bother if you hate people because they are all over this place.

    Advice to Management

    I am not sure what kind of advice to give. Every store has a different style management team, and it would be unfair to give advice based on one location that I've worked at.

  9. Crew member

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    Current Employee - Part Time Crew Member
    Current Employee - Part Time Crew Member

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing people, amazing benefits, excellent pay. Room for advancement. Work hard and get a raise every 6 months. Feels like family, crew and customers alike.

    Cons

    Favoritism, cliques, lack of communication between managers.
    There has been a recent push to hire younger, inexperienced people (at lower pay) who are really friendly and give great customer service but sorely lack in the efficiency department. There is also a lack of accountability.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work! There is very little turn over at TJ's stores because the crew are treated so well. Have the managers pow wow with each other before hitting the floor to avoid conflicting info and miscommunications.

  10. Crew member

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great hours for part timer

    Cons

    I have had little issues with company and wish there was little turnover

    Advice to Management

    Keep up adding crew members do that the good workers do not become overworked

  11. employee

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    Current Employee - Laborer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Laborer 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

    Awesomeness! i enjoyed my time real good job

    Cons

    Nothing i really enjoyed my time at my job

    Advice to Management

    n/a

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