Trader Joe's Reviews

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28 Reviews
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Pros
  • Great benefits and a great place to work for people who don't mind working hard (in 52 reviews)

  • The benefits are great considering it's non-union part time work (in 47 reviews)


Cons
  • Managers sit in the office all day while crew members run the store (in 63 reviews)

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

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    I loved my crew members, customers, and some of the management staff.

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    Former Employee - Crew Member in West Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Crew Member in West Hartford, CT

    I worked at Trader Joe's

    Pros

    Autonomy. Pay. Attire. Relations. Personal growth.

    Cons

    Getting 'too big for their britches.' As I was leaving the structure was changing and I'm not sure I agree with the direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember its a bottom up approach in this field. ALWAYS listen to the crew members, they know what's up!

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  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great PT job.

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    Current Employee - Crew Member in Northbrook, IL
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Northbrook, IL

    I have been working at Trader Joe's

    Pros

    If you love food, people, and variety, Trader Joe's is fantastic. Your functions change throughout the day, management gives you a lot of autonomy in deciding how to handle situations that come up. Trader Joe's treats employees with respect and gives benefits even to PT employees.

    Cons

    Working weekends is a must... hard for a family person. Also, if you want to move into management, you have to be willing to move around a lot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mostly I only have positive things to say. If there were any way to work out the weekend issue and ensure a stable home life (i.e. being able to move into management without moving around geographically) it would be a perfect job!

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  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    hard but fun work

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    Former Employee - Part-timer in Bellingham, WA
    Former Employee - Part-timer in Bellingham, WA

    I worked at Trader Joe's

    Pros

    schedule flexibility, friendly environment, benefits for part time employees

    Cons

    possibility of repetitive stress injuries to back, shoulders, etc

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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Treat your employees right and they will grow your business.

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    Current Employee - Crew Member in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at Trader Joe's

    Pros

    -Aweome Pay/benefits
    -Flexible scheduling
    -Wear jeans to work
    -Product tastings
    -Fun crew
    -Family oriented
    -Great learning opportunities for foodies/health-nuts

    Cons

    -Limited growth opportunity unless you're willing to relocate
    -Heavy lifting and on your feet all day
    -Job is NEVER done

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sometimes feels like too many chiefs with all the supervisory roles

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  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Place for Part Time

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    Current Employee - Crew Member in North Wales, PA
    Current Employee - Crew Member in North Wales, PA

    I have been working at Trader Joe's

    Pros

    Exceptional support for people who are proud to work, regardless if it is full time or part time. There is a strong sense of pride in the organization and it flows into the customer experience.

    Cons

    If you aren't physically fit, it will wear you out. You have to be able to work hard consistently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the communication channels open and stay in touch with the part time staff, it is appreciated.

    Recommends
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  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sweet

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland Heights, Cuyahoga, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland Heights, Cuyahoga, OH

    I have been working at Trader Joe's

    Pros

    Co-workers and direct supervisors allow you to really enjoy your job. It is a great place to work while in school.

    Cons

    Besides sometimes long hours and stressful rushes, their is truly no reason not to want to work here for life.

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  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Trader Joe's is a positive and challenging place to work.

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    Current Employee - Crew Member in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Trader Joe's

    Pros

    The benefits at Trader Joe's far exceeds that of any other company - including for part-time employees. Hard work is expected, but also rewarded with good compensation and a fair amount of autonomy in making decisions within your area and in interacting with customers. Because of this, employees are motivated to work hard and there is very little attrition.

    Cons

    Because it is retail, employees must be available to work evening and weekend shifts. It is physically demanding and it is not unusual for crew members to deal with various aches and pains.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue doing what you have been doing to make such a great name for yourself. As the company grows and the number of stores increase, do everything possible to keep the small store feeling - no micromanaging, no planograms. And, please, bring back recipes in demo!

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  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good place to work, as corporations go. Great for students.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA

    I have been working at Trader Joe's

    Pros

    Still privately held, give benefits to any employee working 20hrs/wk.

    Cons

    Management positions require 50hrs/wk., mandatory transfers to locations up to 50 miles from your home address, sometimes only 8 hours between 10 hour shifts for managers.

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  10.  

    Great

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA

    I have been working at Trader Joe's

    Pros

    Good Pay, benefits, and environment

    Cons

    menial work, working with public is often frustrating

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be less moody

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  11.  

    The most fun job. Time flies when you work there.

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Trader Joe's

    Pros

    The environment is very positive overall. It is easy to go there, have a good time, and leave with a clear head.

    Cons

    Sometimes it gets very busy in the store and it can be a bit overwhelming if you aren't used to working in constant contact to people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think the leadership at Trader Joe's is doing a good job overall. I have no negative feedback for them.

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