Trader Joe's Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Trader Joe's

    Pros

    really great and fun and enjoyable

    Cons

    have to work hard for what you want


  2. crew member

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Danbury, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Danbury, CT

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    great benefits , flexible schedule

    Cons

    work in the freezer, it's cold!!!

    Advice to Management

    keep growing the company !!


  3. Awesome sauce

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Franklin, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Franklin, WI

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    All pros. Great company to work for. Great benefits and amazing pay.

    Cons

    No Con's awesome store


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  5. Helpful (7)

    miss the good old days

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Full Time
    Former Employee - Full Time

    I worked at Trader Joe's full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, fun people to work with, physical work

    Cons

    Used to be one of the best jobs in the country. They forced most people that knew what they were doing out of the company, lost their integrity, promote people to captain that are far from ready, just for the sake of gender equality which has already ruined 2 stores. Also, harder working part timers get the same raise as part timers that just meet the minimum. How is that fair?

    Advice to Management

    You saved a lot of money by pushing out higher paid people that grew with the company in the old system of novitiate, specialist, merchant, 2nd mate, 1st mate, commander, captain. Unfortunately, they are the ones that got the most training in that system. FTs do not get a good training program unless they have a very good captain that came up in the old system. They understand how important that was. When you promote people to the mate position, which essentially makes them an assistant manager, you skip all of the training that novitiates and specialists used to get. Please go back to the old system and give all of your FTs a fighting chance to be excellent at there jobs like we all used to be. Go back to the scoring of 1 to 5 for part time reviews Harder working part timers deserve more and so do those that greatly improve. Integrity is supposed to be the number one value in the company. When will the company go back to living up to that Value? My heart is still with Trader Joe's and I really hope that it goes back to the way things were 10 or so years ago. We were way better trained and informed, and harder working part timers were properly rewarded.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great Company

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Positive Atmosphere, always room for growth

    Cons

    Customers can be awful and the actual work is hard physical labor

    Advice to Management

    Pay hardworking employees better, fire the duds


  7. Tjs

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    Former Employee - Crew Member
    Former Employee - Crew Member

    I worked at Trader Joe's

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Extremely laid back work atmosphere.

    Cons

    Starting hourly wage combined with their system of giving raises.


  8. Crew Member

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    • 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.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Mate

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    Former Employee - Mate (Assistant Manager) in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Mate (Assistant Manager) in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Trader Joe's

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

    Pros

    Great salary, great benefits, generous pto, company culture, great food

    Cons

    Shift schedule is sleep depriving, way too much physical work for a management role, high risk of hurting your body and lots of frequent aches and pains. On your feet 10-11 hours day. Hard to do this job for too long until your body breaks down from all the wear and tear.


  10. The best company to work for in retail.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Trader Joe's full-time

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

    Pros

    Great company, amazing benefits, 2 pay raises annually, salaries are at the top end for any retail position! The culture is one that is caring, training based, and supportive of all that work there. Promotions come from within first, if you have the ambition, you will get noticed and have an opportunity for advancement. Company goes out of the way to hold on to great employees.

    Cons

    Entitled employees that expect things vs. appreciating them. There isn't a clear cut attendance & performance structure in place. Makes it hard to hold poor performers accountable.

    Advice to Management

    Regional Managers are encouraging crew members to go directly to them with issues rather than to their immediate store managers. This creates a lack of support & disconnect for your leaders trying to run the store effectively.


  11. Way Better than Anywhere Else!

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Empathetic Managers, Flexible scheduling if you communicate, Opportunities to grow and advance within the company if you put in the work.

    Typical work day is never just all one thing. They break up the monotony of either all stocking or all Cashiering with the opposite sprinkled in.

    Cons

    Slackers often coast by without very much of any kind of reprimanding.

    Even if you work hard each and every day, if you're not vocal about it they won't take as much notice. In order to get recognition you need to fight for it.

    Managment can be disorganized and thus if you're a section leader requesting something it could take a while.

    Advice to Management

    Bi-weekly meetings where every mate meets for an hour or so to make sure everyone is on the same page.

    Better intervention systems for struggling employees, eitner because of personal or work related problems.



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