Trader Joe's Reviews in San Diego, CA

Updated June 17, 2014
Updated June 17, 2014
633 Reviews
3.4
633 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Better than average (although used to be fantastic pay and benefits) (in 25 reviews)

  • The crew members are some of the most interesting and quirky people I have ever met (in 49 reviews)


Cons
  • Most managers are extremely lazy and pass all work along to the crew members (in 57 reviews)

  • It can be physically demanding so entry jobs are best for the young and fit (in 39 reviews)

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12 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

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  1.  

    Nice job for still deciding on next step.

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    Former Employee - Crew Member  in  La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Crew Member in La Jolla, CA

    I worked at Trader Joe's part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Fun, lively work environment. Awesome crew!

    Cons

    Must be very physical, some demands might seem ridiculous for a small person. Health benefits changed.

    Recommends
  2. 10 people found this helpful  

    Watching a company abuse its longest & most loyal employees

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    Former Employee - Mate  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Mate in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Trader Joe's full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Used to be a good place to work until owner in Germany died. Now cost cutting has resulted in poor raises, reduced retirement & firing of older workers who make more $$. I hear lots of lawsuits are coming based on company HR practices.

    Cons

    Favoritism rules over work ethic, honesty, integrity and just being a good person.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of a president who made Kpmg get its biggest fine ever for an accounting firm from the SEC and was banned form working for public companies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great job, Sales clerk

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Trader Joe's full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    laid back environment, great pay

    Cons

    none, this is a great place to work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    was lied too

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    Current Employee - Manager Trainee  in  La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Manager Trainee in La Jolla, CA

    I have been working at Trader Joe's full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    unethical, no morals, selfish, disgusting, no idea what it takes to be successful.

    Cons

    too much gossip. people with no lives stuck in a hole because they never went to college.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you people need to take a real management course

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Really fun people to work with, company is changing which mean a lot of the fun will be gone.

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    Current Employee - Crew Member  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Crew Member in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Trader Joe's part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great co-workers, good atmosphere, lots of free food, decent raises.

    Cons

    Losing some of the lax attitude it used to have.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Trader Joe's treats us well, so we are motivated to give back!

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    Current Employee - Part Time Crew Member  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Part Time Crew Member in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Trader Joe's part-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    I work with great, fun, self-motivated people who, for the most part, also enjoy working as a team. We get to taste all the new products and sometimes even the wine and beer. We get a free gym membership and a decent discount. We also get raises every 6 months that are usually fair and generous.

    Cons

    We have a very entitled following. We are genuinely so nice and helpful that the customers seem to think we will do everything for them including think!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent company to work for

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    Current Employee - Crew Member  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Crew Member in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Trader Joe's part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Excellent customer service, fantastic food, great benefits, diverse

    Cons

    Managers often don't handle stress well, incredibly busy, high energy, disorganized management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure that your crew members are being dispersed in different jobs equally. Diversity keeps the job interesting. Also, 4 hours of register can be too much around the holidays!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    fun place to work

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    Current Employee - Mate (Assistant Manager)  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Mate (Assistant Manager) in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Trader Joe's full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    good diversity and a fund place to work

    Cons

    good old boys club is hard if they dont like you

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Latest on Trader Joes - Dropping Health Insurance

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    Current Employee - Crew  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Crew in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Trader Joe's part-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great Crew but dropping benefits

    Cons

    Latest on Trader Joes is that all part time employees (under 30 hours a week) will have their health insurance dropped

  11.  

    Flexible awesome job, comfortable, great perks and benefits!

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    Current Employee - Cashier  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Cashier in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Trader Joe's full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Relaxed fun environment, great benefits

    Cons

    Change in owners makes it hard to be promoted into management/advancement

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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