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Trader Joe's Diversity And Inclusion FAQ

Read what Trader Joe's employees think about diversity and inclusion at the company, and if their workforce is comprised and supportive of individuals of varying gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, religion and other attributes.

Trader Joe's has a diversity rating of 4.1.

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How is diversity at Trader Joe's?

84 English reviews out of 84

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January 12, 2021

Pros

I've worked at both the Allston and Peabody locations and had good experiences at both. Amazing coworkers, extremely flexible hours, grocery discounts, and competitive pay compared to similar retail/grocery jobs. They do care more about worker health and safety than other corporations - which has been very important during covid.

Cons

Despite switching tasks every hour or two, this job will wear at your body - it's not sustainable to work full time long term. Even coworkers in their early twenties have had back or knee issues after a year or so, and older employees sometimes end up having to leave. And despite the fun decor - this is a corporation, people get fired for trying to unionize at some locations, and I've heard of other locations having issues with racism and sexual harassment from management where workers have complained and management has faced no repercussions. I haven't experienced these issues with management at my store, however.

this is a corporation, people get fired for trying to unionize at some locations, and I've heard of other locations having issues with racism and sexual harassment from management where workers have complained and management has faced no repercussions.

January 12, 2021

Reviewed by: Crew Member in Peabody, MA (Current Employee)

March 9, 2022

Pros

Mates and Captain MAY be cool if you're lucky and get a good location

Cons

The company does a lot of smoke and mirrors, "yeah we're cool we pay a competitive rate and lowered our health insurance hours." Sure, you can work 28 hours a week to get health insurance, but that means you can't miss more than four days a week and if you do you're scrambling to make it up. How if you're working an internship? Or a second job and they don't provide health insurance? Or you can't afford out of pocket? There are so many conditions upon which the company's supposed generosity and kindness to crew completely fall apart. The pay is competitive, but is it adequate overall? How if you live in a city with an increasing cost of living? I live in Brooklyn, have worked there for four years and make 20/hr. Could that cover my living expenses? Of course, I need a new job obviously, but can I afford to work less to make more financial risks to find a better job with the rent being so high and needing health care? They also recently changed 401 k contributions and even Mates are upset. The company got rid of hazard pay, but we're still masks, and why are we wearing masks? Because there's a virus that's killed nearly 1 million people in this country alone. Even though there is a vaccine, people can still catch covid when vaccinated. The severity varies, but that's besides the point. It's still a HAZARD so we should still be getting hazard pay. And how if someone has family members who can't get vaccinated because of pre existing health conditions? They should just be doomed to dying by covid? It's not a hazard for us to potentially bring covid home to our FAMILIES??? I wonder how many crew members who lost family members because they brought it home and weren't aware before masks were implemented because there was a time in the pandemic where we didn't think masks worked, and stores were telling crew members to not wear masks or gloves to not scare the customers. Oh but the company says, "no bureaucracy. every store makes its own rules." That's awfully convienent, isn't it? The company doesn't have to take any responsibility then. Well, if the stores make their own rules, do they make their own rules about health insurance? Attendance? How long you have to work to still be considered an employee? Whether you can take a paid leave of absence? No? Then the company is bureaucratic. Captains will tell you the company can't afford to give everyone hazard pay. Really? A company that's worth billions of dollars owned by a family that's worth billions of dollars and keeps opening up stores and all the costs entailed with that all around the country can't afford to pay its workers more? Can't afford to increase the pay of veteran workers in conjunction with increased pay offers for new employees? Really? 1 millions seconds is 11.5 days. 1 billion seconds is 31.5 years. Really? They can't afford it? That's not true. It's a bold face lie. It's stuff like that and the company has this insane anti-union rhetoric where they'll say union dues are like hundreds of dollars a month. Are you kidding me? It's like twenty bucks. Also, this is just a wacky fact you can find easily on wikipedia, but the company is owned by Aldi's, who is owned by the Albrecht family, who were Nazis in WW2 and you know, it's funny. I once asked why there weren't ever any hannukah decorations in our store and my captain told me the company didn't want to recognize any religious holiday, despite there being obvious Christmas decorations. Huh, kinda weird yeah? This is a company that LIES it lies to its crew, captains, and mates who without it the company wouldn't exist. But it lies on the preface that they know we are expendable. At the end of the day the negligence and passive cruelty is enacted on the fact that we are expendable and they know if we get fired, quiet, get seriously hurt, they can replace us. The company prides itself on diversity by hiring black mates and captains. Ok, but the majority of your crew is black and brown people. And we've already discussed pay and health care make it difficult to pursue greater opportunities. The scholarship the company offers is meager. So if you put marginalized people in positions of power within the company but don't do anything to MEANINGFULLY improve the living conditions of your marginalized employees, do you really care? No. The PR team for this company is bullish and uses intentionally vague language like, "our employees are diverse, pay is competitive, each store makes its own rules, our health insurance is great," and rely on the fact that journalists don't care enough to actually scrutinize what they're saying. Which is sad, because it doesn't take a great stretch of the imagination to see that this company believes in only one thing and that's the almighty dollar.

Advice to Management

Absolutely none. They have this facade of being receptive to feedback, but we've seen throughout the pandemic that people who actually give feedback for things the company deems "disrespectful" get fired. When you have power and hear something you don't like it's easy to say someone took a bad tone with me, or we didn't like the way they said that so we fired them.

The company prides itself on diversity by hiring black mates and captains.

March 9, 2022

Reviewed by: Crew Member (Current Employee)

August 6, 2021

Pros

Fun working environment, competitive pay, cool products, lots of task diversity

Cons

Schedule flexibility is sometimes dependent on favoritism, management consistently contested valid doctor's notes excusing absences

Advice to Management

More fairness when scheduling employees, not giving certain priority to some and not others (not talking about just seniority).

Fun working environment, competitive pay, cool products, lots of task diversity

August 6, 2021

Reviewed by: Crew Member in San Diego, CA (Former Employee)

June 28, 2021

Pros

The atmosphere of every crew member is unique, the diversity of employees is what makes Trader Joe’s great. The attention to customer is like non other store

Cons

The repetitive motions can sometimes be tough on the body.

The atmosphere of every crew member is unique, the diversity of employees is what makes Trader Joe’s great.

June 28, 2021

Reviewed by: Office Assistant in Los Angeles, CA (Current Employee)

March 28, 2022

Pros

Flexible schedule. Decent benefits and generally friendly environment.

Cons

Commitment to the number 1 core value (integrity) is inconsistent, selective even. Website claims to strive for diversity and inclusivity but the hiring and promotional optics say otherwise. Specifically for African American crew.

Advice to Management

Support the hiring and development of black employees as frequently and seriously as you do white and lighter skinned Latinx.

Website claims to strive for diversity and inclusivity but the hiring and promotional optics say otherwise.

March 28, 2022

Reviewed by: Cabin Crew in Los Angeles, CA (Current Employee)

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