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Trader Joe's has a positive Business Outlook of 68%.

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How is management perceived at Trader Joe's?

899 English reviews out of 899

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May 12, 2020

Pros

Flexible scheduling, great pay compared with industry average, sizable bi-yearly raise opportunities, fantastic health insurance, bright & colorful atmosphere, upbeat attitude, good balance of having fun and getting work done across most management spheres. I've been able to clock-in and work with my best friends for the last several years, no matter where I've transferred to. Hating your coworkers will not be a problem. Even if there are people you don't get along with, they feel like family. You'll be ushered into an accepting, caring, supportive work environment that carries over into your everyday life outside of the job and will always be grateful for it.

Cons

Because the company is still privately owned, each store is subject to be run slightly differently, and with relatively little pressure to conform to a national, or even regional standard. There's very little direct accountability for general managers, assistant managers, or regional managers who exhibit poor behavior. I have never seen genuine, long-term improvement come from upstream reviews. Store managers who've made life a living hell for their crew have gone on to open new stores virtually unscathed, hiring on entirely new crews who have no idea how poorly they're being treated compared to those working at other stores and have no experience with other store managers to compare with their current supervisor. You can transfer to a different store if you don't like your location's management style, but it can take upwards of weeks to months to secure a position in the area you're trying to work out of. Still a great company to work for, but when a bad apple slips through the cracks, it can take forever to get back to a joyful work experience.

Advice to Management

Earn some credibility with younger generations by being more transparent with the media. Open up your HR program at higher levels for more direct supervision of management accountability and take crew complaints seriously. Stop micro-packaging your products. Stop supporting the use of dried milk variants in all your new products.

Store managers who've made life a living hell for their crew have gone on to open new stores virtually unscathed, hiring on entirely new crews who have no idea how poorly they're being treated compared to those working at other stores and have no experience with other store managers to compare with their current supervisor.

May 12, 2020

Reviewed by: Crew Member in Woodbury, MN (Current Employee)

March 26, 2021

Pros

Friendly coworkers and customers, flexible hours, variety of roles, great pay, optional benefits, tastings and activities during and after work, performance reviews and possible raises every 6 months, opportunities to move up or switch departments

Cons

Overlap of personal and professional life, can be cliquey, favoritism from managers, always tricky whenever a manager takes over scheduling for the first time, inventory mistakes are fairly common, frequent cycling of managers and coworkers

Advice to Management

Try your best not to blatantly favor certain employees over others and not blend personal and professional life

Overlap of personal and professional life, can be cliquey, favoritism from managers, always tricky whenever a manager takes over scheduling for the first time, inventory mistakes are fairly common, frequent cycling of managers and coworkers

March 26, 2021

Reviewed by: Crew Member in Santa Barbara, CA (Former Employee)

January 21, 2020

Pros

good food. flexible hours

Cons

the managers play favorites and do not treat employees fairly unless they hired you themselves they cut hours of employees that were hired by previous managers , so they only end up with people they hired also on hiring I was told that I would have full time I have never had full time and when it comes in benefits they cut hours right before you qualify

Advice to Management

they don't listen anyway

the managers play favorites and do not treat employees fairly unless they hired you themselves they cut hours of employees that were hired by previous managers , so they only end up with people they hired also on hiring I was told that I would have full time I have never had full time and when it comes in benefits they cut hours right before you qualify

January 21, 2020

Reviewed by: General in Colorado Springs, CO (Current Employee)

January 20, 2022

Pros

I worked part-time at Trader Joe's for about three years while going to college and loved it! They are extremely flexible with personal schedules and are one of the few companies offering a livable wage to their employees. The company is also huge on promoting from within which creates a great work culture because most managers and supervisors have been in your position before.

Cons

I honestly can't think of any cons working at Trader Joe's. I worked for two separate locations in Southern California and enjoyed every single year I worked for the company.

The company is also huge on promoting from within which creates a great work culture because most managers and supervisors have been in your position before.

January 20, 2022

Reviewed by: Crew Member (Former Employee)

August 19, 2021

Pros

Good pay, flexible hours, and good workplace culture. Met great people here passionate about many unrelated fields and loved it

Cons

No guarantees, favoritism, and passive upper management. There are managers who are egotistical and competitive that suck the life out of the place, but they move the managers around so it never stays awful forever

Advice to Management

Actually have integrity

There are managers who are egotistical and competitive that suck the life out of the place, but they move the managers around so it never stays awful forever

August 19, 2021

Reviewed by: Crew Member (Former Employee)

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