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62 English questions out of 62

August 26, 2019

What is paid time off like at Trader Joe's?

Pros

Laid back store manager, diverse people in age/beliefs/ethnicity, good benefits, flexible hours, paid time off, employee discount

Cons

There are always some lazy and dishonest people that get hired.

Laid back store manager, diverse people in age/beliefs/ethnicity, good benefits, flexible hours, paid time off, employee discount

August 26, 2019

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January 14, 2020

Does Trader Joe's offer massages?

Pros

This is a very fun company to work for. It's a very friendly environment with good values. Lots of good perks like free food from the company. Great benefits as well

Cons

There is opportunity for a raise each 6 months but it's not possible to ask for a raise higher than that

Lots of good perks like free food from the company.

January 14, 2020

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April 11, 2019

Does Trader Joe's offer relocation assistance?

Pros

This company really cares about the crewmembers. The training is extensive and you really do get to feeling like you’re part of a family. The work is not difficult but it is very physical. I have found this to be excellent for me because it gets me moving around. One of the best things I love about the job is that you never stay in one place very long. You might be at the register for an hour, and then your stocking shelves for an hour, and then you’re in the wine room for an hour. That keeps you from getting bored In one section. The pace is fast-moving. The benefits package is amazing, I think it’s the best benefits I’ve had at any job. The entire reason I came to work at Trader Joe’s was to provide insurance for my family and it’s been worth it.

Cons

The only cons I can think of, are during the downtimes in business such as January or August, getting the hours you want can be more challenging. If you’re willing to be flexible with your schedule and be open more hours and pick up shifts for other people you can still get the hours you want to easily.

The benefits package is amazing, I think it’s the best benefits I’ve had at any job.

April 11, 2019

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January 22, 2019

Does Trader Joe's offer dental insurance?

Pros

One of the best parts about working at Trader Joe's is that you are not locked into working only one department or performing one task, which is often the case at other grocery stores. You do everything, such as stocking shelves, cashiering, receiving and breaking down deliveries, ordering sections, working all different sections of the store (grocery, bread, frozen, etc.), and helping customers. They pay well, encourage talking to the customers and creating friendships among crew members, give regular tastings to employees to encourage product knowledge, provide health insurance (including vision and dental), and give an employee discount. They also have major holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving off, and close early on certain holidays as well (New Year's Eve, Easter, etc.). I ordered a section for a long time and really enjoyed it, and I learned a lot about the products and sales that way.

Cons

It's a retail schedule, so your hours might be all over the place, and the hours vary from store to store. You may get stuck doing all closing shifts all the time, or have turn-arounds where you close one night and then open the next morning. It is also a physically demanding job, with lots of heavy lifting, standing, and repetitive motion, so you feel it at the end of the day.

They pay well, encourage talking to the customers and creating friendships among crew members, give regular tastings to employees to encourage product knowledge, provide health insurance (including vision and dental), and give an employee discount.

January 22, 2019

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June 5, 2021

Does Trader Joe's offer family leave?

Pros

Fun environment when I started, good benefits, good pay

Cons

Covid made everything worse, they didn’t enforce the mask policy well with customers, management cut corners and largely ignored staff concerns. Communication is terrible between management and crew. One crew member harassed other crew and he was never written up or anything. He made everyone uncomfortable and said many inappropriate things about the lgbtq community and he still continues to be employed because he’s close with the captain.

Advice to Management

Listen to your crew.

Fun environment when I started, good benefits, good pay

June 5, 2021

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