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ALDI Overview
Essen, Nordrhein-Westfalen (Germany)
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Private
$500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year

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ALDI – Why Work For Us?


The District Manager position at ALDI is both challenging and rewarding. Your first year consists of extensive training, where you’ll take on responsibility for the operations, management and performance of a multi-million dollar district. With these responsibilities come rewards. That’s just one of the reasons why our investment into your future begins with an $80,000 per year starting salary plus benefits. We invest in ambition, reward success, and promote from within. Are you ready for a year of intense, hands-on training that puts you in the “shoes” of every position at our retail store? If you are, you’ll help run up to five (5) stores while leading employees and driving sales growth for one of the fastest growing U.S. grocery retailers.

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As a Manager Trainee at ALDI, you’ll never experience the same day twice. The Store Management team is the ALDI philosophy in action. Every ALDI store has a dynamic, responsive and dedicated team with a leader who personifies these same qualities.

Our management structure is designed to create a cooperative atmosphere where employees learn together and from each other. The ALDI cooperative style of leadership is intended to foster a respectful and positive work atmosphere.

The Training Program

Over the course of the training program, you’ll learn what it takes to manage an entire store. As a Manager Trainee, you’ll work closely with our Store Managers and District Managers on how to efficiently and effectively conduct store operations.

You’ll learn about maximizing sales, controlling expenses and providing excellent customer service. You’ll also learn how to lead, coach and develop store associates. It’s a rewarding career with constant challenges in a fast-paced environment. Are you ready for the challenge?

Unlike other retailers, we have many tenured employees. We believe satisfied employees are integral to our success. Employees appreciate working at ALDI because of our commitment to career development, promoting a cooperative work environment, and providing an excellent benefits package.

It’s a career with constant challenges in a fastpaced environment. But that’s why it’s immensely rewarding.

Contrary to retail industry trends, we have many employees with long service records, many who have been with us for more than 20 years. We believe our satisfied employees ensure our Company’s success. We believe our employees succeed working at ALDI because of the high level of communication and cooperation that occurs from the store level up. As an integral part of our success as a company, you’ll earn a level of rewards that leads the industry and demonstrates our commitment to you and your future.

We offer:
  • Industry-leading Wages
  • Major Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance & Prescription Coverage for Eligible Employees
  • Generous Vacation Time & 7 Paid Holidays
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Company Contribution to Retirement Savings Plan
  • Short- and Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Life & Disability Insurance

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What our Store Staff means to ALDI.

Our Store Staff is the face of the ALDI shopping experience, and our most valuable asset. Their hard work makes it possible to uphold our company philosophy. Their smiles and pleasant demeanors keep customers coming back time and time again.

What our Store Associates do.

You’ll be front and center working in many roles – everything from cashier to stocker – while providing outstanding customer service. You'll also assist Store Management by merchandising product, monitoring inventory, and keeping the store looking its best. It’s an opportunity to get more out of your career and grow in an exciting environment.

What our Shift Managers do.

Shift Managers play a crucial role in keeping the store running and looking its best. They also must provide outstanding customer service. Shift Managers have the opportunity to manage the sales floor, supervise and support store associates when the Store Manager isn’t scheduled. Like all ALDI positions, the Shift Manager role is hands-on and fast-paced. It’s a lot of responsibility, but it’s filled with possibilities for you and your career at ALDI.

Requirements for Store Staff and Shift Managers.

We have important requirements for all potential ALDI employees. You must be able to lift and stock merchandise up to 45 pounds. You must be able to multitask and communicate effectively with your fellow staff, while being open to new ideas. Excellent customer service skills and communication are a must, as well as a flexible schedule. We provide an extensive period of training that will give you the tools, skills, and confidence you need to excel at ALDI.  You must pass a drug background check. A High School diploma or G.E.D. is preferred. Are you up for the challenge?

Satisfied employees ensure our company’s success. As an integral part of our success as a company, you’ll earn a level of rewards that leads the industry and demonstrates our commitment to you and your future. We also provide comprehensive training and benefits.

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undefinedWhat if a grocery store challenged the typical retail business model?

We provide our customers with a focused range of high quality products at the best price. Our highly efficient operation enables us to achieve cost leadership in our markets and to optimize profit.

Our stores offer the customer over 1,400 of the most commonly purchased grocery and household products in the most common size - in a smaller, more manageable environment designed with sustainable, long-term savings in mind.

  • Customers bring their own bags or buy our reusable bags to save money
  • Innovative cart rental system helps keep prices low and eliminates time spent retrieving carts
  • Modest store size plus eliminating non-essential grocery store services provides savings for our customers
  • Specially designed packaging doubles as product displays, saving time and money on stocking and replenishment
  • In-house distribution network streamlines operations and maximizes efficiencies, resulting in even greater savings for our customers
  • Not operating 24 hours a day lowers labor, energy & rent costs, with savings passed on to our customers                               


  • In 1914, Anna Albrecht opened a small food store in the mining town of Essen, Germany, and by 1948, her sons took over the business and expanded to 4 stores.
  • In 1954 they opened their first self-service store in Essen-Schonnebeck, a first in Germany.
  • In 1962 "Albrecht Discount" was shortened to ALDI, and by 1968 there were more than 200 ALDI South locations.
  • In 1976, ALDI made its debut in Southeastern Iowa.
  • ALDI expanded to Great Britain in 1990, Ireland in 1999, Australia in 2001, Slovenia in 2005 and Hungary in 2008.
  • New divisions opened up in South Windsor, Connecticut, and Haines City, Florida in 2008, Denton, Texas in 2010 and Jefferson, Georgia in 2011.
  • Future plans for growth include divisions in Royal Palm Beach, Florida, Rosenberg, Texas and Moreno Valley, California. Currently there are more than 1,600 U.S. locations, with over 4,000 stores worldwide.

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    "Not for the faint of heart but being able to keep up in this demanding, fast paced retail environment has it's perks."

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    Former Employee - Store Manager Trainee in Sugar Land, TX
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    I worked at ALDI full-time (Less than a year)


    + industry leading wages
      Associates - $12/hr, Shift Mgr - $16/hr,
      SMT - $23/hr, Store Manager - $75,000+/yr
    + great work environment
    + excellent training
    + health, dental, vision, life insurance, 401k
    + 40-50 hr/wk with paid overtime

    Very fast paced so work hours fly by.
    I loved working at Aldi. The pay was great! Benefits great! Was training to be a store manager so a lot was expected of me but I was totally up for it. My store manager loved my work, associates loved my fairness, customers loved me.


    + work/life balance
    + walked 28,000 steps/day!!!

    Never thought I would be fired for clocking in only minutes late!!

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management is to reconsider their firing practice. Totally unfair to be fired by somebody who has never seen you or your work. Voluntary turnaround is out of control due to work load. I get it, its not for everyone, but value those that you do have. I was looking forward to putting in 15-20 years of my life into this company while I watched the average employee last only 3-5. Not disgruntled, more like heartbroken :'-(

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    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at ALDI.


    It was three long interviews, they pry into your team work, and how hard you work. They make it very clear that you will be pushed hard and work very hard. They also want to know that you can delegate very well.

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    • Tell us about how you ran your last team and what were the pros and cons.   3 Answers
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