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ALDI Overview

Batavia, IL
10000+ employees
1976
Company - Private
Grocery Stores & Supermarkets
Unknown / Non-Applicable
As one of America’s favorite grocers, we believe in providing the best value and quality in everything we do. For our 40+ million customers each month, we bring them the highest quality products at the lowest possible prices every day. For our employees, we provide ... Read more

Company Updates

  • We're proud to promote diversity in the workplace at ALDI. But don’t just take it from us! This summer, ALDI was named one of the nation’s Best of the Best Employers by the Hispanic Network Magazine. Thank you to all of our outstanding people for making ALDI the best of the best! http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQIAp

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  • Congratulations to Audrey T., a Store Associate in our Jefferson, GA division! Audrey was awarded with the People's Choice Award by the Corporation for National and Community Service due to her excellent customer service to the community. It’s a people-first mentality like Audrey's that helps us deliver quality in everything we do, every single day. http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQGkW

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ALDI – Why Work For Us?


Our Strategy

What 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 customer choices 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

Our Three Core Values.

Our business approach is focused on the long term and is based on our three core values which are consistency, simplicity and responsibility.

CONSISTENCY

Leads to reliability. We mean what we say. We are consistent in our dealings with people, product, price and all other aspects of our day-to-day professional life. 

SIMPLICITY

Creates efficiency, clarity and clear orientation within our organization as well as for our customers. 

RESPONSIBILITY

Stands for our commitment towards our people, customers, partners and the environment. It also includes principles such as fairness, honestly, openness, service orientation and friendliness.

Our History

In 1913, 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.

What our Store employees mean 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 Manager Trainees do.

As a Manager Trainee at ALDI, you’ll never experience the same day twice. In this role, you’ll receive the training needed to manage your own store. As a Manager Trainee, you’ll work closely with our Store Managers and District Managers 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. Manager Trainees are offered up to 52 weeks of training. It’s a rewarding career with constant challenges in a fast-paced 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, as well as 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.

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.

Requirements for Store Management and Staff:

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.  A high school diploma or G.E.D. is preferred. Are you up for the challenge?

Satisfied employees ensure our company's success. Join us and earn an industry-leading wage, comprehensive training and benefits that demonstrate our commitment to you and your future, including:

  • Dependable Work-Life Balance
  • Stability of a Global Company
  • Generous Vacation Time and Paid Holidays
  • 401(k) Plan with Company Contribution For Eligible Employees

To learn more visit: careers.aldi.us/store

Our warehouse teams are comprised of hardworking, dedicated employees who work in both ambient and temperature controlled areas. Teamwork is key to being a successful part of an ALDI Warehouse.  Our warehouse employees must work cooperatively together across all departments to ensure products are properly received, selected and delivered to our stores for our ever-growing number of customers to enjoy. The video below shows “a day in the life of” an ALDI warehouse employee.

Warehouse employees begin their career by undergoing a comprehensive training and safety program. During this training, you will work closely with experienced team members to learn the skills needed to succeed. Our training is hands-on and designed to make trainees comfortable in their new position.

Our employees ensure our company’s success. As an integral part of that success, we provide our employees with comprehensive training and industry-leading wages and benefits that demonstrate our commitment to their future, including:

  • Dependable Work-Life Balance
  • Stability of a Global Company
  • Generous Vacation Time and Paid Holidays
  • 401(k) Plan with Company Contribution For Eligible Employees

View all of our upcoming Warehouse Hiring Events here

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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 in your future begins with an $80,000 per year starting salary, $5,000 signing bonus and a fully expensed Audi A3. 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.

To learn more, visit: careers.aldi.us/district

A Look inside Our Corporate Offices

Our corporate offices are exciting, action-packed environments where we make many of the company’s biggest and most impactful decisions.  These offices host a wide range of functions that support our retail operations across the country.  With three campuses in the western Chicago suburbs (Aurora, Batavia and St. Charles, IL), all of our offices feature open layouts to facilitate cross-departmental collaboration and opportunities for each employee to contribute to the success of ALDI. To learn more, visit: careers.aldi.us/corporate

Corporate Buying

Support our commitment to providing quality products at affordable prices. Corporate Buying is the team dedicated to acquiring the goods that our ALDI customers expect. Beyond working to secure quality products at the lowest possible prices through our Buying and Quality Assurance teams, members of the Corporate Buying team work with the company’s Logistics, Merchandising, Advertising, Public Relations, Corporate Responsibility and Sampling Kitchen colleagues to ensure we are providing the best value and quality in everything we do. And, together, our teams work to achieve our common goal.

Customer Service

At ALDI, our customers are our mission. That’s just as true in our stores as it is in our offices. Our Customer Service team is made up of Managers, Supervisors, Analysts and Customer Service Representatives. Whether it’s through phone, email or social media, we connect with our customers with compassion, delivering next-level service and providing a vital link between ALDI and the people who count on us for exceptional products.

Corporate Administration

Corporate Administration oversees the management of the critical resources and infrastructure that our people need to get the job done, at every level. We are a service department that is designed to make sure our stores, warehouses, divisional offices and executive leadership receive the support they need to run a successful operation. Corporate Administration teams include Benefits, Employee Communications, HR Systems & Administration, Legal, Payroll, Recruitment, Risk Management, Security, Training & Development, National Projects, Accounting, Treasury & Finance, Financial Reporting and Corporate Tax.  Together, we’re working towards building an even better ALDI.

National IT Teams

Located in our new, state-of-the-art Aurora, IL facility, our comprehensive National IT Department supports every part of our organization – from Finance and Project Management to Logistics, Operations, Warehouse and more. Our teams of IT managers, analysts, specialists and help desk operations support drive innovation and lend their expertise to our people across the entire company, building careers that are both challenging and rewarding. To learn more, visit:  careers.aldi.us/it

A Look inside Our Divisional Offices

Our divisional office opportunities are so much more than your typical “office” job. Our 24 divisional offices are located throughout the United States, and the teams within our offices are an integral part of the organization. The ALDI Divisional Offices are comprised of energetic and committed teams that work cooperatively to provide administrative support to the divisions' departments. Divisional assistant teams include: Accounting, Accounts Payable, Administration, Benefits, Operations, Payroll, Purchasing, Real Estate and Warehouse. See what our divisional offices have to offer, it’s much more than your typical “office” job!

All full-time employees at our divisional offices will receive the following:

  • Industry-leading wages
  • Comprehensive Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance & Prescription Coverage
  • Generous vacation time & paid holidays
  • 401(k) plan with employer matching contribution
  • Short- and Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Life, Accidental Death & Dismemberment and Dependent Life Insurance


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    Great pay and benefits, fast pace, family environment

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ALDI Interviews

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    I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at ALDI (Waxahachie, TX) in July 2017.

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    The interview was very quick, and honestly we just talked about my personal life and what I do outside of work. I had two interviews, the first one with the DM in which the talking occurred and the second one with the Store Manager of the store at which I would be working. The second interview consisted of mainly a tour of the store which was when I was pretty sure I got the job.

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ALDI Awards & Accolades

  • 2017 Forbes America’s Best Large Employers, Forbes, 2017
  • 2017 National Top Workplace, Workplace Dynamics, 2017
  • 2016 Top 25 Best Places to Work for Recent Grads, Symplicity, 2016
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