Trader Joe's - Still a good company to work for , but in a massive state of flux | Glassdoor
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"Still a good company to work for , but in a massive state of flux"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I have been working at Trader Joe's full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

TJ's sell's real food without artificial preservatives, colors, flavors, gmo ingredients. No food is imported from China. Every item goes through exhaustive testing panels before it hits the store's shelves.
Excellent health benefits including dental, prescription drugs, vision, even for part time employees. Company paid retirement package where company (currently) matches 15.4 % of gross yearly salary and places this money into a 401k for you , with a six year vesting schedule.

Fast paced, seldom place to work. Great pay for supermarket work.

Cons

Company is extremely focused on opening new stores and as a result is hiring large amount of off the street hires for Mate,(Assistant Mgt) positions. If you are ex Target or Starbucks, TJ's wants you! 85% of promotions used to come internally from former part time crew , now it is far more difficult to move up that way. TJ's is dangerously close to losing the spirit and mentality and corporate culture that has made it such a hit for so long.

Reviews used to be given four times a year for everyone. Now it is twice a year for pt crew and yearly for ft crew. Bonus incentive program has become a joke unless you are a store Captain. There is no longer a formal store training program for management, you are expected to sink or swim pretty much on your own. Captains are under great pressure to bring in good numbers and are easily dismissed after years of loyal service.

Work to life balance is abysmal. Management works ten hour shifts, often with only nine or ten hour turnarounds. Get a good data plan for your cell phone, because you'll be texting your family all the time. Even store Captains unload trucks, so the work is physically demanding and each store has a long list of employees out on Workman's Comp.
Current restructuring plan places newly hired off the street Mates in charge of pt crew and Merchants whom often have many years with the company and better understand company values.

Company is cutting back on payroll per store again, leading to a feeling of never having the time to do the job right. Store cleanliness and food safety suffer.

Advice to Management

Give management the tools and personal to do a better job. Try to re institute the old school Trader Joe's values that made the company a great place to work for years.

Other Employee Reviews for Trader Joe's

  1. "Decent"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Crew Member in Yorba Linda, CA
    Former Employee - Crew Member in Yorba Linda, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Trader Joe's part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome staff
    Great benefits (if you want them)
    Christmas bonuses

    Cons

    Management at my store did tend to be a bit haywire, but it was manageable and now I hear from former co-workers that they have straightened that out.

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to your employees!


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Good place to work, but it used to be a great place to work."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - "Crew Member" in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - "Crew Member" in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Trader Joe's part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fun co-workers, good food, 10% discount, it will really help you get into shape. Customers are mostly nice, reasonable pay, GREAT benefits.

    Cons

    The company is definitely shifting gears. You hear about how happy the employees are which is because of how great the company was and how well we were treated. Like valued staff members. Now that is being chipped away at. The economy can be a good excuse but honestly what was a small personal company is now beginning to treat its employees like they work at Safeway. Raises are lower across the board. Fun really isn't encouraged. Employee tastings have all but disappeared. Prices for insurance has raised. Peoples strengths and weaknesses are ignored and people are really just cogs in the wheel now.

    Advice to Management

    You keep taking things away, giving us less and expecting more and you can totally get away with it in this market. But crew- morale at my store and other stores has been at an all time low because of it. But you still expect the same amount and more out of it. You need to balance this better.

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