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Trader Joe's California Reviews

Updated February 26, 2017
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Pros
  • Great benefits when you're there as a full time worker (in 144 reviews)

  • An open work environment to all different types of people (in 100 reviews)

Cons
  • Favoritism, mediocre crew members getting promoted to managerial positions (in 124 reviews)

  • It's nearly impossible to have a consistent schedule which makes it difficult for work/life balance (in 30 reviews)

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  1. "Why I like to work for Trader Joes"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Glendale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    We are able to excel in helping our customers and provide high quality products.

    Cons

    We cant help everyone all the time, at the same time


  2. "Would only recommend if you can't get anything better than retail"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Crew Member in Woodland Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Crew Member in Woodland Hills, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Trader Joe's part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good job while going to school
    Chance for raises in pay twice a year
    paid time-off
    healthcare for those who work maximum number of days (still not full-time, though)

    Cons

    Some of the worst management I have ever come across
    Sometimes expect full-time availability with part-time hours
    Low starting wage

    Advice to Management

    Management is the real reason why I left the company. The problem is that management moves from location to location way too much. Working there for almost 7 years, I had some great managers, but the last one that I had made the job unbearable, and was finding myself feeling anxious everyday before walking in.


  3. "Crew Member"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Mission Viejo, CA
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Mission Viejo, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and flexible hours.

    Cons

    Very labor intensive job. Continuous lifting of 40+ for 7+ hours

    Advice to Management

    Know your your crew and their limitations. Assign tasks accordingly. There are way too many injuries due to the wrong task being assigned to the wrong person.


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  5. "crew member"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Crew Member in Hollywood, CA
    Former Employee - Crew Member in Hollywood, CA
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers, flexible hours, able to pick and drop shifts.

    Cons

    Standing on feet all day, tedious, moving boxes, favoritism at my store. Store Captain Rick was horrible.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company, Decent Benefits, Lackluster Management"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Crew Member in Agoura Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Crew Member in Agoura Hills, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Trader Joe's part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Excellent benefits
    - Compensation can be fairly decent if you stay long enough
    - Job duties are constantly revolving throughout the day, so you don't get stuck doing one mindless task for eight hours
    - You get to ditch business suits in favor of Hawaiian shirts
    - Everyone loves the products and stores, so customers are generally happy to be shopping there
    - Company generally hires good people with a positive attitude, so most coworkers are fun to be around
    - EXTREMELY flexible with scheduling

    Cons

    - Company settles on poor performers and punishes the hard workers when they slip up only once.
    - Every "Mate" (manager) has their own way of doing things, so miscommunication is a problem
    - Biannual performance reviews are biased and managers often choose one irrelevant fault to prevent workers from getting a raise
    - Unless you start at a decent wage, it will take eons to earn enough raises to earn a respectable income

    Advice to Management

    Thoroughly vet and watch who you hire for management (and not just crew members).


  7. "Sign Artist"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Crew Member/Sign Artist in Danville, CA
    Current Employee - Crew Member/Sign Artist in Danville, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, Paid Time off, Bi-annual opportunity for raises, fun working environment, employee discount on merchandise, and flexible schedule.

    Cons

    Physical strain, rude customers, lazy coworkers, workplace hazards, cramped back storage room, indecisive management, and lack of communication.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate tasks and projects effectively please. You need to layoff the lazy people who don't care about their job, acknowledge those who work hard and get things done.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Crew memeber"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Part Time Crew Member in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Part Time Crew Member in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Trader Joe's part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fun, high energy place to work with amazingly grateful and appreciative management. Great customers; there is a certain customer base and the majority of them appreciate the employees and our eccentricities, and we are eccentric!

    Cons

    If I have to give you a con....and it has nothing to do with TJ's.....it has to do with customers missing the toilet and having to clean that up!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the huddles at the end of the night, they make the crew glad to be there and willing to give it our all because we know you see how hard we work.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Employed since 1995!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Pacific Grove, CA
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Pacific Grove, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Trader Joe's full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fun place to work. Physical job that is low stress. Healthy and positive environment. Happy customers too. Lots of love.

    Cons

    Customers know we have small parking lots. Less monthly rent payments helps keep prices low. Just have to know when to shop and maybe walk to the store whenever you can.


  10. "Fantastic company with an awesome workplace culture"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Corona, CA
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Corona, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Company culture is warm fun & welcoming, no matter what store you go to
    - Everyone is paid above minimum wage based on their experience & value they add to the company
    - Great benefits
    - I am always happy to come to work

    Cons

    - It is tiring if you aren't used to it, you've got to be able to lift about 50-75 pounds

    Advice to Management

    Nothing, I have never had relationships this awesome with every single one of my managers.


  11. "Crew Member"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Crew Member in El Cajon, CA
    Current Employee - Crew Member in El Cajon, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Outstanding work environment, fun people to work with and for

    Cons

    Honestly, can't really think of any



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