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Trader Joe's Crew Member Reviews

Updated December 10, 2017
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Pros
  • Great benefits when you're there as a full time worker (in 182 reviews)

  • Good work environment with fun co-workers (in 127 reviews)

Cons
  • Crew members at my store get no weekend differential or holiday pay (in 135 reviews)

  • Work can be very physically demanding at times (in 80 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (36)

    "Crew Member"

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    Current Employee - Crew Member
    Current Employee - Crew Member
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Trader Joe's full-time

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Upbeat, fun environment while keeping it professional when it comes to customer service. Great benefits when you're there as a full time worker.

    Cons

    Not a set schedule but depending on the schedule writer they can be flexible with time and hours.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Seventeen years of liking my job!"

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    Current Employee - Crew Member in Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Santa Cruz, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most retail jobs suck. Working for TJ's sucks a whole lot less, because the mgmt, for the most part, wants the customers, AND the employees, to be treated humanely. Also, most of what we sell is really good, compared to the competition.

    Cons

    Starting pay SUCKS, especially if you live in an expensive area. Also, the job is physically taxing, leaving you less energy for your other pursuits.

    Advice to Management

    Raise the starting pay, and be MUCH more selective in hiring.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work for!"

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    Former Employee - Crew Member in Boise, ID
    Former Employee - Crew Member in Boise, ID
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -amazing team dynamic
    -benefits for full time employees
    -10% discount
    -flexible scheduling
    -regular raises

    Cons

    -felt like I had to be cheery ALL THE TIME
    -environment could be draining because of constant positivity

    Advice to Management

    hire a more diverse group of people


  4. "crew member"

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    Current Employee - Crew Member in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Crew Member in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    great environment, good pay and hours

    Cons

    late nights, costumers are a little harsh at times


  5. "Crew Member"

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    Former Employee - Crew Member in Orland Park, IL
    Former Employee - Crew Member in Orland Park, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers, fun environment, pay and insurance were good as compared to similar positions in other chains.

    Cons

    It's a tough market. When things were slow everyone's hours got cut.

    Advice to Management

    Staff fewer people so that the better employees can get more hours.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Crew Member in Florham Park, NJ
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Florham Park, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Staff and management is nothing short of fabulous.Great atmosphere but hard work and allows you meet people and help them as part of your employment.

    Cons

    Been there only 2 months and none that I can think of

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work as well as the relationships with employees


  7. "Feels like a second home to me"

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    Current Employee - Crew Member in Hadley, MA
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Hadley, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Physical activity (lifting heavy boxes, lots of walking, bending, and stretching)
    -Making friends
    -Decent pay (time and a half Sunday’s on the East coast)
    -Lots of food/snacks provided
    -Discount
    -Benefits
    -flexible schedule

    Cons

    -Helmsing (walking around to make sure people “find everything ok”)
    -Constant need to be upbeat
    -Stressful during holiday season
    -Part-time workers can’t work overtime
    -annoying customers and sometimes employees
    -can be hard to quit/chase your dreams

  8. "Fast paced grocery store"

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    Current Employee - Crew Member in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - The people here are the nicest people I have ever worked with
    - There are some amazing customers here
    - Tons of free food
    - AMAZING benefits

    Cons

    - Very physical work
    - Little breaks

    Advice to Management

    It is unnecessary to have staff rotating between working on the register and working non-stop to stock shelves


  9. "Hard work, not for lazy folks."

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    Former Employee - Crew Member in Concord, CA
    Former Employee - Crew Member in Concord, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Trader Joe's part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Always busy, co- workers are generally supportive, employee discount

    Cons

    Favoritism, schedules can be erratic at times.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people based on performance not personal bias.


  10. "Fantastic incentives"

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    Former Employee - Crew Member in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Crew Member in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They cap you out as a crew memeber (entry level position) at $22/hr, eligible for a $0.60 raise every 6 months, and offer great medical and dental. Don’t remember anything about vision. Generally full of up beat and positive co workers. The food is delicious!!! And you receive 10% off for the employee discount

    Cons

    Small space = low cost for customers but also = no room for backstock and it can mean that you often are in a customers way more than once a day and it’s hard to manouver around them to get every morning done especially during the holidays. Because people get capped out so high, a lot of the senior crew members didn’t feel they needed to do much and it’s very hard to fire anyone from Trader Joe’s . They tried to hire many of us on as mates which is 2nd highest position in the store but they took advantage and kept the trainees at their same crew member rate of pay while doing more work for over a year and a half. The Mates waterfall schedule is pretty rough and must do 50 hours a week in management... it’s like your Monday is 1pm-11pm, Tuesday is 12pm-10pm, weds is like 8am to 6pm, Thursday was I believe 4 am to 2 pm and Friday 2-3 am to 12-1 pm

    Advice to Management

    Monitor your schedule writers.... there was a LOT of favoritism. More than anywhere else I’ve worked. Also, don’t hire so many sexist older men.