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Trader Joe's Los Angeles Reviews

Updated February 20, 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. "Crew Member"

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    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.


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

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    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. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company, Decent Benefits, Lackluster Management"

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    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).


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  5. "crew member"

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    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)

    "Crew memeber"

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    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.


  7. "Great job + Great benefits"

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

    Pros

    Loved working here! Raise every 6 months, free gym membership, 401k, paid time off, great crew, etc. The list goes on.

    Cons

    Rude customers, shift periods, hard to stay on a diet with all this delicious food hanging around!

    Advice to Management

    To some of you guys: you're super cool. To others: lighten up!


  8. "Average Job"

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    Former Employee - Merchant in Anaheim, CA
    Former Employee - Merchant in Anaheim, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ok Benefits, fun people, always a different day each day. Cool customers to interact with on a day to day basis

    Cons

    The manager at my location was always on everyone's case and providing unnecessary pressure. Some days we'd be scheduled to come at ridiculous hours.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to respect your workers. Also the pay can be a little higher, but being a grocery store I guess its the same everywhere.


  9. "Good place to work overall"

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    Current Employee - Crew Member in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits are really nice. The job can get very physically intense. I personally do yoga do everyday; now I do my yoga just to help undo the work done on my body. Management can be super open when it comes to help/criticism

    Cons

    Physical damage. You do have to have a high emotional intelligence to provide the service needed. Which also drains you completely


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Crew Member"

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    Current Employee - Crew Member in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Trader Joe's full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, great colleagues, very active/energetic work. Hours are fairly flexible; you can usually get a regular schedule if the store's needs don't get in the way (and they sometimes do). Pay for regular crew members is capped at about 22/hr. They do promote from within (if you make the effort), and pay ceilings rise accordingly.

    Cons

    Retail. It can be tough, especially in wealthier neighborhoods where the people have a greater sense of entitlement, are more arrogant & pushy.


  11. "Good benefits but hard on the body"

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    Former Employee - Crew Member in West Hollywood, CA
    Former Employee - Crew Member in West Hollywood, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is low..treated well...work is brutal on the body..Everyone injured

    Cons

    See above same as here

    Advice to Management

    Have outside firm load and unload trucks



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