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Trader Joe's Reviews

Updated February 24, 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. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "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. "Section leader"

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    Current Employee - Section Leader
    Current Employee - Section Leader
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits. Good co workers. Flexibility

    Cons

    Heavy lifting. Rude customers. Hours worked can be early morning then late night the next day

    Advice to Management

    Work with your crew side by side when can.


  3. "Wonderful first job experience"

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    Current Employee - Crew Member in Williamsburg, VA
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Williamsburg, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Management is incredible and benefits are incomparable

    Cons

    Customer service can be exhausting along with physical labor

    Advice to Management

    Thank you for the inverted pyramid management style. When effectively in place, Trader Joe's is a wonderful employer.


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  5. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Trader Joe's full-time

    Pros

    Solid pay, good benefits, fun environment.

    Cons

    Scheduling and planning is poor. Lack of focus on food handling.


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    "A Decent First Job"

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    Former Employee - Crew Member in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Crew Member in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I started with Joe's right out of college in 2012. The first year and a half was nurturing and I formed friendships that I'll keep for the rest of my life. Trader Joe's on a Sunday before Thanksgiving is a bonding experience. You really get to know your coworkers true personalities in those moments—and most times those personalities were inspiring and focused. The entire experience was a meditation in patience, kindness, and organization.

    Cons

    There's intense micromanagement. Trader Joe's has a ton of middle management, from the Captain to the Mates (and formerly Merchants). There's no need for that much oversight and it tends to create an environment of confusion, politics, and honest to goodness resentment. What is more, Trader Joe's is ultimately a giant high school where gossip, rumors, and cliques are the norm.

    Advice to Management

    Don't succumb to an inflated sense of self importance. The crew is comprised of adults, many of whom have gone to college. Condescending to your employees ultimately leads to immaturity all around. Rise to the occasion and they will too. You're not running a high school, you're running a business.


  7. "Awesome place to work"

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    Former Employee - Crew Member
    Former Employee - Crew Member
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, twice yearly raises, fun atmosphere

    Cons

    Repetitive motions can be hard on your body. Doing the same thing every day gets old.


  8. "Great Place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Trader Joe's full-time

    Pros

    Good pay for retail, a lot of workers to lean on, flexible hours

    Cons

    Depends on your store how the culture is


  9. "Culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great products, flexible, supportive, fun environment.

    Cons

    Politics, lack of support in dealing with tenured employees that don't work

    Advice to Management

    Approach crew members with feed back instead of waiting to share it during their review.


  10. "Great Place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Extremely flexible schedule especially if you attend school or have a second job
    Great benefits
    2 reviews a year
    Supportive management
    Great culture

    Cons

    Wages are okay, need to be raised to compete with new minimum wage
    difficult to get promoted

    Advice to Management

    Give more constant feedback!
    Keep up the great relaxed culture


  11. "Crew Member"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Fun, upbeat, super busy, Flexible

    Cons

    Favoritism, mediocre crew members getting promoted to managerial positions.



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