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Trader Joe's Reviews

Updated April 26, 2018
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  • No overtime allowed for crew members under normal circumstances (in 141 reviews)

  • I wish I had more of a work/life balance (in 35 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Trader Joe's was the place to be!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Section Leader in Boca Raton, FL
    Former Employee - Section Leader in Boca Raton, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great company to work with especially if you are a student or if you are just looking for part time work.

    You get two raises every year if you perform well.(which isnt hard as long as you show up and do your job). Also offer great benefits for part time and full time.

    Cons

    Can get a little repitive.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within more.


  2. "Charlottesville store is phenominal"

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    Former Employee - Crew Member in Charlottesville, VA
    Former Employee - Crew Member in Charlottesville, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    In my 25 years in retail management I have never been with a company or crew like the one in Charlottesville,VA. The manager and every one of his management team legitimately have fun while giving excellent customer service to customers, managing the store and all its deliveries, training to staff, and managing new hires like me. All this with a smile. This starts with the manager. He's been there for a few years and I cant say enough about him and what he has built as a team over there. He's phenomenal. The fact that he's been doing this a while and comes to work smiling, shaking hands and talking to the crew and customers after years of this, means that he knows his stuff thoroughly. It shows in morale. He knows how to manage and has built a team he is comfortable with, because they do what he does when he isn't there. You don't see that in retail very often, if ever.

    The entire staff functions like a well oiled machine. They come running out of the woodwork like roaches when a bell rings, just to open a register or help a customer as fast as possible. They know their jobs and everyone does it well, willingly and with a great attitude. The moral there is unbelievable. All 90 of them get along great. I don't know when I have ever been around any company like that. They all treated me great as a new hire and taught me everything I needed to know. I can honestly call any one of them a friend.

    I just left the Trader Joe's in Charlottesville, but it was only for personal reasons with changes to to my home life schedules with kids, etc. not for anything they did. I was there for a month and every day I was blown away by something about the company and /or the crew.

    Cons

    None I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    Promote the manager and management team. This is how to run a well oiled machine the right way.

  3. "Amazing"

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    Current Employee - Part Time Crew Member in Silver Lake, CA
    Current Employee - Part Time Crew Member in Silver Lake, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Rotations, fun environment, lots to do.

    Cons

    Some heavy lifting. Trouble finding parking.


  4. "Grocer"

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    Current Employee - Grocery Clerk in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Grocery Clerk in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Trader Joe's full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Friendly, teamwork, organized, nice, good managers

    Cons

    Better security
    Labeling of certain products for location
    Not discontinuing a popular item
    Short staffed
    Better pay

    Advice to Management

    Getting the main headquarters to not discontinue items that are popular


  5. "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

    The crew and management are nice to work and there are a lot of rules and events set to make sure that the crew is happy and getting along.

    Cons

    Hard to get a weekend off


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Crew Member"

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

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

    Pros

    Such a fun place to work- you learn a lot about all of the products even in a short time of working there- in my location the crew was awesome and the mates loved feedback from the crew- I worked afternoon shifts (3 pm -11 pm) and when the store closed after 9pm we would use the last two hours to unload the dry and frozen products and we all had a lot of fun together, we would get to try all the new products that came into the store which was awesome too. The pay is really good for a part-time job.

    Cons

    The only con for me was that while I worked at TJ i was in college full-time (16 credits a semester) and regardless of how many hours I wanted or put down on my application that I wanted to work I was almost inevitably always scheduled 5 shifts a week but left at 39 hours a week because they didn't want the crew members to be "full-time" so it was a lot to manage for me. Also lunch breaks are only 30 minutes long even with an 8 hour shift. Employee discount is only 10%.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Crew Member in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I started working part time to save some money, and I have to say the managers (mates) really work with just about everyone on scheduling, days off, and LOA if needed. They also show respect and appreciation for hard work and great customer service, which is something lacking in the work force in general.

    Cons

    The break room is really small and cramped, especially on busy weekends. I generally sit in my car to eat, which is fine during decent weather.

    Advice to Management

    Keep taking care of your crew and we will take care of customers. It's really that simple.

  8. "Fun job good pay!"

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    Former Employee - Crew Member in Morgan Hill, CA
    Former Employee - Crew Member in Morgan Hill, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Trader Joe's part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fun crew, good benefits, decent pay once you’ve been there awhile, discount on products.

    Cons

    Some shifts suck, especially when it’s a holiday, no sick days (just have to use your AR which is accrued by how many hours you work), gets physically exhausting.


  9. "Good"

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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
    Nice environment

    Cons

    Not really any cons, great job


  10. "awesome"

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

    I worked at Trader Joe's part-time

    Pros

    Loved it! great work environment

    Cons

    nothing bad to say about the company

    Advice to Management

    captain* great leadership team in place.


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