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Trader Joe's Reviews

Updated March 22, 2019
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Pros
  • "Great benefits, flexible schedule" (in 213 reviews)

  • "Great work environment, from what I've experienced very understanding staff" (in 163 reviews)

Cons
  • "For the most part, it seems like the brunt of that physicality is put upon the crew members" (in 166 reviews)

  • "The job is physically demanding" (in 97 reviews)

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  1. "Great environment"

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    Current Employee - Crew Member in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work/life balance
    Reasonable accommodations for those with illnesses
    Treated with respect

    Cons

    It can get very busy (my location is the only one in the county)
    Sometimes there aren't enough hours but you can pick up shifts (isn't always an option)
    It can be very physically taxing work


  2. "Amazing"

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    Former Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The best boss, best jewelry, best work environnement, amazing team

    Cons

    I don’t really see any

    Advice to Management

    Keep’going

  3. "Great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Crew Member in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Rochester, NY

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

    Pros

    People are super fun and chill. Managers care about the employee's needs.

    Cons

    Have to work nights and weekends


  4. "So much fun!"

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Fast paced work makes the day go super fast. Coworkers were very supportive and the managers took a real interest in developing the crew.

    Cons

    Early morning shifts but you get used to it


  5. "Amazing staff and amazing management"

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    Current Employee - Crew Member in Sammamish, WA
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Sammamish, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and understanding employees

    Cons

    The customers can be very difficult


  6. "Yep, it's as fun to work there as it looks!"

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    Current Employee - Crew Member in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers, shift flexibility, good benefits

    Cons

    Hours are sometimes inconsistent, work/life balance is difficult if shift preferences aren't approved due to seniority


  7. "Fun!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    easy going environment, friendly people

    Cons

    there really aren't any cons

  8. "Excellent company"

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    Former Employee - Crew
    Former Employee - Crew
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is excellent for retail/grocery
    Well run
    Good benefits
    Great people

    Cons

    Retail hours, so working weekends, late nights


  9. "Best place I’ve ever worked."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mate in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Mate in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great paid time off. 3-4 weeks/year for managers.

    10% retirement even if I don’t contribute a dime

    Medical, vision, dental for my family of 7 is 56.00 a paycheck.

    Great work environment

    Amazing people

    A company that is always up for change and making things better for not only the company but the employees

    Cons

    Long hours if you’re in management

    Advice to Management

    Thank you for being the best place I’ve ever worked.


  10. "Straight Up Just a Great Job to Have"

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Wages and Benefits are amazing; your prescriptions are nominal or free and they offer spousal coverage.
    You're always doing different things throughout your shift, so you never feel bogged down by one task.
    Your managers (Mates) are going to be some of the most level-headed, chill people you will ever encounter.
    The routine review cycle is great; they get to review you, and you get to review the Mates. This keeps things transparent and awesome.
    Routine raises every 6 months. EVERY. 6 months. Unless you really do something bad!
    None of the customers are rude--they love to shop at Trader Joes and they love to have your help.
    Your coworkers are gonna be mixed bag, but for the most part, you will always find 2-3 people that are just "your" kind of people.
    Free food, crew tastings and crew events all of the time! BBQ's, days at the park, etc.
    They empower you to pick up an order and take charge of a portion of the store if that's what you'd like to do.

    Cons

    Initially, it's not great to be stuck in the 3PM-11PM shift--it's late, and you're tired.
    Alternatively, it's not great to be in the 4AM-12PM shift--it's too damn early, and you're tired.
    I feel like there has to be a better system than the entire load showing up at 4PM and then piece-meal breaking it down on the floor.
    Why all Trader Joe's break rooms so tiny? Probably not universal!
    Not loving the "Trade Jose/Trader Ming" kind of racial profiling on the package--should probably update that.

    Advice to Management

    Update the latent racial stereotypes out of your brands.
    Learn to be rougher on the people that are really just milking that time clock (few and far between, usually.)