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Trader Joe's Reviews

Updated October 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Great benefits when you're there as a full time worker (in 175 reviews)

  • Great work environment, managers are very hands-on (in 122 reviews)

Cons
  • Crew members at my store get no weekend differential or holiday pay (in 133 reviews)

  • It's nearly impossible to have a consistent schedule which makes it difficult for work/life balance (in 32 reviews)

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  1. "Crew Member at Trader Joes"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Kind People
    Great Pay
    Fun Environment
    Quick Training
    Best Coworkers

    Cons

    Hours
    The shifting around the store
    Bad scheduling

    Advice to Management

    Please listen to your crewmembers.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great benefits"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Crew in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Crew in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Health insurance, discounted and free food, somewhat upbeat atmosphere

    Cons

    Low hourly wage, hard to get hours, physically difficult, management doesn't listen to crew

    Advice to Management

    Management should listen to the crew more, and schedule more crew to give the store more coverage. Crew does most of the customer interaction and store maintenance, and are supposed to be second on our inverted pyramid. But mates often do not listen, or talk down to us.

  3. "Pretty Good"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Crew Member/Sign Artist in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Crew Member/Sign Artist in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Encouraged to know products and customers

    Cons

    Work is simple, and can be repetitive, and a lot of customer service.


  4. "Crew"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great staff, great product. Friendly environment

    Cons

    "To many cooks spoil the kitchen"

    Advice to Management

    Clearer lines of communication


  5. "Crew Member"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Crew Member in Batavia, IL
    Former Employee - Crew Member in Batavia, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Friendly staff
    - Flexible hours
    - High pay
    - Discount

    Cons

    - Only bagged groceries for first few months


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great place for retail"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mate in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Mate in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You do various tasks each shift so it breaks the monotony typical to a retail job. Takes pride in customer experience so people, employees and customers, are generally happier and friendlier than other grocery stores.

    Cons

    Raises and promotions were much more frequent previously. It's gotten to be a very large corporation and employee incentives have diminished.
    Also the shifts have a grossly wide range and it's not conducive to life outside work. Not a good place for a career, but excellent for part time work.

    Advice to Management

    Keep promoting company culture without having such a tax on the work/life balance of crew members.


  7. "Crew Member at Trader Joes"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Trader Joe's full-time

    Pros

    Great work environment, managers are very hands-on

    Cons

    When you are new you tend to get stuck with the bad shifts but after a few months they take your strengths into account and move you

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Hard work, but great folks"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    -Great people to work with
    -Very active job
    -Rarely, if ever, doing the same job for more than 2-3 hours at a time
    -Working as a team
    -Great pay for the job, plus twice yearly possibility for raises
    -FANTASTIC health/dental/vision benefits

    Cons

    -Ultimately, still a retail position so you'll deal a lot with the public and all their quirks
    -Different stores operate very, very differently (also a plus in some ways)
    -Moving up within the company can be difficult, particularly in areas with only one store


  9. Helpful (4)

    "A fantastic company to work for."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Marietta, GA
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Marietta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    401k with annual contribution equal to 10% of your earnings, Bi-Annual Performance Reviews (which result in raises for employees who meet expectations), Insurance (Health, Vision, and Dental for employees who work 30+ hours weekly, assistance available for those who don't). Positive and friendly work environment, and lots of variety (you're usually never running the cash register for more than two hours straight.)

    Cons

    Hours can be unreliable in the slow season. No overtime allowed for crew members under normal circumstances. Customers are of utmost importance, and keeping them happy can be stressful.

    Advice to Management

    Trying to meet SPPH (sales per person hour) in the slow seasons puts a lot of pressure on very few people. During a rush, customers get agitated that we have too few people to help them, and crew members get frustrated and over-worked.


  10. "Great experience!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Trader Joe's part-time

    Pros

    Flexible, fun, get to work throughout the store, can have more responsibility/leadership

    Cons

    Can't get 40 hours a week (39 or less, usually 35/week)


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