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Trader Joe's Reviews

Updated June 25, 2017
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Pros
  • Great benefits when you're there as a full time worker (in 161 reviews)

  • The work environment was fun and for the most part you get friendly customers (in 113 reviews)

Cons
  • You can be making less than crew members, but have a ton more responsibilities (in 128 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 review"

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

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

    Pros

    Fun , upbeat vibe. Great benefits, and a family atmosphere.

    Cons

    Things can get repetitive as far as your daily routine .

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the hard work


  2. "Love it"

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

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

    Pros

    My favorite place I've ever worked.

    Cons

    It's a very physical job. Very fast paced.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work."

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay. Nice coworkers. Upbeat atmosphere. Constantly changing positions within the store makes the job more interesting. Crew members do a little of everything from artwork, stocking, writing orders, cashiering, and demo station. Great benefits!

    Cons

    Very, very physical job. I can't say it enough: it's an exhausting job. You will be breaking down pallets at an extremely quick pace lifting 50 pound bags of potatoes, four gallons of milk at a time, cases of jarred items, ect... You do it over and over and over again. You can never be quick enough, because there are always call outs and limited staff. They are always calling on you to do more with less people. Your hours are not guaranteed so during slow times of the year you might be only working 3-4 days a week. Mate positions are even more exhausting. They work 47.5 hours a week (10 hour days) on a waterfall schedule. They start the week closing the store staying until 11:00pm and then by the end of the week are opening the store starting at 4:00am. It's a rough life and very, very unfriendly for those who have a family. If you add a commute onto the 10 hour workday, you are gone all week without anytime for taking care of yourself or your family. And the earnings are not that great when you start out and your raise is only one time a year instead of two like the crew. The crew actually gets a bigger pay raise than the Mates. You can be making less than crew members, but have a ton more responsibilities. They really need to start this position hourly wage at the top of the crew range. TJ's has a very hard time filling these Mate positions, or keeping Mates due to the nature of the job and the pay structure. People burn out very quickly.

    Advice to Management

    Work on making the life of a Mate better. Offer better incentives and make it more friendly for families. Hours should only be 40 a week and they should be able to have a regular schedule working either mornings or evenings (not both). The pay should be more to compensate for the skills required to do the job. Mates have to do everything in the store including all the heavy lifting, stocking, office work, payroll, order writing, scheduling, driving fork lifts, artwork, displaying and all on top of managing 50+ people.
    Crew members are treated very fairly and compensated well. I was a crew member, but know many Mates personally so understand their struggles. The stores vibe would be much better if the Mates were not running on empty much of the time.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Crew Member 4 yrs"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Crew Member in Edgewater, NJ
    Former Employee - Crew Member in Edgewater, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Flexible availability
    -Laid back environment (but it's changing new managers trying to prove themselves)
    -Friendly coworkers

    I really don't know where to start. This particular store is different from any other Trader Joe's. A lot has probably changed since I've worked there. I heard they expanded as well.

    If you're looking for a relative easy position this might be the job for you. Honestly, it's perfect if you're in school.

    Be careful though, many of your coworker are lazy. Albeit, they are for the most part nice and funny if you buy into their thing. Generally though everyone is pretty laid back.

    You can get frustrated because you may be working your tail off, but you're coworkers are chatting away or taking their 9th "5min" break. But it's like any other job. I think starting pay is $10, but you can manage your way to $12.

    Cons

    -Lazy coworkers
    -Some passive aggressive people
    -Slowly beats you down after few years


  5. "Crew Member"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Goleta, CA
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Goleta, CA

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

    Pros

    high pay, flexible, positive environment

    Cons

    lack of communication in management


  6. "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mate in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Mate in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good compensation package
    Good benefits
    Annual reviews and pay rate increases
    Two days off in a row

    Cons

    Hours of work are 5am to midnight
    Work on holidays with no incentives


  7. "Crew Member"

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunities for management, wage and performance review every 6 months, paid time off, excellent health benefits if you work over 30 hours per week.

    Cons

    Heavy lifting, very fast paced work environment, may have to use heavy equipment to unload truck, opportunities for raises not as high as in the past.

    Advice to Management

    Excellent management. Positive work environment. Receptive to constructive feedback, and opportunities available to for section leadership and order writing as available. Feedback regarding performance available regularly.


  8. "Great Retail Company"

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

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

    Pros

    - Great coworkers
    - Decent amount of freedom with tasks
    - Flexible hours

    Cons

    - Mates have a tendency to stick to the rules rather than try something unique

    Advice to Management

    - Trust your Crew Members to do their jobs


  9. "Great employer!"

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

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

    Pros

    Team spirit, flexibility and a great sense of humor.

    Cons

    Too many choices for cookies.

    Advice to Management

    My favorite values are: Integrity and national chain of neighborhood grocery stores. A great Captain - that cares in Rochester - has made a difference for me.


  10. "crew member"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Orland Park, IL
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Orland Park, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are good at what they do, very helpful and do the job sufficiently. The help those that help themselves if people have questions they try their best to answer them.

    Cons

    The people are great, they sometimes have an attitude problem. But well adjusted. The people are super otherwise.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. You are the best you can be, and the people are wonderful. The company is super.


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