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Trader Joe's Reviews

Updated August 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Great benefits when you're there as a full time worker (in 168 reviews)

  • The work environment was fun and for the most part you get friendly customers (in 117 reviews)

Cons
  • You can be making less than crew members, but have a ton more responsibilities (in 127 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"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Positive work place, supportive co-workers and management, extremely competitive wages, never tasked with more than you can handle, great relationships with customers.

    Cons

    Occasionally some managers are in over their head, but this is truly infrequent. Perhaps making more money than I properly deserve would be great, but that's just being silly and trying to get past the 20 word minimum. I love working for Trader Joe's

    Advice to Management

    I suppose just keep up the good work. I have worked for the company for 5 years now, and while you will occasionally see unfortunate decisions from management, I can't remember ever really experiencing that at my current location, which I have been at for a year.


  2. "Best job ever"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Crew Member
    Former Employee - Crew Member
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone is positive and gets along well. You're hired based on your personality so you rarely ever have an issue. Pay is great as well as the benefits. THEY FEED YOU! Gain a lot of knowledge on food and health. Management is always helpful. No bureaucracy!!

    Cons

    Literally none. It's all awesome.

  3. "Great Environment"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Crew Member in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Crew Member in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    • Culture
    • Flexible schedule
    • "Family" environment
    • Employee discount
    • Potential for promotion if you are willing to put the work in

    Cons

    • Some turnover, especially of managers
    • Late hours depending on the store
    • Physically demanding
    • Customers

    Advice to Management

    Keep the focus on the culture. What is best for the company isn't always best for the employees. And as always, Kaizen.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "A Good Place to Work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Crew Member
    Former Employee - Crew Member
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You aren't doing the same job all day (you switch between cashiering, stocking, cleaning, etc.), pays well, benefits, laid-back work environment, discount, tasty free food, generally serves a more friendly and educated customer (compared to other grocery store chains I have worked in).

    Cons

    Weird hours - Depending on which store you work at you may not have a set weekly schedule or sometimes get "turn-around" shifts where you work until 11 PM and then have to be back at the store at 4/5 AM. It can be difficult to develop a consistent sleep schedule or make plans outside of work.

    Advice to Management

    Overall, I had good experiences with management at Trader Joe's. The key to being respected as a Mate is to treat coworkers with respect and to lead by example. I am much more willing to clean the bathroom if I have seen you do it before and nothing is more annoying than when a Mate expects Crew Members to stock faster when they're not willing to get in there and help stock. Also: ALL CREW MEMBERS SHOULD BE TREATED EQUALLY. Rules need to apply to everyone.


  5. "Sales"

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    Current Employee - Sales in Simi Valley, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in Simi Valley, CA

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

    Pros

    Good company love it a lot

    Cons

    No con. I wish they paid me more

    Advice to Management

    None


  6. "Mate"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great environment, easy to financially advance

    Cons

    hard to advance positions, heavy lifting


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Great company until it's not"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Section Leader in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Section Leader in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Excellent co-workers, casual work environment, great pay, discount on food items, excellent customer base and full time access to healthy foods

    Cons

    Casual environment can get too casual. Sometimes hard to get things done when management is loathe to actually manage staff.

    Advice to Management

    man up! Have the hard conversations and help keep stores running smoothly.

  8. "Good for Starting Job"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers, good benefits, good food

    Cons

    Claim there's no bureaucracy , lots of physical labor


  9. "Crew member"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Downers Grove, IL
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Downers Grove, IL
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    not enough hours to work

    Advice to Management

    Nothing. They have a wonderful mission statement and business plan!


  10. "Artist/crew"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Crew Member/Sign Artist in West Hollywood, CA
    Former Employee - Crew Member/Sign Artist in West Hollywood, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is decent. At least it was for me, but I was hired as an artist years ago when that was still a title. I dont think they hire at the rate of pay that I came on at any longer. Good benefits. I used to get consistent hours, but that began to change across the board.

    Cons

    All depends on your captain. A bad one will destroy a store, and make everyone miserable. a good one, and youre in Shangri-la. So it's a crap-shoot.

    Advice to Management

    Dont promote the inept to captain!


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