Trader Joe's Section Leader Reviews

Updated Jun 8, 2020

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  1. "Great company"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Section Leader in Glendale, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Trader Joe's part-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Best benefits and pay in field. 401k health dental paid vacation paid sick time company discount gym membership

    Cons

    Dealing with unruly or mean customer

  2. "Great Company to work for!"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Section Leader in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Trader Joe's full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great Company to work for! Great culture and atmosphere! I have learned a lot about the business and the way the stores thrive from working at my store in San Francisco, which is something that relates to personal growth and can be adapted to many facets of a career being that I am a recent graduate looking to start a career outside of retail that I can apply skills related to my education.

    Cons

    I do not have any cons related to my experience with the company.


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    "Great work environment"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Section Leader in Millburn, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Trader Joe's part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Fun environment, cool people, long term friendships

    Cons

    Working the night shift staying late until 12 o’clock

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    "Good with potential for wow employee experience"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Crew Member/Section Leader 
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Trader Joe's full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    - 10% 401k contribution - Up to 3.5 weeks pto for crew per year - Many wonderful Crew and management personnel foster a family environment - Friendship with customers, many are on a first name basis -Great Captains - Great value based structure designed to be upheld by all from the crew to the ceo. - Great products in both taste and value that i am proud to represent - Crewmembers become friends for life

    Cons

    - Tendency towards relying heavily upon your producers with no reward or incentive, while simultaneously allowing other crew to slack ( hang out in the backroom, smoke,text, and treat the work aspect as optional) - Store structure was reoriented in a way that creates redundancies in operation - Some stores operate under a blue team or red team philosophy with no numbered register assignments and no clear-cut idea of primary versus non-primary status, we need structure at the registers to ensure everyone pulls their weight and to reduce uncertainty in assignment which creates inefficiency . - Your tenured crew built the business to the current level, and many work tirelessly for their stores, yet after working hard and earning a raise twice annually for years many of your best employees face a wage-cap with no hope of progressing further. - Promotions of any sort are very difficult to obtain if you start as a Crewmember, in my store less than a third of leadership was promoted from within. - Relevant to above Merchant position was an excellent vehicle to reward and retain the most dedicated Crew.

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  5. "Great opportunity"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Crew/Section Leader in Pembroke Pines, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Trader Joe's full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Trader Joe's has a very good starting pay along with benefits coming in short time. If you work hard and don't call out the opportunity for advancing to mate/mgt can be had within a few years. Everyone works different sections of the store from stocking product to being on the registers.

    Cons

    As with any business you have your do'ers and your loafers. TJ's has its share of loafers which leaves the do'ers covering for them. Usually management is aware of who works and who doesn't, but........

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    "Section Leader"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
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    Current Employee - Section Leader in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Trader Joe's part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good Benefits, Starting Pay is $15, great training program and corporate structure

    Cons

    Difficult to change availability once they have you on weekend shifts.

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  7. "Excellent work environment"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Section Leader 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Trader Joe's full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Very family like atmosphere, opportunity for growth. Higher hourly rate than most retail employers plus benefits. Also many opportunities to try and learn about products.

    Cons

    Crazy hours, crazy customers-standard drawbacks of working in retail. Polices tend to change more and more frequently and sometimes without notice.

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    "Hard work but a fun job"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Section Leader 
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Trader Joe's full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    consistent pay increases, fun atmosphere, lots of food tasting, benefits

    Cons

    labor intensive, early morning shifts, little to no incentive to work harder than other crew members

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    "Great until it isn't"

    4.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
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    Current Employee - Section Leader 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Trader Joe's part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -Good pay and benefits -Flexible hours -Friendly environment

    Cons

    -Can be physically demanding -Don't treat long standing employees as well

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

    5.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Section Leader in Boca Raton, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Trader Joe's part-time for 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.

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