Trader Joe's Reviews

Updated 27 April 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Mate / asst manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mate (Assistant Manager)
    Current Employee - Mate (Assistant Manager)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    great benefits, great co-workers, good to great products

    Cons

    Abusive schedule for asst managers across the company, heavy physical work, raises are arbitrary and reviews only 1x/yr, favoritism in advancement

    Advice to Management

    apply stated value of integrity to how asst managers are treated, hold store managers accountable for competence and ethics

  2. Helpful (4)

    It's Your Ship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Crew Member in Bellingham, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Crew Member in Bellingham, WA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Trader Joe's runs a Ship built on the shoulders of fun, caring, bosses who work alongside their crew members. Crew is composed of people who usually love what they do. They are fun loving and they will become your family quickly if you want that. I have never worked somewhere with tighter work relationships. If you work hard you will get a raise every 6 months. As a crew member you move around from task to task daily and never get too bored. There is room to move up in this company.

    Cons

    Its easy for overqualified people to get stuck in this job for a little too long. Its just comfortable enough to hook you. This job is hard on your body. Lots of heavy lifting/tight spaces that don't allow you to lift properly.

    Advice to Management

    Mostly keep doing what your doing. Stay humble. Keep watching for those employee's who are going the extra mile and reward them--praise them in front of the crew. Do a better job of mentoring every sing crew member. It really makes a difference.

  3. Theoretically fun workplace, sucky management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sign Artist in Libertyville, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Sign Artist in Libertyville, IL (US)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    24/7, amazing hippie co workers, working on art and signage all day long

    Cons

    rude management, inconsiderate to schedules, never enough hours to go around, doesn't take sexual harassment seriously

    Advice to Management

    Stop goofing off 24/7 and make an effort to make your crew happier

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  5. Fun environment

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    great benefits, great raise schedule, retirement, fun environment

    Cons

    competitive when looking for growth

  6. Helpful (3)

    Remain faithful to company values and you'll shine

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Crew Member/Former Mate
    Current Employee - Crew Member/Former Mate

    I have been working at Trader Joe's part-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits
    Pay
    Flexible hours
    Great food
    Great customers
    Opportunity for growth
    Biannual reviews and raise opportunities
    Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day so you can be with your family

    Cons

    Management role doesn't leave much time for personal life
    Physically taxing; important to care for yourself and take breaks

    Advice to Management

    Streamline the new store process: nothing is more frustrating than getting 7 different answers from 7 different managers. There should be a "Store opening standard" given to all mates and captains who participate in opening a new store.
    There should be a bigger company focus on professionalism and tact. You cannot compromise professionalism for the sake of "having fun."

  7. Crew Member

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Trader Joe's part-time

    Pros

    Great health, dental, vision benefits after 90 days of employment. 30% discount. LA Fitness gym membership.

    Cons

    No room for growth besides getting more hours while being a manager. Everyone starts out part time.

  8. Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Trader Joe's

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    great food and a good price. employee benefits top notch.

    Cons

    Don't expect to be there for a long time. Higher Management has a tendency to weed through there hires. Expectations are too high.

    Advice to Management

    Slow down, Breathe !!

  9. Fun place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Part Time Crew Member
    Current Employee - Part Time Crew Member

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits, great opportunities to move up in the company, good oppertunities for raises, flexible hours.

    Cons

    Required to work on weekends.

    Advice to Management

    Some crew members need more supervision and direction when it comes to completing a task. Don't be afraid to call out a slacker, it's the hard workers that have to pick up their slack.

  10. Crewmember

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Trader Joe's part-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    All of the crewmembers got along well and working there was pretty easy.

    Cons

    Breaks are extremely short and if you're not a people person I wouldn't suggest this job. Dealing with rude and difficult customers can really become a challenge.

  11. team member

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Team Member in Kirkland, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Team Member in Kirkland, WA (US)

    I worked at Trader Joe's (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice peer network and a good place to learn how to work in a retail environment. Benefits are excellent even if the pay and hours available are not

    Cons

    As a team member you are not actually working for trader joes you work for the managment and captain who work more hours and overtime hours and are probably over burdened but they get bonus pay and overtime and decent pay to manage the store.

    Advice to Management

    Keep working on improving your stores

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