Trader Joe's

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Trader Joe's Reviews

Updated 18 August 2014
Updated 18 August 2014
628 Reviews

3.4
628 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Better than average (although used to be fantastic pay and benefits) (in 25 reviews)

  • The crew members are some of the most interesting and quirky people I have ever met (in 49 reviews)


Cons
  • Most managers are extremely lazy and pass all work along to the crew members (in 57 reviews)

  • It can be physically demanding so entry jobs are best for the young and fit (in 39 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Trader Joes

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Trader Joes pays very well.

    Cons

    There can be favoritism among management.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Crew Member

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    Former Employee - Part Time Crew Member  in  Henderson, NV (US)
    Former Employee - Part Time Crew Member in Henderson, NV (US)

    Pros

    Excellent co workers. Friendly fun environment. Pretty good insurance. Tastings: where they allow the crew members to taste all new products so everyone knows what they are selling. The social interaction with the public was great. I really felt like my opinion really mattered.

    Cons

    sometimes being on your feet all day can be extra tiring but that's the field. Heavy lifting is involved but if its too heavy you can always ask for help.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up with the open communication and making it a great work environment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    working here

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    Current Employee - Crew Member  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Crew Member in New York, NY (US)

    Pros

    good hours good pay started me at 13 and everyone is helpful and willling to give you info.management is nice but can be annoying

    Cons

    alot of physical labor so if you are not careful you can hurt your self and customers could be really snappy but over all is wonderful

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Great Part-Time Job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    -Awesome co workers
    -Fun, laid back atmosphere
    -Decent Pay
    -Flexibility
    -Never in one area for more than 2 hours

    Cons

    -Favoritism (But that's everywhere)
    -Can get extremely busy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good for what it is

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    Current Employee - Crew Member  in  Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Crew Member in Boston, MA (US)

    Pros

    Company really has their act together.
    Best benefits package I've ever seen for part-time retail.
    Work with great people.

    Cons

    The cons are really specific to the type of store you are working in.
    Larger stores offer almost full-time hours, which was great, but hours drop in the summer and cuts happen without warning. The slow season only lasts a few months, but it's tough when you're used to getting 40 hour checks and then suddenly having to go without that pay every other week.
    There is little to no room for advancement because you're waiting in line behind all of the employees that started before you.
    Crew members who have been there several years make significantly more money than new hires and there is no way to catch up to them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    yes!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great place all around coming from 3 years of exp

    Cons

    not sure really ha ha

  8.  

    Fantastic part-time job!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    It is so much fun to work there. Co-workers are wonderful and friendly. Managers are very cool, no micromanagement. There are lots of very useful information employees can learn about healthy food and cooking. Opportunities are endless. If you are an achiever, you can become a manager after 3-4 years hard work. Salary depends on your experience.

    Cons

    The morning hours are hard to handle, but if you plan to have enough sleep the night before, it is just fine. It is very physical being on your feet for 7-8 hours and lifting heavy products.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Crew Member at 72nd street location

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    Former Employee - Crew Member  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Crew Member in New York, NY (US)

    Pros

    I absolutely loved my coworkers and still keep in contact with many of them. Pay is nice and employees undergo reviews twice a year and are eligible for raises each review. 401K!! Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance. Vision + dental. When I was working there part time and full time employees had health insurance but i believe they changed that this year (2014). You earn days off through Absence Reserve system (paid time off), it takes a while to earn a few days worth of AR but when you get enough and decide to use it, you can, no questions asked, super easy. Great for students, they will work around your school schedule. Very fun environment to work in. Holidays and randomly themed days are fun to work because you can dress up. Examples include: Halloween, Bowtie Day, Mustache Day. Every couple of months they do a paid Crew Tasting so you get to eat free food and gain product knowledge. Every year they do a bowling party at chelsea piers and in the summer do a catered crew lunch party at the boat basin cafe on riverside park. Opportunity to move up in the company is always there if you work hard and prove yourself. Customers can be really amazing, kind, funny, memorable (ill never forget pink haired breast cancer survivor woman, she was so amazing) and the elderly couple that are so in love and have been together forever it makes you want to cry cuz its so darn sweet.

    Cons

    Customers can be effing crazy, demanding, flat out weird-o's, rude, insane (but for every nut job you've got 10 good ones). If you're sick and you can't make it to work you have to bring a doctors note with you next time you come in to work or else it counts as a strike against you. So if you're sick with something "simple" like the flu, which i don't consider worthy of going to a doctor for because there is nothing they can do about it except tell u to get over the counter medicine; you essentially go to the doctor and pay a co-pay for a piece of paper. The job is VERY PHYSICALLY INTENSE! Many people including myself have suffered multiple work related injuries. If you're in shape and can do a lot of heavy, repetitive lifting then you should be okay. Some common injuries include: wrist nerve/muscle pain and upper and lower spinal injuries (aka neck and lower back) from incorrectly heavy lifting or heavy lifting in excess. Most of your shift you will be at the register ringing people up and it can get exhausting and repetitive IF you're not TRYING to make it fun.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    can't think of anything right now. will update if i think of something.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Awesome

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great Co-Workers and environment with a touch of health

    Cons

    Replenishing the store while open

  11.  

    Awesome place to work! Such a fun place to be.

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    Former Employee - Crew Member  in  Chesterfield, MO (US)
    Former Employee - Crew Member in Chesterfield, MO (US)

    Pros

    Great benefits, surrounded by educated individuals, they never let you go hungry, so much fun with tons of positive energy. There is always something new at TJ's so the excitement of daily activities is always challenged by new products. They work with your schedule if you have two jobs. It is a great place to work. The pay is unbelievable for the type of work you do

    Cons

    No paid holidays, It is sometimes difficult and back breaking to unload pallets of groceries day in and day out. You have to be super friendly to all the customers sometimes when you are having a bad day this can be challenging. If you are new and have open availability you will get hours each week but then people that have been there for years have only morning availability but still get hours. I was stuck on nights the first year I was there

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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