Trader Joe's Reviews

Updated 15 April 2015
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Pros
  • Great benefits and a great place to work for people who don't mind working hard (in 56 reviews)

  • The benefits are great considering it's non-union part time work (in 48 reviews)

Cons
  • Managers sit in the office all day while crew members run the store (in 65 reviews)

  • It can be physically demanding so entry jobs are best for the young and fit (in 40 reviews)

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  1. employee

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    Current Employee - Laborer in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Laborer in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Trader Joe's

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

    Pros

    Awesomeness! i enjoyed my time real good job

    Cons

    Nothing i really enjoyed my time at my job

    Advice to Management

    n/a

  2. Crew member

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great hours for part timer

    Cons

    I have had little issues with company and wish there was little turnover

    Advice to Management

    Keep up adding crew members do that the good workers do not become overworked

  3. Fun environment

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    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

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Remain faithful to company values and you'll shine

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    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."

  6. Fun place to work!

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    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.

  7. Helpful (2)

    It's Your Ship

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    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.

  8. For the field it's not too bad.

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    Former Employee - Crew Member in Westfield, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Crew Member in Westfield, NJ (US)

    I worked at Trader Joe's

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They have better than average benefits and pay better than their competitors.

    Cons

    Crazy hours and if you are a young male, you will be doing the majority of the work.

    Advice to Management

    Shore up the schedule to make it more consistent.

  9. Great company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Merchant
    Current Employee - Merchant

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

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

    Pros

    If you have a strong work ethic, I believe you can go as far as you want with this company.

    Cons

    If you can't work long hours on your feet, or lift somewhat heavy boxes frequently, then this job will not be for you.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing! In my store, employees feel empowered and take personal interest in their sections of ownership.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Great Perks, Sometimes Terrible Magaers

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    Former Employee - Crew Member in Pikesville, MD (US)
    Former Employee - Crew Member in Pikesville, MD (US)

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

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

    Pros

    Fun, fast-paced, and high spirited atmosphere.

    Great rate of pay

    Awesome health benefits

    Flexible with your availability

    Cons

    Biggest problem with this company is the managerial staff. Sometimes you will get a great leader running the helm, listening to the opinions of the crew. Other times, you will get someone who has it out for certain people and start a whole investigation for no reason other then they are power hungry and fear their crew members.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know who you are promoting to upper levels as some are just power hungry and do not care about the crew.

  11. Abuse the workers to accommodate the leisure folk. Immature management.

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    Former Employee - Associated in State College, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Associated in State College, PA (US)

    I worked at Trader Joe's

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

    Pros

    Nice products. Great selection of cheese.

    Cons

    No real stock room... everything delivered to one small room in the back, where it is stacked and put on hold, which is fine for dry goods, but not so much for frozen/fresh/perishable goods.

    If you work hard, you'll get put on the hardest shift of unloading and stocking.

    Too many managers/assistant managers and too little real-world department overview.

    Really, it's mostly hype. TJ's is not that great of a company to work for, no matter how much PR they produce to the contrary.

    Advice to Management

    Stop portraying yourself as a "team" environment, when it's really just a use-em-n-lose-em sort of place.

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