Great Company to Work for, advancement depends on market
Mate (Current Employee) – New York, NY – October 5, 2015
I have been a manager with Trader Joe's long enough to be compensated well and earn some seniority when it comes to scheduling and in store responsibilities. I have been on track to become a Captain, or general manager, but a change in regional management has disrupted my path and I feel passed over now that I watch others with less tenure gain favor. Your experience at Trader Joe's will depend mostly on the store you are in and the Leadership in control at the time. I have worked at six different locations in the same market, and although each store is within 40 miles of each other, the inconsistencies between them are mind-boggling. There are rapidly expanding markets across the country where advancement is guaranteed for aggressive and bright managers. In my market, there is a logjam of experienced, tenured Mates waiting on very few opportunities. Whats worse, when those opportunities arrive, we have seen outsiders brought in to fill them. I could easily spend the next ten years with this company, but it would stifle my professional development. You probably will not find a better salary for a retail manager, but that means that you will be stuck here because you will find it impossible to walk away from the money.
Compensation, Benefits, Positive culture
Work-life balance, no structured development, lack of a clear path to promotion