Trader Joe's Crew Member (PT) (Current Employee) – Reston, VA – January 1, 2014
A daily schedule referred to as the "log" is designed every day by a manager so that employees know their daily assignments from hour-to-hour until their shift ends. A typical day at work involves working in various sections of the store depending on the time and need for products to faced or restocked on the shelves. A typical day at work also involves working on a register for a minimum of 2-hours at a time, but may vary depending on the person's age and reason of hire.
I work with a fabulous group of part-time co-workers that I get along with extremely well. My co-workers are by far the greatest aspect of working there, because we interact as a functional working team.
The most challenging aspect of the job is working quickly, safely, and smart in a fast-pace environment.
30 minute lunch breaks
management team struggles to effectively communicate to pt co-workers.
Crew Member (Current Employee) – Modesto, CA – November 27, 2015
I came from two awful jobs before I worked at Trader Joe's. Although tough and A LOT of work, Trader Joe's has always pushed me to be better and get through things. I have met amazing customers and coworkers along my TJ's journey and I am incredibly happy they handed me a position. Management is good although sometimes SLIGHTLY disorganized, but I love each and every one of them. It is always a very encouraging environment the moment I start my shift and it continues throughout the day.
Free food tastings, a lot of hours, benefits, laid back people, raises every 6 months
Some coworkers are lazy but still get the same recognition as others who work harder, not a lot of room for advancement
Crew Member (Former Employee) – Louisville, KY – December 17, 2015
Trader Joe's is what you would expect from working in a grocery store, but slightly better. The environment was fun and relaxed and the workers were of a high caliber. It is exhausting work (especially if you are not naturally great with people), but you get moved around frequently so boredom is rarely an issue. Ultimately, though, if you find it difficult to strike up lively conversations with strangers and maintain a cheesy level of enthusiasm for 8 hours, you will have a hard time getting raises.
Free food, slightly better pay than other retailers, flexible scheduling
Mate (Current Employee) – Massachusetts – March 18, 2016
My job is versatile, fun and a daily adventure. I am respected and my contributions are acknowledged. Compensation and benefits are great. The most challenging part of the job are the long hours and lack of consistency in schedule.
Crew Member (Former Employee) – Towson, MD – November 5, 2015
The work culture at Trader Joes is incredible. Not to mention the people are some of the coolest Ive ever met. People there are self motivated, friendly and positive to work with. One of the best examples of what companies should be like in todays marketplace. Customer service is the number one priority in the business model and it really shows in policy and culture. I was never once micro managed or hassled by management. The policies like daily morning meetings and kaizen make things flow smoothly even during stressful times like holidays. Pay is great if you stay with the company and benefits are more than fair. If you have read the book Tribal Leadership and are familiar with the books theory then Trader Joes would be a stage 4 organization in my opinion. Overall Its one of the best work experiences Ive had and Im a better person after working there.
People, pay, benefits, company policy, management, overall enviroment
I've worked for the company for a little over a year and like every job there are some things that I don't like but overall this company has been a good place to work in terms of pay, benefits, environment/co-workers and the flexibility that allows me to take time off to travel whenever I want to.
Crew Member (Former Employee) – Framingham, MA – February 10, 2016
Great place to work! Everyone willing to help get the job done for the day. Customer service was off the charts! Customers love when we make them feel special. Eager to have customers try new products! Attention to moms and their kids! The kids love the little shopping carts but some are taking them away! This draws the families in!
Fun place, easy hire, hours
health and pay benefits cut dramatically after Obama Care
Part Time Crew Member (Current Employee) – Woodland Hills, CA – March 21, 2016
It is of the ideal decent companies that I have ever seen in terms of compensation and work environment. They work around your schedule and are friendly with student workers. They give discount to the employee as well as time off payment.
System Support Specialist (Former Employee) – Nazareth, PA – February 6, 2016
You are brought in as a temp with a promise of full-time employment and a raise after 90 days but it never happens. The only hire temps and find ways to terminate them instead of bringing them on full-time.
Crew Associate, Service/Cashier (Former Employee) – Manhattan, NY – December 16, 2015
Costco wholesale is great company overall. There is too much favoritism within the company. They make others work twice as hard other to get a promotion. And some employees are promoted with very poor productivity and work pace.
A terrific work experience overall, but lacked intellectual satisfaction.
Crewmember (Former Employee) – Charlotte, NC – August 5, 2015
Be ready for a physically challenging, non-stop work day w/ very short breaks. Customer service and interaction is a WOW priority!! Your personality must be engaging and proactive, even at the cash register. You will perform EVERY job in the store, from the trash and grocery carts to working in the dairy box. Stocking and straightening product on shelves is a major part of your day. Your fellow teammates are usually of very high character and really keep you on point. Benefits and compensation are first rate for a retailer of this type. Management is smart and creative, but often, they are heavy-handed with their micro-management style and practices.
Great products & company, customer loyalty, high-quality employees
Too many 'short' work weeks, unable to specialize in best use/talent area, lack of career opportunities.
Crew (Current Employee) – Westchester, CA – October 13, 2015
I enjoy the customers that shop in the store, overall they are friendly. There is a warm, family atmosphere and it makes me want to come to work. I really like jobs that makes me look forward to coming to work. The on-going training is what makes TJ's a rewarding experience and can also be used in everyday life.
I would love to work in the training dept. of a business because the attitudes of the employees is what make the business prosper.
Trader Joe's is a positive and productive workplace that helps increase productivity.
Guest Services (Current Employee) – Atlanta, GA – August 27, 2015
During my time at Trader Joe's I have learned market and establish positive relationships with my co-workers. From the moment that I first began my employment at Trader Joe's I've shown interest in learning all that the establishment has to offer as to how the manner in which sales are done, product knowledge, communicating with every customer with accuracy and a positive manner. Over the years at Trader Joe's I have established a great communication with customers, co-workers, and managers alike. The most troubling part about working at Trader Joe's would have to be running low on products in our inventory and having to explain the situation to a customer and having hopes they return after the item is restocked. The best part of my job is hearing a guest say how satisfied they leave the store feeling.
Mate/Crew Member (Current Employee) – Lake Zurich, IL – September 15, 2015
Trader Joe's is a great company to work for in many ways. The benefits are excellent, the people are great to be around, and the company places great value in the idea that the crew members who run the stores are the backbone of the company. Starting pay is mediocre, but loyalty and performance is rewarded with considerable raises twice a year. Many long time crew members earn upwards of $20 an hour. The stores are typically a very fun/friendly environment. However, the work is very repetitive, truck, boxes, shelves. repeat. Because the inventory turn is so fast, you spend a good portion of time putting things out for customers to buy them. Its an environment where everyone does everything. You may start your day planning merchandising and ordering thousands of dollars worth of product based off sales projections, and end it cleaning a toilet. Everyone works as a team. The work is often physically draining and hours (like any retail) are not often family friendly. There will be weekends, holidays, late nights, and very early mornings. Overall its a great place to be as long as you are willing to make the appropriate sacrifices in your personal life.
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