Great company to work for, sacrifices required
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.