Pros: benefits, crew members, managers, food, hard work, fast paced, raises every 6 months based on work preformance
Cons: none to be noted at this time
I love working at Trader Joe's in Stamford, CT. I write an order for the store, and have been getting more and more responsibility as the weeks go by. It is labor intensive work, but very rewarding at the end of the day, (Sometimes 9, 10, 11 or 12 at night), when you look at a section that you restocked at the end of the day and it looks immaculate.
Managers – more... at this location are great 99% of the time, but hey, everyone has an off day every now and again. They're some of the best people I have had the pleasure of working with. That's right, WITH!!! All the managers actually work with the crew members!!! They get on their hands and knees and restock the bottom shelves, they clean the toilets, scrub the floors... They work just as hard, sometimes harder than the crew members!!! Trader Joe's has a "Lead by example" policy that their managers listen to.
The crew members are just pleasant to be around also. Most of the time, it feels like you are home hosting a party and the crew members are your family and the customers are the guests... and the managers are the parents... but not in a bad way. Every single person that works with me in Stamford, CT is great!!!
The food is great tasting, great priced, and the environment is unbelievable!!!
Plus, unlike most grocery stores you go to, everyone in Trader Joe's does every job, (with some exceptions, i.e. section leadership/order writing), That means, everyone cashiers, everyone cleans, everyone restocks the shelves, everyone does cart runs, everyone returns bottles for customers, and everyone helps everyone else.
On top of everything, everyone gets 2 reviews a year, at which point, the managers and captain, (Head Manager), grade your performance for the last 6 months, and if you did an outstanding job, you get a raise... TWICE A YEAR!!! That's unheard of in this economy!!!! Now, you have to not only do your job, but continue to improve yourself from the last review, but for most people, that's not hard to do. But the kicker is this... The crew, (Workers), get to review their bosses. WHAT OTHER PLACE DOES THAT?!?!? I would have had a lot to say about a few of my former bosses, but that's neither here nor there.
Overall, Trader Joe's is one of the best places I've worked at and would give it no less than a 5-star rating. ***** – less