Great if you never get hurt and want to work a ton
Cashier/Sales Associate/Stock (Former Employee) – Sterling, VA – November 7, 2016
It'll keep you busy 100% of the time, you will pretty much never have downtime until the last customer leaves, and even then, they rush you to clean and get everything spik and span in an hour. Typically its one manager and one or two associates running the store, simply because they have very high expectations. This makes it hard for them to hire people in the first place
You get to know your coworkers well, ive stayed friends with them after leaving the job
Max of one 30 minute break, even for a 10+ hour shift, pressure to never call out even when sick
Shift Manager In Training (Former Employee) – Silver Spring, MD – August 18, 2018
Very fast paced work environment. I learned a lot about the ins and outs of working at a grocery store. Great benefits. Great managers. I would definitely recommend this company to anyone looking for a job.
CASHIER ASSOCIATE/ SHIFT MANAGER (Former Employee) – Indianapolis, IN – August 17, 2018
You are given unrealistic expectations to complete work Management is pressured to pressure its employees with termination with every personal or work related issue District managers do not look out for the best interest of its employees ( you are just another face in a see of faces in many stores under their supervision) Advancement is not determined by your skills but how must you work like a slave and can take criticism unwarranted or not.
EVERYONE IS REPLACEABLE which is why Aldi has and maintains a high turn over rate and is constantly hiring.
Store Associate and Cashier (Former Employee) – Bristol, CT – August 16, 2018
From my experience, I had a good time working with this company. The pay was good, my coworkers were friendly as well as the managers. Sometimes In certain locations the job can get very stressful and exhausting.
Shift manager (Former Employee) – Carthage, MO – August 16, 2018
very fast paced work environment where everything is based on how quickly it can be done. Training is designed to teach you how to stock shelves and put things in carts to where you don't hurt yourself.
learned how to handle money and do EVERYTHING quickly
everything is based on how quickly it can be done.
Sales Associate (Former Employee) – Troy, MI – August 16, 2018
Give yourself a favor and STAY AWAY from working here, I would like to say a word that describe the work at ALDI (BATMAN or SUPERMAN) which they expect you to be a superman to do everything in store! when you start your shift, you will have to stock the shelves and freezers and taking the empty boxes and break them and then cashier BUT DONT BE HAPPY WHEN I SAID CASHIER Because they want to see you working really fast and if you have NO customers at that moment NO PROBLEM they will close your line and tell you immediately to do something. everyone who work here should get pay at least 16 dollars to do all that job otherwise NO WAY
1) Within the first five hours of someone's shift they quit.
2) I worked an eleven hour shift with only myself and the manager. Only scheduling two people to run a big grocery store is asinine. As of right now, the company is going through multiple lawsuit from former employees who were forced to work through their breaks, work through injuries, and ignoring worker exhaustion. They purposely hire less people so that the company can save a few bucks. It's a running gag around the neighborhood of the store I worked for that it would be easier to cement the HELP WANTED sign then to ever take it down.
3) I worked a typical night shift. Usually scheduled to work from 3 to 10, but you wouldn't leave until 11;30. And if you happen to go over your overtime hours, the managers would tell you to clock out and to continue working.
4) They throw away good products all the time. If the boxes are wrinkled or have a cut on them we were told to take them off the sales floor and throw them away. When I brought up the idea of donating these usable products to a shelter or a food kitchen, I was given a long-winded speech from the district manager about how the company would lose money and could possibly get sued (?). It was better for them to throw perfectly good products than to give them to people who need it the most.
4) They have a constant rotation of subpar District Managers that usually quit within 4 to 8 months. Each one more helpless and narcissistic than the last.
5) It's exhausting back-breaking labor that they expectmore... you to smile through and it's insulting.less
Healthcare if you are full-time. Quitting was a definite positive.
Clueless management treats you like dirt, the endless labor, and the horrible scheduling.
Associate (Current Employee) – Schiller Park, IL – August 14, 2018
Difficult to receive advancements within the company. Upon applying I felt I was qualified to be a shift supervisor, but store management did not take time to train or care to start my advancement process.
Job is extremely fast pace. Company gets it moneys worth out of employees. High turnover rate. Team you work with will become your family. In order for the store to run efficiently all members must work together.
IT Specialist (Current Employee) – Batavia, IL – August 13, 2018
Aldi is a great place to start your career but is very difficult to leave due to their practices.
They pay great for your title but your job duties greatly exceed your job title. This makes it difficult to find a different job when you realize your morales no longer align with ALDI.
Insurance keeps getting worse. Several people have had to pay medical specialists up front due to high deductible.
You never know what you will get with management. Managers do what they want with no repercussions. Very political and cult-like. Your future depends on who likes you, not your skills and abilities. Advice for employees: brown nose your manager and you will get far. Managers have made grave mistakes and directors give them excuses. In many years of being with ALDI I have only seen one manager leave the company. Statistically it shows the difference of value put into staff.
ALDI is starting to be a revolving door. Knowledge is being lost and employees are starting to realize the toxic environment.
Advice: directors should talk with employees without management. Management is the problem. Directors should be more involved with employees to know what is really going wrong.
Stocked lunch rooms, community engagement
Job titles do not reflect your duties, management, work life balance
Stocker/Cashier (Current Employee) – Baldwinsville, NY – August 12, 2018
It can be a decent job for the right person. There is little opportunity for advancement from my experience. A promotion is not a fixed deal. You may be an Assistant Manager, but only get the high pay if that is your assigned role for that day. Which means if you could be working 5 days a week but only 1 or 2 as an assistant manager with the higher pay. Otherwise you make the standard pay. They are also not great at promoting from within. You have to be available for all hours and hours fluctuate day to day. Meaning you might work Sunday to 10 pm and have to show up Monday at 6 am. This happens a lot.
When I started I got a lot of hours in and was getting overtime every few weeks or so. Then something changed and they had less hours available, meaning my coworkers and I though full time employees were getting 30 hours a week and when a coworker raised a complaint was told off by higher management.
I have never seen so much discouragement in the workplace as I have here.
Everything you do is timed, constantly putting the pressure on. The short staffing means you can be running a major grocery store packed with customers on the weekends with only 3 employees on staff.
benefits and slightly better pay than similar businesses
Order Selector (Former Employee) – Greenwood, IN – August 11, 2018
I loved working for Aldi, I learned a ton about efficiency, accuracy and quality. The people I worked with and for were awesome and very helpful. The hardest part of the job was getting a strategy of your own that you were okay with.
Assistant Buyer (Current Employee) – Batavia, IL – August 11, 2018
It is dependent on the commodities and director you have. As long as both of those things are good then it can make the job a little easier. It can be extremely stressful with high expectations but there is little to advancement opportunities.