Trader Joe's
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The worst. Shifts start as early as 4AM or if you are participating in a remerchandising of the store you will have to do it on an overnight shift. If you want to advance within the company this is a requirement. Also though you may be scheduled only until 12am you are expected to stay if the work isn't complete. This happens often as crew often calls in sick and stored are understaffed to save money to begin with. It's not as fun as they make it out to be.

Answered January 22, 2020

Haha of course not. That’s why we can manage to keep so many “weird” and awesome crew members. They want people to be themselves.

Answered March 23, 2020

It used to be that you could just walk in for them to apparently view your personality and get an on the spot interview but, I found out this method is a hit or miss because, if the interviewer is bias or just plain nasty, than you won't move on even if your qualified and have a great personality. Therefore, I recommend having them do the work and applying online through the trader Joe website or applying directly if they post job on job boards. Therefore, the store will contact your directly if interested instead of you having to chase after them since you have no idea what type of openings they currently have, but if they contact you than you can assume there are open positions to fill.

Answered April 14, 2019

1st Interview was held outdoors, on a bench, in front of Starbucks. The new TJ's is being built.
The captain said hello and observed, his two "mates" conducted the initial interview. Why do you want to work here? How do you deal with stress? What qualities would make you a good fit for Trader Joe's? Lasted an hour, bees crawling all over the table and us all. Do you have any questions for us? Standard stuff.

Answered September 17, 2019

Personally, I had negative experiences with walking in to get an interview, when I would get friendly people with on the spot interview than I would get scheduled a follow up interviews with other associates there that we're very unfriendly and pretty sexist. Therefore, I decided to follow another route to employment and applied online so they can contact me, if they want to interview me instead of me, chasing them. As a result, when I applied online, I ended up getting a confirmation email that if they are interested than you hear back in 3 weeks. In my case, I heard back in less than 2 weeks with an email that the store was interested and to call the store number to schedule interview with the store leadership. Therefore, I called the store and was able to schedule the interview early that week and they even allowed me to choose the best time, when I was available which was great for my needs since I was only free in the afternoons due to work. I'm not certain how the in person interviews go because, I heard and read that some people are interviewed with the manager right away and can get an offer that day while others go through 2 to 3 interviews and are either struck in limbo with no answer, get a rejection email, or an offer. I'm hoping that the process is faster because, in the current job market; no one has time to sit around, waiting for one employer especially when your interviewing with multiple companies; I prefer to get an offer as soon as possible to weigh my options.

Answered April 14, 2019

The joy of the people. Customers and co-workers are always happy. Trader Joe's has a variety of new products coming in every season. Then they have their seasonal products. Good pay and discount. Also health Insurance is amazing affordable.

Answered July 5, 2020

From my experience at Trader Joe’s, you have to earn your flexibility. Sometimes they will hire students with busy schedules or people with a second job but they prefer people with open availability as the starting shifts are always night shifts that can start at 2-3 and can go up to 11 pm. I think it’s rare if they hire someone looking for one day a week, but if you start out full time, you can eventually “downgrade” to less days.

Answered August 31, 2019
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