Trader Joe’s is one of the best places to work in the US — employees share the 7 best parts of the job

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Trader Joe’s jobs have a sterling reputation in the world of retail.
Glassdoor named the grocery chain as one of the best places in the US to work in 2018.
Business Insider scoured the web to find out what crew members like about working at Trader Joe’s.

Trader Joe’s jobs have a solid reputation — no small feat in the often grueling world of retail work.

This year, Glassdoor named the grocery chain with a cult-like following as one of the best places to work in the US. That’s not a fluke. Trader Joe’s also made the list in 2017, 2013, 2012, and 2011.

“If you want it to be a positive experience, it will be a positive experience,” a Trader Joe’s crew member wrote in a 2017 Reddit AMA.

Business Insider spoke to employees and trawled Reddit and Quora to find out what people like best about working at the grocery chain.

Here’s what Trader Joe’s crew members had to say:

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The sense of freedom

Two Trader Joe’s crew members who spoke to Business Insider emphasized the sense of freedom and flexibility the chain fosters.

“There’s no script,” one crew member from New York told Business Insider. “As long as I make sure the customer is having a great time, and I’m emphasizing Trader Joe’s values, I can talk to people about whatever I want.”

The employee added that they had never had a manager tell them to avoid speaking about certain topics with customres.

“They all love that I’m engaged,” the crew member said. “I’ve discussed politics, religion, movies, philosophy, parenting, and so many other things, all while bagging people’s groceries. It’s the best.”

And, according to one California-based employee who spoke to Business Insider, that sense of flexibility also manifests itself in the chain’s scheduling procedures.

“The scheduling is flexible and school-friendly,” the crew member told Business Insider.

A strong set of benefits

“As far as benefits are concerned, TJ’s does quite well,” former crew member Devon Hammer wrote in a 2012 Quora post.

He cited the chain’s “good system for vacation pay” and comprehensive health insurance plans, in particular.

Trader Joe’s insurance plans come out to $75 a month, according to the chain’s website. The store also offers a retirement plan, contributing “10% of annual salary to eligible crew members” and paid time off.

A California-based crew member told Business Insider that the store’s benefits and “great hourly wages” were a huge draw.

A focus on boosting morale

“I could list off the several little things done day-to-day in order to keep morale high, but that in and of itself is a big contributor to the attitude of the employees,” crew member Alden Aust wrote on …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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