Secrets Of Trader Joe’s Employees

If you’re lucky enough to have a Trader Joe’s in your community, you know they are a bit different than other grocery stores, and that starts with their employees. Even if it’s been years since they last put on a Hawaiian shirt and stocked the shelves, current and former employees of Trader Joe’s are eager to share their experience working for the American grocery chain. While they don’t always give their names, we dug up a few of the secrets of Trader Joe’s, shared by its crew members. Their wages aren’t what you’d expect, and there are some other intriguing benefits of working there too.

One former employee said she was, “probably in the best shape of my life when I worked for Trader Joe’s.”

The Founder Loves the Hawaiian Theme, But That Doesn’t Mean the Employees Do

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There is a ‘Joe’ behind Trader Joe’s after all. The grocery store chain’s founder Joe Coulombe opened the first Trader Joe’s location in Pasadena, California in 1967. Coulombe is a big fan of Hawaiian shirts and laid back beach living, so he decided to make that the theme of the store.

As we know, it’s since been carried across all Trader Joe’s locations. Employees of the chain wear Hawaiian Aloha shrits and sometimes leis, and the decor around the store is all Tiki and nautical. Many employees admit they often feel like they’re working on a ship.