Trader Joe’s Is a Hidden Haven of Wellness Finds—These Are Our Top Picks (2023)

At the unlikely possibility that you don’t visit Trader Joe’s multiple times a week (like I proudly/shamefully/compulsively do), I’ll fill you in with some news: the popular retailer isn’t just a grocery store—nor is it simply a crucial part of your seasonal entertainment. It’s a treasure trove for all the best health and wellness products, too. Across all of our favorite food categories—snacks, bevvies, dairy and gluten alternatives, and immunity-boosting shots—Trader Joe’s delivers. And bonus: when you’re shopping on a budget, TJ’s should be your go-to.

It comes as a surprise to exactly no one that eating healthy and finding inflation-proof deals can be challenging. While you don’t always have to splurge on organic and there are other strategies for cutting healthy corners, I personally find that Trader Joe’s comes in clutch when I’m in need of groceries that support my wellness goals, come in under budget, and indulge my cravings for a snack or meal that’s consistently delicious without fail (so, always).

Featured image by Michelle Nash.

In this article

  • The Best Healthy Trader Joe's Products
  • Cauliflower Slims: $3.99
  • No Joke Ginger Juice Shot: $1.99
  • Mighty Turmeric Juice Shot: $1.99
  • Sparkling Elderberry + Pomegranate Apple Cider Vinegar Beverage: $1.69
  • Vanilla Bean Creamy Cashew Cultured Yogurt Alternative: $1.79
  • Avocado Oil Spray: $3.49
  • Cauliflower Crisps Snack: $2.99
  • Pitted Medjool Dates: $5.99
  • To the Power of Seven Green Organic Juice Beverage: $4.99
  • Freeze Dried Strawberries: $2.99
  • Riced Cauliflower Bowl: $2.99
  • Creamy Cauliflower Jalapeño Dip: $3.79
  • Honorable Mentions
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The Best Healthy Trader Joe’s Products

In the spirit of streamlining your Sunday shopping trip and helping you sift through Trader Joe’s many amazing products, I took it upon myself to do the good (and fun) work of sampling all of the best wellness-supporting picks. Below, you’ll find the result of my research—and all of my favorite healthy Trader Joe’s finds.

But before you get to it, I’ll admit… there’s a lot of cauliflower going on with the products below. Instead of writing off the gluten alternative as passé, take heart: we can always trust Trader Joe’s to be on top of food trends—and to make those that may seem out of date interesting again. I’ll get into the details below, but trust: each of the following products check my all-important boxes of being 1. tasty (re: addictive); 2. budget-friendly; and 3. supportive of all your 2023 wellness goals.

So get your shopping lists ready, these are my top 12 healthy Trader Joe’s picks.

Note: All prices reflect pricing at my local Trader Joe’s in Chicago and may vary depending on location.


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Cauliflower Slims: $3.99

*Previously Cauliflower Thins* When it came to selecting a gluten-free wrap alternative, these won out against the also-popular Jicama Wraps. Nothing against jicama, of course, (we love it in our tacos, sliced thinly into matchsticks), but I was definitely swayed by the clearly-visible fluffiness of these “delicious and versatile” bread alternatives. Compared to other cauliflower/bread hybrids, these actually contain a significant amount of cauliflower—comprising over 60% of the ingredients.

Add to that only eggs, parm, cheese, salt, and yeast, and you have a clean option that’ll happily hold all of your favorite sandwich ingredients. And if you’re tempted to eat these on their own, you’re not alone—I’ve been known to tear into them between the hours of 3 and 4 p.m.

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No Joke Ginger Juice Shot: $1.99

Spend a few minutes in the depths of “that girl” content on Instagram or TikTok and you’re bound to see any number of creators fast-forwarding through their ginger shot juice prep. And while even my mom is making her own ginger shots (I’ll chalk the ingenuity up to her DIY New England roots), I’m much happier purchasing mine pre-made from Joe.

Sure, from a sustainability perspective, downing a ginger shot once a day, every day might not seem feasible. But… when I felt a cold coming on a couple of weeks back, I immediately picked up a few of these shots, took them in the morning, and nipped that potential sickness in the bud. Don’t call it magic, call it “a blend of coconut water, ginger & lemons juices, with added cayenne pepper.” An elixir of health.

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Mighty Turmeric Juice Shot: $1.99

Would it be a roundup of the best healthy Trader Joe’s products if I didn’t include a minimum of two juice shots? And of course, featuring the ultimate anti-inflammatory ingredient: turmeric. I’ll say this as a blanket statement including the ginger shot above: these are not tasty. Yes, I know “deliciousness” was a qualifier in my criteria, but if you’re new to the world of juice shots, then I’ll save you the time—don’t expect something crave-worthy. Here’s the hard truth: these are all about the benefits, not the taste.

And while that might seem like a drawback, I’ll elaborate further. The benefits make the bitter-spicy flavor worth it. If you’re not yet convinced, read all about turmeric’s inflammation-fighting goodness here.

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Sparkling Elderberry + Pomegranate Apple Cider Vinegar Beverage: $1.69

But if we do want to talk about bevvies that sit at the intersection of tasty and totally good for you, this apple cider vinegar drink is it. Admittedly, this is one of the few products of my healthy haul that I hadn’t tried before, but when I saw it sitting among the kombuchas and juices, I knew I needed to pick it up. We’ve written before about apple cider vinegar being one of the best immunity boosters. And because I’m among (the many) who can’t handle a straight shot of ACV in the morning—or even enjoy it diluted with water—this incredible elderberry-pomegranate concoction comes as a delicious alternative. It’s one that I’ll happily sip on every day.

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Vanilla Bean Creamy Cashew Cultured Yogurt Alternative: $1.79

Tell me if this resonates: I swap between smoothies and oatmeal for breakfast on a whim… after eating each for weeks straight. I’m not sure if it’s neurotic, but I can—and will—eat my oats for breakfast 15 days in a row. (Creatures of habit, raise your hands.) All that being said, I will happily swap in a yogurt bowl here and there. Because… a fruit plus a grain plus a protein equals early-morning happiness. But because all hot girls deal with digestive issues from time to time, I also opt for dairy-free alternatives when I want to satiate a yogurt craving.

Trader Joe’s—once again—delivers. I won’t lie, the ingredient list is long, but this cashew yogurt clocks three grams of protein and a healthy dose of deliciousness. Dairy who?

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Avocado Oil Spray: $3.49

IYKYK—Trader Joe’s has one of the best olive oil selections in the game. (And in an industry known for olive oil fraud, to be able to find quality sources at reasonable prices is an absolute win.) But, because I’ve also found myself curious about the many heart-healthy wellness benefits of avocado oil, I decided to give this spray a spin. Spoiler: I’m grateful I did. This spray makes it easy to roast vegetables until perfectly crisp, and because it has a high smoke point, it’s played a key role in all of my broiling adventures.

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Cauliflower Crisps Snack: $2.99

Cauliflower strikes again! Because Trader Joe’s is well known for its addictively delicious snacks, I couldn’t *not* include my favorite pick on this list of healthy go-to’s. I’ll start with the crunch—unreal. Whereas other cauliflower-based snacks turn to mush immediately in your mouth, these crisps retain a tasty texture all throughout. What’s more, each serving contains two grams of fiber and less than a gram of sugar. In a world where sugars sneak their way into even the most unsuspecting food products, it’s a breath of fresh air to snack on something that’s exactly what it says it is—no surprise ingredients included.

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Pitted Medjool Dates: $5.99

Speaking of snacks that are exactly what they say they are… dates might be my ultimate fave. And while you can, of course, get them in most grocery stores, I paid $5.99 for this box (a step up from the typical $12 I’d spend at my usual supermarket). Dates are a great option for adding a little sweetness to smoothies, but I’ll happily snack on them between meals. Or, if I’m feeling fancy, I’ll stuff them with nut butter and add a drizzle of honey—and maybe a sprinkle of chopped nuts for that necessary added crunch.

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To the Power of Seven Green Organic Juice Beverage: $4.99

The name of this green juice alone… so good. While you’re certainly welcome to juice your heart out and fill your fridge with homemade green juices, I’m personally not here for the clean-up (did I mention this is a lazy girl’s guide to healthy Trader Joe’s products?). Thankfully, this juice contains all the same goodness you’d add yourself. Kale, spinach, green apple, cucumbers, celery, lemon, and ginger. And at just over $1 per serving, this is the least expensive green juice you could ever hope to find.

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Freeze Dried Strawberries: $2.99

As someone who loves her yogurt bowls and oatmeal (see my diatribe above), I’m always looking for ways to work a mix of textures into my go-to breakfasts. I’ve added flaxseed, chia seeds, bananas, and sliced almonds. But now, with the addition of these Freeze Dried Strawberries, my perfect morning meal is complete. These are crunchy, fruity (of course), and taste exactly like strawberries. The reason being, the only ingredient is strawberries. No added sugars, no added anything. The seven grams of fiber per serving simply seal the deal.

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Riced Cauliflower Bowl: $2.99

I couldn’t skip over Trader Joe’s well-known and much-talked-about prepared meals section. This (vegan) Riced Cauliflower Bowl comes with everything you need for a well-balanced and colorful lunch or dinner. Of course, cauliflower serves as the bowl’s base, but marinated chickpeas, sweet potatoes, baked tofu, and roasted onions join in to make it a complete and flavorful meal. But the real kicker? The tahini sauce. As I write this, I’m mentally confirming that this will be today’s lunch. The countdown to deliciousness starts now.

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Creamy Cauliflower Jalapeño Dip: $3.79

I won’t lie—I’m not much of a dip girl. I can get down with hummus and I love a salsa-soaked summer. Dips, however, often just seem too gloppy and frankly—a bit gross. But because I consider myself an adventurous person (and I didn’t want my dip prejudice to compromise this article’s journalistic integrity), I went for the Creamy Cauliflower Jalapeño Dip. And friends, I was pleasantly shocked.

I’ll get a few disclaimers out of the way. You’ll taste the jalapeño, but this dip doesn’t deliver the pepper’s expected kick. And while I did miss that bit of heat, its lack made it easier to scoop up this dip with reckless abandon (the aforementioned Cauliflower Crisps being its vehicle of consumption). What else helped? The fact that the cauliflower makes this dip both creamy and incredibly light. Whereas other dips might fill you up immediately (I’m looking at you, artichoke dip), this one satiates and satisfies without any bloat or discomfort. So for all you dip fans out there—myself now included—consider this product a must-buy.

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Honorable Mentions

I’d be remiss not to say that, among Trader Joe’s exclusive-to-the-store wellness products, there are a few additional healthy staples that I include in my cart on a weekly basis. While you can certainly find these elsewhere, if you’re already hitting up TJ’s, why not drop them in your cart as well? See below for my favorite healthy staples.

  • Frozen fruit. From blueberries to strawberries to mango and pineapple chunks—Trader Joe’s frozen foods section has everything you could ever want to blend up your dream smoothie. If you’re looking to get that additional hit of antioxidants from your brekkie, don’t skip this section.
  • Coconut oil. I surprise even myself with how quickly I can go through a jar of coconut oil. If you’re looking for an affordable cold-pressed option, Trader Joe’s has you covered.
  • Alternative pastas. Brown rice, lentil, and quinoa pasta—oh my! At Trader Joe’s, you’re welcome to dream beyond the expected gluten-laden pasta options.
  • Vitamins. While the packaging might not be as cute as some of the more expensive supplement brands, I’ve been taking Trader Joe’s Vitamin C Complex, Vitamin D, and their Omega-3 Fatty Acids supplements for years and my habits have been met with promising results. Of course, consult a medical professional before beginning any supplement program.
  • Nuts. Last but not least, the nuts. Almonds, cashews, walnuts, and more. The prices are unbeatable, and whether you like your nuts raw, roasted, or salted, there’s an option for you. Pro Tip: I store my nuts in the freezer to keep them from going rancid.


What questions are asked in Trader Joe's mate interview? ›

Tell me about the last time you built a relationship with a customer? How did you hear about Trader Joe's? What is your favorite product? Walk me through your education and work history and tell me about each position.

What is Trader Joe's mission statement? ›

We are committed to providing our customers outstanding value in the form of the best quality products at the best everyday prices. Through our rewarding products and knowledgeable, friendly Crew Members, we have been transforming grocery shopping into a welcoming journey full of discovery and fun since 1967.

Is it easy to get hired at Trader Joe's? ›

The hiring process at Trader Joe's is smooth and easy, involving just an application and one to two interviews. Trader Joe's recruiting process takes anything from one week to three weeks, including the background check and drug screening.

Is working at Trader Joe's hard? ›

Fun work environment, Not always fun customers

Worked for Traders for 3 years and loved it. Had it's hard moments, especially during the height of covid, but overall it was a positive experience! Got to do something new every hour also, so it always keeps you on your toes.

How do you answer why do you want to work at this store? ›

How to Answer “Why Do You Want to Work Here?”
  1. Express your personal passion for the employer's product/service/mission.
  2. Explain why you would enjoy the responsibilities of the role.
  3. Describe how you can see yourself succeeding in the role, given your skills and experience.
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How do you answer why do you want to work for me? ›

5 good answers to 'Why do you want to work here?'
  1. I've known about your company for a long time and really admire it.
  2. I believe I can make a positive impact here.
  3. The company's values align with my own.
  4. I love what I've heard/read about the company culture.
  5. I admire the company's work ethic and collaborative spirit.

What makes Trader Joe's a great place to work? ›

Employees receive a competitive benefits package covering health, dental and vision care. Employees pay only a small premium with Trader Joe's paying the rest. Employees also receive paid time off and there's also nothing like a good discount to keep your employees motivated.

Are Trader Joe's employees trained to flirt with you? ›

The answer? While cashiers aren't trained to flirt with customers, they are encouraged to be amicable. “They do remind you that part of Trader Joe's appeal is its famously friendly atmosphere and ask that you do what you can to maintain that,” Philip, a former Trader Joe's employee, told Glamour.

How much does mate make at Trader Joe's? ›

Average salary

Does this salary seem accurate? The average salary for First Mate at Trader Joe's in the United States is $80,549 per year, which is 53% above the national average.

Can I wear jeans to a Trader Joe's interview? ›

Dress up casual and clean. Don't be too flashy. If you're a guy just wear a nice button down shirt and nice pants(not jeans).

What does Trader Joe's call their employees? ›

Crew. As a member of the Crew, you do a little of everything—and handle a lot. So does everyone along with you. From running the register, to stocking shelves to creating a beautiful display; all while making sure that every customer has a fun, friendly and informative shopping experience.

What do you say in a Trader Joe's interview? ›

22 More Trader Joe's Interview Questions
  • Why do you want to work for Trader Joe's?
  • What does excellent customer service mean to you?
  • Tell me about a time when you went above and beyond for a customer.
  • Can you tell me about a time when you had to deal with a difficult customer?

What is Trader Joe's strategic thinking? ›

Trader Joe's has an excellent example of a customer value proposition. Trader Joe's stores mainly sell a limited range of food items, which the customer may not find in other supermarkets. Trader Joe's (n.d.) states “it's not complicated; we just focus on what matters — great food + great prices = value” (para. 4).

How often do Trader Joe's employees get paid? ›

Does Trader Joe's Pay Weekly or Bi Weekly? Neither. Bi-weekly means twice a week, so, no, they don't pay you twice a week. They pay employees every other week.

Do employees like working at Trader Joe's? ›

Easy going environment, hard physical work but the benefits and pay make it worth it. I'd definitely recommend. I love TJ's team everyone I work with is great. The benefits and pay are awesome too.

Does Trader Joe's hire older workers? ›

One company that seems to have found the answer is Trader Joe's. I've always been captivated both by the number of older workers and the overall easy-going work atmosphere at my local Trader Joe's. Don't get me wrong: Everyone appears focused and highly motivated and you rarely see anyone slacking off.

Is Trader Joe's a stressful job? ›

Most people who work at Trader Joe's have been working for 10+ years because of the pay, friendly environment, and not too stressful conditions. However, if you are a student or looking for a part-time job, it is also for you because they are very open to availability and pay great even when you just start.

Can you make a living working at Trader Joe's? ›

As for how much they make, Glassdoor reports that Crew Members make an average of $14 an hour, even ones who work part-time. With the national earnings average for grocery store clerks falling at around $9.99 per hour, Trader Joe's is definitely ahead in that regard.

How often does Trader Joe's give raises? ›

Flexible hours, pay raise every 6 months, and great employees and staff that really looks after you. Work environment is taxing on your body. The hourly pay is outstanding, combined with the ability to receive a raise every 6 months depending on your work ethic, attitude, etc.

What are the 10 most common interview questions with answers? ›

  • 10 common interview questions and answers. ...
  • Tell me about yourself. ...
  • What attracted you to our company? ...
  • Tell me about your strengths. ...
  • What are your weaknesses? ...
  • Where do you see yourself in five years? ...
  • Can you tell me about a time where you encountered a business challenge?

What are the 10 most common interview questions and answers retail? ›

11 Best Retail Interview Questions
  • 1) Why Do You Want To Work In Retail? ...
  • 2) What Do You Know About Our Business? ...
  • 3) How Would You Describe Your Work Style? ...
  • 4) What Does Being Part Of A Team Mean To You? ...
  • 5) Are There Any People You Won't Serve? ...
  • 6) What Is One Weakness You Want To Improve?

What is your weakness and how are you improving it? ›

Be honest and choose a real weakness. Provide an example of how you've worked to improve upon your weakness or learn a new skill to combat the issue. Demonstrate self-awareness and an ability to look to others to provide you with the resources necessary for growth. Don't be arrogant and don't underestimate yourself.

Why do you want this job and why should we hire you? ›

The first thing you should do when answering “why should we hire you?” is to highlight any skills and professional experience that are relevant to the position you're applying for. To make your answer all the more valid, make sure to always back up everything you say with examples, experiences, and achievements.

Why should we hire you? ›

Over the years, I have acquired relevant skills and experience, which I shall bring to your organization. I have also worked tirelessly on my communication abilities and teamwork skills, which I will put to use in my future career, which would be in your organization if I am selected for the position.

How many hours do you have to work at Trader Joe's to get benefits? ›

27 hours is the minimum hours before you qualify for benefits. Benefits are great! Does Trader Joe's offer employees a 401k plan?

Do Trader Joe's employees get free food? ›

Employer Summary

Trader Joe's Crew Members receive a 20% discount on food & merchandise.

Why are Trader Joe's employees so happy? ›

It's easy to tell that Trader Joe's employees love their jobs, and a large reason for that is because the company invests in employee experience. Trader Joe's pays its employees competitive wages and offers health care benefits to even part-time employees.

Do Trader Joe's employees wear uniforms? ›

The dress code at Trader Joe's is uniform for those working at store positions and business casual for positions working out of one of their corporate offices. Trader Joe's dress code, however, is not your ordinary grocery store dress code, as employees are encouraged to express their individuality.

Can Trader Joe's employees wear shorts? ›

They provide you with a pack of TJ's shirts, a jacket and gloves. The uniform is just that you are required to wear a TJ's shirt and the name tag must be visible. You can wear any pants or shorts of your choosing as long as they do not have rips or holes.

Why does Trader Joe's do two interviews? ›

Two in-person interviews prove customary in order to obtain employment at Trader Joe's. The grocery retailer has interested workers sit in with a supervisor, or "Mate," and then with a "Captain," otherwise known as a store manager.

Does Trader Joe's give holiday pay? ›

No, your hourly pay is the same on all days including holidays TJ's is open. No, and not on holidays.

Does Trader Joe's negotiate salary? ›

Negotiate Salary

If you think you and your skill set should be valued higher than your offer, negotiate your salary! 25% of men and 100% of women at Trader Joe's said they negotiated their salaries. On average, Trader Joe's employees earn $128,919. Trader Joe's ranks in the Bottom 45% for compensation in Los Angeles.

Can you work overtime at Trader Joe's? ›

There is no overtime at Trader Joe's. There is frequently food out in the break room through!

What is the employee discount at Trader Joe's? ›

The company and crew members may contribute to the plan. Trader Joe's is dedicated to making an investment in and for you. All Crew Members currently receive up to a 20% discount on all products in our stores. We offer exceptional medical, dental and vision plans to eligible Crew Members.

Can I wear GREY jeans to an interview? ›

In doing so, you will be setting yourself up to make a good first impression without worrying about whether or not you're underdressed. Generally speaking, avoid wearing bright colors and patterns to an interview; white, navy, black, grey, and beige are appropriate and professional interview colors.

Can I wear leggings to an interview? ›

Although athletic clothing is popular, you may not want to wear this type of clothing for your interview outfit. This includes leggings, hooded sweatshirts, athletic T-shirts, sweatpants and any other clothing you may wear to the gym.

Does Trader Joe's have a night shift? ›

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.

How long are breaks at Trader Joe's? ›

Thirty minutes minimum, ask if you want to take more time. Although at my store it's just “take 30-60 minutes and you're good.” Our store has always been 30 minute default lunches, but many of us take an hour anyway.

What is a manager called at Trader Joe's? ›

The work of a Trader Joe's crew member—as opposed to a supervisor, known as a “mate” in the company lingo, or a store manager, known as a “captain,”—is structured in a way that allows for variety. Employees rotate all tasks across a store, from running cash registers to stocking shelves and cleaning.

What is Trader Joe's core values? ›

We are dedicated to doing the work, every single day, to make sure Trader Joe's is an environment that is safe, welcoming, inclusive, and respectful for all Crew Members and customers.

What makes Trader Joe's different from other stores? ›

At Trader Joe's, you won't find a lot of branded items. Instead, you'll discover a store full of unique and interesting products, along with everyday basics, in the Trader Joe's label. Our buyers travel the world searching for products we think are exceptional and will find a following among our customers.

What are the 7 values of Trader Joe's? ›

Core Values
  • Integrity.
  • Product-driven company.
  • Qow customer service.
  • No bureaucracy.
  • Kaizen (a Japanese word that means self-improvement)
  • The store is the brand, we are a national chain of neighborhood grocery stores.

What are Trader Joe's weaknesses? ›

Trader Joe's Weaknesses
  • Product recalls. Trader Joe's has had some product recalls in the past that hurt its brand image. ...
  • Geographical limitation. Trader Joe's has heavily invested in the American market and has about 560 stores across U.S. states. ...
  • Lack of deliveries. ...
  • Discouraging customer reviews.

How many interviews does Trader Joe's do? ›

Applicants in search of Trader Joe's jobs must submit hiring materials in-store at a location of choice and then await contact from a manager to schedule an initial interview session. Two in-person interviews prove customary in order to obtain employment at Trader Joe's.

Does Trader Joe's allow tattoos? ›

As of 2022, there are no rules regarding hairstyle, color, tattoos, and piercings. Employees are provided with what's required to be worn but have the freedom to choose their style as they see fit. The distinctions between the shirts represent rank in Trader Joe's hierarchy.

Can Trader Joe's employees wear hats? ›

The hats should have the TJ'S logo/name, but usually worn in the cooler, but it's up to your management overall.

What is Trader Joe's best known for? ›

The eclectic and retail-fan-favorite Trader Joe's is well-known to its loyalists for low prices on unique food items, ranging from cookie butter to salsas, cheeses and ready-to-eat packaged meals. The grocery store chain is also known for its quirky culture.

Are Trader Joe's cashiers trained to flirt with you? ›

While cashiers aren't trained to flirt with customers, they are encouraged to be amicable. “They do remind you that part of Trader Joe's appeal is its famously friendly atmosphere and ask that you do what you can to maintain that,” Philip, a former Trader Joe's employee, told Glamour.

Does Trader Joe's treat their employees well? ›

Most people who work at Trader Joe's have been working for 10+ years because of the pay, friendly environment, and not too stressful conditions. However, if you are a student or looking for a part-time job, it is also for you because they are very open to availability and pay great even when you just start.

Why are Trader Joe's employees so nice? ›

So what is the reason Trader Joe's employees are so nice? The answer seems to be that the company treats its employees well, and so employees want to return the favor to the customers. Lucky us.

Who is Trader Joe's biggest competitor? ›

Trader Joe's competitors include Whole Foods Market, Fairway Market, Walmart, Meijer and NatureBox. Trader Joe's ranks 1st in Overall Culture Score on Comparably vs its competitors.


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