AN EMPLOYEE at Trader Joe's revealed the three shocking things they allegedly get judged on.

Many Trader Joe's customers are sold on the emporium's affordable meals and great snacks. However, for some employees, the things they are reportedly appraised on, isn't necessarily as palatable.

It may surprise you to learn in order to get a raise at Trader Joe's, workers need to focus on three particular areas. That's according to one former employee speaking to Eat This, Not That! They are:

  • Customer experience
  • Productivity
  • Working as part of a team

The ex-employee claims if a worker falls short on any one of the three categories, it will result in no raise.

The worker goes on to tell Eat This that you could be "the fastest at stocking shelves, give the best customer experience, but if you find yourself constantly quarreling with other crew members, don't expect a raise."

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The article further divulges some of the other rules, it characterized as "bizarre," that employees must allegedly follow. They include:

The shirt employees wear signal hierarchy

Distinctions between the tropical shirts workers wear actually represent rank in the Trader Joe's hierarchy, according to Spoon University.

Rank-and-file staffers, known as "crew members" have to wear solid color t-shirts with flowers on the back, while the store leaders are the ones wearing the button-down Hawaiian print shirts.

The bell ringing is a call to work

A Reddit post claims that the bell tones you sometimes hear over the loudspeaker system in stores is a signal to staff.

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It says one bell means the lines are backed up and someone needs to head up front and open another register. Two bells signals a cashier needs help, while three means a crew leader is needed.

Chatting with customers is encouraged

An employee told Business Insider that they are encouraged to be nice and engage with customers. One said they've even "discussed politics, religion, movies, philosophy, parenting, and so many other things, all while bagging people's groceries."

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The employee went on to tell Business Insider that as long as during the conversation the crew emphasizes the values of Trader Joe's, and the customer isn't unhappy, they can talk about what they want.

The US Sun reached out to Trader Joe's for comment, but have not yet heard back.

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