Aldi – United States
Shift Managers play a crucial role in keeping the store running and looking its best. They also must provide outstanding customer service. Shift… Aldi
Aldi – United States
Youll learn about maximizing sales, controlling expenses and providing excellent customer service. Youll also learn how to lead, coach and develop… Aldi
Aldi – United States
Manage millions of dollars in business Run up to five stores in your own district Lead your own employees Make decisions that drive business results… Aldi
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I have been working at ALDI full-time (more than an year)Pros
Great staff, decent pay, as many hours as you can handle. The staff I work with are great, including the managers, though obviously this could vary tremendously between stores and regions.
I'm never really bored at work. Angry, tired, happy... Sure, but never bored.Cons
The rota can be an nightmare. Your shifts can vary so wildly from week to week that your sleep and social life will most definitely suffer. If you're a particularly social person and enjoy regular weekends out and being with friends you should forget about the job right now because I haven't had a weekend off in months. One morning you're up at 3am, the next you're not on until 2pm and so on... Basically it's very hard to have any kind of regularity in your free time because the rotas are so varied and inconsistent.
There's also a lot of variation in the way staff are treated. The gents are expected to do more heavy lifting, more physical work and that's fine, sure, but they're also typically the last people to get the time off that they want. In my store it's all too easy for a girl to bat her eyelids and get whatever time off she likes. Likewise certain members of staff seem to get away with murder. They perpetually under perform (making more work for the rest) without any repercussions.
There really isn't that much room for advancement. At best, after many years of thankless grafting you can make your way to store manager. The money at that level is good, yes, but in return you basically have to live in the store. If you've any ambition to make it into upper management you need to reconsider because there is no opportunity for store employees to advance to that level. They would rather employ people straight out of university.
My last little gripe is the uniform. The clothes are fine and good but men have to be clean shaven. This might not bother you at all but to me seems antiquated and discriminatory at best. There's no hygiene basis for it whatsoever. You are allowed facial hair for religious reasons though, which is almost more insulting. Beards are okay, basically, as long as you're the right race and skin colour.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Start hiring from the lower ranks and putting people with an intimate knowledge of actual store operations in positions of real responsibility. A kid straight out of university does not understand the minutia of store management in the 3 months they get actually working in shop.
Take better care of your staff. Grumbles that have been around for ever are getting louder and louder. ALDI is making more and more money year upon year and still trying to cheap on their employees. You have the resources to show your appreciation a little better. Use them.
Sort the rotas out. I guess this could vary wildly between stores but, in my experience, this is the single worst facet of working at ALDI. It is so demoralising working every single weekend for months on end. It is not good for productivity to have your staff tired and miserable because they haven't had a regular sleep pattern in years.
The family 'everyone muck in' attitude covered all the weak spots when this chain was small and in it's infancy. Now ALDI is becoming a major player. They're on target to be THE store in the next 5-10 years. It's time to address these oversights before the staff that made you so great start to see the disparity between their efforts and their rewards and start to quit in droves.Doesn't RecommendPositive OutlookApproves of CEO