My experience working for Aldi was at the store in musselburgh(yes the one that was on TV for terrible managment). Although I was meant to be going to the store in Tranent I never got the chance, the time limits are ridiculous, the managment is terrible whilst I was working there the other staff or atleast A large portion of them would sit on there phones in the warehouse whilst I was expected to do ridiculous amounts of work. I sometimes due to the extreme time limits (30 seconds per case) was not able to complete these so there was a time or 2 when i failed a "test" given to me on the picklist, although I have been told by 3! members off staff that the pick lists dont matter and that no one does them properly and to add to this i actually had one of the staff members infront of me speaking to a manager telling him that apprently "he dosent do picklists" in a manner that he was expecting the manager to not care. The managers literally have no idea what they are doing or how to train staff properly although I had been complimented several times on my work and received multiple good feedback forms from the store manager, I still never got kept on past my probation period( just after christmas), they used me for the extra graft that they needed and I bet they are devastated that now that im gone they are actually going to have to do some work no really that must be soul destroying. I could go on and on and on and on but the point is its not a good place to work its a graft whi
Prosgood pay(1/5 chance you get paid correct though)
ConsVERY! poor management, lazy staff and ridiculous time limits, bad shift pattern and terrible work atmosphere.
Shift patterns at Aldi typically go one of two ways: 05:00-15:00, or 12:00-whenever.
If you work a closing shift, you will never leave at the time you are meant to. There have been times where I have worked 11, nearly 12 hour shifts (especially during Christmas time) on a 30 minute break, and there is no consideration taken towards the closing team. If you're a person down you're just going to have to make it work, no matter what. If a single thing is out of place then the pre-shift huddle the next day will be entirely about how awful your team did yesterday and how the shop was left in a state. They do not care if you're one, two, or even three people down. Little to no effort is made to try and get cover for these shifts, but this only applies for the closing shift. If you're opening you'll never be down, and if you are don't worry! You're still garunteed to start and leave at a specific time. On the closing shift finishing at the rota'd time (22:15) is a rarity and a luxury.
If you want work life balance at Aldi get on the morning shift. If you can't? Be prepared to work a shift you have no idea the length of, leaving at a time you do not know, because if you do try and leave "early" (when your shift is meant to end) you're painted as a bad guy and working against the team, despite putting in the hours asked of you and trying to leave at a time which isn't 11pm or midnight.
Deputy managers rarely if ever work an evening shift, and when they do they always leave early at
ProsAssistant managers try as hard as they can to help out staff
ConsEveryone else does not care about you and your needs.
Very hard work, thought I was prepared for it as I've always done physical jobs but this is something else! Pulling large pallets of tins, at least 5ft high around at 4am in the morning is HARD! Having half an hour target to work each pallet is HARD, it's doable but you cannot keep up that pace hour after hour. Warehouse is health and safety hazard, no room for stock constantly having to move things around just to get your pallet out, freezer and chiller exactly the same which can make the job very stressful.
Some shifts can be on the chiller (fridge) all day, constantly putting stock out non stop, can be very demanding especially on busiest days.
Can be on a till for 10hrs, very draining and hurts your legs and back, target for scanning is 1100 per hour but it's easy done if you don't get annoying customers packing at the till.
The staff who are rubbish at doing deliveries and putting stock out get to sit on a till all day, they don't have to do any of the hard graft but get paid the same. You get half an hour paid break if doing 8/10 hours but sometimes you can work 6hrs before getting it.
The hours are not all bad it's just the shift patterns they give you, sometimes you can finish at 10.30pm and be back in next day at 10am.
4am starts getting the deliveries done for before the store opens is very tough. Holidays are hard to get, no holidays allowed in December and you can't book weekends as holiday, you are expected to use some of your holiday in January.
ProsGood team spirit
ConsShift patterns, stressful and physically demanding.
Working for some big companies has become a dilemma, you get a lot of training and when you start to perform your duties, in practice you realize that everything you have learned in your training needs to be "adapted" to the conditions and mode of operation of each store. Unfortunately, in some stores it works like this: The harder and faster you work, the more work is done for you, and do not think that this is a way to congratulate you on your excellent job or the outcome of a future promotion that is coming, this is just the unfair distribution of work where work is not equal for everyone, in my experience, in the period I worked it was not. What makes it more stressful, and unpleasant at the work of a store assistant in some stores are some "managers" that make their life and work harder than they really should be. Fortunately, there are good professionals and examples of management excellence who give you all the support and support to try and make your work environment as pleasant and enjoyable as possible, and I am very grateful to all of them. I find it ironic that while you are working and active, you have access to the entire system where you can check the hours you worked, your pay slip, your route, and have access to other information and support that are very important, but when for some reason (serious and very important reasons) you decide to leave the company, immediately begin the problems. You no longer have access to the hours you worked, your pay slip, any
There is not typical day at Aldi, everyday will have a different start and finish time.
You could be starting your shift at 5.30am and the next day finish a shift at 12midnight.
You will learn basic skills of date checking, replenishment, delivery work, till work and customer service skills.
You are expected to work at a very fast pace at all times which was not problem for myself. If you are not used to fast pace, physical work then you will defiantly struggle.
The store management get involved in all aspects of work like the store assistants.
If you get an interview expect to have a group interview and then an individual interview.
The group interview will be based of your knowledge of Aldi and your individual working experience.
The area manager was a very nice person, on store visits she would as how your are progressing and what you have been doing in store.
The manager and assistant managers seemed extremely busy all of the time, working on the shop floor, warehouse, office and dealing with customer enquires.
Below the Managers you will have Deputy Managers (Seemed to be like Team Leaders/Supervisors).
The large majority where not interested in the new staff, how you're progressing, assisting new staff.
Their were approxmently two duty managers that would help and assist, only if they were not up to their eye balls in work.
I feel that they have far too many Deputy managers in which they have attitudes, rude to customers, new staff members, constantly str
I worked for Aldi for a few years and it depends on the store you work at but my one I have many different opinions on it. Most of the time it was a stressful, demotivating and hectic environment to work in, always finishing late and not enough appreciation, a simple well done etc goes a long way but instead you are bombarded with negative feedback like go faster etc. They don't give out the workload evenly in my store that I worked at, some sit on tills all day, while others run like crazy on shop floor. People not rotated around store enough, and when they do rotate you rarely such as put you on produce they expect you to work to a very crazy target when you have not been on this section for ages so what do they expect, like with any skill in life if you don't do it for a long time you need to build it up again. I have seen so many staff come and go over time and it is ridiculous the turnover, but hey they can get your replacement in the next day so they don't care. The work itself is dull but each to their own, if you enjoy it then fine. A lot of managers didn't do date checks properly and on the chiller a lot of staff didn't rotate when this was raised nothing ever happened. Food constantly left out of chiller for ages, freezer same as well, out of date food on a daily basis, over worked staff. As with Covid they breached the restrictions many times, allowing so many in the store during the height of the pandemic and taking off the door marshall not long after they implem
Long application process to get the job and be told that I had the job to than be emailed after the store experience that I was unsuccessful
Having passed the group assessment, maths test and one-to-one interview. I was practically told that I had the job, I just needed to see if the job was right for me through the attendance of a store experience (lasting two hours).
However, after the completion of the store experience I was than emailed to say that I was unsuccessful. And that I wasn’t even worthy of any feedback to why I wasn’t successful at this stage due to the large volume of applications... I found this to be ridiculous considering that I had travelled to the Mapperley Aldi three times, and worked for two hours. And they couldn’t even spare five minutes of there time to provide me with some feedback...
In addition to this I got a parking ticket as I was over the 2 hour time limit on my store experience day. Consequently, this meant that I had to travel to the store on another two occasions to try and sort the issue out! And I am still not sure if they have even bothered to sort it!!!
The whole application process is a joke! And to be told you have the job and then emailed that you haven’t is ridiculous.
It’s a real shame that I wasted my valuable time in applying and progressing through the application stages. I do not understand why the application process is so long and why you are expected to work for free for 2 hours... Afterall the job is a retail assistant and this role isn’t hard/ doesn’t take long to learn and adopt to!!!
I will not be applying for any other future job roles wit
I started off as a store assistant in August and handed my notice in today not even reaching 3 months because it's absolutely diabolical. Before I started the job I made it clear that I never worked in retail in my life, never managed a till or money, I also explained that I am very slow with numbers and counting. Everything I explained during my interview was ignored. I was told off or abruptly given the right advice in a humilitating way in front of the general public. I had to fight for my holidays that I already had booked off before I joined Aldi which ALL jobs have to honor. Unfortunately I fell for the picture they painted of joining Aldi which they did a great job at doing. Even on their website and during the interview they enforce how the job works around YOUR life which is a massive lie. I've had to basically beg others to cover my shifts for hospital appointments or call in sick just to attend them. People were asking behind my back what my hospital appoints were for, trying to breach private information. From my very first day I always over heard staff who had been there either a few months or years mention that they hate it there, and that they recommend us to find something else sharpish as the conditions are terrible. I learnt that after 1 week.
You were trained on everything ONCE. Having come from Forklift instructing to retail which I have never done before, once wasn't enough for me and when I kept asking questions (which staff members kept telling you
If the store has an emphasis on productivity, there will be barely enough staff in to keep the store running, most of the shop floor work will be interrupted by either customers asking for stock that is not out or being called to the tills to serve the customers, making days very stressful and draining and going home feeling like nothing was accomplished.
If the store is more relaxed about productivity, there will be more staff on the shifts, a lot of the time you will either do shop floor work or just till work, making it a lot less stressful, when everything is done you will probably get a chance to go home early, other staff members are usually a lot more relaxed which also makes things easier.
Regardless of the store you work in there are some consistencies:
- If one person calls in sick, their work will be added on to everyone else's.
- It's a lot harder for people with other commitments such as kids (which affect amount of hours able to do) or those who are less physical (don't spend that much time on shop floor, older) to get promoted, I've also seen many managers forced to step down because of their hours or stress.
- If you want specific days off, you usually get them but shift patterns are usually quite bad, just as an example, in my store the regular shifts are 5am-2pm 10am-8pm 12pm-10:30pm 2pm-10:30pm. You may even find that you're doing a 12pm-10:30pm on a Monday then a 5am-2pm on Wednesday, so it's hard to get any sort of sleeping pattern.
ProsPaid breaks, staff are usually like a big family, usually flexible.
ConsLong hours and changing shift times, massive reliance on other staff because of productivity.
A typical day at work; As a HGV Driver, you could be loading your own wagon, going straight out on your day or both, or in the warehouse loading vehicles, you just never know. I suppose it keeps you on your toes if you like that sort of thing.
What I learned; Nothing is for free! If you want paid breaks and an above average PAYE wage then you better be ready to earn it, however, the wage still doesn't reimburse the requirements IMO! Some of the tasks include; working 6 out of 8 weekends, walking nearly 10 miles every day, coupling and uncoupling 3 trailers, making at least 3 store deliveries, organising the stores on delivery and then making the delivery, returning empties to the depots, loading wagons and regular confrontations with store staff, idiotic drivers/customers/Logistics Deputies.
Management; I found my direct leader and personal leader to be professional, facilitating and open to discussion. Although, as is the culture at Aldi, they mostly looked extremely rushed and short of time.
Workplace culture; 'Reactive, rushed and impersonal'!
Hardest part/s about the job; Constant change, Inconsistant processes, Duplication, Increasing job requirements and the fact that; You don't matter! Yes, you'll get paid lip service but in essence everyone is just trying to get there responsibilities completed and then get home. Which are some of the highlighted issues of companies that primarily focus on a high footfall-low margin strategy, efficiency and reduce costs. And,
ProsPAYE wage, left to your own devices when delivering, 3 days off, paid break
ConsConstant change and increase in requirements, Work/Life balance, Fire fighter culture, Working most weekends, Primarily; Standard rate of pay across the board.
An sich scheint die Stelle bei Aldi besonders als Student attraktiv da der Lohn recht hoch ist. Aber die Firma nutzt diesen hohen Lohn als Ausrede für kompletten Terror. Schon von dem Anfang an wird sehr viel von einem erwartet, und man wird enorm gestresst. Man wird konstant unter Druck gesetzt und alles muss schnell gehen. Fehler dürfen nicht passieren, und wenn man mal einen Fehler macht, wird man zusammengeschrien. Keiner hatte so richtig Lust mir was beizubringen, und stattdessen wurden mir alte Videos gezeigt, die veraltet waren und wo viele Sachen gar nicht mehr so gemacht werden. Wenn ich dann etwas falsch gemacht hab, weil es mir im Video so erklärt wurde, war die Leitung dann direkt sauer. Aber wie schon gesagt, es wollte mir auch keiner so richtig helfen. Als es zur Kasse kam, hatte ich zwei Tage wo mir die Kasse "beigebracht wurde". Danach durfte ich nie wieder an die Kasse, und man hat mich immer die harte Arbeit machen lassen.
Als Student fühlt man sich bei Aldi direkt von allen verurteilt. Meine Mitarbeiter hatten eine herabschauende Art und Weise mir gegenüber. Ich musste mir oft höhnende Kommentare anhören wie " man merkt dir an, dass du nicht viel Erfahrung hast". Anstatt wie versprochen in einer Freundlichen Umgebung seine ersten Schritte in die Arbeitswelt zu machen, wird man terrorisiert. Es ist klar, dass ich als Student nicht viel Erfahrung in der Arbeitswelt habe, aber wenn man nach Studenten werbt und bereit ist diese einzustellen, sollte man auch a
ProsKostenloses Wasser, Früchte, Kleine Snacks und hoher Lohn
ConsStress, Gigantische Erwartungen, Man darf praktisch keine Fehler machen, Alles muss schnell sein, keiner will helfen
Fix the check-out process at your company; it is the root of so many unnecessary problems!
Unfortunately, several negatives come to mind about working for this company. Virtually all of them center around Aldi's one biggest weakness as a company which it has failed to address.... for years and years: its highly stressful and just downright silly checkout process. As an employee, working on the cash register at Aldi is a monstrosity of a nightmare! It's dumb, it's inefficient, and just downright ridiculous if you want my brutally honest assessment of the situation. Because when you are assigned 'main cashier' duty at Aldi, you are basically required (and expected) to chuck, toss, slam, throw.... any way you can do it, other people's groceries.... which they just bought with their own money...... into the next shopping cart. Management doesn't care if you break or damage items in the process, as long as you keep that line moving at all costs! I literally have had customers scream at me in one ear for scanning way too fast during the checkout process and accidentally damaging their stuff as a result, simply because I'm literally scanning as fast as I can, only for management to then scream in my other ear (literally) about not ringing fast enough and not moving the line along fast enough. This "speedy" check-out process has been a systemic problem at this company for years, yet nothing is ever done to address the situation!! I've worked for this company for a very long time, and have worked in enough of their stores to tell you firsthand that it's a systemic problem e
ConsThe check-out process at this company is unnecessarily stressful.
Quit after 3rd day, they treat workers like robots
Seriously, I would not recommend working here unless you are a robot or absolutely desperate and can't find another job. Don't let the hourly rate and ok benefits rope you in. They are not transparent, not understanding, and expect too much. What should be a red flag is that this company is always hiring which means people are always leaving. The amount of pressure they put on you for what the job actually is and how much you are paid is unrealistic. You might apply for the associate, cashier or stock position but you will do literally every position in the store and then some. You will be stocking shelves doing register stocking the freezer and cooler doing the curbside orders and cleaning the entire store, constantly back and forth all in one shift. If only they had actual assigned positions like other companies the job wouldn't be so stressful. But they want 1 person to do the job of about 5 people, in order to "save money". This is how they're able to have such low prices on products. At the expense of their employees They seemed to be understaffed, and you will quickly understand why. Every single thing is timed from how much items you can scan in an hour or how quickly you can find and pack orders for the curbside pick up. How fast you clean the store and how fast you restock or box the shelves. If you're not fast enough they would constantly threaten you. They do not fully explain what the job actually is because they know it will turn people away. They didnt even trai
ConsEverything I would not recommend you working here unless you are a robot, bodybuilder, or have no life outside a job or super desperate for a job
Aldi presents themselves as a company that cares about their employees and efficiency but in reality all they care about is the efficiency and money. They treat you like robots and record your every move as a cashier from how many items per minute, how long it takes to scan each customers order, how long it takes in BETWEEN customers orders (when customer walks away and u start scanning the next one, how long it takes to complete Instacart orders, time it takes you to find each individual item, how long THE CUSTOMER takes to pay. Why are you being penalized for how slow the customer is? A Great question that they don’t have an answer to. And if your statistics aren’t up to their standards, even if it’s just slightly off, they will let you know that and keep pressing you about working more and faster. As if you’re a computer and not a human being.
Feeling sick? Need to care for a family member? Possibly have covid? Doesn’t matter, because if you’re not able to find someone to cover your shift they’re gonna force you to come into work anyways. Yes, illness and all. The most they’ll offer to do is let you go home early but that’s maybe 1 to 2 hours before your shift ends, which is basically nothing. They also require you to call out 4 hours before your shift starts in order to not get written up, so if your shift starts at 6 am? You will somehow get in trouble for not calling out 4 hours before that…at 2 am…when the store is closed and literally no one is there. And they also
ProsPay higher than other companies in the area
ConsPay still trash because you barely get hours, Terrible management
Understaffed, too physical & stressful (UNBIASED REVIEW)
The secret for the company to keep prices so low is because is understaffed all the time, and if one person call-off, everyone is screw because the company keeps a tight schedule so everyone has to work even faster than what we already have to, the company pay above minimum wage, but you have to work for 2 persons.
NO 3RD PARTY COMPANIES:
Inventory is every 3 months, so we stay between 12 am to 2 am and we usually never get off on time. The company doesn't hire 3rd party companies to do the cleaning neither, so we have to do ALL cleaning too (cleaning washrooms, scrubbing, edging the areas that the scrubber machine doesn't reach, map, sweep, etc.).
We work the backstock and have to jump to the register quickly and go back to our project stacking up the floor and jump back to the register again and so on. We have to ring at least 40 items per minute, which is also very fast peace even in the register.
The morning shift is the most physical and painful shift because some stores open at 5 am and others at 6 am, so we only have 3 to 4 hours to finish ALL pallets IN LESS than 30 minutes each pallet. So, if you are in charge of groceries, for example, you have to do an average of 7 to 12 PALLETS BY YOURSELF or in some rare cases you and another person. If pallets are not done before the store opens, you will STILL have to work the pallets AND the register BACK AND FORWARD until is fully done, otherwise you will n
Here is what they won't tell you in the interview:
Here's everything you need to know before applying here. Enter at your own risk. First off all you are timed on everything. If you cannot stock huge pallets of food into the loading shelves in 25 minutes or under you are subject to immediate discipline including termination. The same thing with ringing. If you cannot ring at least 2000 food items per hour you could also get written up or fired. This is what happened to me. I was written up so many times for basically refusing to throw and smash customers groceries into their shopping carts. Management didn't care though. They told me: ring faster or you are fired. So I just decided to quit instead of having this extra pressure. Plus it didn't seem right just throwing and smashing customers groceries around which is very rude. However if you don't ring this way you will be written up time after time then eventually fired. You also get injured a lot here. Every day huge pallets of food products are left on the floor for customers and workers to trip and fall over. Again this also happened to me at least a couple times. You think the company did the right legal thing by complying with workers compensation laws? Nope! Think again. The next thing you should know is the company won't follow labor laws either. For example they force you to skip your mandatory 15 minute rest breaks. Same thing with meal periods. There just won't be enough time in the day to take them. So management makes you forego them. Also your timecards get fudge
Prossome customers, some coworkers
Conseverything else: awful management, work injuries, no work/life balance, impossible job metrics
Customer Service Representative | Fenton, MO | 1 Oct 2019
My Experience as a Store Associate
I worked for Aldi's for over three years. I was happy working there for the first year. The benefits are very good at Aldi's and the raises are nice. You do work very hard and the work load was manageable in the beginning. When I started, I was happy with the District Manager and the Store Manager that I worked with. Unfortunately, the management staff gets moved around a lot within the company and we received a new Store Manager and District Manager. This, along with the store receiving a huge increase in the number of customers (Save-A-Lot closing), created a not so pleasant work experience.
I will start with the fact that the new store manager was not as committed in his concern and regard for the company. I went to him on a few occasions requesting different shifts because I was always closing, he did not take my concern seriously and never made any changes or effort in compromising with me in regards to the schedule. I am a single parent of three children and working nights and weekends all the time is very difficult. I also later asked the manager and district manager for a store transfer, and I was told they couldn't approve the transfer unless we were fully staffed at our store.
When the manager first started working at our store, he would close once a week. After a couple months he changed his hours to only working day shifts. Nearly every day he left early. For example, if he was scheduled till 5pm, he would usually leave by 2:00 or 3:00pm.
ProsGood benefits, nice raises the first two years
ConsExtremely overwhelming and chaotic work environment
I worked with Aldi's for a few months and it was terrible. You go in blind expected to know where everything is immediately. Was never told during the interview that I would be required to purchase steel toe shoes/boots. The "reimbursement" for purchasing the shoes/boots is a joke, you get an extra three dollars in your paycheck, pay is bi-weekly and it's spread out over the year.
Very fast pace as a cashier, they expect you to be fast. I've always been one of the fastest cashiers at any other grocery stores as I typically ring a minimum of 25-30 items per minute. Aldi's expects you to ring a minimum of 40-42 items per minute. The register is very sensitive and items would double scan pretty quickly and I would end up with a higher void count, especially when items would fall across the scanner. Not to mention when a customer needs to take an item off because of lack of funds whether it be because they are paying with cash or they have a limited amount on their food stamps card. Another problem with the food stamps card is that when the customer pays with the card and they only have a certain dollar amount on the card, for example if their total comes to eighty-five dollars and the ebt card only has forty dollars, the register will decline the card due to "Insufficient funds" and you'd have to pull up the receipt, find out how much is on the card, inform the customer and type in the amount on the card and then have the customer slide the card again. Very time consuming. Ald
ConsShort breaks, lack of help. Expected to do the work of two to three people. Lack of communication.
Very demanding, labor intense, no change to grow, not worth the pay.
A typical day as a store assoiciate at Aldi is very hectic.
This is a labor intense position.
The day starts with a 6 am shift that ends at 2:00pm, and usually 2 associates and an opening manager. Working the morning shift means that you "throw the load", which is stocking store shelves with the products that have been delivered to the store. On average there are anywhere from 6-12 palletes each morning. Aldi expects each pallet to take anywhere from 10 minutes (for a "light pallet-chips" to 45 minutes max ( for a heavy pallet, cans) but all pallet must be done before the store opens!
The morning shift "throws the load" until about 8:45, by this time, the load should have been thrown, which includes the store floor, cooler, and freezer (managers are incharge of the produce section, and associates do not usually help with that part of the load). Then associates are expected to start cleaning up at 8:45am, right before the store opens at 9:00 am
Once the store opens, if everything goes according to how Aldi wants it to go, you either sit and ring or take a break.
The cashier is expected to scan close to 40 items per minute after their 3rd month as an associate. Also they are expected to keep the lines down, no more than 3 people should be in your line, other wise you open up another cashier to start ringing with you. You are timed, to see how long you take to take cash/ give change and how long you take between customers.
The closing shift is usually from 2:00pm- 10
Prospaid lunch, 401K
Consincredibly demanding, does not show appreciation towards employees, labor intense, average of 32 hours a week
Questions and answers about ALDI
What would you suggest ALDI management do to prevent others from leaving?
Asked 17 Mar 2017
Make sure everyone is in a trade union and get recognition for better working conditions. strike action needed
Answered 4 Jan 2022
Work around school hours for working mums . 10-18 is not good at all if you have little one at school 9-3 and no family to help
Answered 30 Nov 2021
If you were to leave ALDI, what would be the reason?
Asked 22 Mar 2017
NOT enough trade union members
Answered 23 Jan 2022
The appalling senior management who treat human beings like they are trash and expendable. Disgraceful people running this business who should be ashamed of themselves.
Answered 11 Jan 2022
Is there any tips for doing well Aldi interview
Asked 23 Jan 2018
LET them know you are a staunch trade union member that will stand up for better pay and conditions.
Answered 23 Jan 2022
Brown nose the manager, bend over backwards don't disagree do as your told apologise even if your not in the wrong thats whats needed to work and stay at aldi.
Answered 21 Oct 2020
Are wages paid weekly or monthly payments
Asked 7 Aug 2017
28th of every month, unless it falls on a weekend then you'll get it on the Friday, paid a week early in December
Answered 24 Nov 2019
Answered 18 Nov 2019
Do you need previous work experience to work at aldi
Asked 27 May 2017
No but it helps they are looking for people with energy a team player can do attitude