Online sources show Trader Joe’s won’t perform a traditional background check. But keep in mind that most companies will at least want to confirm you can legally work there.
Here’s what you need to know about background checks:
Background checks vary from state-to-state. The states on this list, for example, don’t consider information more than seven years old:
- New Hampshire*
- New York*
(* sometimes certain pay or salary bracket positions require one.)
Great news! These states won’t look at anything where you were found not guilty:
- Indiana (limited check)
- New York
However, the following states can and will see your entire record, including the not guilty verdicts:
- Indiana (extensive check)
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
We did some online digging to find out Trader Joe’s ratings. On glassdoor.com, they have a great 4.2 out of 5 stars and 2,762 reviews. This is what a few past and current employees had to say about working at Trader Joe’s:
“Company cares about its employees.”
“Loved the work environment. My employees, managers (mates), and the Store Captain were all supportive and brought great energy to our job every day.”
“-Good Hours -Awesome staff -Fun environment -Good Food”
“Very Physically Exhausting”
“On your feet all day and move fast on the weekends”
“Physical work that if not done properly could take a toll on your body”
What felonies Trader Joe’s will not hire
While there are certainly convictions that the company will not be willing to overlook, they didn’t tell us exactly what they are. Our research gave us some hints at ones that will cause trouble, though, so read the next section for more.
What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?
Does Trader Joe’s hire felons? Yes, they do, but there are certain felonies that might hurt your chances. Since you’ll be working directly with customers, if your record includes felonies for violent crimes, drug charges or theft, you may have a hard time getting hired at Trader Joe’s.
Does Trader Joe’s hire sex offenders?
We’re not sure, but if they do, it will be a harder charge to explain to their satisfaction.
Does Trader Joe’s drug test?
Our sources aren’t consistent on whether or not Trader Joe’s will drug test. In that case, we suggest you move forward as if they do.
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