Aldi supermarket is a favorite amongst consumers due to its remarkably low prices. However, those low prices come to the customer thanks to a dirty little secret
Many consumers like to shout the praises of Aldi supermarkets due to the benefits it gives them – benefits only possible due to the supermarket’s dirty little secret. Indeed, Aldi passes itself off as modern, ethical, utilizing mod con gimmicks that supposedly gives it it’s market edge. However, the real reason they can bring you cheap groceries is unethical and from the dark ages.
Under the guise of a post-World War II thriftiness, necessary for the times, Karl and Theo Albrecht took their family grocery store global. However, by the 1970s, the Albrecht brothers had given up thriftiness in their personal lives, but still expected this mentality from their staff. The Albrechts became multi-billionaires.
Their wealth obtained via their dirty little secret: breaking the backs of their employees
When shopping in Aldi, consumers are happy to sing the praises of affordable groceries. However, they are also quick to disparage the staff. But have any of those consumers wondered why Aldi’s seem to be so short-staffed, and therefore unhelpful? Why these employees might be overwhelmed and slightly short tempered?
Indeed, Aldi’s dirty little secret is exploitation of their workers. How else do you think Aldi corners the grocery chain market? Certainly, they have cut a very unethical corner. Employees work unimaginably long hours doing back-breaking wbork. Aldi management expects them to work even in their spare time, and their days off. Employees who decline find that this counts against them.
On the Company Review website Glassdoor, Aldi comes with a concerningly bad rating
When employees and ex-employees are asked to rate the store chain, most of them describe grueling working hours and inferior training. The site asks them to judge whether or not they would recommend others work at Aldi, and most give a clear “Doesn’t Recommend.”
One anonymous employee listed the cons for working for Aldi as: “Not enough staff to help you get the task done. Be prepared to cashier, work stock, clean floors, scrub toilets work weekends, also when you have to cashier you must scan so many items per minute. You are under lots of pressure. Once you get to management, it’s a whole other level of pressure.“
Another current full-time associate at the chain commented: “This job will destroy you. Don’t expect to have a social life after starting because all your time will revolve around the store and you’ll never have weekends off. Heaven help you if you dare get sick and have to call out. My schedule is constantly changed, sometimes the day of, and no one is ever notified.
I can guarantee you that you’ll never leave on time, ever. 9+ hour days even when you’re not a shift manager
I’ve had a few 9-hour shifts turn into 10 or 11-hour shifts. Working one night 2-10 and then the next morning 6-2 is not uncommon, so add sleep to that list of things you don’t get to have anymore. There are not enough associates to handle a number of customers in the store. We’re so understaffed it’s not even funny, and we keep having “hiring events,” but no one is ever hired?”
Next time you praise Aldi for your cheap groceries, don’t forget who exactly has broken their back, bent over backward and given up their personal and family life for you to get your precious bargains!
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