Earth Fare

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Earth Fare Reviews

Updated August 11, 2014
Updated August 11, 2014
116 Reviews

2.5
116 Reviews
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Earth Fare President and CEO Jack Murphy
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The company does offer an employee discount and decent benefits (in 15 reviews)

  • 20% discount is nice even thought I still can't afford to shop there on my salary (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Half of the home office is an "Assistant Director" of a made up title (in 13 reviews)

  • And then feeling like you'll never be supported by upper management is awful (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    A good job for a collage student.

    Current Employee - Produce  in  Rock Hill, SC
    Current Employee - Produce in Rock Hill, SC

    Pros

    Decent starting pay and everyone is pretty warm and opening including the customers and I have found that's pretty rare for retail.

    Cons

    A lot of behind the scenes drama with coworkers and the inability to have a consistent schedule (they will work with your school schedule)

  2.  

    Great Company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier  in  Montgomery, AL
    Former Employee - Cashier in Montgomery, AL

    Pros

    20% discount off items in the store and the ability to get promoted within.

    Cons

    Management isn't always on your side when needed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Welcoming environment for a band of misfits looking for a community.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Department Manager
    Current Employee - Department Manager

    Pros

    The number one pro is fellow team mates. Good benefits, which are offered to life partner and also some benefits for part time workers. A family like environment, with potential for promotion.

    Cons

    The number one con, that is also a pro, is the family like environment, which often causes management to play favorites. Also, quite difficult goals to meet, often with less than adequate resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure everyone has the tools they need to be successful.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The people you work with are outstanding.

    Cons

    Home office is out of touch with operations

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Earth Fare is a good place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cashier  in  Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Cashier in Huntsville, AL

    Pros

    Earth Fare offers great deals to their customers and employees. Employees can take advantage of the deals, plus get 20% off of purchases. Coworkers and customers are very friendly.

    Cons

    Short breaks, As a cashier, standing in once place for an entire shift is monotonous and extremely tiring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training of new employees could improve. Cashiers are given very little hands on experience before being put on a register. We often have to call someone over for questions or problems because we have not had much training.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Solid for what it is

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good sense of community springs up in and around these stores. Surrounded by people devoted to healthy living. Food is a big problem right now, not just in terms of obesity. There is legitimacy in our food philosophy and a sense of providing a meaningful service. Management/operations team has generally been pretty reasonable, both for department specialists and store management. (Does not mean stress free)

    401k matching up to 5%. 300/sem tuition reimbursement. Vacation (after a year) and sick time (very strict rules to redeem). There is a very modest bonus that is sometimes paid out once/year to some stores. Health/Dental/Vision/Life/Disability insurance available to full time only.

    Cons

    Pay seems low compared to other grocery, natural or conventional. New department managers can expect low 30k offer, experienced mid 30s. Most clerks can expect 8-9/hour range. Max raise is 3%/year and the store level management has no ability to override this. You can NOT get a raise without getting promoted but most clerk positions in the store are in the same tier so a cashier who learns how to talk vitamins or cook hot bar gets no bump. You will not be allowed to work overtime.

    Not much structure or extra hours allotted for training new hires or advancing. For advancing there's no "training program" to apply and interview for so you're best off trying to learn on your own while doing your current job. Gotta be very self motivated to advance and with reduced labor crunches right now it seems even harder to step out of current role and continue learning.

    Marketing is wacky and comes up with tons of gimmicks which gets hard to keep up with especially for part timers and affects most of the store. Currently we offer multiple coupons sent over email each week, sporadic text message coupons, and a new point based loyalty program with various reward criteria such as buying certain foods each week or encouraging customers to dance at the checkout. Some customers dig it, others don't but it can get stressful to communicate to employees and execute every week.

    Growing pains right now. Huge labor cuts across the board to appear attractive to current and future investors. Trying to grow rapidly and launch a ton of store. Department managers switched over to hourly which protects them from abuse and long hours, but makes it difficult to get things done sometimes and overtime is not an option. Assistant/Store manager still exempt (salaried) so there can be long hours for them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to morale and listen to concerns from workers, even if you can't do much to change the situation (pay/amount of help). Unfortunately there's a ton of responsibility on department managers, and they are not allowed to work over 40 hours a week because of overtime. It's pretty easy to get overwhelmed and let the people feel unheard and unappreciated.

    For hourly employees, be patient with your manager if you're feeling upset. Odds are they are also having a hard time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Bulk Specialist
    Former Employee - Bulk Specialist

    Pros

    Love the liberal atmosphere and the products that they sell.

    Cons

    Some of the managers are a little loopy and can forget things rather easily.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    From the Zellwegger line in "Jerry Maguire," "I love it for the company it want's to be and almost is."

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The customers (and their stories) who are ALL trying to do something better with their lives. The 20% employee discount on some pretty phenomenal products. The compactness of the management hierarchy. The fact that top management can be right beside you slinging product, and the resulting open-ness of communication. The active solicitation of employee ideas to better the company. The expansion and resulting opportunity. The coworkers. The underemployed coworkers that you can learn all sorts of foodie stuff from. The wide-eyed faces of the children, of all ages, discovering, many for the first time, the range, diversity, and benefits in/of the world of organic products.

    I am not a shill. I just like what this company is about, and what it could be.

    Cons

    The underemployed coworkers. The unchecked and seemingly clubby or clique-y low-level management style of a small company (net negative). Upper management failure to walk the walk (cloistered or something, I can't figure it out). Purely random, changeable, and short (or NO) notice scheduling (Very bizarre). Changeable and competing job responsibilities. Incredibly high employee turnover. A near complete disregard for part-timers' (even long-term PTs) needs or even to be considered as contributors to corporate goals (zero bene's).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out to the stores more often. Listen to the troops. Treat PT-ers as contributors to the success of the mission, not just as "bodies." ALL Earth Fare employees come there from and with a singular purpose (to help people). That brings so much expertise to the mix that other stores don't have. Build on that.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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