Earth Fare
2.2 of 5 102 reviews
www.earthfare.com Fletcher, NC 1000 to 5000 Employees

Earth Fare Reviews

Updated Apr 30, 2014
Earth Fare – “Typical Earth Fare storefront”

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2.2 101 reviews

                             

23% Approve of the CEO

Earth Fare President and CEO Jack Murphy

Jack Murphy

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27% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Welcoming environment for a band of misfits looking for a community.

    Department Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementMake sure everyone has the tools they need to be successful.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe people you work with are outstanding.

    ConsHome office is out of touch with operations

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Earth Fare is a good place to work.

    Cashier (Current Employee)
    Huntsville, AL

    ProsEarth 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.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementTraining 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Solid for what it is

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood 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.

    ConsPay 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 Senior ManagementPay 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work

    Bulk Specialist (Former Employee)

    ProsLove the liberal atmosphere and the products that they sell.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementGet 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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