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GNC Reviews

Updated Jul 25, 2014
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2.8 443 reviews

40% Approve of the CEO

GNC CEO Joe Fortunato

Joe Fortunato

(187 ratings)

42% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • You learn a lot about the body and health as you go and the place was ran really well(in 26 reviews)

  • Employee discount of 20%, employees are able to work different shifts/have days off for appointments(in 41 reviews)


Cons
  • sales goals pressures along with pressures for maintaining normal retail operations(in 42 reviews)

  • They only pay minimum wage and expect you to be an expert in vitamins(in 36 reviews)

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    Fun, Educational

    Sales Manager (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsNutritional Sales, must love helping people.

    ConsPayscale is on the low side.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide better Marketing, employee training and better pay.

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

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    Fast paced, think you can sell?

    Manager (Former Employee) Charlotte, NC

    ProsStarted off as a Sales Associate within 5 weeks I proved myself through Sales/willingness to learn and was moved into a store of my own. If the proper client sets are available the programs this company implemented and practiced for the 3 1/2 years I was with them produced results(Quality communicative RSDs and DSDs necessary)

    ConsFast paced, high demand in Top stores, high expectations from management even while proving consistent numbers and hitting Sales BLY++. Is this expected in a corporation? Yes but I didn't run 5 different locations in less than 4 years because I was a slacker and this was evident so a concept store was given to me. Expectations made very clear >> exceeded by far still felt pressure from District Directors that have anywhere from 200-400 stores.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf bonuses weren't stripped of top certain percentage stores there would be more encouragement for growth and to build sales. Less is more how can you expect to push such a huge brand when a large number of employees across the globe aren't properly trained or have the knowledge or drive to self teach bc of low incentives for sales associates which are at the heart of the stores that drive this product line.

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

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    Great job if you don't want to go to college!

    Retail Store Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsAir conditioned, easy work
    Good money for skills required

    ConsSales goals can be pushy, always a new "best" product every month

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake the vitamins taste better

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It's a pretty good job for me right now.

    Sales Associate (Current Employee) Indianapolis, IN

    ProsI like the commission aspect, drives me to perform. It also helps that I'm naturally a good salesman and good with people. The job really isn't hard at all, just tedious at times. Being a bodybuilder who uses a lot of supplements, the discount is also a very nice aspect.

    ConsNot everyone shares the same job mentality as I do and that can lead to disputes in the workplace but nothing major. Haven't discovered many downsides yet. Oh, one thing that really grates at me, all expired must be thrown away. This stuff only really gets less effective over time, it doesn't typically "go bad." It's such a waste.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLower product cost and sales would go through the roof, I'm sure. Also, change up some of the policies to make it better for the employee and stop throwing away so much money and product.

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

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    Senior Store Manager (Current Employee) Philadelphia, PA

    ProsPotential for career advancement. Fun working with company vendors. Lots of free products from third party companies to try. Very competitive, but fun sales culture. Great team environment.

    ConsIf you want to move up beyond a store manager, you will have to relocate. Under paid and not a fair pay structure when it comes to manager salaries. SSM position is very time consuming. Constant phone calls and must be willing to always work overtime and make only half time. Lastly, If you are not performing in terms up numbers. You will be replaced without much opportunity to improve. Very cut throat.

    Advice to Senior ManagementA manager should not constantly feel like they are going to get fired for having one bad week or month. Give a manager every opportunity to improve with the neccessary training. Change the sales culture. Give the customers what the want, not just selling for an numbers indicator. Pay your part time associates better like it was 5 or 6 years ago. They should make commissions on GNC brand (especially multi-vitamins). The SSM training program is a joke, and does not help to become an RSD. The training seminars are only for those who did not go to school. Dont wast money on them. Have your SSM's travel in different markets with different RSD's, DSD's, etc... Hands on learning. Traveling to a store just to clean a store, do basic long store visit audits isn't going to take any ssm to the next level. Improve the training program and pay them more than 10%. That does not make up for lost commissions from travelling, even with PM reimbursement.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Enjoyable company to work for

    Sales Associate (Former Employee) Alpharetta, GA

    Pros-Always on your feet doing something
    -A lot of interaction with people
    -Good pay after commission

    Cons-Quite a bit of repetitive tasks
    -Having to meet multiple company sales percentages before commission can be made

    Advice to Senior ManagementImplement more incentives to your employees to encourage them to exceed expectations

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    very good, fun, learning alot

    Sales Associate (Current Employee) New Haven, CT

    Proscommission, costumer interactions, learning a lot

    Conspoor pay, RSD is hard to get a hold of

    Advice to Senior Managementgive associate's commission on GNC products

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

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    sales associate

    Sales Associate (Current Employee) Fort Myers, FL

    Prosloyal company
    career advancement
    very sale oriented

    Consdon't pay enough for the crap you put up with

    Advice to Senior Managementdon't micro manage as much

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Manager (Current Employee) Wilton, CT

    ProsTons of freedom. Able to make decisions with out an over baring boss. Able to make hires that will advance the stores ability to function.

    ConsUnable to leave the store

    Advice to Senior ManagementBetter luck next time

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    great sales learning opportunity. A chance to engage people on a personal level about their fitness and health goals

    Sales Associate (Former Employee) Bethesda, MD

    ProsTrying sample products, getting special privileges to new items on the market.

    Sharing personal experience and connecting with customers who have a common interest in health and fitness.

    ConsIt can be too quite and lonely if the store isnt busy
    Sales on multivitamins is a must, plus inventory is a pain since things can go expired if you dont check regularly.

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

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