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GNC Reviews

Updated Jul 21, 2014
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2.8 434 reviews

40% Approve of the CEO

GNC CEO Joe Fortunato

Joe Fortunato

(182 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 41 reviews)

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

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    Low Pay, High Pressure Sales position

    Store Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsThe only thing I found positive was that fellow employees were basically friendly--unless you stepped on their sales. Training program was decent, but should have been far more comprehensive, especially for associates without any experience in supplements.

    ConsThe sales quotas/expectations were far too unrealistic, and forced associates to sell unnecessary products to customers. Too much of a threatening environment: my regional sales director daily broadcast sales figures for all associates in his region, highlighting under-performers, with statements such as "need to achieve x percent to keep their job". Very stressful. High turnover. Not recommended.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCut the sales quotas!! You're forcing associates to sell customers products they may not need, and may be potentially harmful, all to pad your bottom line.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Slave-driving company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsOther than the discount, no real reason to work here.

    ConsNearly impractical weekly sales goals with no incentive to reach them other than avoiding a write-up. Terrible pay for the type of work you're expected to do: Process shipments while trying to meet sales goals for a vast amount of categories in a given day, open/close register tills sometimes by yourself. Management stinks and they do not show you any type of respect as they view you as replaceable. My advice is don't work here.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop treating employees like grunts.

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    Poor pay, unrealistic selling quotas, sexism

    Part Time Sales Associate (Former Employee) Sacramento, CA

    ProsEmployee can earn some commission. Although, the base pay is $8.

    ConsVERY unrealistic selling quotas on employees with high pressure to sell certain items. Their high pressure to make employees sell (and in turn high pressure for customers to buy) reduces GNCs credibility as a health conscious brand. Furthermore, I've witnessed sexist (and misogynistic) comments from upper management such as "stupid women" in reference to all women.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAdvice to Management: Reduce your pressure on employees to sell because selling unnecessary products to customers undermines your credibility to the health/fitness world. The hard-selling tactics that employees are encouraged to use make the customer feel uncomfortable. It also creates a terrible workplace environment because employees feel uncomfortable being forced to conduct hard-selling techniques on every customer rather than gauge each customer's needs/desires. Be aware of sexism in the work place because it is a problem. Perhaps conducting seminars about workplace conduct and communication is necessary for trainers and upper management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Who you work with determines the experience at GNC

    Sales Associate (Former Employee) Branford, CT

    ProsMin wage pay. On some products ( not all ) you get a small bonus. The products with the commission for sales associates are the ones that no one really even wanted to buy . If you are not the manager the bonus is minimal to none. Managers make all the commission.

    ConsMy pay check was wrong every single month. Sometimes buy a lot. I even got a letter from the court asking me to testify for an employee that was suing for wages he never got. If you work with bad managers and mean spirited people it can be just awful daily. If you get in with nice people it could be a decent job. They constantly change your schedule and the hours are different every week. Not cool. Also it is extremely boring, the store I was in got 4 to 5 customers a day. If your not in the malls for get it you will need to bring a book daily. No electronics aloud and you are there all alone all day and some times late at night. No music in stores so it is quiet 90 percent of the time if a customer does not come in it is just you in there. I was told several times I would be the manager of the store and never was. They lie just to shut you up. They teach you nothing about 80 percent of the products and you have to teach your self. They will look for any little reason to get rid of you because the turn over is out of control there and they don't care for some strange reason about people or job security. No work ethics in my opinion. They only care about what the store made and that's it. Sorry its another bad choice best of luck on you search.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook up work ethics and learn how to be a real manager that people would look up to.

     

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    Retail Store Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsNone nothing worth the time put in

    ConsCrap pay it's for all of fitness hours you put in

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay more

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    Worst, most unethical company I've worked for

    GNC Sales Associate (Current Employee) Topeka, KS

    ProsI learned a lot about supplementation, and used that to my advantage in my training regimen during and after my employment.

    ConsASKED TO WORK OFF THE CLOCK (and they've been sued for this before!!!)
    HORRIBLE minimum wage base pay
    must invest in your own uniforms
    my manager was a mean, cigarette smoking, high school educated wench who had a conviction for theft
    moved around multiple stores (ended up in slowest)
    never given the hours I was promised
    commission structure is unfair
    Average 8.00 per hour LMAO--POVERTY WAGE

    Advice to Senior Managementhire people who live the values and lifestyle your company professes to have

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Terrible

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsVery good amount of income

    ConsIrresponsible management. Terrible training techniques

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire the correct people

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    Worst management team, one of the most stressful minimum wage jobs i have ever had.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIf you love fitness, its amazing to learn about everything like herbs, suppliments etc. Good way to Help people.

    Consminimum wage, small commission amounts on items, but GNC takes a percentage of it "GNC qualifier deduction". You will constantly strive to not get in trouble for what everyone else does. You have to push GNC products on everyone to make your percentages multi's, vitapaks, powders..

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook your part, be business oriented. Dont take sides, or play politics.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Negative work environment, terrible upper management. Gnc will give employees unattainable sales goals.

    Store Manager (Current Employee) Saint Louis, MO

    ProsThe pro is helping people with their weight loss, body building, and over all health. It's so rewarding to help people and motivate them to reach their over all goal.

    ConsIf you can't meet their unattainable sales goals, "which no one usually can" you get told your going to be fired. They use threat tactics to get you to make sales.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop giving stores unattainable sales goals. It does nothing but force them to sell customers things they don't need and they never come back. It should be about the customers and it's not.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Run Away. Run FAR, FAR away from this job.

    Assistant Manager (Former Employee)

    Pros30% Employee Discount. Paid vacation.

    ConsUnrealistic sales goals, VERY stressful, unethical sales practices, upper management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay attention to employee concerns. Increase hours for sales associates.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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