GNC Reviews

Updated August 1, 2015
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Michael Archbold
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Pros
  • Learn a lot about nutrition ans supplements (in 28 reviews)

  • You get a good employee discount (in 49 reviews)

Cons
  • Nearly impractical weekly sales goals with no incentive to reach them other than avoiding a write-up (in 54 reviews)

  • upper management who are managers with no people skills what so ever (in 46 reviews)

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  1. Unrealistic Goals

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GNC full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I was the manager of a locally owned location, so I would say the only pro was working with some great employees that I hired during my tenure as manager.

    Cons

    marketing, upper management, and sales have little idea what the future of supplement sales is bringing. More and more people are moving to online supplement purchasing and training, and it is increasingly difficult to sell products people know to be inferior.

    Advice to Management

    eliminate sales goals and profits will increase. Let customers purchase what they want instead of what GNC thinks they need.


  2. Sales Associate

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    Current Employee - Part Time Sales Associate in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Part Time Sales Associate in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at GNC

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good discount down time sales skills keep current nice people

    Cons

    planogram changes price changes management slow customers minimum wage pushy

    Advice to Management

    change with the times


  3. Helpful (2)

    Corporate AWFUL

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    Former Employee - Store Manager
    Former Employee - Store Manager

    I worked at GNC full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Meeting and making new friends, decent discount esp if they are close dated (getting close to expiration), working w customers & building rapport w them

    Cons

    Horrible upper management w the majority of them having minimum product knowledge, promotions (price changes) happen to often and are so tedious, pay is HORRIBLE, hours HORRIBLE, promotions are giving out to anyone,VERY shady company, will find a reason to fire u, unachievable sales goals, training is scripted & not honest saling

    Advice to Management

    All management including upper need to be trained properly, treat your employees like humans not robots, increase in compensation, SSM RSD, & DSD need to be in stores more so they can see how it works in the GNC world in which they seem to be clueless about


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  5. Not the best not the worst

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    Former Employee - Part Time Sales Associate in Northlake, IL
    Former Employee - Part Time Sales Associate in Northlake, IL

    I worked at GNC part-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great job for someone looking for decent discounts on products they use personally.

    Cons

    No sense of upward advancement. Too many products, many which hardly sell. First offered starting pay $1-$2 less than male employees.

    Advice to Management

    Need motivated management to have motivated staff.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Senior Store Manager

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    Former Employee - Senior Store Manager in Fairview, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Store Manager in Fairview, NJ

    I worked at GNC full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good pay, set a lot of your own schedule.

    Cons

    Very time consuming, no chance to disconnect, and spread very thin over a large, scattered region. Morally compromising thanks to commission based sales and ridiculous sales drives.

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of your managers and the people who run the stores. Stop making GNC a lifestyle, and more of a career.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Decent pay but an unprofessional and stressful place to work

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Providence, RI
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Providence, RI

    I worked at GNC

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, especially in high volume stores Flexible Hours Enjoyable coworkers

    Cons

    Unprofessional environment, incompetent management, and poor training. This is a high stress job where numbers mean everything. Employees lie to customers and attempt to manipulate numbers in order to meet sales goals. Managers are expected to work over 40 hours. Managers get payed half time after 40 hours, so if you make 12 an hour you will then make six. Harassment is not uncommon in the workplace by upper management. Sales associates are treated like garbage and there is a high turnover rate in the company.

    Advice to Management

    Corporate needs to make changes from the top. Promo is ridiculous and needs more double coverage in order to get it done. Scare tactics used by upper management and loss prevention also cause employee resentment and high turnover.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Okay company

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Tempe, AZ

    I worked at GNC (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Cool coworkers and small commissions

    Cons

    Unrealistic sales goals, pressure from corporate, lame commission system

    Advice to Management

    None


  9. Below average

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    Current Employee - Retail Store Manager
    Current Employee - Retail Store Manager

    I have been working at GNC full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You learn alot about fitness and nutrition. You get to interact with people from all walks of life and have the opportunity to make new friends.

    Cons

    The pay is horrible, especially at franchise stores like where I work. I don't know about all franchises, but we do not have the opportunity to earn commission. In addition, there are no benefits like sick days, vacation days, 401k, medical/dental. And you seriously expect good people to stick around! GNC corporate constantly sends busy work like planograms. Oh my the planograms! Absolutely a ridiculous waste of time and they expect everything to be done in unreasonable timeframes. The store changes required every two months are asinine. Also, the people responsible for playing planogram reshuffle at corporate headquarters have a useless job that infuriates employees and annoys customers because they can no longer find items without hunting for 10 extra minutes! No music allowed in the store makes the environment bland and boring. I have heard several customers comment on this. As an employee it can be mind numbingly boring due to low stimulation. The whole atmosphere in a gnc store is terrible. Terrible decor, no music...basically no fun allowed. The problem with places like GNC is they want knowledgeable, fit, educated and attractive people for a near poverty price. You will never retain quality people without showing a little gratitude and going above and beyond for your employees. I don't care if the national minimum wage is $8 or whatever. Show that GNC is better than that! If your competition pays managers $25k on average, start your managers at $35k or better to show that you care. The discount is so-so especially when your prices are already much higher than numerous internet sites. One more thing, most GNC branded products are nothing special. The only products possibly worth a premium are the GNC Beyond Raw products. Finally, offering "sales" by raising prices $20 above normal and offering half off on the 2nd item is a joke. A true sale is if an item is normally $49.99, you lower it to $39.99 and still offer half off on the 2nd item.

    Advice to Management

    Read my cons post to see all of my advice to management.


  10. not worth it

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Beverly Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Beverly Hills, CA

    I worked at GNC part-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You get to try supplement samples(if your manager doesn't keep them for your self). I learned even more about supplements then I knew prior to working.

    Cons

    Threatened to be fire multiple times a day because of sales.If your percentage of sales is not mostly vitamins you are in trouble. Did not get reimbursed for parking fees for talents 2 months of employment.

    Advice to Management

    I worked for a corporate store. My manager was simply focused on gnc sales to better his paycheck and also prevent getting yelled at himself. The basic push is sell gnc vitamins to everyone possible or you are fired.


  11. Not for me

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GNC part-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Given a lot of freedom right out of the gate, commission makes up for what pay lacks

    Cons

    Job is focused around pushing products and doesn't care about much else

    Advice to Management

    Stop worrying so much about numbers and look at the bigger picture



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