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Sprouts Farmers Market Reviews

Updated Jul 15, 2014
Sprouts Farmers Market – US – “Sprouts”

Sprouts Farmers Market – US – “Sprouts”
All Employees Current Employees Only

2.7 191 reviews

51% Approve of the CEO

Sprouts Farmers Market President & CEO Doug Sanders

Doug Sanders

(68 ratings)

40% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Mostly fun company to work for, employee discount a huge plus (in 21 reviews)

  • Best perk of working for this employer is the 15% discount all employees receive (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • Low pay to match the area living needs (in 13 reviews)

  • Hardly any store managers, or regional managers, actually know how to deal with people as humans (in 12 reviews)

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    Sunnyvale California

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    Prosgreat prices..incredible products..Best Customers.I cant think of anything else its that bad

    Consthey manage by intimidation. Never a thank you, work there employees like a sweat shop.Worst managed company I have ever seen....,,,,,,,,,,,,,,.They have the highest turnover.Pay is horrible and you never ever get 40 hours so you can afford to pay your rent..

    Advice to Senior ManagementTalk to the people that service your customers. If they arent happy sooner or later they will get tired of the constant turnover. Area Managers get involved............................Now

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    I loved Sprouts.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsI was hired under different expectations then, what I received. Best part was the visiting customers. I had the pleasure of meeting and serving the best. I went out of my job duties to assist when there was not a lead or manager around. I thanked the customers for educating me about healthy products. I built long lasting relationships with returning customers. I wiped up spills. I accommodated everyone who asked for my assistance when my job duties were completed. I did everything I was asked by management and was never in subordination.

    ConsI completed my work ahead of schedule and was able to help the lead's, training new employees with more hours than I had. I helped new manager with UPC codes and were else needed. Also, other department and picked up some extra hours as assigned. Yet, it went unnoticed. I felt used and abused at times. I was educated, I expressed my concerned to transfer or promote and I was ridiculed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSpeak in full sentences. Be honest is the best way to keep loyal customers and employees.

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

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    Bakery management

    Bakery Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsMaking new friends. Employee discount. 40 hours guaranteed as a manager.

    ConsNo support from upper management. No training for new managers. Low pay, different salaries for different stores. I have been a bakery manager for 3 years. I am forced to have employees that did not do well in other departments. I have a small oven for the amount of things we bake daily. I have no time to do the ridiculous paper work they want done. Par sheets, how many items do I want on a shelf, how many on the shelf, how many should we add to the shelf. Come on. In a day I have to open and bake from 4am until I leave, pull shrink, do a report, fill floor, do orders, throw loads every day except Sunday, inventory
    every week, health inspections,etc...for a little over 12 dollars. Too much work, no time, no staff, no respect. Currently looking for another job.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet back to basics. Come out of the office. Respect your people. Be understanding. Don't think of $ for YOUR bonus. Back up your dept managers

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

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    Was great years ago, do not recommend it now

    Assistant Store Manager (Current Employee) Dallas, TX

    ProsDecent benefits... employee discount. Chance to move up to department manager quick if work hard and positions open up, but you will regret it. Wow I really cant think of any more pros.

    ConsExpextations are extremely high. Not a bad thing but the help to execute everything is not there. Very poor management. Good luck getting a raise. Strict attendance. High turnover, many managers quiting because of the company's lack of support. Poor promotion choices.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDont pile on all the new programs and expect results with the already short handed teams. Spend some labor $ and the stores can do sooooo much better and meet programs 100% treat employees better! We make your money. Closing shifts always get stuck with heavy cleanup store wide with minimal department staff and is expected to have it perfect. Poor raise system does not motivate employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Is it just a grocery store? Not if you do something wrong.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFlexible scheduling, awesome customers and regulars, great produce, fun employees.

    ConsNever call out or your managers will despise you. They think it's a crime if you're sick and that they have to actually do their management job and figure out how to make up for one less person. Heaven forbid any of the managers have to actually work.
    Calling out for personal reasons will spread around the store like wildfire even if only one manager was informed.
    My department manager didn't know how to do anything correctly, and would blame their mistakes on anyone they could, whether it was their assistant manager or us lowly pawns. Every month there was a new scapegoat.
    Customers would constantly complain about slow service when we were so horribly understaffed. Training was a joke.
    You couldn't take your breaks if you wanted to get your work done.
    I had gotten 100% on 3 out of 4 secret shops and heard more about the bad one than I did about my 100%. My last 100% the store manager didn't feel it was necessary to say anything to me, or personally hand me my "star card."
    I witnessed our 4th scowling over the cashiers who had lines growing all the way to bulk, and refused to get on, instead would call others up.
    I worked as a bagger in AZ's hottest summer and would go out to do carts alone for hours. They completely understaff baggers and overwork them. It's an easy job, but when you're understaffed its the hardest job in the whole store.
    Managers could care less if they scheduled you a closing shift on Monday and an opening shift on Tuesday.
    My manager would tell me one thing to my face and go to the higher-ups and say another thing. I wasn't informed of how "crappy" a job I was doing by my assistant manager until my coworkers overheard them telling my department manager.
    If you upset a manager or they don't like you, expect your hours to be cut down to 6 just to get you to quit before they have to fire you and pay you unemployment. It's not like they need money to live off of, why not mess with their lives.
    They don't recognize the work you do, and will jump to promote someone who they have connections with.
    Managers will screw up the schedule and change it without informing you, then write you up if you come in according to the first one.
    I overheard a manager receiving a call from an employee who had no ride to work, they told them to find a way to get there, hung up, then told another manager that they should just walk to work.
    You will clearly be up to your eyeballs taking care of customers, but your stock is getting low, so the managers will come over and bark at you, never will they actually help you restock. I'm not sure most of them even knew how.
    On our busiest days you could almost guarantee that walking into the office you'd see a manager browsing their personal phones.
    After I left, my department kept going on the downward spiral I knew had started when I abandoned ship, they can't keep any of the new hires, I don't think they even see the correlation.
    For the 2 years I worked there it was mostly the same crew, as soon as the new managers came in all the old team-members left one after another. But that's just the high turnover of Sprouts, right?

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire more staff, try to actually get your hands dirty instead of spitting on your employees from your mighty swivel chair, if you're not going to hire more people then start paying workers for what they actually do, encourage employees when they do well instead of only focusing on the negative, actually PAY ATTENTION to what your employees do.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Crunchy granola on the outside. Heartless corporate machine on the inside.

    Department Manager (Current Employee) Phoenix, AZ

    Prosits a decent paying job with decent hours and some good people at store level, discount is nice but everything is overpriced, good selection of produce.

    ConsIts too corporate! For the kind of store they want to be, the corporate governance needs to be replaced or they should change the name to sprockets, as we are all just cogs in their mechanism of sadness. Corporate has no idea of what truly goes on in the stores, how the employees act and treat others, how the business flows and how much drama occurs. Corporate just does their corporate thing and sits back in their cushy chairs with weekends off. While the store level employees are working their butts off all weekend to keep them in their cushy chairs and air conditioned offices. We have to do team huddles, take open book quizzes, and sign off on ridiculous safety tips. Its like being in junior high school again.

    Advice to Senior Managementtake a moment and come down off your pedestal, connect with the employees instead of barking commands at us from behind your keyboard. Working in a grocery store is stressful because the customers don't respect you when you're in customer service, they feel that they can belittle and verbally abuse. The last thing we need is a corporate leadership that is of the same mindset. Working at Sprouts, that is what I've seen so far. The regional managers are never satisfied with the output and so they cut hours, or they want to make a bonus at Christmastime and morale drops, which trickles down through the store. It could be such a happier environment.. But that would cost more money, and some bigwig might have to drop to the less expensive champagne, which this sproutie doesn't see happening.

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

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    Exploitations galore (I was a department manager)

    Department Manager (Current Employee) Irvine, CA

    ProsCommiserating with your coworkers about the horrors of working for Sprouts. You also get to get the hell out of there once your 8 hours are up.

    ConsEverything, including pay, bonuses, benefits that are outrageously expensive for part-timers, treatment of non-managers, impossible sales quotas, budgets, and goals, generally exploitative, etc.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe company is seriously flawed in pay scale, bonus program, incentive programs, etc. They even rehired a department manager who was fired for sexual harassment just because he was very friendly with someone in upper management.

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

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    1 person found this helpful  

    Sunflower was better

    Assistant Store Manager (Former Employee) Tucson, AZ

    ProsNothing, sunflower was better they were more caring and more family oriented.
      Sunflower" also is back but under a new name ( sunflower forever)!!!

    ConsDon't listen to the employees or wanna be managers who say this company is great they are brown noses and don't really know what there saying, especially the ones who really haven't been there long enough to realize what there getting into.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop lying to your employees and customers they are the ones who keep you in business

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

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    Seems amazing.. at first.

    Deli Clerk (Current Employee) Phoenix, AZ

    ProsWhat's actually good after 6 months with Sprouts? Not very much, but starting pay is decent. I make $1 more an hour than I use to but the work is definately FAR MORE than what that dollar is worth. Most of the time we have the supplies we need to do our jobs and plenty of it. We have proper equippment as well, so we usually don't have to have make-shift anything. That's as good as it gets.

    ConsWell, the turnover rate is ridiculous for this type of Company. I expected far less people to quit in my 6 months and honestly about 12 people have left because of management. Management is also a totally different con as well. They will talk down on you, talk poorly behind your back (very unprofessional), only promote who they personally like (wink wink), and ignore every complaint, request, or advice you will ever have. Then, there's the fact that I've had a coworker FIGHT for a raise and even that turned out to be only .20 or so. Although, she was a very hard worker and very dedicated to her job nobody noticed her.. or us others. If you try to give 110% to this job management will brush you off. Anything extra you may do will not be noticed and so, surely, you can expect horribly RUDE managers. Oh, also you better watch out how many times you call out for a legitimate sick day because Sprouts will punish you! Even with a Doctor's note you will get that as an unexcuse absence and if you have too many "points" you will be fired. (It's set in stone actually, read their policies). Oh and if you do manage to stay after that your hours will be cut IN HALF for calling out. Amd my absolute favorite is how the managers threaten you with a write up and THROW supplies at you when they are mad! :D

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet some new managers, Sprouts! Get HR more involved with the store too because a lot of people don't know who to go to or where when such problems, as stated above, come up. Take frequent employee surveys so we can weed out the bad guys and make a happier work place because, as you know, happier employees make happier customers. I mean honestly, I treat your customers like poo because I don't care anymore. Nobody cares about me as a person at work so then I'll do the same. A lot of us, actually, ignore and avoid customers because we are already stressed about our hours, pay, managers, and how much work we have to get done in one night with like 2 people to a department. Other than that I don't think we should change much else.

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

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    LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW PAY!

    Head Cashier (Former Employee) Burbank, CA

    ProsGreat store, however they do not value their employees. Should try at Trader Joes they value theirs.

    ConsVery very low pay. Not many or high raises at all.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou need to pay people better so your turn over is lowered and employees care about your stores.

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

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