Whole Foods Market

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Whole Foods Market Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
1,627 Reviews
3.6
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Whole Foods Market co-CEOs John Mackey and Walter Robb
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Team members have a say in everything that concerns the welfare of the overall company (in 190 reviews)

  • Fun place to work, great benefits if you actually get a chance to work full time (in 125 reviews)


Cons
  • When changes are made it is up to team members to figure out the way without any guidance (in 173 reviews)

  • Lack of accountability, team leaders promoted to position but not trained -- terrible (in 122 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not what it used to be....

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Buyer/Specialist in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Buyer/Specialist in Denver, CO

    I worked at Whole Foods Market full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The discount is great, the benefits are ok. I've made many amazing friends at the whole foods.

    Cons

    The politics are ridiculous!!! I've seen so many unqualified people promoted just because they know how to play the whole foods game (butt kissing). Whole Foods tries to pass itself off as this liberal open minded company that cares about what their TMs think, but they don't want to hear about their "opportunities". They will literally let a team leader run a dept. into the ground before they admit they made a mistake in hiring them. And they don't see a red flag when 3 people in leadership positions, who have all worked for the company for over 5 years,quit within the same week. Everyone used to want to work at the Capitol Hill WFM in Denver, but now they have to beg people to apply for positions. This company is not what it used to be and this store is the worst.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to team members and DO NOT shame them for speaking up. These are the people who have the experience of working in these departments and for these team leaders on a daily basis. Their opinions matter, they are relevant, and valuable. Be able to admit that you've made mistakes. We're all human and most of the time we're not perfect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Culture has totally changed

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Whole Foods Market full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent health insurance, a little price matching on 401k, 20% discount on food

    Cons

    Culture is becoming more corporate. No more tattoos, piercings etc. That's what used to make Whole Foods fun and different. Pay raise used to be $1.00 a year but has now fallen drastically. Fiercely anti-union. Company is extremely wasteful because they are way behind the times with their computer systems and workflow. Lied to for years about BPA in their receipt tapes. Massive cronyism. Do not care about employees at all, they only care about their bottom line. Totally geared towards high turnover. Scheduling is awful, forever scheduling people closing and opening shifts back-to-back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read this article and fix things. Pronto. While this letter is old everything as of this date is still true. This stuff is still happening everywhere.

    Google: Read a Disgruntled Whole Foods Employee's Epic Resignation Letter

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    The worst job ever held

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    Discounts on great produce and high quality products

    Cons

    Promotions and benefits based on reports made of co-workers (spying); poor, disrespectful treatment of individual abilities and talents including age issues; overall treatment like grade-school children with punishments and consequences meted out regularly; favoritism practiced - best schedules and full time for favored workers; promise of higher pay prior to hire not kept; disharmonious and uncomfortable work atmosphere and environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect differences of all kinds, give credit where credit is due, practice impartiality, nurture and encourage a more harmonious and cooperative work environment and culture

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Bakery

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    Current Employee - Bakery Team Member in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Bakery Team Member in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    Generally good products if knowledge of what you're purchasing. Better bakeries compared to other grocery store bakeries

    Cons

    Lack of communication and creativity
    Not the best work environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hard to say, all whole foods stores run differently

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not what I was led to believe it would be!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits better than many other retailers

    Cons

    Too much favoritism! Being friends with coworkers is stressed above being a good worker and taking care of customers. The best and brightest are NOT rewarded here! Barely competent coworkers are given bigger raises, promotions, and special rewards (lunch coupons, gift cards, etc.) than those who are stuck doing all the work while they chit-chat and ignore customers. Emails from everyone from store level to regional, even corporate are filled with spelling and grammatical errors even though outlook has spell and grammar check! One coworker who makes a lot more than I do does an absolutely terrible job and I end up fixing many of her mistakes, yet she is given an 8% raise while I only got 6% and my review was done 6 months late. Now I can't get another one for 12 more months. This is not the first time. I have worked at Whole Foods for over 5 years and only received 4 raises totaling $4 even though I took on another role in the company which was supposed to be compensated at a higher rate. When hired, my group was assured that the low starting pay would be adjusted at the 6 month review. I got 60 cents at that one! The fortune list is based on letters sent by team members who are rewarded for writing the glowing reviews. A bunch of lies from a bunch of liars!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ban clopens! There is no reason to have someone close at night then open in the next morning! This does not foster team member happiness and excellence (or health which was removed from the core value). Start appreciating TMs who really do the work instead of the ones who are fake and just talk without actually getting anything done or done correctly. The best and the brightest are NOT rewarded here. Also, do not promote an open door policy then punish those who come to you with concerns. Policies should be uniformly enforced. TMs at my store have been fired for violating the GIG dress code while others continually flaunt the rules, including supervisors and even the ISF (who is supposed to train others on policy!) who wears shiny spandex leggings without the proper top cover. It is not professional.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Do not work for this company, this location in particular this location is just extraordinarily awful.

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    Former Employee - Produce Team Member in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Produce Team Member in Boston, MA

    I worked at Whole Foods Market part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    perhaps their 20% discount could buy considered a pro, but due to their gross over pricing it's hardly any benefit at all.

    Cons

    let's see you go to their little job fair and you get hired. You tell them your availability and you think there listening and that they'll be able to accommodate you. You tell them you're only available after 4 on weekdays, but when you receive your schedule you find out they expect you there starting at 2 despite the fact you've told them your also a student who has class at that time. Did everything you told them before just go in one ear and out the other? The management are a bunch of insensitive thoughtless people who aren't very educated who just expect you to do absolutely whatever they want no matter what issues you may be having. They management tries desperately to present an image to their customers that their all one big happy family getting along and everybody is treated the same when in actuality there's gross favoritism being played and when it comes to promotions or moving up within the company it's all politics and whoever is in well with the upper management, nothing at all to do with who does the best work. You'll show up for your first day of work and some idiot their will train you who is unfriendly doesn't want to be at work in the worst way and they will just get annoyed and most likely snap at you for asking questions. By day 2 you'll be expected to know the job and the store inside and out with no more training, don't bother going to anyone for help because they could think you don't no the job and you may no get voted on by them (another stupid system whole foods has which they actually believe to be effective). In addition to all of this, the pay really isn't very good. Yeah it's 10 an hour. My advice stay away from this company but certainly this location. Take a restaurant job, become a busser or server. I'm currently working at a restaurant now as a busser and I come home with between 50-75 $ a night in tips, in addition to that, I get an hourly rate of 6 $, all for working a 5pm -830 shift. Way more money then whole foods, much better people, less hours. I worked at whole foods for about a week and half, left one day and found something a million times better a week later. All in al,l do not work for whole foods market wellsley, not even a close call.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You guys really need to rethink the way your store operates, realize your employees are actually people to, be fair and waaaaay more considerate, and not put your own selfish desires ahead of everything.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    They don't care about their employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Team Member in Milford, CT
    Current Employee - Team Member in Milford, CT

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, 20% off groceries

    Cons

    Pretty much everything no opertunity for advancement, hours are all over the place, time off requests never honored

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being so lazy and selfish actually care about your employees stop giving only yourselves the weekend off and give some of the full time staff a break dont lie about promotimg them and stop hiring/promoting the people they dont care about the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Misled in interview process. Applied for Management. Hired (as everyone is) at $10/hr and 20/wk for Front End Bagging.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Whole Foods Market part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Surrounded by healthy food.

    Cons

    Pay was so low, still couldn't afford to buy food even with 'generous employee discount.' Stuffy employees, stuffy training, stuffy and rude customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay a real wage to people who've worked their lives away and earned it. Really? Expect seasoned help to stick around and work all the Holidays and weekends for cruddy pay?

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst...Job...EVER

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    Offers less restrictive dress code options
    Appears to be environmentally and socially conscious (on the surface)
    Less professional environment

    Cons

    NO thorough employee training
    NO competence among management
    NO safety protocols or training
    NO regard for value of team members
    NO fair promotion scale or standards
    Unfair wages, unfair employee protections, unhealthy work loads, inadequate breaks (for food, rest, restroom useage)

    Witnessed SEVERAL health code and safety violations working in Prepared Foods.
    (I.e. expired/moldy food products being packaged for sale, uncontrolled fires due to lack of available extinguishers , out of temperature meat/produce after being left out for entire shifts, employees electrocuted/set ablaze by grill, employees burned by lack of protective gloves in kitchen, employees seizing and losing consciousness due to UNHEALTHY stress levels & work loads.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start creating better work environments that protect and sustain your workstaff.
    Properly evaluate and continually review management (poor management at a new store, can eradicate over 40% of new hires & supporting team members, within a single quarter.)
    Compensate team members fairly instead of encouraging such disproportionate wage differentials between members and management.
    Effectively follow up on workplace discrimination, harrassment and any unfair workplace interactions.
    TAKE CARE OF YOUR TEAM MEMBERS.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Whole Foods Does not train employees

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    this company sucks 100% Most of the employees smoke cigarettes and lead unhealthy lifestyles

    Cons

    this company sucks 100% the management just want that job so they can have kids and in-turn create clones without integrity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Karma Look at the stock price. The managers who run this company are in it for the money. The number 1 priority is not for the workers Heath and Welfare it is for MONEY.
    Whole Foods has been breaking Law and they have lied and denied it Not a company of Integrity!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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