Whole Foods Market Reviews

Updated August 29, 2014
Updated August 29, 2014
1,389 Reviews

3.7
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Whole Foods Market co-CEOs John Mackey and Walter Robb
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Pros
  • Whole Foods Market has great benefits and strives to grow their team members (in 162 reviews)

  • Great benefits that work on a tier level based on hours you have put in w/the company (in 105 reviews)


Cons
  • Can't speak up for the good team members for fear of being written up or fired (in 146 reviews)

  • Team leaders tend to delegate responsibility to lower level managers (in 104 reviews)

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  1.  

    Whole Foods Market Sucks

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Whole Foods Market part-time

    Pros

    there is nothing positive to say about working for whole food market.

    Cons

    encinitas whole foods is dirty. gross food, unhealthy food, rude full-time employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Whole Foods Market Stock Price is a refection of the job you are doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Voting on employees to keep your job.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    Only works if they look at you ability to do your job.

    Cons

    It's all about popularity contest, kind of like survivor island.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Its a grocery store ask customers what you can do for them don't tell people what you think you do for them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    They say they value team member happiness, my experience says otherwise.

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    Former Employee - Produce Production (Cut Fruit) Team Member  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Produce Production (Cut Fruit) Team Member in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at Whole Foods Market part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Long paid training period, occasional free food.

    Cons

    This is the only job I've ever had in which my work ethic has been constantly brought into question. Myself and many of my coworkers come in on time, follow the rules, and work hard- in return there is no positive feedback, team members are expected to do more and more work in the dame amount of time, often with inadequate, broken, or missing equipment. Not living up to these unrealistic expectations leads to a constant stream of warnings. No communication is given to attempt to solve problems outside of these warnings. The pay is very poor for the unrealistic expectations placed on workers. Benefits are almost non-existent for workers who are part time, despite the lack of opportunities for full time work. The company has values until they cut into their bottom line. It might be one of the best companies to work for if you're a team leader, but otherwise you're stuck doing all the work to pay for the salaries and benefits of the higher ups. The team leaders in my department have consistently shown a lack of compassion and regard for their employees, and at times have been downright disrespectful. Eight months with this company is eight months too long, I don't recommend this job to any decent hardworking individual who wants a career that they don't dread showing up to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show some respect for your employees on the bottom. If you actually cared about team member happiness as much as you profess to this may not have been such an unbearable place to work at.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    We don't train our employee's. We demonstrate job actions the rest is up to you.

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    Current Employee - Prepared Foods Cook
    Current Employee - Prepared Foods Cook

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great place for self starters and people who have a good knowledge of kitchen work, kitchen recipes, food processing concepts and flavor. Great place for those who don't want to be instructed or taught what to do. Great place for anyone who likes open ended methods and open ended outcomes.

    Cons

    If you can't "wing it" or don't know how to "fake" it good enough to make it look normal then Whole Foods is not for you. You most likely will not be trained in your job title. Although, you will be told what to do. "How" you do it, and what method(s), and practical behaviors is what you have to figure out. I have seen many people quit because they where not "trained" how to do their particular job title. Everyday your methods and procedures will probably be different than they where the day before. There isn't very much that is standard procedure at WFS. Most of it is figure it out or fake it til closing or til your shift is over.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Establish a foundation for standards of customer service and cleanliness at venue positions and hot bar and salad bar. If you have a level of "expectation" then PRINT IT OUT so everyone can see it and remember it. Establish management TRAINING CLASSES. So that supervisors and team leaders all have the same expectations and how to get those accomplished.

    Neutral Outlook
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    Crap Shoot

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    Former Employee - Team Member  in  Northbrook, IL
    Former Employee - Team Member in Northbrook, IL

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

    Pros

    Some people who work there are talented, passionate, caring, and very happy.

    Cons

    The promotion and retention policies are odd. I found I felt I worked for a completely different company than my friends who worked for another supervisor. Despite 30 months of trying, there was little to no interest in the foibles of my team leader, until I was being fired.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Unprofessional, Inexperienced, Incompent, Dishonest, and Lack of Fairness

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    Current Employee - Prepared Foods Team Member
    Current Employee - Prepared Foods Team Member

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    40% off Team member discount once every six months. Had some amazing co-workers.

    Cons

    Department leaders and their assistants have a bully mentality since their store leader has been a shining example of one. There is a guide book explaining company policy, but they play by their own rules. Will schedule Part Time employees for the busier shifts and full time people are the ones reaping all the rewards. Deplorable nepotism and favoritism that places sorely unqualified people into the company. Horrible, ego driven, fear based leadership that's neither helpful or necessary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It doesn't matter, they don't hear you. If your not playing by their made up set of rules or you aren't a part of the "good ol boy" network, you don't matter. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Whole Foods

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market full-time

    Pros

    Guess I like the food.

    Cons

    Whole Foods is kind of evil.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    firing spree

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    Current Employee - Prepared Foods Cook  in  Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Prepared Foods Cook in Tulsa, OK

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    pay was good, worked with friends

    Cons

    terrible managers, accused continuously, worked there for 7 months - never voted on- one review, fired over lies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get a grip on your firing reasons.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Disappointing

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    Former Employee - Cashier  in  Medford, MA
    Former Employee - Cashier in Medford, MA

    I worked at Whole Foods Market part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Discounts on very high end, expensive, quality food products. Starting pay rate is decent for an off the street potential employee.

    Cons

    Advancement is below slow. Raises are at 6 mo increments initially, then plateau for years. Advancement is typically given to favorites, and if your "Team Leader" doesn't favor you, you're screwed. Most co-workers are happy the first 6 weeks, then job satisfaction plummets for most of the employees I've seen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more opportunities for advancement, and follow through on your supposed company "values"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    I wish this place lived up to the hype..

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    Current Employee - Coffee Bar Team Member  in  Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Coffee Bar Team Member in Boulder, CO

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market as a contractor

    Pros

    Ok pay, ok benefits, just ok.

    Cons

    Scheduling for full time employees makes family life tough. Part timers make their own schedule. "Passive" aggressive behavior rules the roost. Like to be emotionally abused for meager pay and no tips? This is your jam! Did I mention mind control? All the feel of big brother with none of the organizational skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees with any respect, don't hang onto bad team leaders who drive good employees out because they're jealous and hateful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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