Whole Foods Market
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www.wholefoodsmarket.com Austin, TX 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jul 9, 2014
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3.6 1,270 reviews

                             

83% Approve of the CEO

Whole Foods Market co-CEOs John Mackey and Walter Robb

John Mackey and Walter Robb

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74% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Heading in the wrong direction

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat benefits & decent pay, especially for the industry. If your supervisor likes you, you might go far.

    ConsThey are currently "cleaning house" by getting rid of talented, well-paid people and replacing them with part-timers from WalMart. They're also slashing labor budgets making some jobs absolutely impossible. They're going cheap & it will cost them dearly. If you stay long enough to achieve a good pay rate you will become a target of downsizing. There is no future with this company in the long run.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf current hiring trends continue, you will find yourselves surrounded by untalented halfwits. While this represents job security for the upper management, it will also be the downfall of the company. Stop being frightened by people with real leadership skills. Focus on the success of your business, not maintaining an elitist culture that excludes everyone who thinks differently.

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

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    Used to be happy, now I can't wait to get of here.

    Warehouse (Current Employee)
    Richmond, CA

    ProsThe Benefits are really good and you're surrounded by awesome people other than your Leaders.

    ConsLeadership sucks here. Too much favoritisms going on. One of Whole Foods main Core Value is Team Member Happiness. That's the biggest bull ever, I wonder who they ask when it comes to those surveys that says whole foods is one of top companies to work for.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet your stuff together or you're going to lose a lot of people especially those who have invested over 10 years of their life working here.

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

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    good place to work if you are at the right store

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsStarted out with great benefit package but over the years it "updated" and got less desirable
    I ate like a king

    Conspolitics. lots of work is expected of you. "gain sharing" was non existent you need to work at the right store and positions at good stores are hard to come by

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

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    Grocery Team Member (Current Employee)
    Yonkers, NY

    ProsSells the healthiest products u can buy from a large supermarket franchise.

    ConsDon't be disillusioned at the end of the day it is all about profit not people!

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake better care of your team members, they make or break your business!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good company, lots of growing pains.

    Produce Team Leader (Current Employee)
    Overland Park, KS

    ProsLots of good benefits, and good pay relative to competitors.

    ConsSystem of communication and execution is broken from the top down making middle management within the company very frustrating.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great colleagues

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood people and good benefits

    Consno growth prospect and training

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Popularity Contest

    Cashiers Assistant (Former Employee)
    Jacksonville, FL

    ProsEmployee discount, great food, clean store.

    ConsLots of work for little pay, not willing to listen to ideas to make front end run smoother, lots of he say she say, popularity contest.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet new front end workers

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Benefits, Poor Management

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Boulder, CO

    ProsThe benefits were superb. Cheap, decent health insurance, discounts on groceries, good PTO policy.

    ConsWhen your pay rose above a range they desired, you were essentially on notice for being fired; it was only a matter of time. The managers which were chosen were consistently poor choices who appeared to be chosen solely because of social reasons (friendship and other forms of nepotism).

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork out your management structure so you don't hire the individuals who make life hell for all the other employees under them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Unconventional Experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Boulder, CO

    ProsThere are various perks... store discount, eventual benefits, potential trips; the Company itself does make effort for its team members. Most every perk, benefit, and raise/ review is based on length of time working at store. Also, there is a great deal to be learned within the grocery industry IF the extra time is available. The companies stricter hiring processes shows by way of coworkers, who are a few steps above those found within other grocery chains. Quality food at one's fingertips.

    ConsSomething to be wary of is the particular culture of your store/ region. No location is necessarily like another, and mine was noted by many as being different. The necessities of our store differed from the culture of the company. In this location, workloads were atrocious & exhaustive, let alone not worth the stringent pay. Additionally, due to size of store, leadership 'Upstairs' was constantly on display to their employees. Widely noticed was unconcealed favoritism, unbelievable ineptitude, and strong senses of entitlement which plagued the store leaders, who earned no respect from those 'Downstairs'. All of these factors combined to cause extremely low morale, leading to extremely high turnover.

    Advice to Senior ManagementChange your habits to those the Company promotes while making actual & visible effort to support your employees on the floor.

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

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    Fun place to work... until you get chewed up and spit out

    Seafood Team Member (Former Employee)
    Glen Mills, PA

    ProsDecent pay for a grocery store. Excellent benefits. Fun, like-minded coworkers. 20% discount in store. Lots of fun and creative ways to get involved in company-wide initiatives. Great for students.

    ConsWay too much pressure from store and regional management. EVERYBODY in the store dates each other (because they don't have time for an outside social life), causing a LOT of extreme drama between coworkers. All the Store Team Leaders I met were brutal (with the exception of one ASTL I worked with who was wonderful). Insane work hours and no set schedule. As a team member, I couldn't even plan a dentist appointment or family event. Some nights I would close at 11 pm and have to be back at 5:30 am.

    They don't care about their employees as much as they make it seem. I expressed this concern to my team leader and ATL, both of whom tried to convince me otherwise, and I later saw both get fired after years of dedicated service to the company (and many successful years) once they hit a rough patch. I saw many team leaders clock out and continue working 40+ hours beyond their scheduled/paid time (including many unpaid overnight shifts) just to keep their teams on track.

    If a regional manager wanted somebody in a certain position, no matter their needs or the distance of the store, they HAVE to go along with the program. I heard a regional coordinator express once that team leaders thought they had a choice in where they go but they don't. If you don't play along and act as regional's "pawn," you probably won't have any more opportunities to move up. It's hard work and definitely a young person's job. Very few people can keep this work up past their mid-forties.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThese are real people with families who work extremely hard and make incredible sacrifices for not a lot of money. Have a little empathy.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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