Whole Foods Market Reviews

Updated March 30, 2015
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  1. 2 people found this helpful

    Great Company, Questionable Culture

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Team Member in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Customer Service Team Member in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Pros

    Great pay, opportunities to grow, employee discount

    Cons

    Childish management, "clique" culture, terrible to work for as a student because they only offer 8 hour shifts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow up and stop playing favorites with people who are clearly just sucking up to management and terrible to fellow employees. You can tell alot about someone by how they treat their subordinates, rather than their equals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  2. Good for a retail position

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    Former Employee - Cashier in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Cashier in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    Decent pay, cool coworkers, good discount

    Cons

    Obnoxious customers, odd hours, getting up early for store meetings

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Whole Foods

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    Team, experience, discount. Lots of interesting people to work with.

    Cons

    None that I can think of. Love my job so far. Have received a few promotions and am happy at work.

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  5. Specialty foods - part time

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    Former Employee - Specialty Team Member in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Specialty Team Member in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    Co-workers and management were great, I actually really liked everyone with whom I worked. The pay was decent for a part time position and I think that in time, if I had stayed, I could have move to full time. The full time benefits there are really great. I loved the incentives, they had a program that rewarded your department almost like commission. It didn't usually add up to much but it was nice to see direct compensation for your work

    Cons

    Really, nothing. It was a good job. They only reason I left was that I moved away.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Overall, good place to work

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    Former Employee - Counter Person, Specialty, Bakery in Del Mar, CA
    Former Employee - Counter Person, Specialty, Bakery in Del Mar, CA

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

    Pros

    Pleasant atmosphere. Colleagues are mostly cool people. Usually the work is not too hard, except where understaffed. If you show interest, you can move to other departments to get trained. Benefits are nice. 20% off food helps a lot.

    Cons

    Need to fire employees who fail to show up for work repeatedly, who complain constantly, and who leave early because they aren't feeling well. Those of us who work hard and make ourselves come to work even when we have headaches or lack sleep are penalized, while slackers affect morale negatively because we pick up the slack.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See above.
    There should be more rewards for those who pick up extra hours when the malingerers call in sick or the lazy ones fail to finish their work. People are treated pretty much the same whether they go above and beyond the call of duty or don't come close to doing what they should.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. They walked the walk for the most part

    Former Employee - Specialty Team Member in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Specialty Team Member in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    I enjoyed the positive environment and the people I was surrounded by both customers and team members. There are great incentives for working at WFM in regards to compensation, benefits, and promotional opportunities.

    Cons

    I had a horrible team leader who brought down our whole team. He was really close with the store director and there was a sense of defeat. Our team knew there was no way out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior leadership should make sure that team members are given positive outlets to provide feedback of their leadership.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    Freedom, sometimes too much

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    Current Employee - Prepared Foods Team Member in Oxnard, CA
    Current Employee - Prepared Foods Team Member in Oxnard, CA

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    Minimum starting wage is $11, evaluations and raises every 6 months. If you want to move departments, you usually can. I love the company and its values and missions (I was a frequent customer before working here), 20% discount (can increase to up to 30%), employee appreciation days, customers are (overall) friendlier that other places I've worked.

    Cons

    A lot of this is really specific to my department and store, but nothing really gets done right, leadership doesn't actually listen or care if you have an issue, and I have to ask other team members for training; I've literally never been trained to do my job. I'm still one of the few people who gets things done because everyone else texts, chats with other employees, and calls in sick every week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If I say I'm being sexually harassed, that's serious, don't "try to accommodate" me by scheduling me with that person *less* - If my availability is completely open, there is *no reason* I should be scheduled with them at all.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. I had a great experience working here

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    good team environment and freedom to express my individuality, enjoyed getting to interact with the customers and share my experience with others working there

    Cons

    could get a little hectic, and sometimes the clientele made it difficult to complete my duties, but it's a small downside overall

  10. Post interview

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    Great Benefits with outstanding perks that will really make you good here for a long 20 years

    Cons

    Working in a retail environment is tough especially in a supermarket setting that will really mAke you very stressed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't have any advice really except that there is really exceptional growth here that may really bring you to the top.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    This company is awesome!

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Team Trainer
    Former Employee - Customer Service Team Trainer

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

    Pros

    Easy to move up; They really care about your well being: they have a program called the biometric screening that tests your cholesterol, BP, etc... Depending on how healthy you are, you can raise your discount from 20% to 30%! And let's say you don't get good news back... Your cholesterol is terrible, for example. You can "apply" to go into the immersion program where they send you to a resort for a week where you take classes from Doctors on the health board and health pros from all over the world who teach you how to be healthy, and between those classes there are fitness classes and they feed you the whole time. And the best part? YOU DONT PAY FOR ANYTHING!!! The entire or program, from the flight/gas to the food is free for team members! They sent me to Naples, Florida for Dr Stoll's Immersion. Got to hang out at the beach, do yoga, eat mostly plant based and learn from the best. FOR FREE. They sent my husband (who also works at WFM) to Sedona, Arizona to attend Rip's (from Engine 2) vegan immersion. FOR FREE. This is the most caring company I've ever worked for. The only reason I left was because they don't offer a set schedule (your shifts are different every week). The pay is awesome for a grocery store. In orlando (back when I started in 2011) you started out at $11 and they gave me a dollar raise each year. You're free to be yourself! They accept your tattoos, your piercings, and your crazy colored hair! You can pretty much wear whatever you want as long as it's not offensive. They're constantly appreciating their team members with free stuff and events. THE STORES GET TO VOTE ON THEIR BENEFITS! How amazing is that? Oh, and you get bonus checks every other paycheck as long as the store does well. Seriously: if you're thinking about applying, do it. They're awesome. As long as you don't care about crazy schedules.

    Cons

    The scheduling is nuts. I hated closing one night then opening the next. Though they are pretty good about giving you the time off you requested and if possible. And I guess that's just how working in a grocery store works. That's really my only gripe unless you get store specific: I don't like how there's such strong favoritism shown for certain team members, but I guess that will be at any job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You guys are awesome. Thank you for being so caring and kind. Thanks for always trying to improve yourselves and thanks for honestly trying to make team members happy. Though, I really wish you would keep the Grass Roots feel to each store (it's getting very "corporate" because they're all starting to look the same). Don't forget who you are and what you stand for!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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