Whole Foods Market Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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Whole Foods Market co-CEOs John Mackey and Walter Robb
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Pros
  • Some of the long-timers kept up with the tradition of verbally expressing appreciations to other team members when appropriate (e (in 190 reviews)

  • Great benefits with room for advancement (in 125 reviews)

Cons
  • Team members have been told not to speak badly about team leaders (in 173 reviews)

  • managers where store team leaders act passively (in 122 reviews)

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  1. WFM

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Addison, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Addison, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Most of the benefits are good and starting pay is good for a cashier. There is a good team effort to get the job done.

    Cons

    The drawback is people know what they can get away with and do it. The customers and employees. Wholefoods is growing and changing. Better or worse? I guess both.


  2. Whole Foods Manager

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    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people, awesome products, lots of opportunity for growth, innovative retailer

    Cons

    can be stressful, customers can be a little too much at times, higher level management positions can lack work/life balance

    Advice to Management

    make growing into higher level positions more appealing


  3. produce team member

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    Current Employee - Produce Team Member in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Produce Team Member in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Positive work environment. Good Medical Benefits.

    Cons

    Budgeted Labor Hours for department are not sufficient, so there is rarely a labor surplus payout.

    Advice to Management

    Increase the labor budget for produce--with the extra hours required for the increase in the value added area there is not enough time to get the day's work done..


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  5. Specialty Team Leader

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Team Leader in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Team Leader in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great team environment. 20% employee discount. Paid Time Off Surrounded by like-minded people. Quality products.

    Cons

    "Blackout dates" (certain dates on the calendar where you can NOT request time off). Overtime during the holidays. Ridiculous retail hours/schedule. (One day you will work 6-2:30, the next day: 3-11:30, then the next day: 9-5:20) No opportunity for a set schedule.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your team members and their needs. They run the business. Be more present and visible on the sales floor/don't hide in your office. Manage your 'friend vs. employee' behavior.


  6. Great Company- Not Flexible Work Schedule

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Whole Foods Market full-time

    Pros

    The company is full of passionate people. The stores are friendly and welcoming and everyone is willing to help you learn. The ability to move around within positions in the store was easy and a great way to learn all the departments to gear up for management positions. The promotion structure within a department was well defined and annual merit increases were done on a regular cadence.

    Cons

    The pay is low and the merit increase can be less than $.25 an hour for the next six months. If you are an hourly employee- getting time off can be hard depending on the staff level of the department- especially during the holidays.

    Advice to Management

    Try and staff the in-store departments with enough employees to add for a more flexible schedule without always claiming labor budget deficiencies.


  7. Great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Store Team Leader
    Current Employee - Store Team Leader
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance, hours, nice people, great mission, treats workers well, inclusive, friendly, philosophy, teamwork.

    Cons

    Poor technology systems, very rapid expansion possibly diluting culture and mission, becoming more centralized means losing some of our individuality.

    Advice to Management

    Less focus on spreadsheets, more focus on our hedgehog concept.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Great company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits. Freedom and responsibility

    Cons

    hard work. have to do a lot with a little.


  9. Helpful (1)

    good job

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    freindly happy place to work.

    Cons

    A lot of red tape to get anything done


  10. Helpful (1)

    Whole Foods PFD

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good management, friendly customers, always busy

    Cons

    The other part timers think they are supervisors and point out every single thing either done wrong, or done right but not the same way they do it, hence making it wrong.


  11. Associate team leader

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    Current Employee - ATL in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - ATL in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good environment. Ok pay. Fast paced. Good benefits: 401k, health insurance, dental and vision. On the job training as well

    Cons

    store leadership is not always supportive and well a leader. Some are very cagey and stuck up and opinionated. Stuck in their ways and not willing to change

    Advice to Management

    Be more supportive



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