Whole Foods Market Reviews

Updated July 1, 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. Prepared Foods Team Member

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    Current Employee - Prepared Foods Team Member in Hingham, MA
    Current Employee - Prepared Foods Team Member in Hingham, MA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -The various types of 8 hour shifts allows for flexibility in scheduling
    -Fun environment to work in
    -Lots of employee empowerment

    Cons

    Usually have to change stores/ location if you want to seek management position

    Advice to Management

    promoted employees should become management for the stores/ locations they work in


  2. Helpful (1)

    Whole Foods-Recommended.

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    Former Employee - Associate Team Leader in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Associate Team Leader in Portland, OR

    I worked at Whole Foods Market

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Whole Foods has a great company culture and a desire to see that everyone grows and learns. They love to hire within where it's best suited and offer good training on the job.

    Cons

    Working for a publicly traded company has some downsides, notably some decisions take longer than necessary to come around.


  3. New Cashier

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    Current Employee - Cashier in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Cashier in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great Coworkers, Some Benefits, Relaxed Environment

    Cons

    Part-Time Employee Benefits (expensive medical), not very many full-time job opportunities

    Advice to Management

    More Benefits to Part time workers!


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  5. Meat cutter

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    Current Employee - Meat Cutter in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Meat Cutter in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I work in a nice neighborhood whole food, pay is great, and the opportunities are awesome, can transfer whenever you want.

    Cons

    No cons in this department

    Advice to Management

    More cutting less presentation


  6. Great people, benefits

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    Former Employee - Team Member in Fort Collins, CO
    Former Employee - Team Member in Fort Collins, CO

    I worked at Whole Foods Market

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great environment, company culture, and decent benefits.

    Cons

    often inflexible schedule and difficult work hours, i.e ending a shift at 11 pm, working the next day at 5 am


  7. Helpful (2)

    Prepared Foods ATL

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    40 hr work week. Room for advancement. Quality Products. Friendly & supportive team members, gain sharing, financial transparent. Good chunk goes towards team member compensation.

    Cons

    Gaps in training systems. Constructive feedback is promoted more so on paper than actually happening through out the departments.

    Advice to Management

    leadership training plans that last 4 weeks for internal promotions & 8 week for external. Supervisor training plans & team member training plans.courses that happen monthly @ regional office. Certify team leaders to become classroom facilitators for said courses to support our training team.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Great place to meet friends!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market part-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    When it comes to crappy retail jobs, WFM isn't all that bad. I mostly enjoy the relationships you form with fellow team members and customers.

    Cons

    Team member happiness does not seem to be a high priority. I know a lot of team members that feel unheard by leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the wants and needs of team members more. Don't brush them off.


  9. Front End Team Member

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great environment and team members
    Lots of opportunity to move up or transfer.
    Autonomy

    Cons

    Experience is based on store and team leadership


  10. Team Member

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Co workers are awesome!
    Starting pay is great
    Great company to move up.

    Cons

    Part time hours vary tremendously.

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire new members if you plan on cutting hours.


  11. good

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Whole Foods Market

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    benefits offer big buck you know?

    Cons

    crowded and small can be better



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