Whole Foods Market
3.6 of 5 1,119 reviews
www.wholefoodsmarket.com Austin, TX 5000+ Employees

Whole Foods Market Reviews

Updated Apr 10, 2014
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3.6 1,119 reviews

                             

82% 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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Meat Team Member (Former Employee)
Saint Louis, MO

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

ProsGreat team members, Good Management staff, Good wages, great benefits

ConsWeek end and holiday work

Advice to Senior ManagementSeek to understand all situations before judging

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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A culinary adventure with a solid team and a great fanbase

Seafood Team Member (Current Employee)
Evanston, IL

I have been working at Whole Foods Market full-time for more than 3 years

ProsCulinary experience gained
Consumer knowledge learned
Amazing benefits
Starting pay is higher than minimum
Bonuses & Perks
Flexibility

ConsHigher ups governing a region rather than store to store.
Demands a lot of time and commitment depending on level of position

Advice to Senior ManagementTraining is solid, but communication should be handled better

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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One of best places to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Whole Foods Market

ProsLots of variety, healthy atmosphere, learn a lot about margins and how healthy margins contribute to growth.

Consit is a lot of work! but the extra pay compensates for the mass amt of work

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It was a good place to work

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Whole Foods Market

Prosif you are on a great team and work hard the environment can be great

ConsThe days can drag simply because you are dealing with the same thing over and over and over

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A fun and supportive work environment

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsThis company supports their team members with work-life balance. I am able to take unpaid time off to visit my family at the other end of the globe which means a lot to me. Most of the WFM team members are a pleasure to work with. I trust my team leaders and that they have the best intentions to help me achieve my goals.
Being able to attend interesting events based on products we sell and network (in your own time/not paid time)

ConsTime and attendance policies. They can be a little strict when an employee is going through a difficult time.
There is little time for training and development. Team meetings seem hurried so information passed on is never digested too well.
Physically demanding due to badly managed back-stock areas.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe more aware of your employee's roles and challenges.
Better training is required for new employees. Your training is too fast and allows little time for discussion or employee input.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good Experience

Team Member (Current Employee)

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

ProsGood benefits, team leaders/managers work with you, ability to move up, good pay considering what you are doing

ConsThere are a few, but nothing real specific I can think of.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Ggood Place to Work

Cook (Current Employee)
New York, NY

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

ProsGood management, Great Benefit for long term employment

ConsNot for Person with Professional Kitchen Experience

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Incredibly Inspiring and Fun

Specialty Team Member (Former Employee)
Fort Collins, CO

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

ProsThe positive attitudes and true passion that runs through the veins of all team members and leaders is awesome! Training is right on point and they really care about your goals for future growth. But you need to be vocal about your goals and work hard in order for the leaders to step in and help you achieve your goals.

ConsAs a part time worker the scheduling kind of sucks, youre given last priority, so I ended up work every weekend and mostly nights, it didn't matter if I had other things going on. But it was really easy to request time off.

Advice to Senior ManagementHave more meetings with team members to discuss advancement and growth within the company.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Decent Benefits, Pay is lower end

IT Analyst (Current Employee)
Austin, TX

I have been working at Whole Foods Market full-time for more than 8 years

ProsFreedom,work-life balance, great middle bosses, very little interaction with upper management, which gives a freedom from clock watching. Very little corporate structure. Loose.

ConsThe pay is low and it is tough to get ahead. The management is constantly shifting gears. Many projects get started, but very little follow through. We set goals but they are not very meaningful. There are many statistics that prove that our department is essential, such as team productivity type charts and the resolution times of problem and project management. But no one really knows what the numbers represent.

Advice to Senior ManagementSet better more solid expectations.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Depends on the management personalities...

Store Graphic Artist (Former Employee)
Fairfield, CT

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

ProsWhen I started out, I loved what the company stood for, and I was very warmly welcomed. Most of the employees seemed happy, and were extremely friendly, making my time working there highly rewarding. I learned a lot about food and health, and they're always looking to educate team members.

ConsThey're not as open as they say they are about new ideas. A lot of Team Leaders get away with not doing much and making their Team Members do all the work, and when certain management is in place, if they don't like you, you won't stay very long. They're reluctant to give you a raise after a certain point, and won't tell you there's salary caps on positions where you can't make any more unless you move up. If there's good people in management, its a great company. If there isn't, everyone suffers.

Advice to Senior ManagementActually take the time to listen to your team members and follow the values that Whole Foods stands for. If you're going to act like a tyrant, and ruin what John Mackey's tried to accomplish with a company, go work somewhere else.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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