Earth Fare Reviews in Asheville, NC

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
118 Reviews
2.4
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Pros
  • The company does offer an employee discount and decent benefits (in 15 reviews)

  • 20% discount is nice even thought I still can't afford to shop there on my salary (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Half of the home office is an "Assistant Director" of a made up title (in 13 reviews)

  • And then feeling like you'll never be supported by upper management is awful (in 11 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Flexibility is key to success

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Current Employee  in  Fletcher, NC
    Current Employee - Current Employee in Fletcher, NC

    I have been working at Earth Fare full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The people here are fantastic! I've worked a lot of places in my life, but never encountered the quality of individuals that I have here at Earth Fare. My managers, peers, and co-workers are a great bunch of people who truly care about others and what they do.

    The discounts and savings in the store aren't bad either. I don't know of another grocer who offers 20% off to its employees.

    Cons

    The biggest challenge is figuring out where, or what exactly the goals are for the company. We constantly shift priority from project to project and this is a bit confusing, but to be expected with a company growing this fast.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    No Values! - Corporate Office

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Fletcher, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fletcher, NC

    I have been working at Earth Fare full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Pay is comparable, management is generally flexible with scheduling

    Cons

    Upper management turns their head to personal activities that go on between VPs and their employees. Obvious behavior between individuals that is not workplace appropriate but it seems to be accepted because of the VPs position. Others are unfairly treated because Earth Fare allows this behavior. Where is it acceptable for a VP to have a relationship with one of their employees? I thought Earth Fare was proud of their values? I was proud to be a part of this company until I have witnessed this behavior over the past 9 months. It has been brought the attention of HR with no recourse. How can we allow a VP to represent Earth Fare and to make such big decisions on behalf of the company when it is clear they can't even keep their personal life out of work. Doesn't the fact that the VP and their subordinate being in a relationship together affect the ability to do one's job and doesn't it reflect a poor example to all others inside and outside of the company? This is completely unacceptable. Those are not the people who should be the face of Earth Fare!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention and take action on these activities. Your employees take pride in the values Earth Fare stands for and by allowing even one person to behave in this manner and to have personal relationships with their subordinates is insane. It's distracting, it's unfair, and your lack of attention and repremand for this type of behavior is unacceptable. Stop trying to please the VPs and stand up for all the rest of us!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    A "local-minded" company with corporate motivations

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Asheville, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Asheville, NC

    I have been working at Earth Fare full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Coworkers and community. There are people who have been with the company long enough to remember the culture that created the boom.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy. It is hard to get things done well with all the mandates and promotional gunk from above.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Having trust in your employees is an investment. Pay them well and treat them with respect; it will pay off.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Feed the rich, keep the poor, poor.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Fletcher, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fletcher, NC

    I have been working at Earth Fare full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    20% discount is nice even thought I still can't afford to shop there on my salary.
    50% off pizza slice and hot bar.
    401k matching and medical benefits.

    Cons

    Yearly raises capped at 3%. And you're lucky if you get it.
    Only way to get raise is if you get a title change. Half of the home office is an "Assistant Director" of a made up title. And no "Director" exists. It's stupid and everyone sees it and is disgruntled about it.
    Avoids taking a stance on GMOs.
    VPs expense their cars, Starbucks, plane tickets that are not work related, amongst other things.
    No bonuses given - no yearly bonus, no Christmas bonus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to what Earth Fare is about - natural, organic food. Sustainablility. No GMOs. Eating healthy. Make sure your employees know they are appreciated, especially they ones that have been there for 5+ years. Stop giving title changes to employees that have been there one year just so they can make more money and give raises to those that have been working hard behind the scenes. EVERY employee is important, not just those that are noticeable. Data needs updated, customer service people are IMPORTANT - everyone that keeps the company running - not just the ones that show you the pretty emails they designed or the coupon the thought of. More people than you realize are disgruntled and would leave if they could. A lot of employees are living paycheck to paycheck while others are getting title changes that are complete BS. A lot of full time employees are working two jobs just to get by. Also, married couples should NOT be allowed in the same department. It's awkward for others.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work, especially if going to school

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Bookkeeper  in  Asheville, NC
    Current Employee - Bookkeeper in Asheville, NC

    I have been working at Earth Fare full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    20% off, great management, clean place to work

    Cons

    customers sometimes can be quite rude

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no advice they do a great job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Hoping they sell the company soon to an owner that knows how to run a company and how to treat its employees.

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    Former Employee - Department Manager  in  Asheville, NC
    Former Employee - Department Manager in Asheville, NC

    I worked at Earth Fare full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Still thinking............paychecks never bounced............nothing else comes to mind.

    Cons

    Miserable working conditions. Always understaffed and employees pay is substandard for the work they are expected to perform. Always hear about how good the company is doing, but employees are never rewarded for it. The only thing that keeps employees there is the fact that they haven't found another job yet. If you're totally unqualified you can get a position at the corporate office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Turn over the reigns to qualified management team, because you are not.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Customer Service Rep

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Asheville, NC
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Asheville, NC

    I worked at Earth Fare full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Wonderful work atmosphere, very good management, very understanding. Flexible work schedule, which was really important for me, as a student. Good benefits

    Cons

    Cannot think of any cons. The only thing is that I applied twice before was hired.

  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Greed is a Sin

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Employee  in  Asheville, NC
    Current Employee - Employee in Asheville, NC

    I have been working at Earth Fare full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good benefits offered. Food philosophy already in place before take over of current owners. Co-workers are great human beings,

    Cons

    What they pay to most workers does not reflect the values and principles of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, or Christian beliefs. It is shameful and sinful. Toxic shame Is always shameful and sinful. Most of the employees have no buying power to get Insurance, or the 401k plan, much less a decent car, or much of anything else. They should try to live on 8 to 9 dollars an hour, working less than 40 hours a week. Walk in their shoes for a year! See how you like it!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop sinning. REPENT! Realize that you are on the cutting edge of the new revolution of a living wage paid to everyone who works for this company We create the wealth at the local level, that you have redistributed to yourselves and the Investors. Shame on YOU!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    What a long, strange trip it's been.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Asheville, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Asheville, NC

    I have been working at Earth Fare full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Alternative lifestyles accepted, you can move up in the company.

    Cons

    It's not what you know but who you know that gets you places, here. I have see people with very little experience elevated to top, key positions. I have seen titles made up to accommodate people and seen them given authority over people who have worked hard and been dedicated for years. There is no transparency, meetings are kept behind closed doors, there is a lot of secrecy. If you are willing to let go of free thinking and personal ideals, you can go far.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In the past 5 years, it has felt like a company that lacks focus....jumps from one idea to the next, does not value the feedback of staff or customers. Training, focus on ingredients and customer service have all taken a back seat to profits, marketing schemes and races.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good People and environment, bad management with very bad scheduling.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales  in  Asheville, NC
    Former Employee - Sales in Asheville, NC

    I worked at Earth Fare full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The employees are great and friendly. Everyone works hard and helps out.
    The atmosphere rocks, the customers are cool, and they get to know you and you get to know them.
    There are some decent perks, like discounted lunch and discounts store wide.

    Cons

    Management isn't great.
    It's retail and they treat their employees like they don't matter.
    Poor scheduling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually care about your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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