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Enjoyable company to work for

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Former Employee - Sales Associate in Alpharetta, GA
Former Employee - Sales Associate in Alpharetta, GA

I worked at GNC part-time (More than a year)

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

Pros

-Always on your feet doing something
-A lot of interaction with people
-Good pay after commission

Cons

-Quite a bit of repetitive tasks
-Having to meet multiple company sales percentages before commission can be made

Advice to Management

Implement more incentives to your employees to encourage them to exceed expectations

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  1. great place to grow at

    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate

    I have been working at GNC full-time

    Pros

    great employee discounts and fun environment

    Cons

    there have not been any cons

  2. Helpful (5)

    Hardcore sales job - except you don't get paid like a real salesperson

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    Former Employee - Store Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at GNC full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Meeting new people.
    Learning about nutrition and supplements.
    Genuinely getting to help people live a better life.
    Good management experience.
    Resume builder.
    Sales training.

    Cons

    Sales goals that are often unobtainable and are the same for everyone, regardless of market.
    Job is threatened when sales goals are not met, even if you are very close.
    Business statistics are not readily available to managers. They provide plenty of information about the percentages of certain items you sell, but then will yell at you for doing poorly on some report that you have never even seen before. When you ask for a copy of that report they don't oblige. These reports are for senior managers, and not to be used by store managers. Information about the profitability of your store is never provided - in 5 years of managing GNC stores I never knew if what I was doing was actually helping our bottom line.
    Despite very strict sales goals, we are told to "sell the customer what they want." But in the next breath we are told that "every customer wants a vitapak." It is difficult to actually help people with their health goals when we are forced to push certain products.
    Associates are paid minimum wage, but are expected to be just as good as full time managers.
    Finding good associates is difficult; the people willing to work for minimum wage usually do so because of the promise of commission on sales, but they are frequently punished and fired for not selling enough non-commission items.
    Ambiguous directions from leadership. One moment you are being praised for doing a great job, the next you are being chewed out by the same boss for doing such a terrible job (on the very same thing he was just heaping praise!).
    Multiple bosses, all telling you the same thing: "get your numbers up." They will sometimes offer extra training, but the training is the same thing every time. They offer nothing new, but expect dramatic changes. If things don't change you get fired.
    You are paid salary, but you have to clock in and out, and you will be chewed out if you work any more or less than 40 hours on the dot. (Even for being just 15 minutes over or under).
    Mandatory conference calls - which can hardly be called a 'conference', they are more just the Regional Sales Director yelling at you for not being the #1 sales region every single week - and you aren't allowed to call in from a cell phone, you must be on a store phone.
    Corporate leadership will put certain items on sale, but sales goals are not adjusted accordingly. You will be chewed out for selling fewer items that weren't included in the sale.
    Wage budgets are set centrally - and managers must adhere to them. If more help is needed, it must be requested from your senior manager. Wage budget cuts are made seemingly at random, with no input from the managers.

    Advice to Management

    There is little use giving any advice. Corporate leadership views managers of all levels as replaceable parts. If you aren't doing what they tell you, they will find someone who will.

    However, there is one word that would do much to improve performance and the quality of life of GNC's store teams: EMPOWERMENT. Give your managers more responsibility to control the P&L of their stores - let go a little bit of the central control. Judge your managers on their real performance.

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