Vitamin Shoppe

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Training IRRESPONSIBLE and Not as Good As they Claim

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Former Employee - Sales Associate
Former Employee - Sales Associate

I worked at Vitamin Shoppe part-time (more than an year)

Pros

Some education in holistic supplements, limited by how much they think you should learn based on how long you have worked there.

Cons

You are asked to pretend that you work at a pharmacy--except you don't. You are being trained by people who largely have NO EDUCATION IN HEALTH, and have simply memorized sales pitches. Obviously this can get you and the company into a lot of problems. Yes, you can learn a lot, but you will need to spend your off hours researching the whole story behind the use of any herb and how they interact with the human body and many illnesses. It's a great place to cut your teeth. The problem is that the customers, and your own curiosity will demand that you learn more than the company is willing to teach you. It will be up to you to be responsible to learn these things so that you don't recommend products that could be dangerous or just not helpful. That's the mental part. Inbetween answering questions, you will stock shelves, clean house and rotate product as they do not hire a separate staff to do that. It's not hard, but it means the job is both physically and mentally exhausting. Oh and the first thing they ask you to do is take a drug test to prove that you don't use drugs. Unfortunately the company's drug policy is a joke, as you will spend much of your time explaining to the customers which products to take so the drugs will be cleaned from their bodies. I am all for second chances, but it disgusting that I would have to teach people how to cheat on drug tests so they can get a job. We are also cautioned not to promise the drug users anything because heaven forbid they should FAIL THEIR DRUG TEST, then Vitamin Shoppe could be sued. I'm not a drug user, and that I be submitted to such lunacy was demeaning.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

The idea of Vitamin Shoppe is very beautiful, however, if you wish to be anything more than a snake oils sales man, then you need to focus on education and respect for holistic and herbal practices.

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Ups and downs

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vitamin Shoppe

    Pros

    Lots of training on product knowledge, you get to help people with health concerns and are left with the feeling you've made a difference in their lives

    Cons

    home office has zero respect for store level, pay doesn't match responsibilities, concerns are rarely heard and action is rarely taken

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    start listening to the people that actually drive your sales

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hired on as an assitant manager.

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    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Gilroy, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Gilroy, CA

    I have been working at Vitamin Shoppe full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great education
    Room to grow
    Improve sales skills

    Cons

    Law is very strict on language and sales methods (you can't say this will do something, you have to use words like "promote, help".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue developing associates as you always do and you'll continue to be successful!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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