GNC Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated March 8, 2014
Updated March 8, 2014
473 Reviews

2.8
473 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • You learn a lot about the body and health as you go and the place was ran really well (in 26 reviews)

  • Employee discount of 20%, employees are able to work different shifts/have days off for appointments (in 41 reviews)


Cons
  • sales goals pressures along with pressures for maintaining normal retail operations (in 42 reviews)

  • They only pay minimum wage and expect you to be an expert in vitamins (in 36 reviews)

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  1.  

    great experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative/Assistant Manager  in  Northlake, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Representative/Assistant Manager in Northlake, IL

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

    Pros

    work/life balance, easy going, great environment, great franchise owner as a boss, company help line easy to use when necessary.

    Cons

    None that i can think of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ur the best..

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    For the Uneducated who want to cost through life

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    Current Employee - General Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - General Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Employee discount of 30%
    You have all the time in the world to work on anything but GNC because no one comes in half the time -homework, side projects, other job applications

    Cons

    2 billion dollar Company that doesn't give 2 cents about you. Work hard, brutal deadlines for no reward for exceeding sales plan or comps. Best left for those who have no degree and are looking for a bottom of the barrel salary job with mediocre benefits for FULL TIME employees only. Your a replaceable piece of their corporate puzzle. Constant turnover as part timers receive minimum wage and no hours. Its a sales job. Selling products that mostly do not work to unsuspecting people. If you want to live on 25k a year this is for you. Get some manager experience and get out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The employees of this company work so hard for no reward. Give them a voice or some incentive to help your 2 billion dollar revenue grow. Anyone who has any knowledge of corporate structure will see this is a waste of time very quickly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    A mix of great experience but no progression

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  Bartlett, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Bartlett, IL

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

    Pros

    sales experience, customer relations, product knowledge, discounts on products

    Cons

    Same pay for almost 4 years and have no room for promoting

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    not alot of room for movement

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at GNC part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Alot of free proudcts and

    Cons

    not alot of room to go up. not alot of customers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Former manager

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    Former Employee - Store Manager  in  Romeoville, IL
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Romeoville, IL

    I worked at GNC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The information you learn about nutirion stays with you forever. Adding sales experience to your resume is never a bad thing

    Cons

    The pay is completely terrible. There is no way to focus on actualizing yourself as a worker when you can't afford to live.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You boast about being a company that is doing well in this economy, therefore you have to increase the pay of those making this happen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Truly a great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at GNC

    Pros

    Honestly, if you work hard and are passionate about what you do, then this is a very rewarding career. The sales goals are far more realistic than any company I have ever worked for. The day goes by very fast, and the customers are great. Positive reinforcement and recognition, great pay and commissions. I really don't see how anyone could say anything bad!

    Cons

    The only thing that can be unfavorable is working alone as a safety issue. On the flip side, you make all the commission!!1

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    The truth about working for GNC (corporate)

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Skokie, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Skokie, IL

    I worked at GNC

    Pros

    -Supplement discounts at stores
    -Learn alot about nutrition and getting in shape
    -Meet people (employees or customers) with like minded goals

    Cons

    The hourly wage is horrible at corporate stores and the only way you really can make money at that company is if you work at a store that has high sales volumes, foot traffic, and high net worth clients. The commissions is what will help you get anywhere from $10-$12 hourly. If you are looking for learning about nutrition its a good job, besides that it's horrible pay and management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees properly, give them a raise if they are performing better then other districts, and invest money in your stores. Quite being so stingy on your POS systems and safety equipment (cameras and security alarms) .

    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not very good

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at GNC

    Pros

    easy going environment
    good place to work
    boss was very nice
    cool co workers to pass time with
    i liked it

    Cons

    hard place to work
    products were very complicated to learn
    there was so much information that it was overwhelming at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    my advice to mgmt is that they are charging too much for their products and their ranking system is out of line

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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