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GNC Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
550 Reviews
2.8
550 Reviews
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28 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • You get a discount on everything you learn a lot you get to help people make life changing decisions (in 28 reviews)

  • Employee discount of 20%, employees are able to work different shifts/have days off for appointments (in 49 reviews)


Cons
  • sales goals pressures along with pressures for maintaining normal retail operations (in 54 reviews)

  • upper management who are managers with no people skills what so ever (in 46 reviews)

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  1.  

    great experience

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    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 (more than an 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.  

    You're only use full if you sell what they want

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    Former Employee - Part Time Sales Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Part Time Sales Associate in Chicago, IL

    I worked at GNC part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I was able to make good money here based on the commission I earned. The base pay is low though.

    Cons

    There is a low base pay. The people above you don't care about anything other than simply you hitting your quota.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show more appreciation to the sales associates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't work here unless you just need a job

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

    I have been working at GNC part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Small discount + some freebies

    Cons

    TERRIBLE pay & awful management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better pay + treat employees better.

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

    Great idea, terrible execution

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

    I worked at GNC full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Fun and healthy atmosphere with decent pay when used accordingly.

    Cons

    Their pay structure is based on base pay plus commission. The problem with that is the products commission is earned on are usually things like "Fat Cutter Extreme" or "Get Huge Like Arnold Pills." AKA items that 95% of the population doesn't need or want and the products aren't FDA approved. So here you have a HEALTH company selling UNHEALTHY products to people who don't need it and are thus hurting themselves in the process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drop the commission pay and pay better right off the bat. Focus on consumer health.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 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 (more than an 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
  7.  

    A mix of great experience but no progression

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

    I have been working at GNC full-time (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
  8.  

    not alot of room for movement

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

    I have been working at GNC part-time (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
  9. 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 (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
  10.  

    Truly a great place to work

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    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
  11. 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

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