GNC Reviews

Updated March 28, 2015
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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. I love it. Love helping customers out and making this company more money.

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Estero, FL
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Estero, FL

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

    Pros

    I personally work in a great area so my customers are very nice and easy to work with, there's always something I can learn from them. GNC is a great job because it encourages commission selling and selling to hit company numbers.

    Cons

    Honestly nothing, the pay is good and I'm grateful to be apart of this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The computers can be slow at times and I wish my store carried more products.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. General Overview of Sales Associate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GNC

    Pros

    Stimulating work environment with ample amount of Sales training and product knowledge modules to educate and sharpen your skills. Incentives such as commission on select products helps keepo energy in your tank while working.

    Cons

    Strict quotas as far as specific goals in specific categories which is good in this field but the numbers, at times are unrealistically high. All of this sometimes is placed on your shoulders alone due to the fact that often you'll be working solo most of the day until another Associate or Manager comes in to take the next shift.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company is great, don't get me wrong. The culture in my eyes is Learn, Work and get paid, no BS which is great. However, there is a huge gap between the Associates/Store Manager and Corporate which creates somewhat of an "unknown" tension so my recommendation is more communication between Corporate and the store fronts.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Once a good place to work

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    Former Employee - Senior Store Manager in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Senior Store Manager in Las Vegas, NV

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

    Pros

    Salary benefits at one time pm pay outs. Dealing with customer establishing relationships. Trying New products helping out needs and concerns of customer

    Cons

    Culture not the same pm a lot lower kpi. Pain in the but. Regional manager plays favorites weekly conference calls a waste of time. PLAN O GRAMS pain along with store resets. Really useless

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe let employees sell what the customer needs not watch indicators. Evaluation of commission more payroll hours. Managers have a life also and want to be home with their families also.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Laid Back; Great Part-Time

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GNC

    Pros

    If you work out, you're surrounded by an environment that fascinates you. You have supplements everywhere, and working here gives you a chance to look around and learn more about them - as well as try them at a discounted price. I've tried plenty of different flavors and brands since I've started and can't complain. It also allows you to learn more about different areas of exercise and supplementation.

    Cons

    KPI's - You have to sell a certain amount of X products in order to meet your goals. Everyone complains about this, but at my specific store, you're not fussed at for not meeting them. They just encourage you to hit them if you can.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None - Good job. My manager is pretty laid back and understanding.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Boring

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Deland, FL
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Deland, FL

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

    Pros

    free samples, supplement discounts, returns

    Cons

    low wage, not fulfilling, little incentives

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    increase incentives

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. Great company to work for if you love the fitness industry.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GNC

    Pros

    Get a chance to help people everyday.

    Cons

    Long hours and not much time for life outside work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay people what they're worth

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GNC

    Pros

    Being fit helps, Discounts on products, Love it

    Cons

    Hours waiting for a customer coming and not working out at the gym.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Sales Associate

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    Former Employee - Part Time Sales Associate in Pittsfield, MA
    Former Employee - Part Time Sales Associate in Pittsfield, MA

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

    Pros

    - Learn about nutrition
    - help customers determine best products for their goals
    - commissions

    Cons

    - Commissions on items were always changing
    - Pushy sales culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    re-evaluate training program for new associates

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. No company is perfect, but at the end of the day the positives of life at GNC greatly outweigh the negatives.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Worcester, MA
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Worcester, MA

    I have been working at GNC

    Pros

    - Performance based income: sell more, earn more
    - Great way to learn the craft of retail management
    - Great employee discount, applies even to on-sale and mark-down items
    - Many opportunities to try free product and develop relationships with third-party vendors
    - Strong history of promotion from within
    - Strong support from Regional Sales Director and Senior Store Manager, others are vested in your success
    - Minimal micromanagement from home office, managers experience great autonomy in developing and implementing strategies in both sales and operations. This is great at encouraging "out of the box" thinking and personal development.
    - Ability to make your own schedule (within reason and with respect to the needs of your business) allow great work/life balance.

    Cons

    - Generally lower compensation than comparable positions in other companies
    - Limited payroll budget and maximum part-time hours of 29 hours per employee can create challenges in acquiring and retaining talent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    GNC is moving in a positive direction and I am overall very pleased with the current culture of our company. Our new CEO's vision is improving upon an already great culture everyday and I am highly optimistic about our future as a Team.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. A very sales driven company. Constantly nagging to meet sales goals and very little pay.

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Akron, OH
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Akron, OH

    I worked at GNC

    Pros

    Commission, flexible schedule for part time

    Cons

    Sales goals, pressure, multiple tasks, low pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Incorporate better advancement opportunities and make more realistic sales goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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