GNC Reviews

Updated September 30, 2014
Updated September 30, 2014
485 Reviews
2.8
485 Reviews
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Michael Archbold
4 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • You learn a lot about the body and health as you go and the place was ran really well (in 21 reviews)

  • Employee discount of 20%, employees are able to work different shifts/have days off for appointments (in 44 reviews)


Cons
  • sales goals pressures along with pressures for maintaining normal retail operations (in 46 reviews)

  • upper management who are managers with no people skills what so ever (in 41 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great job, good benefits

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The culture and coworkers are great in my department. You get a 30% discount on purchases in the stores. Paid time off.

    Cons

    It is a very "corporate" company... almost more like a bureaucracy at times. There's a lot of friction between departments and people spend more time playing CYA than solving problems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs more open communication between departments and to foster a less adversarial approach to interdepartmental relations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Pay isn't much for what you're required to do.

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    Current Employee - Store Manager  in  Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Baltimore, MD

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

    Pros

    30% employee discount
    Pages holidays (although we're always short staffed so I can't even take off)
    Pages vacation (that you can't use because there's no staff)

    Cons

    Never staffed
    Requires new staff to learn a lot of material in a short period with minimal pay on expertise.
    Poor pay, This year I received no sick pay...
    Also, I haven't gotten my yearly raise yet neither, 2 months+ overdue

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more per hour especially stores that are Segment B, and C.
    Commission rates in poor demographic stores make only $5-20 average a whole day.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    meet sales quotas to keep your job not for more money

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - GNC Sales Associate  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - GNC Sales Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    not much work except talking to people and pushing GNC products.

    Cons

    min wage for sales associates. only 3rd party has any promotional money but u are just supposed to sell GNC brand which have no PM. and unless u are a assistant manager or manager u dont make any commission on products

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    dear CEO, cutting sales associates commission % doesn't count as increasing profits for the company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    If supplements are of interest to you, you'll be around them constantly. There is a lot of opportunity to learn more if you have the right manager. A lot of the people that work at GNC really DO know what they are talking about. The scheduling is also flexible.

    Cons

    Meeting the sales goals is impossible some months. When 2% of stores are reaching goal, there is something wrong.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be a better connection between the sales-associate and upper-level management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    My expierence at GNC has been challenging and rewarding.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Manager  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    This is a challenging but rewarding job. Flexible schedule with solid pay. Great benefits and vacation time...great employee discount

    Cons

    Unrealistic sales goals, high pressure sales tactics, very low payroll ladder, Pay should be higher to equate for the amount of work put in, no overtime allowed, training

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    GNC's local management in the Baltimore area is second to none.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative/Assistant Manager  in  Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Sales Representative/Assistant Manager in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at GNC part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The amount of responsibility granted to the employee gives you the creativity to leave your impression upon not just the customers, but management and the GNC community in general.

    Cons

    Just like any other job, it requires your precious time and effort. For instance, most GNC retail stores operate from 10 AM to 9 PM.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The more freedom given to local management the better, as store promotions and deals generate more customer interest.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Started great, ended bad.

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GNC

    Pros

    Great pay for few hours. Worked 22-25 hours a week on a set schedule I had worked out with my manager. Responsibilities in the work place were also great. They give you keys to the store and also have you run the place during shifts by yourself. Customers were cool, and you make promotional money off 3rd party products which rounded my set pay of 8 dollars an hour up to about 16 an hour due to my ability to sell products and the business of our store.

    Cons

    Very corporate. The company stresses you to sell GNC brand products to customers who don't want them. Even after offering a GNC brand product to a customer who wants something that it may cater to, but turns it down, you're still expected to sell the product beyond your own ability. Management is very 2 faced. I got fired after running flawless shifts, and making great money for the company sales wise. They fired me for "disorderly conduct in the work place", saying that I was suspected of having people in the store after hours. When I told them to check the cameras to verify this statement, they simply said that corporate had already done that, but wouldn't tell my management what they had seen. Needless to say I was fired for absolutely no reason.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    I worked VERY had to become a store manager. This is an easy job that you get what you put in.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GNC

    Pros

    Competitiveness, YOUR store, you get rewards for hitting goals and you can move up in an instant if you prove yourself

    Cons

    some of the responsibilities are very monotonous

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    just try your best and train your part timers right.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Nice place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Part Time Sales Associate  in  Lemoore Nas, CA
    Current Employee - Part Time Sales Associate in Lemoore Nas, CA

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

    Pros

    You get commission on top of your base pay.

    Cons

    Not easy to advance because people like their job. Hitting indicators can be trying sometimes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work.

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GNC

    Pros

    Loved the commission based structure.

    Cons

    Work by yourself can get boring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More education of the team.

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