GNC Reviews

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
502 Reviews
2.8
502 Reviews
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Michael Archbold
9 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • You learn a lot about the body and health as you go and the place was ran really well (in 27 reviews)

  • Employee discount of 20%, employees are able to work different shifts/have days off for appointments (in 48 reviews)


Cons
  • sales goals pressures along with pressures for maintaining normal retail operations (in 49 reviews)

  • upper management who are managers with no people skills what so ever (in 44 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Part-time employee fired for lack of enthusiasm

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    Former Employee - Part Time Sales Associate in Martinez, GA
    Former Employee - Part Time Sales Associate in Martinez, GA

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

    Pros

    Great, flexible part-time pay if you know how to sell health products. Nice employee discount. My manager was really nice & encouraging. Potential to be promoted to assistant store manager or store manager if you do good & everyone likes you.

    Cons

    Way too many responsibilities expected of a single employee for minimum wage. Many times I got stuck opening/closing store by myself after only working there a few weeks. I am one who likes to follow the rules, but one little girl is going to get a little frazzled trying to run an entire GNC by herself. It was ridiculous. During one of my peak times, alone in the store with customers I get a phone call from a regional store manager who decides its the perfect time for me to take 10 min to listen to her speech about our $1 donations to some cancer society. Well she felt I wasn't enthusiastic enough about these donations and was offended I was too busy braid friendship bracelets with her so she had my manager fire me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I noticed some of your employees/management at the Augusta mall are addicted not only to cigarettes but to those oxy drugs you sell & they looked sickly like crack addicts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Greatest Company in the industry!!! (Particularly Franchises)

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    Current Employee - GNC Store Manager in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - GNC Store Manager in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at GNC full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Quality control: over 200 quality checks for consumer safety and guaranteed potency (This could explain why hundreds of products never make it to GNC shelves) . Innovative: constantly bringing to light new companies and revolutionary health, fitness and beauty products. Work for Franchise you will be much happier, creative flexibility pricing an customer service is far better.

    Cons

    Salary, I've worked for both Corporate and Franchise GNC..My salary was better at corporate but the stress and demands are greater. Franchise is wonderful but as a manager there will be no room to advance. :) things to ponder...Dozens of competitive, innovative and revolutionary products that never make it to GNC shelves...possibly quality control?

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Very rewarding experience if you are willing to learn the products and sell to the best of your ability.

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    Current Employee - Part-Time Sales Associate in Dover, DE
    Current Employee - Part-Time Sales Associate in Dover, DE

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

    Pros

    Commission on top of salary, opportunity, worldwide corporation

    Cons

    High sales goals, more pressure to just sell and not necessarily "help" the customer, training must be done at home

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide training to employees from home

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Work For Pay

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    Current Employee - Store Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Store Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Fun Environment, good team, decent Pay

    Cons

    Lacks mental stimulation, very dispensable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more room for advancement between store and regional levels.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Flexible work schedule, need to be self motivated

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Part Time Sales Associate in Stow, OH
    Current Employee - Part Time Sales Associate in Stow, OH

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

    Pros

    -flexible work schedule
    -good pay benefits/commission
    -Good employee discounts
    -lifelong knowledge

    Cons

    -poor management style
    -unrealistic sales expectations
    -management often plays favorites amongst employees
    -To pick up enough hours you may need to be willing to travel
    -expectations are not always clear

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    high pressure sales, rewarding if you can tolerate

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    Former Employee - Store Manager in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Cleveland, OH

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

    Pros

    competitive pay plan, great sales incentives, decent employee discount

    Cons

    very high pressure sales culture, supervisor will call several times throughout the day to get updates, sometimes it becomes about the products you need to sell rather than the products they actually need.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    adjust KPI fields so certain products arent pushed on every customer. People catch on and it alienates them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Store manager

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    Former Employee - Store Manager
    Former Employee - Store Manager

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

    Pros

    The best part was working alone and not having someone hover over you all the time. As a store manager, you run the business mostly by yourself (with assistant manager in some stores and with part timers.)

    Cons

    Down season is between thanksgiving and Christmas making longer work days incredibly boring. Sales are more important than anything else. Upper management above the level of ssm (senior store manager-who oversees area stores) is very unwilling to help and usually doesn't care for the employees as they see them as being replaceable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Regional managers should listen to store managers more and build better relationships with those running the business for you. Make sure that they know what is expected of them and watch out for your people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great Sales Experience

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    Former Employee - Store Manager in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Tampa, FL

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

    Pros

    Learned a lot about supplement industry. Easy to manage and sell. Good experience for someone who would like to learn selling skills.

    Cons

    Not many challenges. Biggest challenge was getting full weekends off. Normal schedule was Sunday Friday off.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Things changed and not for the better

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    Former Employee - Senior Store Manager in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Senior Store Manager in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at GNC full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Emp discounts , rewarding by helping others reach their goals.

    Cons

    Pay and bonus structure not great

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Blow it up and start over ...was great in the late 90's early 2000's

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Sales Associate

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Grand Prairie, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Grand Prairie, TX

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

    Pros

    Fast paced atmosphere. Talented sales associates can make decent money.

    Cons

    Pushy sales tactics. If understaffed, job can be too hectic and managers will expect you to do multiple things at once.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not get too caught up in numbers. Be sure to have multiple people on floor if in busy location.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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