GNC Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
475 Reviews

2.8
475 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    You wear many hats.

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    Former Employee - GNC Sales Associate  in  Ashtabula, OH
    Former Employee - GNC Sales Associate in Ashtabula, OH

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

    Pros

    The great thing about being a GNC sales associate is you get to wear many hats. I wan't a manager, but I had keys to the store. I would do the paperwork and drop the bank deposit off at the end of the night. I got to see how the organization ran as a whole. I also was the cashier. I was the floor sales rep and product expert. I did shelf blocking and assisted with inventory. It's good position for learning the basics of retail.

    Cons

    It's a smaller store. You don't get the experience of a big retail store. The pros can turn into cons when it's extremely busy depending on how you look at it. It can be a fast paced environment at times. You could be one of the only associates in the store. You must be able to multi-task and take care of multiple consumers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I thought the management at GNC were actually very professional.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Experience at GNC

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    commission if you're a manager or pms(basically commission off of 3rd party products)
    social job, talking and interacting with all customers
    little to no chores

    Cons

    you have to be at a busy store to make sales or money
    youre forced to sell certain products as your quota that more often then not do not pay you
    minimum wage otherwise

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop forcing your employees to sell things that are pointless and expensive (chews, theyre filled with terrible ingredients, expensive and the pill substitutes that are the same in quantity are cheaper and healthier)
    put pms on sales we're supposed to make/pay more

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great learning experience while working retail

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GNC

    Pros

    My boss was in training for nursing school, and the combination of his training and knowledge of nutrition made this a very educational experience.

    Cons

    Having to meet certain sales targets every month for oddball things was not very appealing. And some of the other employees I worked with (same hierarchy level) were not necessarily the greatest people. But I'm sure that was more because of the area and education required for the role.

    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Sales Person

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  College Station, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in College Station, TX

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

    Pros

    Now I work for a Franchise location in Texas so my experience maybe a little different so...
    Great way to interact with local population, Awesome staff, Manager is well educated in Sports Nutrition, Manager interact very friendly and professionally with staff and customers.
    Great place to work if your well versed in fitness, weight training, and health. Pay fluctuates per person and outgoingness to sell. Hours quite flexible as well as consistent.

    Cons

    I currently have nothing to say in terms of cons. I really enjoy the work and the staff. I guess the only con i could really have would be a little under staffed. Obviously thats a not a huge issue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good starting job, which can improve your social skills.

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    Current Employee - Part Time Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Part Time Sales Associate

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

    Pros

    The main reasons to work here would be...
    increasing social skills
    decent pay
    flexible hours
    enjoyment of the supplement industry
    networking with potential sponsors

    Cons

    Numbers numbers numbers.
    When you meet your sales goals, they will just increase your requirement, as they know you can do XXX, so they make you push to XXXX, and so on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on giving the customer what they want, and not only what GNC makes the most money off of.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great at first.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GNC part-time

    Pros

    Good pay even part timers. great for a student. with the commissions you make great pay checks as long as you work 20 to 30 hours.

    Cons

    Two faced company tells you to help and do for customers and get what they want. but the undertone is sell gnc products .your always under pressure to hit goals that are sometimes unreachable .

  8.  

    the company could be better, much better

    Current Employee - Part Time Sales Associate  in  Manassas, VA
    Current Employee - Part Time Sales Associate in Manassas, VA

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

    Pros

    Good discounts on products. Opportunity to learn more about vitamins and herbs and other supplements that benefit health.

    Cons

    KPIs KPIs KPIs! Minimum sales dollars in certain areas are hard to hit, and it's ALL about the $$$, especially for GNC products.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more specific, in-person training! Don't count returns against someone's sales dollars who didn't sell the product being returned! You get what you pay for (low-level wages=low-level employees)!

  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Rewarding but Stressful

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    Current Employee - Store Manager
    Current Employee - Store Manager

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

    Pros

    Helping people better their health.
    Learning about the health industry. Not only supplements, but other ways to stay healthy such as exercise routines.
    Working with a leading dietary supplement company. GNC does a fantastic job creating their product lines.
    Building customer relationships.

    Cons

    Small room for growth.
    Stressful sales quotas and tactics.
    Training is spotty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revisit the ancient sales tactics used.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Fun environment

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    Former Employee - Part Time Sales Associate  in  Arcadia, CA
    Former Employee - Part Time Sales Associate in Arcadia, CA

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

    Pros

    adequate commission rates and good work environment

    Cons

    can involve very tedious work; constantly cleaning and checking expiration dates

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Fun environment!!!

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Sherman, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Sherman, TX

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

    Pros

    Great discounts on quality products. The people you work with and for are all focused on the same goals - helping people succeed in their health goals.

    Cons

    The requirement to sell a certain amount of GNC products even though there is a better quality product that could benefit the patron more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Educate the people better -- training can be lacking.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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