GNC Reviews

Updated September 2, 2015
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Pros
  • Learn a lot about nutrition ans supplements (in 28 reviews)

  • You get a good employee discount (in 49 reviews)

Cons
  • Nearly impractical weekly sales goals with no incentive to reach them other than avoiding a write-up (in 54 reviews)

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

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  1. Not a bad part-time job

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at GNC part-time

    Pros

    Friendly environment, with potential to make a lot of money if you push the right products. Fun sales competitions where you can win products as prizes.

    Cons

    Potentially long hours. Supplements are still expensive. Difficult to push "fad" products that do not work on to customers.

    Advice to Management

    Give better discounts to employees so they can reasonably afford to try the supplements to become better versed in the multitude of products sold at stores.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Great place to learn about nutrition and health

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    Former Employee - Store Manager in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at GNC full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Becoming aware of ingredients in everything Free samples for employees from companies Great Co-workers Limited supervisor oversight Flexible work schedule

    Cons

    Unrealistic sales goals GNC pushes to much of their own brand Too many details to adhere to for major projects with unrealistic deadlines seldom listen to employee opinion Not enough pay for all that your assigned to do

    Advice to Management

    Set up a better way to meet deadlines for promo changes so that it's not so overwhelming Have more realistic sales projections Stop pretending that commission makes it alright to pay below what you're employees are truly worth


  3. store manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Set own schedule and hours

    Cons

    Being in low volume store


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  5. The company has completely transformed and continues to innovate

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Director in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Director in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at GNC full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    This is a good company to learn specialty retail. You're helping people to lead a better life and better themselves everyday.

    Cons

    There's nothing specific I can think of at this time. The changes the company has start have gotten rid of a lot of the issues in the past.

    Advice to Management

    Transparency needs to stay high.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Senior Store Manager

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    Current Employee - Senior Store Manager in Lake Villa, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Store Manager in Lake Villa, IL
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -You meet some great people -You have the ability to make your own schedule -You learn a lot about nutrition and supplementation (if you actually try to learn) -Free Supplements from vendors -Employee Discount is good on 3rd party products only

    Cons

    -Lack of clear direction from RSD in some cases (in regards to KPI) -'Contests' don't result in much incentive for employees- payouts are low and no rewards for regional performance at store level -Employee discount is non-existent on GNC brand sports products -It's retail; some days you have great customers, others not so much -PM's are ever changing -Total compensation is poor compared to even other retailers -GNC hates to lose its best employees to 3rd party companies but won't pay them to keep them -Your schedule is heavily dependent on your other 2 part time associates availability -No Stock options -Corporate preaches a 'customer first' mentality, then brings about a VitaPak drive. You are given high goals (store dependent, some might be easy) no true incentive to sell these programs, and chews you out if you don't hit your goals

    Advice to Management

    -Deliver a clear-cut message to ALL employees. You may say one thing, but RSDs preach another -Give managers more of a reason to truly MANAGE 'their business'. We no reason to WANT to be more profitable, to sell higher margin items, to succeed in hitting our contest goals. We don't make money off these things. You get away with poor hourly wage and taking away any chances for OT, at least make these drives worthwhile. -Practice what you preach when it comes to the idea that 'Sales Associates and Managers are the REAL top of the pyramid'. Having LP go into stores with the goals of getting people in trouble, having the new DVP travel markets with an iPad to take pictures of issues without even introducing themselves is not conducive to success.


  7. Sales Associate

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Illinois in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Illinois in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    learned a great deal regarding health and well being

    Cons

    I did not find any cons

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work


  8. GNC Review

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in San Marcos, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in San Marcos, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The best part about working at GNC was aiding customers in how to live a healthier life. Also learning about all the different types of supplements and what each one does and how different ingredients are better for different types of people

    Cons

    I did not like the corporate structure of GNC and how they ran their overall business. I felt like they mainly pushed their own brand even if it wasn't the best one out there

    Advice to Management

    Start to develop not only supplement plans but meal plans for people coming in. It can help you gain an insight into what the customer wants to achieve


  9. work day

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    Current Employee - Part Time Sales Associate in Oak Harbor, WA
    Current Employee - Part Time Sales Associate in Oak Harbor, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    meeting new people who want to improve their lifestyle educate people on products that can ameliorate their health

    Cons

    people expect you to have all the answers there is a lot to learn about the products in very little time

    Advice to Management

    More register training.


  10. Store Manager

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    Current Employee - Store Manager in Fort Wayne, IN
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Fort Wayne, IN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at GNC full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good work environment. Commission based so possible income is almost unlimited. Make your own schedule. Sales Reps stop in to help educate you on their products and always bring in samples as well as full products for you to use.

    Cons

    Low hourly pay. Too much emphasis on "numbers" which puts stress on employees as well as the manager. Segmentation of your store dictates a lot on how much money you make.

    Advice to Management

    Don't focus on numbers so much and let your employees "just sell" and put a larger emphasis on dollars in the register


  11. Helpful (1)

    former store manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at GNC full-time

    Pros

    Excellent way to make good money as long as you are extremely driven, self motivated, and willing to relocate. Fast paced, not boring, and multiple avenues for income.

    Cons

    As a manager you must get into a high volume store to male really good money. The smaller/slower stores don't have the customer flow needed to achieve required sales goals as easily. High commission rates come with sales volume.

    Advice to Management

    Refocus on supporting lower management and reducing work load off the clock. Yes even though I wasn't supposed to work off clock there is no way to get all management work done during scheduled hours and still make high sales commission, PM, and sales goals.



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