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GNC Reviews

Updated January 24, 2015
Updated January 24, 2015
570 Reviews
2.7
570 Reviews
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Michael Archbold
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Review Highlights

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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Sales position to cut your teeth on

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Part Time Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Part Time Sales Associate

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

    Pros

    Good position for a student with very Flexible with hours. A good training program for people that have little or no experience with supplemental nutrition. In-store management is very helpful in developing the new employees.

    Cons

    Unrealistic sales goals with severe penalties for not reaching them. There appears to be a disconnect between upper and middle management on the overall mission. Constant company wide competitions with different products can make employees seem insincere when recommending products to customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a solid mission, and then ensure incentives to the middle management follow that mission.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Oxnard, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Oxnard, CA

    I worked at GNC

    Pros

    -you are pretty much left to yourself in the store a lot which means no stressful managers on your back
    -all store managers in the area are super cool and easy going.
    -chill atmosphere not too much to do unless the store receives shipment
    -practice to meeting goals, forcing conversations since you are alone in the store with customers
    -free products from other vendors
    -hourly wage plus commission

    Cons

    -regional manager was the worst
    -I like being challenged but the some of the sales goals were unrealistic
    -a lot of my coworkers lied to push products I didn't like lying to the customer.
    -hard to sell over priced products

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think if employees were to actually have commission on gnc products sales would be off the roof. Food products just no incentive to sell it when another company offers a similar product but with an extra $10 commission

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stepping stone

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - GNC Sales Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - GNC Sales Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    My location was in the middle of a lot of international traffic. My experience was more than just the job itself it was interacting with people from all over the world. It was a beautiful experience to talk with diplomats, business people and few celebrities. Now to the job itself, the quicker you get a better understanding of the products and what they do the better your experience will be. Your knowledge helps you consult better which will lead to a happy customer and a piece of mind for you knowing that your job. It helps that I had some of the greatest co workers one could ask for.

    Cons

    What is best for the customer may not be whats best for the company depending on if their is a product push or contest going on. It is daily battle at times to meet goals of the company and the customers which ultimately is the most important goal in my view. At time the goals are in sync with each other but for the most part the challenge for you is trying to satisfy both.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Customers goals triumph all goals.
    Allow more flexibility in terms of supplement programs for your consultants to be more successful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Slow to promote

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Tampa, FL

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

    Pros

    You learn a lot about nutrition and supplements.
    Most customers respect your knowledge and request advice like you're their doctor.
    Generally a fun group of people to work with.
    Pretty easy work.
    Flexible scheduling.
    Commission on certain products brings hourly pay rate up a few dollars if you're good at selling.

    Cons

    Sales quotas make the experience less genuine.
    Promotions take a while to occur.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote more quickly those who are qualified.

    Recommends
  6.  

    worked for gnc for 6 plus years

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    Current Employee - Store Manager in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Sacramento, CA

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

    Pros

    Depending on the region you work for it can be a very rewarding job, helping people reach their health and fitness goals.

    Cons

    Your yearly pay rate barely changes. As a manager you are required to put in a lot of hours not only by making sure to reach goals and percentages set for you , but also payroll, reports, conf calls, schedules and much more. The upper management does ask a lot of you and depending on your location you may have to travel a lot between storew.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Not all it's cracked up to be

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    There are very good ideas and people that make it a company that is very future focused.

    Cons

    It's future focused but impatient so there is little to no process for anything that is done, no support system and a lot of great ideas fail due to poor planning and impatience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train employees, have a career path plan and make sure they know that they are valued.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Technical Project Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Exposure to new ingredients and products

    Cons

    Very poor management, 20 years behind in systems and culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ha, not in Product Development

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Job

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Mary Esther, FL
    Former Employee - Manager in Mary Esther, FL

    I worked at GNC

    Pros

    Lots to learn for healthy daily life for every age and lifestyle.

    Cons

    Too many timed test and rearrangements of products.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on a strict timeline or you will be come overwhelmed quickly!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    GNC is a great place to work while in high school or in college. Great opportunity to learn about health and exercise, as well as managing inventory, maintaining the store, creating customer relationships, and selling product.

    Cons

    The cons consist of poor pay, certain products are worth more commission, and no real room for growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Overall , great experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Store Manager
    Former Employee - Store Manager

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, great people, competitive atmosphere, rewards skill and effort.

    Cons

    Constant nagging from upper management on sales goals

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put the right people in the right position. Just because someone has worked there for a good amount of time doesn't make them a good manager.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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