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GNC Reviews

Updated January 30, 2015
Updated January 30, 2015
580 Reviews
2.8
580 Reviews
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Michael Archbold
45 Ratings

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.  

    Discriminatory

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Winston-Salem, NC
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Winston-Salem, NC

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

    Pros

    Generous discount on vitamin supplements

    Cons

    Deception, and discrimination and these people really set me up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To tell the truth, and put cameras in small corporate stores.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Fascist work environment on a daily basis

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Palmdale, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Palmdale, CA

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

    Pros

    The only pros were the discounts and uniforms.

    Cons

    Treat employees and management HORRIFICALLY.
    slave labor for little pay-really take advantage of young employees
    unfair rules and regulations-unreasonable and extreme

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pull your heads out of your butts!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    One of the most unfulfilling and dissatisfying experiences ever had.

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

    I worked at GNC

    Pros

    Tests your mettle and ability to persevere.

    Cons

    Forced to wear too many hats, ie: Operations, HR, Sales, Merchandising, Shrinkage, Merchandising & Marketing for very little pay, well below prevailing market wages.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To be honest, my opinion would not be of no value to corporate nor appreciated. The whole corporate mindset would need to change for that to happen, which I do not see occurring anytime soon.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    General Nutrition doesn't give a f*&$ about you

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    Former Employee - Store Manager
    Former Employee - Store Manager

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

    Pros

    If you're Longing for a slow painful death...GNC is the place to you!!!...they'll speed up the process by draining the life out of you, wearing you thin, working you to the point you look forward to leaving every night JUST at the chance to cry in your car...rip your heart out and leave you for dead once they've gotten all the use out of you they can

    Cons

    Lies, betrayal, backstabbing, gossipy, self centered, deceitful, disloyal, faithless, narcissistic, sell out, stressful, disgustingly low pay rate, ridiculously high turnover, unlawful...the list goes on and on...I took over 2 stores in a 9 month period that they had fired the entire staff from, put both in top ranking sales positions...staffed both very well and trained each new employee by myself, the second store I worked at 50-60 hours a week, driving a long and gas guzzling hour and a half EACH way...only to be fired just a week after the fundraising event I put together (yet again...by myself) which took a month and a half to plan, I spent money out of my own pocket to host, and raised a few hundred dollars for the cause GNC was doing a charity drive for at the time...they were however...kind enough to fire me the day AFTER Christmas...not a good way to ring in the new year let me tell you...if you value your soul and integrity...don't resort to this, ANYTHING else would be a huge step up...and probably pay better too

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    DONT...TRUST...ANY OF THEM

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Easy sales

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    worked alone
    sales were a top priority
    discount on supplements

    Cons

    pay is minimum wage
    forced you to reach ridiculous quotas

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Part Time Sales Associate

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

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

    Pros

    Learn a lot about products. Customers are great to get to know their goals and knowing you can help.

    Cons

    Managers think they are the best at everything. Company doesn't care about employees. I worked in a new store and the regional manager couldn't make up their mind on what we should focus on whether it was sales numbers or sales in general. With sales numbers it goes against policy of "helping others achieve goals" by wanting you to sell only certain items (mostly GNC products) when it might not be the right product for someone. Planograms are redicu

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being full of yourselves, and don't take advantage of your employees.

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

    Not a good place to work

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

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

    Pros

    a lot of down time during your shift and easy job overall when you are not getting micro managed. Learned some new things some of which I think may be more pushing GNC's agenda than actual fact

    Cons

    Consider everyone sales people but don't pay the way you should pay people in sales. They do not pay commission on the majority of the products they want you to sell to meet you numbers. Making you choose between making commission or hitting numbers. Being in sales and there to make money what would you choose? Management can't understand why numbers aren't getting hit and paying more to sales associates is a topic for heated arguments from the upper local management. As mentioned above they micro manage not trusting any of their employees and want daily updates multiple times a day on numbers just taking away time from customers. Just recently they lowered commission rates on many products or as they call them PM's

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay the people that are at the store the most more and incentivize them by paying commission on everything

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Discount is only decent upside

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Discount and sales on products.

    Cons

    You can be overqualified for a position and be a top seller but still fall short of a promotion. Favorites and butt kissing is a must in order to "get what you deserve".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't make qualified candidates for positions work twice as hard for what they deserve. This is a business it is about money. Liking or disliking someone's personality should be left at the door. Numbers speak for themselves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Riddled with Inconsistency and Poor Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GNC

    Pros

    Fun work environment, easy job, good employee discount

    Cons

    Management checks in every 10 minutes and micro-manages every detail, no consistency to structure

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Hostile, Immoral and Highly Manipulative Work Environment

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at GNC full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    People live through it. It's a heck of a learning experience. You discover resources on line for this type of company.

    Cons

    Things have changed and not for the better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit harrassing your employees. Replacing people with no integrity with other people who have no integrity is something everyone can clearly see through. When people answer supposed confidential employee culture questionaires and then subsequently feel even more harrassed overall - it's clear nothing has changed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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