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  1. Good company to work for. Liked the business model, quality management group.

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    Current Employee - Receiving Manager in Aurora, CO
    Current Employee - Receiving Manager in Aurora, CO

    I have been working at Sunflower Farmers Markets full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fun, positive work environment and culture.

    Cons

    Not the highest paying company in the industry.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. Horrible Management

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    Former Employee - Demo Coordinator in Santa Fe, NM
    Former Employee - Demo Coordinator in Santa Fe, NM

    I worked at Sunflower Farmers Markets full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Loved my customers while they lasted, which was until management made enough awful decisions and policy changes to begin turning them away in droves.

    Cons

    Very low pay. Employees' concerns met with deaf ears. Constant culture of using good employees and discarding them when advancement time came around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. It was good

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    Former Employee - Maintenance Clerk in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Maintenance Clerk in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Sunflower Farmers Markets part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I had some good times & the employees are friendly I have some good friends there.

    Cons

    There seems to be some gossip @ times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I liked some managers but others seemed to have attitude.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. A bright place to work with very knowledgeable people on staff. Very down to earth, friendly service with good food.

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    Former Employee - Cashier in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Cashier in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Sunflower Farmers Markets full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I worked at Sunflower Farmers Market in Phoenix, Az. Overall the people working there were knowledgeable about real food. The people shopping there also like to share a little about why they eat what they do and it helps build your own knowledge for yourself.

    Cons

    Worked there for two years and never had much room for advancement or raises as they were too concerned about budget. Ultimately ended up leaving because they were cutting hours and I wasnt getting paid very well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick to the job. Stop moving people up that are just friends.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  6. discouraging

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    Former Employee - Cashier in Littleton, CO
    Former Employee - Cashier in Littleton, CO

    I worked at Sunflower Farmers Markets

    Pros

    Co workers are great. Everyone who worked with me was very friendly.

    Cons

    No opportunity to move up- at all. No chance in getting full time hours or benefits.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Power hungry management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I worked at Sunflower Farmers Markets

    Pros

    If you are into healthy living seems like employment at SFM would be perfect, but it is like any other company, just make money and keep your "health and wellness" stuff out of it.

    Cons

    Feels like high school all over again; gossip and negativity hidden behind a nice little image. This went all the from the top of management to the bottom. No wonder the store director looked to department managers for all the juicy stories. This was used as a management style. It made moving anything forward impossible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Misleading and immature leadership is no way to gain respect of your peers or employees, it leaves them feeling insulted and only generates contempt for those in charge. You attract more flies with honey.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Not all that "Sunny" at Sunflower Farmers Market

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    Former Employee - Store Director in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Store Director in Denver, CO

    I worked at Sunflower Farmers Markets

    Pros

    Needed my experience and know how. Easy to shine but not much recogition.

    Cons

    Internal politics carried over from Wild Oats culture. Very low standards, inconsistant HR decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Check your big egos at the door. Hold DO's accountable for poor decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9. Fun place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Sunflower Farmers Markets

    Pros

    Very nice people to work with. Fun atmosphere. Great opportunity to improve and learn skills. Upper management very accessible and personable.

    Cons

    Some of the work can be very physical. Hours can be varied, not always the same from day to day. Policy changes in pay and pay increases are disappointing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk the talk. Employees at the store level know the climate intimately. They deserve candor and honesty about the company's plans that will affect them directly.

    Recommends
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Disguised as a health food store

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    Current Employee - Produce Clerk in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Produce Clerk in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Sunflower Farmers Markets

    Pros

    You get a paycheck at the end of each period.

    Cons

    Sunflower parades itself as a health food store but really has no interest in anyone's health. Management has little understanding of how to care for their employees, so the employees have little understanding of how to care for customers. Mike Gilliland, the CEO, seems to have more of an agenda against his old company for ousting him than he does for building a strong company that cares about people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer more feedback to employees and treat them how you would want to be treated in their position. Your employees are the face of your company.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. Ok, but corporate is completely out f touch

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sunflower Farmers Markets full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    easy going company, employees are nice

    Cons

    how hard you work is not as important as kissing up to the boss.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure you store directors know what they are doing, some are throwing their work onto others because they are incompetent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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