Vitamin Cottage Natural Grocers

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Vitamin Cottage Natural Grocers Reviews

Updated January 30, 2015
Updated January 30, 2015
100 Reviews
2.8
100 Reviews
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Kemper Isely
49 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits, good employee discount, good people to work with (in 14 reviews)

  • Great benefits, awesome non management coworkers, great products (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Many of the people in the home office are not familiar with the employee handbook (in 16 reviews)

  • They treat assistant and store managers like a pressure cooker and leads to high turn over (in 8 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Amazing Company!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vitamin Cottage Natural Grocers

    Pros

    They really care about employees. Great salary, good benefits, fantastic coworkers! Amazing training program, good advancement opportunities.

    Cons

    None that I've seen so far!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    It has its ups and downs, but I like the company overall.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vitamin Cottage Natural Grocers

    Pros

    They have been very good to me. The compensation is great! I am consistently challenged and I like that. I am learning so much and I love working with the public.

    Cons

    Training is a bit iffy. It is kind of a "learn as you go" system. This makes me a little crazy, but it is all about repetition. Dig in and do the best you can.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice is don't get to involved with politics. A learning experience can be gained at every level...thus far for me.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Excellent Advancement Opportunities!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vitamin Cottage Natural Grocers

    Pros

    Natural Grocers has great benefits and generous compensation. The company is growing so rapidly that there are almost endless opportunities to advance.

    Cons

    The same thing that is a Pro is also a Con - rapid growth. Very difficult to keep up with the growth demands.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share your vision for the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Produce

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vitamin Cottage Natural Grocers full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Schedule and Excellent bennifits, competitive pay and Very employee and customer driven. Great Work environment for a retail store.

    Cons

    Position can be high stress in the beginning until you get a handle on setting the wet rack and ordering. After that it gets easier

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    great place to shop

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

    I have been working at Vitamin Cottage Natural Grocers

    Pros

    they have good quality products

    Cons

    the managers can be unprofessional

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    coach and train employees vs. "first and final written warning"

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    How to run it like a sweatshop and pass it off as a family business

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Receiving Manager in Highlands Ranch, CO
    Current Employee - Receiving Manager in Highlands Ranch, CO

    I have been working at Vitamin Cottage Natural Grocers

    Pros

    good benefits, paid time off, employee discount, vitamin bucks awesome

    Cons

    They are no longer a family company that cares about employees. Their mother would be so disappointed what they have done to their people they used to value and the customers they are now ripping off jacking up prices to make more money, but still stay below whole foods prices, barely.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit letting horrible managers run your stores and let them treat their employees like they are still in some high school popularity contest. Start taking pride in the little grunts at the store level that make your real money and stop letting home office operate under a different set of rules than everyone else, thinking they are above the rest of us. Quit taking away the employee bonus. They are tired of busting their butts at the store level to make goal and having the bonus taken away. While the fat cats at the home office are not taking any cuts in their salary and putting the whole bonus in their pocket.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Don't work in management.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Department Manager
    Former Employee - Department Manager

    I worked at Vitamin Cottage Natural Grocers

    Pros

    Good discount on products
    Healthy food
    Good insurance
    good pay for students
    Good place to get work experience before getting a better job

    Cons

    Low pay for management
    Extremely stressful work environment
    Poor treatment of employees
    No bonus's
    Zero training for new managers
    Lack of respect and poor treatment from the store management and corporate level towards lower level employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change your ways or you will be the next health food store put out of business by Whole Foods. And they will put you out of business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Out of touch owners and upper management

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Vitamin Cottage Natural Grocers

    Pros

    Local to Colorado, family-owned and operated business, decent benefits, major holidays off with pay, birthday off with pay, continuing education, high quality standards, easy to promote quickly

    Cons

    This company is so focused on expanding to big, beautiful stores outside of Colorado that they are neglecting their older, existing stores. Many older stores are run down and needing repair. It is nearly impossible to have anything fixed in a timely manner. Most phone calls or emails to the home office in Lakewood are not returned. Too much focus on pushing predetermined supplements at our customers expense. We are forced to suggest certain products, instead of what our customers really need.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to remember what it is like to work at the store level. Most of us are in this industry because we genuinely want to help improve our health and the health of our customers-not push unecessary items to glean a few more bucks. Stop with the berating emails and conference calls from owner, Kemper Isely. He treats us all like idiots. Stop expecting the store manager and assistant manager to work 70 hours a week to make up for the lack of support from our regional manager and home office personnel.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fortunate to work here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vitamin Cottage Natural Grocers full-time

    Pros

    Coworkers: Surrounded by passionate professionals, team oriented environment
    Growth opportunities: NGVC looks to promote from within and if you're looking to learn/grow more then the opportunities are available to you
    Great benefits: store discounts, Vitamin Bucks program, insurance, etc.
    Education: Health hotlines, product recommendations, health promotion

    Cons

    Not necessarily a con but a challenge: Constant movement/evolution

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As you continue to grow, be sure to not lose touch with all of the dedicated/loyal employees that are committed to this company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Worst Place To Work

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

    I worked at Vitamin Cottage Natural Grocers full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    At least they pay you

    Cons

    Horrible management, at store and corporate level.
    Once you start getting promoted they will start looking at ways to fire you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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