Vitamin Shoppe

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Vitamin Shoppe Reviews

Updated December 20, 2014
Updated December 20, 2014
293 Reviews
2.8
293 Reviews
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Vitamin Shoppe CEO Anthony N. Truesdale
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • This is a great place to work if you enjoy health and wellness and don't mind the retail grind (in 11 reviews)

  • Employee discount was great once it was changed, 40% VSB products and 20% on everything else (in 20 reviews)


Cons
  • Store managers that do not do their job and get away with time stealing for months on end (in 25 reviews)

  • If upper management knew wat i know some of them wouldn't be at their jobs (in 24 reviews)

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  1.  

    Alright place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Key Holder in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Key Holder in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at Vitamin Shoppe part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Learning about supplements and 20 percent discount. Helping people that don't know a thing about health or supplements.

    Cons

    Too much to do and not enough pay to make someone happy for everything you do. Annoying customers that think your a god or their personal doctor wanting you to guide them to your public restroom while you save them from a heart attack. They can't understand you have a million things to do with only one person to help you out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please stop trying to save money! Pay people more when we are truly saving lives and doing everything with barely any personal lives of our own.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Store manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Manager in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Store Manager in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at Vitamin Shoppe full-time

    Pros

    Lots of supplements to offer and try.
    Slow during holidays.
    No crazy black Friday hours.

    Cons

    Pay ok jot great.
    Numerous tasks.
    Weak central computing system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Join if you love health and wellness not to make money.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Management Held Me Back. Office Politics As Usual

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Health Enthusiast in North Bergen, NJ
    Current Employee - Health Enthusiast in North Bergen, NJ

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

    Pros

    Employee Discount is not bad.

    Cons

    Hire mature individuals as head supervisors. Promote growth and learning, not nitpicking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Inappropriate remarks and behavior should not be tolerated. Wish the culture was more mature, less childish.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Had a great internship here

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vitamin Shoppe

    Pros

    It was only a summer internship but I learned a lot and truly felt like an equal and not an "intern" per day

    Cons

    I don't have anything negative to say, also wasn't there long enough to experience it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe better opportunities for a full time position

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Better than the competition

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

    I worked at Vitamin Shoppe

    Pros

    Not a commission based pay but could pay a little better. Management does not make it a pushy atmosphere like the competition. Continues product education.

    Cons

    Lack of operational training. Not enough internal promotion of upper management. A lot of work without the staff to do all that's expected.

    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Solid Growing Company with Great Values

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

    I have been working at Vitamin Shoppe full-time

    Pros

    In 29+ years of the company history there was not a single layoff, even during hardest times (2009). People work there for many years. It is well-structured and quality-minded.
    The President has gone long way from his garage in 1985 to more than 1,250 employees (and growing); he deserves admiration.

    Cons

    Not too open socially. A little more open atmosphere would feel better, but, after all, this is a business, not a country club, so no hard feelings.
    HR is not very people-friendly, but, again, this is nothing compared to real job security we have here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All things considered, a great place to work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good Intentions Unfulfilled

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Store Manager
    Former Employee - Store Manager

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

    Pros

    Strong vision of supporting wellness to customers and associates with adequate training for the jobs. Retail work environment is pleasant and not overly difficult. Opportunities to advance personal health knowledge and share, educate customers and staff

    Cons

    Low wages at every level at retail. Limited advancement beyond store manager. Employee discount is nice but who can afford supplements on the pay? The business could be obliterated by changes in laws which are constantly being pushed in the legislature.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    It is becoming GNC

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vitamin Shoppe (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great employee discount and medical benefits.

    Cons

    The culture of the place seems to be devoted to health and wellness. On the inside of the corporate office all anyone cares about are sales and money. Employees are not important. I have seen people who have been there for 14 years, 8 years, and 7 years all be fired without any warnings or previous write ups. It is very cut-throat.

  10.  

    Vitamin Shoppe is a great place to learn.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Key Holder in Syracuse, NY
    Current Employee - Key Holder in Syracuse, NY

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

    Pros

    Cool products, great atmosphere, no stress.

    Cons

    Low pay, high demand, a lot to learn.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    increase the pay due to niche retail market.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Simply Avoid! Very Limited Opportunities for Growth!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Bergen, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Bergen, NJ

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

    Pros

    For those that purchase Vitamin Shoppe-branded product, the company offers a 40% discount (and 20% for any non-Vitamin Shoppe product). Other perks include free notepads and a handful of pens, paper clips, etc.

    Cons

    Whereas the company touts a flexible working environment, this is a line only delivered during recruiting. Personal growth opportunities are EXTREMELY limited. The company's idea of offering training/education is laughable (in the form of a 5% discount at a borderline community college). The Executive Management team is very much a clique with quite a few individuals that hired each other from their prior organizations - this is not a composition of upper managers that is truly reflective of growth and development opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Avoid misrepresentation during the recruiting process by advertising practices, policies, and opportunities that are simply absent from the organization. Surprised new hires lead to disgruntled employees and turnover. The high energy, creative, and enthusiastic "health and wellness" culture may be prevalent in some departments, but the exact opposite prevails in many of the others.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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