Vitamin Shoppe

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Vitamin Shoppe Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
292 Reviews
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292 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Simply Avoid! Very Limited Opportunities for Growth!

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    • 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
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Mixed bag

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Key Holder in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Key Holder in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Really interesting people tend to gravitate to the company. Very rarely do you end up with someone completely incompetent. It can be fun when you first start off, though it quickly burns you out.

    Cons

    I worked there for almost two years under six different managers in three different locations and two states. I saw it all on in terms of the nitty gritty of the company workings. I WISH someone in corporate would get out of their bubble and off their high horses to ask how it really works in their stores. The company sets unrealistic goals for most of their stores, fails to give proper support and acknowledgement for any success, beats down on any flaws, does not give stores enough manpower capability and too many tasks for the employees, and pays them laughable salaries. Then they have the gall to wonder why people want to leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop listening to your brown nosers and observe your stores from the outside without employee knowledge. You will be surprised to see what goes on and who really does the work. I have had six different managers, and until I got to Texas, I never had a complaint about any of them. I lost faith in the company when I saw them begin to promote people who were all talk and promises of great store feats and expectations. These were the people who would sit on their hands all day in front of computer screens, or would talk the ears off an associate or customer and never break away.
    Best advice: Retrain your managers! They are there to manage their store! Not sit in front of a computer screen or talk their heads off.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wanted it to be a positive experience

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    Former Employee - Key Holder in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Key Holder in Irving, TX

    I worked at Vitamin Shoppe full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    My majority of my co-workers were great to work with. I liked the concept of VSU and a continual learning process

    Cons

    There are some awesome people that worked in my region (Dallas/FT Worth) but promotions are based on being friends and favoritism with the DM rather than actual work, competence and good customer service. I was so busy picking up the slack for others I was rarely able to get my VSU portions done that were necessary from my review much less get a raise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hopefully by now they have gotten rid of the DM that was in charge while I worked there. There are far more appropriate people to be put in that position. It is ruing the whole market. Poor leadership leads to the lose of talented employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Fun Part-time job especially if you are passionate about fitness

    Former Employee - Health Enthusiast
    Former Employee - Health Enthusiast

    I worked at Vitamin Shoppe part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Employee discount of 25% is nice. Key holders and other managers are generally really good and easy to deal with. Ability to learn alot about products through Vitamin Shoppe University (VSU) as well as from fellow employees and customers. Plenty of free samples if you like to try different supplement products. Not a lot of pressure to sell and con customers. You get to actually address customer needs instead of pushing around company product.

    Cons

    One of the selling points when hired was how when you complete your VSU you get incremental raises. I never saw those raises despite completing all my VSU. Also, hours vary weekly with inconsistent shifts. No commission or bonus for store performance also hinders selling incentive at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have weekly or monthly meetings with employees to discuss growth/learning potential

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Store manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Retail Store Manager
    Current Employee - Retail Store Manager

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

    Pros

    Associates, the pleasure of helping people improve their health, beautiful store, supplement learning program (Vitamin Shoppe University)

    Cons

    Pathetic pay rate increase (10%) for those who are promoted within the company. Low salary for those who weren't in management positions made it hard to retain associates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize the importance of *everyone* who works at The Vitamin Shoppe. Pay non-management a living wage.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    You learn a ton, decent part time job while attending school as a full time student.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Health Enthusiast
    Current Employee - Health Enthusiast

    I have been working at Vitamin Shoppe part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You learn a ton both from the industry and the customers. You get free samples periodically which is pretty cool.

    Cons

    You don't get paid very much as an associate to the point where it becomes embarrassing when you tell your friends about how much you make. Headquarters hands down planograms that only apply to yellow stores. Headquarters apparently has a lot of fun and benefits with their employees (volleyball games, a free gym) but as a worker in their retail stores you see none of that. Your job is to make them money. They want you to sell Vitamin Shoppe brand products and also want you to make the sales goal of the day but don't give give you a hierarchy of which one is more important. Health fairs are extremely unorganized and the partner program with local businesses is just a joke and shouldn't be handled at a store level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give your employees some attention. Pay them a bit more. make it clear as to which goal is more important - VSB or sales goal? Improve the employee discount and reward the employees instead of the store manager for making goal.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Sneaky company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Key Holder
    Current Employee - Key Holder

    I have been working at Vitamin Shoppe full-time

    Pros

    Tons of products to meet everyone's needs
    Good for someone who is just starting out

    Cons

    Company has way to many managers (90% of every store is a manager in title".
    Company gives contradicting information such as applauding the fact that employees spend time with customers finding their unique needs, yet will get on you for spending too much time with one customer.
    Company pay is horrible for the about of knowledge that is required BEFORE you start the job, do not expect the training to help you whatsoever for at least the first 2 months. The technology in the stores are what was popular in the late 90's to early 2000's and the support in general from management is non existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop making everyone a manager, the stores are too small as it is and adding 4 other managers into a small area is asking for conflict. Hopefully someone will realize that when a store carries thousands of products and you need to be able to speak to every one, training BEFORE being thrown out on the sales floor could be of use.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Vitamin Shoppe Review

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vitamin Shoppe

    Pros

    Good company to work for.

    Cons

    Pay rate not all that great/

  10.  

    almost clownish

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Rather Not Say in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Rather Not Say in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    cheap vitamins discount
    no one cares if you work or not

    Cons

    EVERYONE steals
    EVERY chance they get

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get a REAL asset protection dept
    DMs are not existent
    EVERYTHING lands in managers lap
    what is payroll %to sales? 1.5%
    IF you can just stay long enough you will get promoted then move on from here....No REAL people would work here .

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Cool products, GREAT employee discount, awful everything else.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Key Holder in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Key Holder in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Employee discount was great once it was changed, 40% VSB products and 20% on everything else. I loved supplements and nutrition and it was a fun place to learn with many resources.

    Cons

    Resources weren't updated.

    Compensation is awful. I was making less money and working more hours than the Hamburger shop cashier across the street. $11.25 per hour after a year of employment and told by my district manager there is "no chance" for a a raise.

    You get no say how to run or manage a shop all of that is done by micro managing district managers who are overweight, and don't know the first thing about the industry. Your voice in the company will not be heard.

    This job is good for high school level employees interested in the industry, and not looking to advance. Because unless you a "growing leader" you won't.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow your employees, and pay more to reduce your massive turnover. Let's employees tell you what's selling and why. Eliminate the waste of expired inventory, by making managers adjust min max levels.
    Clearance tables should stay, period.
    More employee benefits, pay for a gym membership or something. At least act like you care about your employees.
    I contacted my district manager 3 times to personally put in my two weeks after a year with you guys, I was never once contacted back or asked why or what can we do to have you stay nothing.
    I constantly felt expendable here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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