Whole Foods Market Reviews

Updated April 18, 2015
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  1. Food prep

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    Former Employee - Prepared Foods Team Member in Orland Park, IL
    Former Employee - Prepared Foods Team Member in Orland Park, IL

    I worked at Whole Foods Market (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Love all the people!! Great environment for working! Really meet a lot of different people!!

    Cons

    Not to much but the scheduling was always crazy!

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!!

  2. Great experience, lots of genuine people working very hard with a purpose in mind.

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    Current Employee - Associate Team Leader in Willowbrook, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Team Leader in Willowbrook, IL

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good food, good company, great coworkers

    Cons

    It's hard to get time off and weekends and holidays are usually spent at work

  3. Helpful (1)

    I learned so much here. I made new friends here instantly and really enjoyed the free education opportunities!

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Customer Service Supervisor in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Whole Foods Market

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Pay
    Good Hours
    Great culture
    Healthy Incentives
    Growth opportunities

    Cons

    A difficult customer-base, but they eventually start to feel like family members that are hard to get along with.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the positive environment!

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Best major company I have ever worked for!

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Team Member in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Customer Service Team Member in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Whole Foods Market full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The hire from within, you always know where you stand and what your options are for a career path.

    Cons

    They have a point system which is very strict.

    Advice to Management

    Have a little leniency with the point system.

  6. Helpful (3)

    Great company, decent job

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    Former Employee - Front End Cashier in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Front End Cashier in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Whole Foods Market

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Whole foods is a great company. Employees get discounts (and free samples!) of great food. Most of the employees are chill, cool people.

    Cons

    After a while, customer service wears on you. Some people who have worked there for a while get really sick of it (as you might with any customer service job), others really like Whole Foods as a company and the culture. Some customers are great, some are super picky, uppity people.

  7. Sinking ship.

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    Current Employee - Prep Cook in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Prep Cook in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market full-time (More than 8 years)

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Co workers, co workers, co workers, and, I'm outta there in 3 weeks.

    Cons

    Pay, insurance, 401k, management, store management, treatment of employees, nepotism, petty write ups, attendance policy, pretty much everything.

    Advice to Management

    Moral is sinking. Every boss is fairly incompetent and inept. Value your old timers, dump the majority part timer model. But whatever. I don't expect to see you guys around in 10 years anyway.

  8. Great company to work for

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    Former Employee - Prepared Foods Team Member in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Prepared Foods Team Member in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Whole Foods Market part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunities for growth, great job through school, great salary/benefits, lots of unique opportunities, such as traveling to South America to see where they get their coffee beans, etc.

    Cons

    Small handful of coworkers who are incompetent to work with.

    Advice to Management

    Talk with your employees (trusted and experienced ones) to learn about the new hires, i.e. if anyone is slacking so that the whole team does not get brought down.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Review

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    Current Employee - Prepared Foods Team Member in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Prepared Foods Team Member in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good start pay rate
    Discount is awesome
    Coworkers are pretty nice

    Cons

    Have to stand for 6+ hours
    Lunch break is too short (30 min)

    Advice to Management

    Some Team leaders are nice, others are pretty bizarre.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Great company to work for!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay for being a grocery retail store.
    Employees have a say in regards to new hires before being voted on.
    Great opportunities for moving up in the company.

    Cons

    Sometimes you need to be part of a clique with leadership to get noticed.
    Accountability can be an issue

  11. Helpful (1)

    Great company offers benefits and starts you off at a decent wage. Comfortable work environment love coming to work

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    Current Employee - Prepared Foods Team Member in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Prepared Foods Team Member in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Forward thinking company. Chances to move up within the company. Creates team focused environment which creates a positive work environment

    Cons

    Corporate. Your on a point system so if youre late too many times for whatever reason you can get fired from you job.

    Advice to Management

    Relax on the point system

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