Whole Foods Market Reviews

Updated March 18, 2015
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  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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Have a little leniency with the point system.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    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

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Some Team leaders are nice, others are pretty bizarre.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 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)

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Relax on the point system

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. Best minimum wage job I ever had

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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 full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    My co-workers and bosses were great. Management was flexible about working hours and overtime. I was offered a promotion onto a management track, and the company is great about hiring internally.

    Cons

    It was a minimum wage job, so... trying to live on a minimum wage, even with overtime. Duties that included mopping the floor. Seriously though, as far as minimum wage work goes, it was great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on keeping on.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful

    A lot of talk about values, but it's really the prices that set them apart from the competition.

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    Current Employee - Team Member in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Team Member in Schaumburg, IL

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    There is usually a really inviting atmosphere that is familiar from one location to the next, but each store has a unique flair and setup. Some really excel in produce versus a great grocery department, some are known for having a fantastic selection of vegan items. And it's fun to work with people who know a lot about food, or wine, or preparation, or even gardening and growing heir own food. The company attracts a lot of people with a wide variety of skills and knowledge, and that presents many great opportunities to be exposed to know techniques and information that might not have otherwise crossed your path.

    Cons

    As great as most of the lateral team members can be to work with, once you begin interacting with anyone higher up the management ladder, you start to question advancement policies and whether or not the company actually cares about the core values they tout so often. Managers are fond of reminding you that there is an open-door policy for any grievances, but this just means that their door is open for you to come in and be told how many different ways you are wrong and disrespectful. Team Leaders will often give themselves the best schedules (although this isn't always the case, it has been my experience with recently promoted Team Leaders), and competence or qualifications are rarely if ever factored into the promotion process. It's always who the managers like and want to promote, which does foster a very fickle work environment.
    The benefits are not nearly as fantastic as they promote them to be: 20% discount which just means that your paycheck goes right back into the stores' coffers (when they say "whole paycheck" it's not the customers being referred to, it's the team members), insurance with a very high deductible and emphasis on preventative care (I don't care if you go for your annual like clockwork, it won't help when you get into a car accident), and no mental health coverage (which between the management and customers, every team member needs).
    Schedules for standard team members are terrible. They put hiring freezes on full time, and make part time employees work closing shifts every shift.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take Team Leader surveys seriously. When team members complain that you aren't approachable or supportive, maybe it means that you're not approachable and are unsupportive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. Better than most grocery stores

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

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    They have a real friendly like management no one thinks they're above you.

    Cons

    The company it's self isn't what it use to be. They use to say how they always give back to the community but they should allow team members to be apart of that

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on how well a person works than how well they do in a interview

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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