Whole Foods Market

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Whole Foods Market Reviews in Houston, TX

Updated September 21, 2014
Updated September 21, 2014
1,506 Reviews
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Whole Foods Market co-CEOs John Mackey and Walter Robb
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Pros
  • Team members have a say in everything that concerns the welfare of the overall company (in 188 reviews)

  • Whole Foods Market has great benefits and strives to grow their team members (in 120 reviews)


Cons
  • When changes are made it is up to team members to figure out the way without any guidance (in 165 reviews)

  • Lack of accountability, team leaders promoted to position but not trained -- terrible (in 118 reviews)

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  1.  

    Fun place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Front End Cashier in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Front End Cashier in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work for! Fun people, laid back atmosphere, and generally the customers are cool....though you do get some bad eggs. Great team atmosphere

    Cons

    High focus on sales! Daily work needs more variety (too much standing in one spot)

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

    Better than Guitar Center

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cashier in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Cashier in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Co workers are awesome
    -Discount
    -Flexible schedules
    -Incentives and gifts for employees
    -Integrity
    -Easy transfers in or outside the store

    Cons

    -Customers.
    People buy more than just food at this company, they also buy the ideas it stands for. Customers think that shopping at Whole Foods somehow makes them "earth conscious" or "food conscious". The individual responsibility is gone becasue they shop at a company that is doing its part for the evnironment. Higher cost for goods means you are mainly dealing with the entitled "high class", who treat cashiers like dirt. Most won't even look you in the eye or even respond when you greet them. Some people are truly offended by kindness and don't have any room for it.

    -Logically inconsistant sales pratices and core values.
    The company says they value organics and the health of its buyers but still offer tons of GMO items.
    They don't sell cigarettes but push alcohol like crazy

    -"Open door policy" just make sure you don't say anything negative.

    -Not to much room to advance unless you want to transfer or wait it out for an open spot.

    - Pay is decent but could be better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company is operating on only a fraction of its real potential to help better and maintain human health. Get rid of GMO's all together or have greater trasnparency in the products you are offering. Pay your workers better, you can afford it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    a few years away from being wal-mart

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Team Member in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Team Member in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    you sometimes get to sample food.

    Cons

    so many to list. the pay, the hours, the clientele, the lies, the micromanagement, and the lack of leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop trying to be like wal mart. since when did the goal become to make the world whole foods? stop opening up stores at the current rate. take care of your team members and quit hiring unqualified managers for leadership roles.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Rewarding environment experiencing tremendous growth opportunities.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Excellent leadership team, from executives down to associate team leaders, Whole Foods Market hires based on emotional intelligence and exudes a strong compassion in caring for one another. Opportunities are endless if you show the will and desire to achieve them.

    Cons

    Decreased regional support as the company experiences rapid growth. Often times too many behind the scenes distractions, which in theory are created to strengthen morale and job skills, take away from our number one goal which is serving our guests.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Perpetuate the culture Whole Foods Team Members and guests have come to love while expanding company growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    whole foods

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Order Selector in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Order Selector in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    everything is great about the company

    Cons

    the company does not have any cons

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the management is great and does not need advice

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A place to work where the employees want to be there. It is fun and customers love being there.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Front Runner in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Front Runner in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I like working there because the management wants the employees to be happy. There is a positive vibe. Management recognizes hard work.

    Cons

    It is hard to live on such a low hourly rate. Some of the team members do not display the core values.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to some how raise hourly rate.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    It's a mirage best illusionists in retail.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Team Member in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Team Member in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Pay. Compared to most companies compensation is better than most. Benefits pretty good because of Benefit Card. Realistic Team members. Lack of (realistic) stress. Opportunity to move up if you follow their mantra.

    Cons

    Quite honestly I been in Grocery business roughly about 20 years. This is a company that's promotes people on how much butt they can kiss and not necessarily the amount you know. Usually amongst their ranks the lowest guy in the totem pole knows more about the business than the leadership at store level. Coordinators and regional positions tend to be the brains of the operation. Team leaders some are savvy yet most are empty vessels of knowledge. The assistants same follows. Buyers are usually the smartest on what is going on from what I noticed. This is a company that loves to delegate everything away to the subordinates aka Team members and have them be responsible for everything. .so in case something happens they throw the buyers and below under the bus. Another common practice is allowing you to apply for positions...you need the blessing of your team leaders and above to apply for positions and for them to support you even if you are more than qualified to apply. Most positions are filled before the openings appear they just waste time to make it seem legit. They definetly need to try a HR system for positions. I feel if they think you are to smart for them or work to much they worry about you as you possibly being competition for them or possibly taking their job...as this is a hippie friendly company you have lots of stoners..customers and team members..main reason I am still around seasonal is just to maintain my clients which make me around 200k a year..not bad for someone who needs to learn how to operate a business if they ever want to be something in that company and understand how business works..lol I have great margins....total joke.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be transparent to your team members and truthful. Somethings are protocol to keep in leadership totally understood but not knowing who works for you is sad. You went from caring about your team members to only worrying about your shareholders and margins. You lie now because many of you cannot fake the funk anymore..it's not all..many good seeds but just as much bad ones. Go back to the core basics..it's what made you a top 20 employer for many years..every year you keep slipping and it's because you lost your roots.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Front End Cashier in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Front End Cashier in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Whole Foods Market is a wonderful company to work for, the culture of the company is welcoming and family oriented. I started there during college and the team leaders really go out of their way to make sure they accommodate students trying to further their education.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership within certain teams. Team leaders tend to delegate responsibility to lower level managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Forever changing

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

    I worked at Whole Foods Market full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, excellent benefits, work-life balance is wonderful (not working more than 40 hours),

    Cons

    TM appreciation and morale has started to drop since John Macky stepped down

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your TMs, appreciate them like the company used to. WFM had at one time been the leader on the best places to work, we can not say that anymore.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    I had an overall great working experience at Whole Foods. Great place to work and great incentives for the employees.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sous Chef in South Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Sous Chef in South Houston, TX

    I worked at Whole Foods Market full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fun working environment
    Great place to learn.

    Cons

    Working with a different variety of people can be challenging.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work more with team members

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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