Whole Foods Market Reviews

Updated June 19, 2015
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Whole Foods Market co-CEOs John Mackey and Walter Robb
John Mackey and Walter Robb
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Pros
  • Some of the long-timers kept up with the tradition of verbally expressing appreciations to other team members when appropriate (e (in 190 reviews)

  • Great benefits with room for advancement (in 125 reviews)

Cons
  • Team members have been told not to speak badly about team leaders (in 173 reviews)

  • managers where store team leaders act passively (in 122 reviews)

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  1. Buyer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Grocery Buyer/Supervisor in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Grocery Buyer/Supervisor in Houston, TX

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

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Great environment.

    Cons

    Company is turning more corporate and is cutting out some of the decentralized aspects of it that made it such a great place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Offer more team member training programs.


  2. Awesome awesome awesome

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Awesome work environment, like family. Great products and services. Works with your schedule

    Cons

    Like with any workplace, sometimes the people you work with. Guests sometimes get snobby

    Advice to Management

    Be more open to suggestions and ideas. Listen to things that need to be followed through such as schedule requests


  3. This store sucks

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at Whole Foods Market

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nothing. This store is absolutely terrible

    Cons

    Always slow; teams are understaffed; leadership clearly does not care about its team members; team leads don't have spines; cashiers look miserable.

    The store will be closed in a year.

    Advice to Management

    Quit


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  5. TMSL

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - TMSL in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - TMSL in Houston, TX

    I worked at Whole Foods Market full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Love culture and core values

    Cons

    Organization and training could improve


  6. specialty team member

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Specialty Team Member in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Specialty Team Member in Houston, TX

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Team members get 20% discount, good background music to work by, focus on good customer service ability to demo products to guests.

    Cons

    Very much like high school. If you liked HS then you'll live WFM, it's more about popularity than doing a good job. No one is held accountable to do their job, only if you're liked. If you mention that someone isn't doing their job then you are considered a trouble maker. You have to be "voted on" to have permanent job status, and that means sucking up to everyone, so you can't bring legitimate concerns to the attention of management or you're likely not to be voted on. sound like prom queen our Survivor, yep!
    Worked there 4 months before getting my 90 day review

    Advice to Management

    Be more open to your front line team members, hold people accountable and hire more experience managers!


  7. Helpful (1)

    Diverse and flexible company with amazing benefits.

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

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

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

    Pros

    They are very laid back and offer great benefits.

    Cons

    Work can be very stressful

    Advice to Management

    Be more sympathetic with employees. Don't leave 4-5 persons work for only 2 people.


  8. LOVE LOVE LOVE WHOLE FOODS MARKET

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

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity for advancement, leadership development, great benefits

    Cons

    Time off not always guaranteed, number oriented

    Advice to Management

    Lead by example


  9. Great company

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

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market

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

    Pros

    Awesome pay and benefits, awesome company! No complaints at all.

    Cons

    Company is great and they have no cons at all.


  10. The best retail job I've ever had. Depends who you work under, but generally good people.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Produce Team Member in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Produce Team Member in Houston, TX

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

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers, above average pay, excellent benefits, liberal dress code.

    Cons

    Occasional difficult customer interaction, can be hard to get full time status.


  11. Helpful (5)

    Spoiled

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

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Overall this is a great company to work for, the benefits are beyond competitive, the work environment is great and generally speaking they really take care of their team members

    Cons

    at the store level the pay is competitive for a retailer considering all of the benefits that you get with the job, outside of the store level once you reach salary the pay is not as competitive and you work way more than you are compensated for.

    Advice to Management

    don't forget about team member happiness as you continue with this rapid growth, whole foods prides itself on "team member happiness" and as the focus changes to expansion that core value is being forgotten.



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