Whole Foods Market Reviews

Updated August 6, 2015
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Whole Foods Market co-CEOs John Mackey and Walter Robb
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  • 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. Great Compnay

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Grocery Team Member in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Grocery Team Member in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Great Compnay, coworkers and good pay.

    Cons

    The have a strict time policy

    Advice to Management

    Doing a great job


  2. Helpful (1)

    Good and Bad, like any other place

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Specialty Team Member in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Specialty Team Member in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Sense of community. Good starting pay. Promotes growth within the company. Great place to meet awesome friends. Educational, you learn lots of new ways and foods to be healthier! Green Trek Program.

    Cons

    Promotes growth within the company, however, you have to be on leadership's good side or by extra chummy (brown-noser) with whomever is above you. Unfortunately, some employees bring the name of WFM down, they can be catty, negative, immature...just like any place of work. Not enough hours or employees to do the amount of work required (demanded) of you. High end store brings in high maintenance people. Some of the customers who shop here expect to be treated like they are at at 5-star hotel. They will look down on you and treat you like their underpaid servants.

    Advice to Management

    This is for upppppper management, please provide enough budget so that even the smaller stores and teams have enough money to hire the right amount of labor in order to finish tasks well so no individual feels overworked and taken for granted.


  3. Buyer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Grocery Buyer/Supervisor in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Grocery Buyer/Supervisor in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.


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  5. Awesome awesome awesome

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Front End Cashier in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Front End Cashier in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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


  6. This store sucks

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    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


  7. TMSL

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - TMSL in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - TMSL in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Love culture and core values

    Cons

    Organization and training could improve


  8. specialty team member

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    Former Employee - Specialty Team Member in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Specialty Team Member in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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!


  9. Helpful (1)

    Diverse and flexible company with amazing benefits.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Produce Production Team Member in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Produce Production Team Member in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.


  10. LOVE LOVE LOVE WHOLE FOODS MARKET

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Front End Cashier in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Front End Cashier in Houston, TX
    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


  11. Great company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Trainer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Team Trainer in Houston, TX
    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.



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