Whole Foods Market

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Whole Foods Market Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
1,436 Reviews
3.7
1,436 Reviews
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Whole Foods Market co-CEOs John Mackey and Walter Robb
John Mackey and Walter Robb
532 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Whole Foods Market has great benefits and strives to grow their team members (in 162 reviews)

  • Great benefits that work on a tier level based on hours you have put in w/the company (in 105 reviews)


Cons
  • Can't speak up for the good team members for fear of being written up or fired (in 146 reviews)

  • Team leaders tend to delegate responsibility to lower level managers (in 104 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    A place where great people work together to improve the world and the people who live in it.

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    Former Employee - Front End Cashier  in  Newport Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Front End Cashier in Newport Beach, CA

    I worked at Whole Foods Market part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Whole Foods philosophy as a company is great. Opportunities for growth and great benefits.

    Cons

    Time off polices are pretty bad. I could not live my life due to constantly being scheduled to work. Would give me my schedule couple of days before the start of the week making planning family outings or seeing concerts very hard due to not knowing if I would be scheduled to work. If you try to let them know that you need that day off they say you must give them two weeks notice and MAYBE they will consider it.

    Management. Some of these managers run there departments like novices. Some run there department like some oligarchy, if you do not know the right person or a favorite be prepared to get the lowest raise allotted, work days you cannot work and expect to do triple the work while your manager and his friends slack off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to the lower tier worker, they might have great ideas. schedules should be given 2 months in advance to allow team members to be able to plan and enjoy life. fire those whose work ethic does not match company philosophies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work at if you like retail

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    Great benefits and salary

    Cons

    More flexibility and understanding of employee

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Whole Foods Rocks

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    Working for wholefoods was a wonderful experience. They trained me to be an excellent cook and powerful team employee. I learned a lot from them and made good friends along the way! Good pay for work expected as well. And the Employee discount is off the chain. That's a good thing.

    Cons

    I really have nothing bad to say except there was a lot of wasted food at the end of the day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up.

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  5.  

    Best grocery store to work at!

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    Former Employee - Prepared Foods Team Member  in  Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Prepared Foods Team Member in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at Whole Foods Market part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Knowledgeable managers in the industry over 30+ years. Flexible schedules and friendly employees.

    Cons

    Management can sometimes undermine people going to school. It's also hard to do an 8 hour job in 4 hours when hours are cut in the department.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    An amazing company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Meat Cutter  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Meat Cutter in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    easy to move up, team member happiness, core values, paid time off, inspirational management

    Cons

    at my store, leadership will not allow teams to put in overtime, even when they are short handed. they then get upset when they see standards decline. this can be frustrating, and has a negative effect on the moral of the team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the labor budget! team members will be happier, teams will be fully staffed and you'll see an amazing difference in quality standards. it's a win-win for everyone!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good, not great

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    Former Employee - Prepared Foods Team Member  in  Basalt, CO
    Former Employee - Prepared Foods Team Member in Basalt, CO

    I worked at Whole Foods Market part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - great coworkers - everyone is friendly and fun to work with
    - customers are kind
    - always something to do - it's never not busy
    - great discounts
    - many opportunities to move up if you want them

    Cons

    - they don't pay enough considering how hard you have to work
    - most people are pretty stressed out
    - hardly any work/life balance - everyone is encouraged to work as many hours as possible; people bleed for this job

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    WFM is a great place to work

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    Current Employee - Cashier  in  Park City, UT
    Current Employee - Cashier in Park City, UT

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice salary for an entry-level part-time job with added bonuses of monthly profit sharing. Flexible with schedules, great benefits and if you make advancement a goal, supervisors will support you.

    Cons

    Dealing with entitled customers, but this is truly a rarity. Most Whole Foods customers are cool, down to earth, health conscious individuals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Front end cashiers transfer to other teams within the store because it is a more difficult, stressful job without higher pay. If you want cashiers to stay in that position and become incredibly efficient, instead of constantly having to train new workers, I think there needs to be some extra benefit.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    whole body team member

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    Current Employee - Whole Body Team Member  in  Union, NJ
    Current Employee - Whole Body Team Member in Union, NJ

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    leadership is amazing! never had a problem! Store team leader has a realistic view of her team members and expectations. She really promotes success within the company and new ideas.

    Cons

    no con's with this company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Fun Place to work

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    Current Employee - Prepared Foods Team Member  in  Fairfield, CT
    Current Employee - Prepared Foods Team Member in Fairfield, CT

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Positive Staff, Good Food, Bright work place

    Cons

    Long Hours, early mornings, hard CS

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Not a bad place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Produce Team Member
    Current Employee - Produce Team Member

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Decent pay, friendly co-workers, flexible schedule, opportunities to move up. You can call off for multiple days for the same illness and have it count as one day which allows you to be fully healthy before returning to work. They are also really nice about their policy when it comes to funerals or family emergencies. There is a really nice family feel to the company.

    Cons

    Upper management iffy, they are doing away with some of the raises and full-time positions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on communication with all team members

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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