Whole Foods Market Reviews

Updated August 1, 2015
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Whole Foods Market co-CEOs 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. Not a Great Experience in My Particular Department, but...

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Team Educator in Laguna Niguel, CA
    Former Employee - Team Educator in Laguna Niguel, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Whole Foods' gain sharing program is one of the best ways to incentivize hourly pay team members to work efficiently and push sales.

    Cons

    I wouldn't recommend the Meat Department at the Laguna Niguel store. The leadership of that department isn't particularly effective or ethical. A Team Leader and an Associate Team Leader were fired while I was there.


  2. Enlightening

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Not Important in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Not Important in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Whole Foods Market full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great vision and mission. Family like atmosphere with most employees and staff. Lot of learning opportunities, benefits and extra incentives.

    Cons

    Seem to be sacrificing hard working dedicated team members for lazy slouchers to cut payroll costs. Appears that to move up or ahead means hammering down on good employees then turning against them if they speak up for themselves. What happened to open door policy?

    Advice to Management

    Remember it is your most dedicated employees doing all the hard work. Those same dedicated employees help keep your customers returning.


  3. So far Ive had a great grocery team who are very flexible, fun, and care about each other.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Grocery Team Member in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Grocery Team Member in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are benefits on benefits if staying with the company and putting in a lot of hours. The people are very influencial, knowledgable for the most part, and give the best services

    Cons

    people tend to be very vocal about their food system views, the trends, the prices, the allergies, etc and wont shut up about it

    Advice to Management

    Have the team leaders keep up with their team members with follow ups and helping them progress up in the company


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  5. Team Member

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    Former Employee - Customer Service in Port Chester, NY
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Port Chester, NY

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fair Wages, favorable dress code, awesome discount and opportunities.

    Cons

    People like to form groups and gang up on the quiet ones. They will fire you for no reason and say they have given warnings. The group that started with you on orientation most likely won't last 2 months. Leaders usually do not keep their word.

    Advice to Management

    Take a good look at the Team Leaders they like to play in with the majority.


  6. Flexible and Good Starting Pay

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Prepared Foods Team Member in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Prepared Foods Team Member in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Whole Foods Market

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I worked in Prepared Foods where pizzas, sandwiches and charcuterie were and most people were nice even if they may have had a problem with you. Also they are quite flexible about your hours and schedule. They try their best to work with you although sometimes they can be a bit passive aggressive if they don't like a decision you've made.

    Cons

    Work was a bit repetitive and customers can be a bit of a pain but I suppose that would be with any service job. while i may not have given 100% i felt like there were people who recieved recognition who shouldnt have.


  7. Whole Foods Market Lincoln

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Part Time Grocer in Lincoln, NE
    Current Employee - Part Time Grocer in Lincoln, NE

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market

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

    Pros

    Great Community and Benefits. A lot of opportunity for advancement within the company.

    Cons

    In my experience the only cons have been with local employee's themselves and not something that has to do with the company as a whole.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget why you started the company and keep caring about the communities it is in.


  8. Bakery Team Member

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Whole Foods Market

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

    Pros

    Great Team of dedicated individuals. Hours were great and very flexible

    Cons

    Its hard to advance when you can only work part time. Some more opportunities for part timers would be great

    Advice to Management

    Give more options to those who are hard working part timers. Also, increase profit sharing and more meetings to update everyone on company innitiatives


  9. Great Company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Store Systems Integrator in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Store Systems Integrator in Miami, FL

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

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

    Pros

    Compared to other retail companies. Whole Foods sets a high standard. Awesome benefits including employee discount, and monthly team bonuses. Team Leaders are actually trained to lead rather than micromanage and store management actually listen to their employees.

    Cons

    Benefits have been on the decline as every year passes, but they work with the best that they can. They are above all other retail companies.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen to your employees, and hire team leaders who are actually compassionate about whole foods mission.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Fantastic place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cashier in Winston-Salem, NC
    Former Employee - Cashier in Winston-Salem, NC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I worked at the Winston Salem, NC store for 4 years wonderful atmosphere for employees to hear leadership and be heard. Pay is very competitive and opportunity for advancement always available if you apply yourself and are willing to move. The company philosophy and products draw a wonderful mix of genuine people

    Cons

    very strict attendance rules. Changes coming about that seem to be top-down new management trying to make a mark on revenue or something, is watering down the culture.

    Advice to Management

    listen to the low level workers, they are your bread and butter who keep people coming back in the face of the ridiculous prices.


  11. Bakery Team Member

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Baker in Reno, NV
    Former Employee - Baker in Reno, NV

    I worked at Whole Foods Market

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, nice people, good pay for the position. Lots of tiny perks. Hard to screw up at this job. Regular raises.

    Cons

    Not much to say in terms of cons. It's a really good company. The schedules vary from week to week but that is typical and expected of a service industry job.

    Advice to Management

    I never had any qualms with management. I got lots of feedback on my performance, communication was open and amiable.



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