Whole Foods Market

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Whole Foods Market Reviews

Updated October 31, 2014
Updated October 31, 2014
1,528 Reviews
3.7
1,528 Reviews
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Whole Foods Market co-CEOs John Mackey and Walter Robb
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Team members have a say in everything that concerns the welfare of the overall company (in 189 reviews)

  • Whole Foods Market has great benefits and strives to grow their team members (in 121 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. 8 people found this helpful  

    Wish they didn't just hire mostly part time

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Front End Cashier in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Front End Cashier in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    everybody has a great attitude, fantastic leadership (at least at my store), gain-sharing, easy to take time off, paid time off, moral company with great fundraisers, and the guests are just delightful

    Cons

    they hire almost everybody starting at part time and make it pretty difficult to get more hours, even full time employees with get shorted on hours many weeks and rather than a full 40 hour week will get 30-35 hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You'll have a lower turnover rate if you just gave people more hours! I would love to make WFM my only workplace but I cannot live on less than 30 hours a week.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    A company with great intentions

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Team Leader in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Team Leader in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    I'm sure I could be earning more money doing something else with my life - you can say that with just about any job. But I what I want to emphasize is that at its core Whole Foods Market practices what it preaches when it comes to treating its employees well. There will always be challenges and it's inevitable to work for or with people that just do not fit our corporate culture. But even though I may encounter individuals like the latter, I've met countless people that are passionate and truly believe in what we stand for. I'm proud of what we do and the values we stand for.

    Cons

    Our company is growing and opportunities are opening up to advance but there at times issues that arise from this growth. We do have managers that simply do not fit our culture. Somehow they have risen the ranks of the company but they do not get it. It can be frustrating at times when your peers in leadership run teams that seemingly have more resources available to them. Usually this involves the ability to afford team members, aka, labor dollars. Some of us that work on older teams are stretched thin compared to new stores that may have a lot less stress to deal with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I understand the importance of high standards of retail merchandising - I also understand that all of us are under pressure to keep our labor under control, but it's very difficult when there's no communication to the team leader group as to why labor cuts are made, especially when it hurts a team that may have been running without a team leader for several months, giving an illusion that gain sharing was being taken advantage of. Also - I've not seen the transparency of everyone's earnings in quite some time. Does that policy still exist anymore?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cashier

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cashier in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Cashier in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere and good starting pay. Group interview but It's funny and easy depending on you personality. Second interview was easy, make sure you bring you Social Security card because the will tell you the spot that you are hired and have you start filling out paperwork.

    Cons

    Everyone starts at part time and it could be hard to get more hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    GIVE PART TIME EMPLOYEES MORE HOURS

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Treat you like a person

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Specialty Team Member in Newton, MA
    Former Employee - Specialty Team Member in Newton, MA

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

    Pros

    $$$
    great attitude
    20% off WFM products
    flexible

    Cons

    not many, it is what you make it

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Love it!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Front End Cashier in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Front End Cashier in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    Employees respect each other. Personalities are encouraged.

    Cons

    Hired part-time. Wish there were more full-time opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ask employees for feedback on their team leaders.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great learning experience

    Former Employee - Cashier in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Cashier in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Learning about different foods and interacting with a variety of people. Also discount on food and room for growth in the company.

    Cons

    Leaving work late, most stores close at 11. Some favoritism with employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Whole Foods is a great place to work - Wonderful culture, benefits, decent pay and a wonderful discount (at least 20%)

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Produce Team Member in Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Produce Team Member in Overland Park, KS

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

    Pros

    Whole foods has a culture unlike any other retailer that I have ever worked for or shopped at. Their values (extending far beyond merely making a profit) truly permeate all aspects of the business--from bagging to merchandizing to a commitment to complete transparency with every product they sell. I love the people, and the pay and benefits are also above average. Great company.

    Cons

    It's retail--it's hard to get a consistent schedule.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A great environment to work in

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Seafood Team Member in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Seafood Team Member in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Competitive rates, employee discount, caring attitude towards TM

    Cons

    Mostly part time positions, customers have become a little elitist and make the job difficult

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unexpected potential career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Bulk Buyer
    Current Employee - Bulk Buyer

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

    Pros

    Ethical practices
    Health standards
    Community donations
    Generous PTO, rolls over
    Very fast promotion rates
    Family environment
    Educated TMs
    Nice starting wage
    Discount & discount increase program (up to 30% - i have 27%)

    I started at WFM in 2013 because I needed a job. It has turned into a definite career path for me, with a promotion in a little over a year. I found passion, which then spread into other areas of my life. This place is like my home. I have changed my eating habits entirely and only shop at my workplace. Fellow team members become family. Each store is insanely different.

    Cons

    Multiple wrongful fires
    Occasional favoritism... but this is not the fault of the company, it's the leadership in the particular store

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Whole Foods, Lafayette, La.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Seafood Team Member in Lafayette, LA
    Current Employee - Seafood Team Member in Lafayette, LA

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

    Pros

    nice upscale clean facility, employee discount of 20%, encouraged to interact and recommend items. satisfaction in the knowledge of distributing a quality and fresh product to the public.

    Cons

    Very demanding atmosphere, compensation in lafayette la. store is the lowest in the nation for whole foods and this is an expensive area to live. understaffed and no advancement yet.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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