Whole Foods Market

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Whole Foods Market Reviews

Updated February 27, 2015
Updated February 27, 2015
1,769 Reviews
3.6
1,769 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 190 reviews)

  • Fun place to work, great benefits if you actually get a chance to work full time (in 125 reviews)


Cons
  • When changes are made it is up to team members to figure out the way without any guidance (in 173 reviews)

  • Lack of accountability, team leaders promoted to position but not trained -- terrible (in 122 reviews)

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work, but it's changing.

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    Former Employee - Senior Management in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Management in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I worked at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    Great Team Member culture that permeates the entire company - both stores and corporate. The benefits are fantastic and the perks are too numerous to mention.

    Cons

    Things are changing, but not for the good. So many things that needed to change ago, are all happening at once with very little concern for anyone thats not a Global VP. TEAM members in the regions, the stores, and even at the global office are all tired and overworked. There's already a bit of an exodus underway.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop, breathe and remember what made the company great: the mission, the culture, the purpose. You're losing that slowly in the regions. It will be too late to do anything if you don't notice it now.

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

    It has its pluses and minuses.

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    Former Employee - Prepared Foods Team Member in Asheville, NC
    Former Employee - Prepared Foods Team Member in Asheville, NC

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

    Pros

    I worked in Prepared Foods, which essentially meant that I got to eat free samples all day. Management even encouraged us to do it so as to answer customer questions more efficiently.

    Cons

    Vegan food always mixes with meat based products (bad if you're vegan), slacker/stoner mentality of coworkers (good if you're chill), a variety of bosses who all want different things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't take your job so seriously and don't shove culture down your employees throats.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Pleasant Place to Work and Room to Grow

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Front End Cashier and Keyholder in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Front End Cashier and Keyholder in Boulder, CO

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

    Pros

    They encourage employees to stay a long time and apply for management positions. You are offered lots of career development. There are a lot of great perks such as 20% discount on groceries, special programs to boost morale and good company policies.

    Cons

    They expect you to be a lifer and never leave whole foods. In order to get hired and last you have to make it sound like your life's hopes and dreams are wrapped up in Whole Foods. My supervisors took it very personally when I left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    put less pressure on people to make a lifetime career with you

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    I loved most of the years I worked here.

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    Former Employee - Front End Supervisor in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Front End Supervisor in Denver, CO

    I worked at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    Great people, great customers, great food. Many ways to move up if you want.

    Cons

    after several years, your body begins to wear out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen,listen, listen. Stop treating mature team members like they don't matter anymore.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to be

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Front End Cashier in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Front End Cashier in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    Great people to work with, great company - sweet discount on groceries, fun atmosphere, flexible scheduling

    Cons

    not much - for a grocery store, the pay is higher and the work environment is great. To earn more though you just need to be open to moving up in management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good Survival Job

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    Was between jobs and working at whole foods while I looked for a new career job kept a roof over my head!
    Good benefits, discount on food
    met a lot of good people

    Cons

    Hourly wages
    Having to make sure your shift was "covered" if you needed time off

  8.  

    WFM is a company that sticks to their values and cares about changing the world and improving peoples health.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    Great employees. Great benefits. The food is amazing.

    Cons

    Always feeling hungry is a con being here, but other than that it's a wonderful environment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company

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    Current Employee - Team Trainer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Team Trainer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Company is great and they have no cons at all.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Rough, but I'd work there again.

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    Former Employee - Bakery Team Member in Sarasota, FL
    Former Employee - Bakery Team Member in Sarasota, FL

    I worked at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    I enjoyed my job- liked my coworkers a lot, learned a huge amount of information, even loved my manager and of course, the pay. I loved the benefits, especially pb&j day where you get a free meal the day before your paycheck. Was really awesome. The store meetings were also really cool because the values of the company Are of course, great. People on front end and floral and grocery really seemed to love their job and when good music comes on before the store opens, everyone in the store sings as loud as they can-it's awesome. I also got to work in produce and floral a couple times-which was a lot of fun.

    Cons

    Really hard work, I worked in the juice bar mostly, and it's rough. When I first started I had multiple team members inform me it was one of the hardest parts of the store. My team leader was on pregnancy leave most the time I worked there and my assistant team leader was rough, and my coworkers were kind of cliquey and there was a lot of gossip, I was glad they mostly liked me. Except when my assistant team leader made a coworker train me to take her job-she didn't like me then. and the hours were a mess- they're not supposed to work you over 30 hours if you're part-time-20, but they do, and when your hours get cut it hurts. I tried picking them up in other departments-but wasn't allowed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop cutting employees, and stop dropping the amount of full time employees allowed. And maybe seperate juice bar and bakery- I heard you would move juice bar to produce and you should.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great job while in school

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Team Member
    Former Employee - Customer Service Team Member

    I worked at Whole Foods Market full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Love the team members you work with
    Flexible schedule
    Great benefits
    Good raises
    Opportunity for growth

    Cons

    Some people in management are very unprofessional
    Management lacks consistency and they often do not follow their own policies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seek professional leadership training

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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