Whole Foods Market Reviews

Updated April 20, 2015
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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. Bakery Department

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market part-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere
    Always doing something

    Cons

    Experience depends on who you work with

  2. Good experience and wonderful company!

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    Innovative
    Employee Perks
    Health and Wellness Learning Opportunities
    Supportive Team
    Opportunities to Grow

    Cons

    I honestly have nothing to say here.

  3. Assistant Team Leader

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    Current Employee - Associate Team Leader
    Current Employee - Associate Team Leader

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market

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

    Pros

    Whole Foods treats you as an individual that they value and care about.

    Cons

    Sometimes you have to be willing to relocate for advancement opportunities.

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  5. Dirty Politics

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Store Team Leader in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Store Team Leader in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    20% discount, great team members, sense of community, fair pay rate with potential to bonus. Love my time at the company overall.

    Cons

    Lots of dirty politics and favoritism. If you came from the outside at a high level you were not treated as someone who belongs. Rules apply to some but not all. Senior Leadership picks and chooses their battles. If you are "marked," good luck keeping your job.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that tenure does not always equal talent. Treat team members with fair and equal respect.

  6. Prepared Foods Team Member

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Whole Foods Market generally provides great pay and benefits for the industry, with decent opportunity for advancement if you are willing to put in the effort.

    Cons

    It's difficult to advance very within the company without knowing some people higher up.

    Advice to Management

    Stop playing politics and just hire the best people for the job, and listen to everyone, not only the ones you like.

  7. Food prep

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    Former Employee - Prepared Foods Team Member in Orland Park, IL
    Former Employee - Prepared Foods Team Member in Orland Park, IL

    I worked at Whole Foods Market (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Love all the people!! Great environment for working! Really meet a lot of different people!!

    Cons

    Not to much but the scheduling was always crazy!

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!!

  8. Cashier

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Whole Foods Market full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great company values, great benefits.

    Cons

    Must have a very flexible schedule.

  9. Team member

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Enjoy work. Great store, customers,

    Cons

    increase pay. summers slow down

    Advice to Management

    Have survey printed on receipt for customers drawing..customer service input

  10. Cashier

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market part-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    They have health insurance and 401Ks. I have been with the company over 3 years and want to further my career with the company.

    Cons

    Staying at a register for hours on end. While cashiering, having to ask to go to the restroom or get some water. Some of the guests are awful.

  11. Buyer Specialist

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    Current Employee - Buyer in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Buyer in Portland, OR

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The most intelligent, hard working, humorous, witty, service driven employees that I have ever worked with. The employees are the cream of the crop in our store.

    Cons

    Most employees are doing the work that should be done by at least 1.5 people if not 2 people. It's a job that is impossible to complete on a daily basis. You feel you never make headway and it gets both frustrating and exhausting.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to understand that when you stand behind your employees, your employees will stand behind you. There is no way that people can keep up this intense pace without realizing there is no end in sight and the pay is not worth keeping on. Someone compared it to being a race horse and being treated poorly to keep the horse working but it will eventually break down. Great job for a newly minted 20 something that has nothing else to do but work.

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