Whole Foods Market

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Whole Foods Market Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
1,708 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    WFM has many pros and cons, but the good outweighs the bad.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Driver in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Store Driver in New York, NY

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    The pay is exceptionally well in comparison to other supermarket/retail companies.

    Cons

    Gossiping, favoritism, disrespectful supervisors, not enough appreciation for team members.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Constant retraining of leadership and supervisors would be beneficial to team member relations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Team Member in NE Region

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    In the smaller teams there is a real camaraderie among team members and the employee discount is significant enough to take the bite out of higher priced items. Most customers are pleasant and interactions with them can be interesting and, occasionally, hilarious.

    Cons

    It's retail. You're schedule can change from week to week, starting pay is very low, and there is at least one overly entitled and whiney customer a day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the gain sharing and incentives for positive customer feedback and keep the unions out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Great Company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    Great culture and opportunity for advancement.

    Cons

    When entering new markets could work on finding people that align with core values.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Many opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Naples, FL
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Naples, FL

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

    Pros

    Many opportunities to move within departments and up in departments. Great benefits; health insurance, gain sharing, stock options, vacation hours, etc. Great to work in company supporting ethical agriculture and treatment of animals.

    Cons

    Constant push for team members to move up in status. Some team members are good in their position and would be best to stay. Would help create solid teams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better coordination with vendors, supply, and sale promotions. Often items promoted as sale and then out of stock almost immediately.....customers not happy but do accept rainchecks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Laid back, team members and managers are friendly

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Team Member in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Team Member in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    Nice place to work if you want part time work and the people are good to work with. Hours are not always the best.

    Cons

    Hard to get full time hours, most people stay there for a long time so there is not much room to move into full time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    WFM

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    Great Insurance, Pretty Awesome Co-workers

    Cons

    Slowly forming into a typical coorporation

  8.  

    Review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    The pay was Great Pay, Hours,Diverse,Discount,
    Co workers

    Cons

    None it was a great place to work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Grocery Team Member in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Grocery Team Member in Reston, VA

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

    Pros

    Fun Coworkers
    20% discount
    Flexible Schedule

    Cons

    Management could be a pain

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let Team Members be themselbes, express their ideas and make the process of stepping up easier.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Cashier

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    I like it..good people. Good environment. Pay is ok. Benefits are ok.

    Cons

    There are favorites. Promotions seem to be based of off seniority not experience or skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

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

    Much is expected of you to begin with, and the rewards come much later

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Prepared Foods Team Member FOH in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Prepared Foods Team Member FOH in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Coworkers form a close-knit group. That's the best part of the job for me. It does feel like a team, with people from all around the department helping each other out, especially at closing time. Customers are generally patient and understanding. Supervisors give good advice/instruction.

    Cons

    Very high expectations of the employee for not-very-high pay. Whole Foods is supposed to be the best, and the standards for best practices at work are high. Perhaps I haven't been working here long enough to see the benefits yet. You also have to have a certain type of personality to be at the front of the house, or fake it til you make it. Scheduling is a mess.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Throwing people into a new situation with no training is pretty stressful. There needs to be more instruction about what you actually do in your day-to-day, and not so much about corporate culture and what John Mackey thinks about this and that.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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