Whole Foods Market Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
1,387 Reviews

3.7
1,387 Reviews
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Whole Foods Market co-CEOs John Mackey and Walter Robb
John Mackey and Walter Robb
498 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Whole Foods Market has great benefits and strives to grow their team members (in 162 reviews)

  • Great benefits that work on a tier level based on hours you have put in w/the company (in 105 reviews)


Cons
  • Can't speak up for the good team members for fear of being written up or fired (in 146 reviews)

  • Team leaders tend to delegate responsibility to lower level managers (in 104 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Working Part Time will never give you a Whole paycheck.

    Former Employee - Cashier Assistant  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Cashier Assistant in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Whole Foods Market part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    MOST of the management and employee staff is great. Benefits used to be excellent but the benefits are still good. Overall the atmosphere is pleasant (depending on the store).

    Cons

    The compensation is competitive however if you are hired part time (which is very likely) the shortage of hours and days means you will still make a relatively small amount of money and not be eligible for benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I love Whole Foods however as I have researched and understand Whole Foods is a multi-billion dollar company who I am almost certain can afford to give their employees full time hours. Reducing hours and benefits to increase and retain profits while employees are unable to make ends meet does the opposite of displaying corporate patriotism.

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    Transparent, Organic Team Based Organization

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Payroll and Administration Specialist  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Payroll and Administration Specialist in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Values that extend from the top down

    Cons

    Gives people a chance before they are ready for the responsibility sometimes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave a position unfilled until you have the 'best' candidate to fill it

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Company

    Former Employee - Customer Service Supervisor  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Customer Service Supervisor in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Whole Foods Market full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    company culture, good products, great customer service, and wonderful people

    Cons

    inconsistent schedule and work every weekend, hard interviews to move up in the company

    Recommends
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    great place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sea Food Atl  in  Hingham, MA
    Current Employee - Sea Food Atl in Hingham, MA

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    they take care of their employes

    Cons

    they are big on rules

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more ynderstanding to emploies and the issues thrye are faceing in their personal and profissnal

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    MBA Intern

    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - MBA Intern  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - MBA Intern in Austin, TX

    I worked at Whole Foods Market as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    creative, energetic environment. everyone I worked with was helpful and encouraging

    Cons

    I feel I did not work with the company long enough to list a con

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good, not great

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Prepared Foods Team Member  in  Basalt, CO
    Former Employee - Prepared Foods Team Member in Basalt, CO

    I worked at Whole Foods Market part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - great coworkers - everyone is friendly and fun to work with
    - customers are kind
    - always something to do - it's never not busy
    - great discounts
    - many opportunities to move up if you want them

    Cons

    - they don't pay enough considering how hard you have to work
    - most people are pretty stressed out
    - hardly any work/life balance - everyone is encouraged to work as many hours as possible; people bleed for this job

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    AMazing Lovely Good care Good People Health and Family

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cashier  in  Jericho, NY
    Current Employee - Cashier in Jericho, NY

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Everything is Amazing
    They Love their Customers

    Cons

    They wouldnt change my schedule when asked

    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Cashier

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier
    Former Employee - Cashier

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

    Pros

    I worked here for 3 years and it is a great company to work for with great leadership. The starting pay is decent and it's not too hard to get full time as long as you are a great worker and have an open schedule. Working here is like being a part of a big family and it is a great culture.

    Cons

    They are strict about absences, even if you have a real illness. The store I worked at had no room for growth so there was no chance to move up in the company. That's finally starting to change with new stores opening in the next year but you can get stuck in your position for years simply because there are no new job openings. I have had a few hellish leaders, but that could go for any job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't micromanage so much.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Long tenured Team Member

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

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The values of the company cannot be beat with a focus on treating all fairly and acting with integrity in business I am proud to have worked for Whole Foods Market for over 10 years. I have no only grown professionally but in a positive way as a person due to working with inspiring leaders during my time. With different charitable organizations like Whole Planet and Whole Kids foundations you doing more than hawking goods when you drive sales and make your own personal purchases.

    Cons

    Training isn't what it used to be. There can be a feast or famine type mentality which for some is desired as they learn by doing but for others that need quite a bit of training up front it can be more difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on training and development of Leaders.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good Company and Career move if patient.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier  in  Greenwich, CT
    Former Employee - Cashier in Greenwich, CT

    I worked at Whole Foods Market full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Huge franchise. Consistent work. Advancement Opportunities

    Cons

    Elitist and snobish customers. Micromanaging

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that although the customer is always right. The customer more than likely lives in a different world than your employees. Keep that in mind.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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