Whole Foods Market Reviews

Updated April 18, 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. Cashier

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    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.

  2. 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.

  3. prepared food team service member

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market

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

    Pros

    organic love that no one else is better

    Cons

    hours and hours of no work

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  5. Customer Service Associate Team Leader

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    Current Employee - Associate Team Leader in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Associate Team Leader in Memphis, TN

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    work hard and well get rewarded

    Cons

    bad attendance and bad ethics will kick u out

    Advice to Management

    try to learn as you go, give out great service, stay in good work relationship with your peers

  6. Great people who shows interest in there work place

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Whole Foods Market part-time

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

    Pros

    Great pay and hours also great management

    Cons

    6 months probation before you can start working full time

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what your doing

  7. I worked as a dishwasher

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market part-time

    Pros

    Great Pay and good benefits... room to grow within the company
    there is room to move around in the company

    Cons

    The prepared food Department had a high turnover rate. Some of the workers were not reliable.

    Advice to Management

    Be more encouraging to the employees and the employees will work harder for you

  8. Helpful (1)

    Great culture, mediocre compensation

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    Current Employee - Front End Cashier
    Current Employee - Front End Cashier

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

    Pros

    I enjoy working at Whole Foods as the team members are some of the most positive people you'll meet, same with the customers. One co-worker joked that they don't need therapy anymore. Everyone is very supportive and tries to help others out, and let you know you're appreciated.

    Cons

    Having a bachelors degree doesn't mean anything or much of your previous work experience. It all depends on your ability to pass interview panels. Compensation is low, everyone starts as a part-time cashier so they don't have to payout benefits. Also they frequently schedule you for 8 hour shifts so you work 7 1/2 after you clock out for lunch, then they are not required to give you the second 15 minute break.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Prep foods aka deli

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market full-time (more than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits are awesome. Especially the gain sharing every month and the discount.

    Cons

    They are expanding way too much and they seem like they are becoming like the rest of the retailers. At the moment it is hard to advanse in the company

  10. Deli Clerk, prepared foods

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Orleans, LA

    I worked at Whole Foods Market

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

    Pros

    Wonderful culture.
    Great food.
    Fun People
    I learned a lot about making my own life better by eating healthier and educated others as well.

    Cons

    Never having a set schedule. I actually had one for a long time then it started changing week to week. I really had to think about a "con". I loved the job. Mostly funny, kind, happy people. People with bad attitudes, for the most part, leave. Maybe I was lucky. I had to leave New Orleans but I hope to go back there and work again.

    Advice to Management

    Hire good people asap. I begged for about six months on almost a daily basis. And I was a great employee.

  11. TMSL

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    Former Employee - TMSL in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - TMSL in Houston, TX

    I worked at Whole Foods Market full-time (more than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Love culture and core values

    Cons

    Organization and training could improve

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