Whole Foods Market Reviews

Updated March 29, 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. 2 people found this helpful

    Big and beautiful and ugly too

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    Former Employee - Assistant Buyer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Buyer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Whole Foods is committed to empowering team members through training and education. They are at the forefront of many consumer trends, and their standards are highly influential. All this makes it an exciting place to work.

    Cons

    The company is becoming too gargantuan. Stores are increasingly looking the same in terms of atmosphere and design. The shopping experience is increasingly bland and uniform. This is damaging morale in ways both obvious and subtle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make each store property more unique. Don't succumb to standardization. Get serious about understanding WHY WFM, year after year, continues to fall lower and lower on the list of America's best employers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. Great opportunity for career growth.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    Great benefits, Competative Salary, great culture.

    Cons

    Must be able to work weekends.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. I learned so much here. I made new friends here instantly and really enjoyed the free education opportunities!

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

    I worked at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    Great Pay
    Good Hours
    Great culture
    Healthy Incentives
    Growth opportunities

    Cons

    A difficult customer-base, but they eventually start to feel like family members that are hard to get along with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the positive environment!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Specialty foods - part time

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    Former Employee - Specialty Team Member in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Specialty Team Member in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    Co-workers and management were great, I actually really liked everyone with whom I worked. The pay was decent for a part time position and I think that in time, if I had stayed, I could have move to full time. The full time benefits there are really great. I loved the incentives, they had a program that rewarded your department almost like commission. It didn't usually add up to much but it was nice to see direct compensation for your work

    Cons

    Really, nothing. It was a good job. They only reason I left was that I moved away.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Overall, good place to work

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    Former Employee - Counter Person, Specialty, Bakery in Del Mar, CA
    Former Employee - Counter Person, Specialty, Bakery in Del Mar, CA

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

    Pros

    Pleasant atmosphere. Colleagues are mostly cool people. Usually the work is not too hard, except where understaffed. If you show interest, you can move to other departments to get trained. Benefits are nice. 20% off food helps a lot.

    Cons

    Need to fire employees who fail to show up for work repeatedly, who complain constantly, and who leave early because they aren't feeling well. Those of us who work hard and make ourselves come to work even when we have headaches or lack sleep are penalized, while slackers affect morale negatively because we pick up the slack.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See above.
    There should be more rewards for those who pick up extra hours when the malingerers call in sick or the lazy ones fail to finish their work. People are treated pretty much the same whether they go above and beyond the call of duty or don't come close to doing what they should.

    Recommends
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  7. 2 people found this helpful

    Great Company, Questionable Culture

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Team Member in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Customer Service Team Member in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Pros

    Great pay, opportunities to grow, employee discount

    Cons

    Childish management, "clique" culture, terrible to work for as a student because they only offer 8 hour shifts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow up and stop playing favorites with people who are clearly just sucking up to management and terrible to fellow employees. You can tell alot about someone by how they treat their subordinates, rather than their equals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  8. The best company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Team Member in Davis, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Team Member in Davis, CA

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

    Pros

    They genuinely care about their employees. Great working atmosphere, everyone is like family.

    Cons

    I honestly can't think of any cons during the time that I worked at this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. I had a great experience working here

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    good team environment and freedom to express my individuality, enjoyed getting to interact with the customers and share my experience with others working there

    Cons

    could get a little hectic, and sometimes the clientele made it difficult to complete my duties, but it's a small downside overall

  10. Great company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    I really like working for them

    Cons

    There really is not many cons to this job

  11. Team Member

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    Current Employee - Grocery Team Member in West Springfield, VA
    Current Employee - Grocery Team Member in West Springfield, VA

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    Great place to work. great team leader

    Cons

    I think there's anything negative about this company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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