Whole Foods Market Reviews

Updated March 31, 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. Wonderful company!

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    Former Employee - Regional Executive Assistant in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Regional Executive Assistant in Bellevue, WA

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

    Pros

    Team members are treated great
    Lots of autonomy
    good pay and benefits
    great product you can feel good about

    Cons

    A little too touchy feely for me but that is just a personal opinion that many don't share

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Great environment, benefits, and people

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    Former Employee - Cashier in Mill Valley, CA
    Former Employee - Cashier in Mill Valley, CA

    I worked at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    Wage, friendly people/environment, and lots of benefits!

    Cons

    Lack in career growth and needs flexibility for students who can only work for a few months at a time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Absolutely love working for Whole Foods its a friendly environment that permutes success

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    Current Employee - Front End Cashier in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Front End Cashier in Boulder, CO

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    discount, great upbeat environment, easy to work with people, great benefits

    Cons

    difficult and rude customers, often have to work multiple days in a row and can have long shifts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Love how they support team member happiness

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    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
  8. Good for a retail position

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    Former Employee - Cashier in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Cashier in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    Decent pay, cool coworkers, good discount

    Cons

    Obnoxious customers, odd hours, getting up early for store meetings

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Whole Foods

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    Team, experience, discount. Lots of interesting people to work with.

    Cons

    None that I can think of. Love my job so far. Have received a few promotions and am happy at work.

  10. 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
  11. 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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