Whole Foods Market

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Whole Foods Market Reviews

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
1,450 Reviews
3.6
1,450 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 181 reviews)

  • Whole Foods Market has great benefits and strives to grow their team members (in 115 reviews)


Cons
  • Can't speak up for the good team members for fear of being written up or fired (in 159 reviews)

  • Lack of accountability, team leaders promoted to position but not trained -- terrible (in 115 reviews)

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    A place where great people work together to improve the world and the people who live in it.

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    Former Employee - Front End Cashier  in  Newport Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Front End Cashier in Newport Beach, CA

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

    Pros

    Whole Foods philosophy as a company is great. Opportunities for growth and great benefits.

    Cons

    Time off polices are pretty bad. I could not live my life due to constantly being scheduled to work. Would give me my schedule couple of days before the start of the week making planning family outings or seeing concerts very hard due to not knowing if I would be scheduled to work. If you try to let them know that you need that day off they say you must give them two weeks notice and MAYBE they will consider it.

    Management. Some of these managers run there departments like novices. Some run there department like some oligarchy, if you do not know the right person or a favorite be prepared to get the lowest raise allotted, work days you cannot work and expect to do triple the work while your manager and his friends slack off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to the lower tier worker, they might have great ideas. schedules should be given 2 months in advance to allow team members to be able to plan and enjoy life. fire those whose work ethic does not match company philosophies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working at whole foods is wonderful.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Pay is fantastic. People are ok.

    Cons

    Some of the people are way too involved in the "culture"

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pretty decent but could be better

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    Former Employee - Anonymous  in  Plymouth Meeting, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Plymouth Meeting, PA

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

    Pros

    Cool team members to work with, good starting pay for non-unionized job at $10, 20% discount, good training, bonus incentives including gain sharing and Cool Beans where you can eventually get money from based on the number you receive, free food tasting for TMs during the holidays, TM appreciation week, TM sponsored events like softball and basketball games, gifts raffled off after the store meeting, everyone encourages growth.

    Cons

    The store itself has gone downhill in the last few years. Once on the top of its game, politics got in the way and ruined it. Team members on all levels are pressured to be the "best" and remain the "best" especially since it's the flagship/tourist store of the area. With that pressure comes new programs and initatives to learn about, long hours and many work days (working 7+ days straight - say from Wed through Sun one pay week and then Mon and Tue on a new pay week - is not something odd here). Some of management participate in favoritism with certain team members. In order to move around, it's like you have to be an overachiever who "drinks the kool-aid" so to speak and turns a blind eye on the obvious negative things.

    Health insurance is unbelievably high for PT20 team members ($99/check). Paid breaks are very short for the time you are standing around - 15 minutes for up to 7.5 hour shifts and 30 minutes for 8 hours. Attendance policy is ridiculous with a "3 strikes and your out" mentality. Too many people were written up or fired for attendance, especially the ones who take public transportation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to be the best in everything and work with what you have. So many great team members left because of the pressure put upon them. Customers love it here at Plymouth Meeting because of the friendliness and helpfulness of the TMs, besides the great products. Not all the glitz and glam.

    Be more lenient with the attendance policy, especially for ones on public transportation. We lose so many people over this and it puts stress on other TMs who have to do double work. The buses are fickle and most run 30-60 minutes at a time. Plus after work, TMs should not have to run for buses because they needed to complete some project before leaving. Give them that time.

    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    WFM - Northeast Region

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good training, benefits, compassionate leadership, opportunities for those who work hard

    Cons

    Sometimes there is a air of favoritism by regional leadership, if you make one mistake it is lauded over your by the RP for a long time, promoting people too soon and setting them up for failure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ask questions before making snap judgements. There are many moving parts to the business and there needs to be some realism on the part of regional leadership on meeting goals, and giving the tools and help necessary to meet these goals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company that is growing

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    Current Employee - Meat Team Member  in  San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Meat Team Member in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    Good starting pay , great employees and a good system to move around in the company fast opportunities to move up. Gainsharing extra check :)

    Cons

    401k is really not that great
    Few snobby customers and scheduling can be hard if you are not great with your dept manager

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a better 401k

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Marketing Team Leader  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Marketing Team Leader in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Freedom to be who you are, share your ideas and work on a team.

    Cons

    Pay starts low but above minimum wage

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always keep the door open

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Overall, Whole Foods Market is a great place to work for high school and college students.

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    Current Employee - Front End Cashier  in  Paramus, NJ
    Current Employee - Front End Cashier in Paramus, NJ

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

    Pros

    Whole Foods Market is a friendly work environment. Most of the staff is nice and professional. Great benefits for a retail job. In addition, the hours are flexible and can easily work around your school schedule. The starting pay is reasonable considering retail.

    Cons

    Too much favoritism and not enough people receiving credit for their hard work. More so, management can be rude and inconsiderate to their employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    WFM is a great place to work

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    Current Employee - Cashier  in  Park City, UT
    Current Employee - Cashier in Park City, UT

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

    Pros

    Nice salary for an entry-level part-time job with added bonuses of monthly profit sharing. Flexible with schedules, great benefits and if you make advancement a goal, supervisors will support you.

    Cons

    Dealing with entitled customers, but this is truly a rarity. Most Whole Foods customers are cool, down to earth, health conscious individuals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Front end cashiers transfer to other teams within the store because it is a more difficult, stressful job without higher pay. If you want cashiers to stay in that position and become incredibly efficient, instead of constantly having to train new workers, I think there needs to be some extra benefit.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Positive as a whole

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Madison, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, NJ

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

    Pros

    Whole Foods has a mindset that promotes the well being of its customer. The company has great values and has good dedication to the training and education of its employees.

    Cons

    It can be difficult to work there- the salaries aren't the greatest and there is no such thing as a 9-5. Some of the optional training sessions are early in the morning and hard for some people to get to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Greater flexibility with employee's schedules would be appreciated.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work at if you like retail

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    Great benefits and salary

    Cons

    More flexibility and understanding of employee

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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