Whole Foods Market

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Whole Foods Market Reviews

Updated March 4, 2015
Updated March 4, 2015
1,774 Reviews
3.6
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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 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.  

    Production chef

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    Former Employee - Production Chef in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Production Chef in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Pros

    Employee empowerment, consistent job reviews,

    Cons

    Political, needs work on employee growth within company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More transitions in placement for company growth--cross train more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great place to be

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    Current Employee - Front End Cashier in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Front End Cashier in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    Great people to work with, great company - sweet discount on groceries, fun atmosphere, flexible scheduling

    Cons

    not much - for a grocery store, the pay is higher and the work environment is great. To earn more though you just need to be open to moving up in management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    WFM is a company that sticks to their values and cares about changing the world and improving peoples health.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    Great employees. Great benefits. The food is amazing.

    Cons

    Always feeling hungry is a con being here, but other than that it's a wonderful environment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company

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    Current Employee - Team Trainer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Team Trainer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    Awesome pay and benefits, awesome company! No complaints at all.

    Cons

    Company is great and they have no cons at all.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great job while in school

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Team Member
    Former Employee - Customer Service Team Member

    I worked at Whole Foods Market full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Love the team members you work with
    Flexible schedule
    Great benefits
    Good raises
    Opportunity for growth

    Cons

    Some people in management are very unprofessional
    Management lacks consistency and they often do not follow their own policies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seek professional leadership training

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent Experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    Friendly environment filled with great support and benefits for team members. Management is very helpful and works well with employees.

    Cons

    The only con I would say is the movement upwards is slow and takes a lot of time to progress. The culture usually likes to keep employees in their positions for a while.

  8.  

    Great environment to work in short or long term

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    Former Employee - Front End Team Member in Boca Raton, FL
    Former Employee - Front End Team Member in Boca Raton, FL

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

    Pros

    Healthy place of work, great training, strong communication, team member appreciation, promote from within, 4 day work week

    Cons

    Corporate policies that turn valuable team members into disposable numbers, particularly if you work in the Front End Dept

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember your roots Whole Foods--give store management the ability to keep the passionate and hardworking team members around when tiny mistakes are made!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company to work for, lots of room for upward mobility, and super supportive staff.

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    Current Employee - Cashier in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Cashier in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Profit sharing bi monthly, super supportive admin, HR, and department teams. They really emphasize how much they want you to grow with the company. Paid time off, they give you shares after a certain number of service hours, and you can change departments if you decide you want to try something new.

    Cons

    They very much want you to immerse yourself in the culture of Whole Foods, including memorizing the core values (you will be asked what they are at every internal interview), and trying the products out. The only downside was sometimes they got a little soap boxy with the healthy living but otherwise there were negligible cons.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Greatest First Job I could have ever hoped for out of college

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    Former Employee - Store Systems Integrator
    Former Employee - Store Systems Integrator

    I worked at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    - Progressive in holistic approach to mission statement
    - Open mindedness towards different employees physical & mental representation
    - Open to any new idea anyone has
    - Great & interesting people
    - Always looking to improve

    Cons

    - Getting more corporate the larger they get = more disconnect = more rules to CYA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Commitment to good values

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic company to work for. I've worked in 3 locations so far and while each store has it's own personality, the core values and concepts stay the same. Team Members are valued and treated well, and most are truly happy to work for Whole Foods. Happy team members make for happy customers.

    Cons

    As with all big businesses, there's a little bit less flexibility and room for creativity, since the company has to maintain standards across the board. And as the company quickly expands, I think it struggles a little with maintaining and developing the culture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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