Whole Foods Market Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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Whole Foods Market co-CEOs John Mackey and Walter Robb
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Pros
  • Some of the long-timers kept up with the tradition of verbally expressing appreciations to other team members when appropriate (e (in 190 reviews)

  • Great benefits with room for advancement (in 125 reviews)

Cons
  • Team members have been told not to speak badly about team leaders (in 173 reviews)

  • managers where store team leaders act passively (in 122 reviews)

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  1. Solid Retail Environment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Whole Foods Market full-time

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

    Pros

    Compensation for this type of job is very competitive. The environment is very supportive and and expectations are usually extremely clear.

    Cons

    The regional and global levels are growing, however, they are still very unorganized. Mostly, there is a large disconnect between team members working in the stores and regional team members asking for specific things that are not very realistic.

    Advice to Management

    Many jobs in store and team leadership can be difficult. There are less and less people looking for jobs at WFM that are truly interested in working there and not just finding a decent job. Coupled with the decrease in margins, time and money are getting more scarce. Systems that take care of things: scheduling, interviewing, ordering and productivity related systems need to be more efficient and easier to use.


  2. Healthy Eating Specialist

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Health Eating Specialist in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Health Eating Specialist in Jacksonville, FL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent starting pay of $14 per hour. Ability to make your own schedule. Teach cooking classes, do on the floor food demonstrations. Decent training. Make sure you have extensive knowledge of "health starts here" program before making a decision.

    Cons

    Working nights and weekends. Working under the direct supervision of the marketing team leader-make sure you get along. There will be days where you don't know what to do.


  3. CS

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Whole Foods Market

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some nice customers on occasion

    Cons

    bad management, and just bad work overall

    Advice to Management

    do your job! actually manage your employees


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  5. Produce clerk

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Produce Team Member in Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - Produce Team Member in Santa Cruz, CA

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    great co-workers, the company is growing rapidly so there is a lot of opportunity for advancement especially if you are willing to relocate. Good benefits for this level of job.

    Cons

    Pay is not that great. Raises are very small. Schedule is either starting at 5am or working to 9:30pm at night.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the 5% raise maximum. End the responsibly grown program. It sounds like a good idea but in practice it's just a mess.


  6. Love what they promote, Hate the pay/benefits

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regional Office TM
    Current Employee - Regional Office TM

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    sells excellent high quality grocery, meats, seafood, produce and specialty items. If you watch what you buy, it's the highest quality foods at a good price. PUT BACK that pricey wine and cheese if you think WFM is too expensive.

    Cons

    warning- benefits are drastically being slashed each year. Depending region you work, pay is low and hours are extremely limited. If you are applying for a Regional office position, be very organized bc everyone else is not.

    Advice to Management

    know who your stakeholders are before shooting from the hip.


  7. Specialty

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits can be good for full-timers and the people you work with are awesome.

    Cons

    Leadership is not well maintained and the store always seems to be understaffed

    Advice to Management

    Find better leaders who don't cut store funds to save their end of year bonuses


  8. Prepared Foods Team Member

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Prepared Foods Team Member in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Prepared Foods Team Member in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Whole Foods Market (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great medical insurance & friendly co-workers

    Cons

    Management expects 300% of your efforts

    Advice to Management

    Stay true to your core values


  9. Friendly Enviorment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Wage, Environment, Co-Workers, Clean, Great Customers

    Cons

    Alot of food gets thrown out every day, hard to watch


  10. Helpful (1)

    Fantastic place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cashier in Winston-Salem, NC
    Former Employee - Cashier in Winston-Salem, NC

    I worked at Whole Foods Market (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I worked at the Winston Salem, NC store for 4 years wonderful atmosphere for employees to hear leadership and be heard. Pay is very competitive and opportunity for advancement always available if you apply yourself and are willing to move. The company philosophy and products draw a wonderful mix of genuine people

    Cons

    very strict attendance rules. Changes coming about that seem to be top-down new management trying to make a mark on revenue or something, is watering down the culture.

    Advice to Management

    listen to the low level workers, they are your bread and butter who keep people coming back in the face of the ridiculous prices.


  11. cashier

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cashier in Phenix City, AL
    Former Employee - Cashier in Phenix City, AL

    I worked at Whole Foods Market (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    the job had excellent staff members

    Cons

    this was a very busy store, at times I wasn't able to get recognition of my hard work



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