Whole Foods Market

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Whole Foods Market Reviews

Updated January 31, 2015
Updated January 31, 2015
1,712 Reviews
3.6
1,712 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 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.  

    Work Hard, Make great friends, and be with a force of a company.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Love the hours that they gave me, ( even the craziest hours). For me it was easy cause all you had to do is work, tell the truth, help the customers plus employees and you were gold. Training was good as well. Free food to sample was always nice. Pay was cool and the PTO was Fantastic. I miss that place so much sometimes. The Core Values was very good to who knew them well.

    Cons

    Sometimes it was hard to get higher wadges even if you had a great relationship with Team leaders or ASTL's. Some of the Higher ups were amazing but some of them had hidden agendas. Need to hire a lot quicker as well so whatever department in the store can get help. Other then that I loved the place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please step up and upgrade the Team Members pay, lower the detectable on the insurance. Improve the Growth in the company so but have better guidelines.

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

    Overall, a very good job.

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    Former Employee - Whole Body Team Leader
    Former Employee - Whole Body Team Leader

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

    Pros

    Team member discount, PTO, team member gainsharing, schedule flexibility, opportunities

    Cons

    Health insurance is not nearly what it should be for a healthy grocery store (i.e., excessively high deductible, moderate monthly premium).

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

    Payroll and Benefits Specialist

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    Current Employee - Payroll and Benefits Specialist in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Payroll and Benefits Specialist in Glendale, CA

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    Benefits, are open to changes in schedule, clean environment

    Cons

    Office culture, compensation, bonuses not to favorable in comparison to other companies.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great benefits, need more organization

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Supervisor
    Current Employee - Customer Service Supervisor

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Whole Foods is great about providing team member happiness
    -gives great benefits (20% discount!)
    -work with motivated team members that care about the company and position

    Cons

    -certain policies different for different regions--should be same across the board
    -should have excused absences with a doctor's note
    -should change their attendance policy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great company to work for!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Good pay for being a grocery retail store.
    Employees have a say in regards to new hires before being voted on.
    Great opportunities for moving up in the company.

    Cons

    Sometimes you need to be part of a clique with leadership to get noticed.
    Accountability can be an issue

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good Experience.

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    Current Employee - Seafood Team Member in Vauxhall, NJ
    Current Employee - Seafood Team Member in Vauxhall, NJ

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

    Pros

    Whole Foods market has a strong system of core values and missions. I learn many effective ways to handle customers and developed a great sales attitude from the company. There is a lot of room for grow with Whole Foods. It can also serve as a beginning point to a healthy career.

    Cons

    The leadership in training program seems to fail those already employed with the company. I think that current employees should be able to have a fair chance for leadership positions. however the L.I.T program limits that at times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Whole Body

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    The best reasons to work in this department for this company is the knowledge you obtain from not only the people you're working with but from people that work directly with the companies' products you're selling. They train you on everything and the samples are fantastic. You get to try the products out, learn about them and then you can go out and educate people on them.

    Cons

    There really isn't a con in this department but will say that at my particular store, there were people that really hustled and worked their tails off and there were those that CLEARLY didn't. You bring it up to management's attention and their excuse is, "Everyone works differently".

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    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company to work for

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    Former Employee - Associate Prepared Foods Team Leader in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Prepared Foods Team Leader in Cupertino, CA

    I worked at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    Benefits, healthy food, discount, stock option

    Cons

    Long hours, Favoritsm, Sucky health insurance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Overall a satisfying experience working for a corporation

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    Former Employee - Assistant Bakery Team Leader in Portland, ME
    Former Employee - Assistant Bakery Team Leader in Portland, ME

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

    Pros

    Coworkers. Company values. They were very strict about not wanting to pay overtime, so they made sure you worked 40 hours a week and no more. I appreciated this as it gave you time outside of work. Also, benefits package was good. Good medical insurance, stock options and employer contributions to 401(k)

    Cons

    Pay could have been higher. Lots of politics in store management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company mission, work environment, and culture. Low pay.

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    Former Employee - Regional Human Resources Manager
    Former Employee - Regional Human Resources Manager

    I worked at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    Outstanding culture, great corporate responsibility and company mission, really interesting people. You feel a part of something bigger. Awesome store discount and good benefits, including stick options. Great growth potential as company is expanding rapidly..

    Cons

    I worked at corporate office and some benefits were mediocre compared to other similar corporate positions. Pay is also low in comparison. As company grows, they struggle to keep the same amazing culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to mix up bringing people in with outside experience and promoting from within. Need to look at pay and benefits more for corporate roles. I would have loved to stay but couldn't afford it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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