Whole Foods Market

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Southwest region is managed/run differently than all other regions. Many Upper-Level Leaders have their own cliques.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    Most Team Members are very nice, concerned about inequality and are pretty cool people.

    Cons

    Many Upper-Level Leaders have their own cliques. It is hard to get into these.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work-Life Balance for 80-85% employees not available. Start promoting worker bees based on performance and dependability; not based on if the Team Leader or Store Leader likes them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Bakery team member

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    20% discount card.is a great benefit, especially on sale items.

    Cons

    the process of being voted onto the team when you first start is daunting.

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    Working for Whole Foods Market is, in a word, adequate- not better or worse than any other corporate grocery chains.

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

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

    Pros

    Working at Whole Foods Market will definitely acclimate you to the world of natural and high quality foods. It is an educational experience above all else. Co-workers you encounter at this company are very diverse and the atmosphere of personal acceptance is refreshing. Employee discount programs encourage shopping at the store, and thus expanding product knowledge. Benefits and compensation are consistent with average non-union grocery chain offerings with a starting wage in Oregon of $11/hour for most positions.

    Cons

    As the years have gone by, working conditions have worsened.
    Pay has not scaled with inflation nor is it comparable to any union-affiliated chains. Raises for Team Members seems to scale between 1% and 5% of previous year's wage.
    Healthy Eating Discount program guidelines are inherently discriminatory towards pregnant and nursing mothers because of the cholesterol measurements during biometric screenings that are now only paid for every two years. The anti-union atmosphere is oppressive.
    The high-deductible healthcare offering is unattainable for part-time workers, which comprise the majority of each store's labor. It would be $180/paycheck to afford a $2k deductible plan as a part-time status employee.
    Some regions of the company seem to fare better than others. The Pacific Northwest region is full of stores that have perpetually understaffed teams of workers that are overworked and undercompensated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Regional Coordinators and VPs in the Pacific Northwest Region have lost touch with the reality of working the floor in the departments they manage. It is my sincere belief that some of the lost connection could be recovered if these "higher ups" worked once a quarter in their respective departments. Perhaps they should limit their lunch choice every now and then to the value of a $5 "token." Take public transit to work for a whole week. Experience what it is like to be a regular Team Member for Whole Foods Market again. I believe that this would keep management more in touch with Team Member and customer needs as well as keep Regional leadership humble.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    At urban stores fast paced and lots of opportunity, suburban stores much slower but less opportunity.

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    Current Employee - Team Member in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Team Member in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    It is possible to advance a career at Whole Foods Market, however you must have a very specific, outgoing and upbeat personality.

    Cons

    To move up you must really prove your worth to the company which is not necessarily bad, however certain people will just not have the right personality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more time for team members to voice concerns to upper management as middle management is not always able to fix problems.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Corporate mayhem.

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    Current Employee - Cashier in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Cashier in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay but it ends there. Total rat race with crazy managers and a CEO-founder that is straight crazy.

    Cons

    Everything. I hate my job. It's painful to go to work every day. No one listens to me. Feels like a black hole of employment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop lying to customers about what you really are. You are corporate food plain and simple.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Whole Foods Market has trained me in a wide breath of skills that are easily transferable to other opportunities

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    Current Employee - Team Leader
    Current Employee - Team Leader

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    Great people with a passion for products. Hiring for emotional intelligence and attitude can build strong leaders. Product education is a lot of fun in store.

    Cons

    Rapid growth of the company has increased the amount of outside influence on company culture in a negative way. More management styles from conventional grocery and value driven retailers has resulted in watered down core values. The difference in new management over tenured team members is ever apparent.

    Room for growth is abundant on the store level, but is very limited past department leadership or higher store leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Slow down on growth for a moment to rebuild team member bench strength as well as instill strong company culture.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Between a rock and a hard place

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    Former Employee - Marketing Team Leader in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Team Leader in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Company is doing some great work with their Whole Trade Guarantee, Whole Planet & Whole Kids Foundations.
    Everybody is eager to do business with you (suppliers, local community, job-seekers, etc.)

    Cons

    Huge workload yet very little structure and no support make it hard to do the job well.
    The Marketing Team Leader has no marketing team to "lead"! It's a one wo/man show.
    "80 hours of work in 40 hours" -as the previous MTL put it, you need 80 hours to do the work but you only have 40 hours and overtime is prohibited. Not sure if that's meant to be a blessing or a curse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resolve conflict between the regional marketer who says "it takes a year to learn this job", and the store leadership who give termination warnings after 45 days.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    WFM

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    Decent pay for retail job, sizeable employee discount, flexible part time schedules, good culture, in store leadership is fairly accessible

    Cons

    Expectations outweigh the pay in many circumstances, results in a fairly high turnover rate. Leadership quality varies significantly department to department, store to store

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Frustrating

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    Benefits and no drug tests

    Cons

    Favoritism and hard labor. Management doesn't care about your concerns.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Working at WFM is like going to work, and being with your family all day. You love them, but they can drive you crazy!

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    Current Employee - Front End Cashier in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Front End Cashier in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market full-time

    Pros

    The people you get to work with are amazing! The benefits, PTO, employee discount and job perks are stellar! Also, it's extremely easy to transfer to other stores and work your way up in the company!!! They are a fair in that they don't start their new hires at a higher rate of pay! Everyone gets the same treatment.

    Cons

    The pay is not a live able wage. The groceries and hot bar are still expensive with your discount. The company could be more compassionate about their employees health, for example giving their pregnant cashiers stools to sit on. The breaks are also too short! I would rather an unpaid hour long break, than a paid half hour.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management really differs from store to store. Some store managers work hard and are on the floor with their employees. Others are not. Those who lead by example, are the best you can get! I have a wonderfully caring team environment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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