Whole Foods Market Reviews

Updated July 31, 2015
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  1. L&D

    • 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

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

    Pros

    culture of company is the best thing going for them

    Cons

    regional office has changed drastically - not for the good.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Easy-going

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The store I work at is very diverse across many demographics, as long as you pitch in and do your fair share of work my co-workers are very friendly, Gainsharing is a nice perk once you are voted on and our store also gives store gift cards for top-performers. 20% discount that can go up to as high as 30% if you participate in their biometric screenings. The company also makes 401(k) contributions (although I am not sure if it is a percentage or a full match). Flexibility to introduce new ideas and strategies at the store level. The starting pay is reasonable for retail but still could stand to be much higher (especially since if you are PT the company doesn't pay any portion of your insurance premium).

    Cons

    Benefits are really expensive, especially if you are part time as the company does not cover any of the cost of the premium. Sometimes career development is hindered by favoritism on the part of management. Hours can fluctuate rapidly, one week you might work 30 hours the next you might work 15, its a little difficult to budget when you don't know how much you'll be making.

    Advice to Management

    It may be time for upper management to move on and bring in 'new blood'. Mackey has been in charge for 35 years, given the recent competition from other grocery brands it may be time to have a 'changing of the guards'.


  3. Excellent company that values Team Members and Customers

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Supervisor in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Supervisor in Los Angeles, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Great training and internal support Focus on top-notch customer service at all times Opportunity for advancement within the company Generous employee discount Good benefits

    Cons

    Management can be a bit inflexible behind-the-scenes at times.


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  5. good company to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Member in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Team Member in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market full-time

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

    Pros

    Nice feeling of community, also nice customers. Altogether a good environment.

    Cons

    Not being able to share much of your ideas.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open and have more conversations with team members.


  6. A big shift in the culture & it's operation underway

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Team Member in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Team Member in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Whole Foods Market full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    The old Whole Foods where there existed a decent amount of autonomy within each store and each departments had created a sense of entrepreneurship among its members. No more of that. Centralization has killed all of that. The benefits are decent not the best through.

    Cons

    there has been a huge negative shift in the company's culture which has resulted in many of team members' unhappiness and low morale regardless of their ranks! The exponential growth of the company in size similar to mushroom growth but without the sufficient infrastructure has created many broken systems that has affected the company's not only sales revenue but also its image in the eyes of its employees and the media equally. The execs have made several wrong decisions that has compounded the problems Whole Foods is facing right now. But instead of taking responsibility for the bad decisions they have decided to pass the pressure and the blame onto the lower ranks on store levels. Many of these execs and VP's hardly have business degrees or higher education in the field of business and economics. Therefore many have no understanding of how to run a business of this magnitude. They have been promoted into their ranks through system of hierarchy which as we all know is futile at the end when it comes to business. The only way Whole Foods can survive is to consolidate its operations across the country, hold the same accountability on those execs who do not perform or make bad decisions, increase the amount of labor locally which at this time is at minimum.

    Advice to Management

    Hold your own VP's accountable based on performance. Treat your employees with respect and realize that many are highly educated and well read. Just because it is a grocery store does not mean that they are not educated and can be expected to accept foolish decisions being made by the higher rankings on the corporate level. They are shareholders as well.


  7. Great Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Seafood Team Member in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Seafood Team Member in Las Vegas, NV

    I worked at Whole Foods Market

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great co-workers and great benefits. Ability to move up

    Cons

    Retail: Work on all holidays


  8. It's great till you get to the heartop of Whole Foods.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Batista Supervisor
    Former Employee - Batista Supervisor

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great benifits (if you're single, I'm 24 and I had a good plan), transfer easily between departments and store locations, move up easily if you want, learn a lot about the food industry. And the regular customers are sometimes the sweetest people you'll meet.

    Cons

    Crazy schedule, sometimes lacking leadership. Once you start working there, whole foods becomes your life, it's actually a running joke (a depressing yet true joke). And just be cautious of the pompous customers.

    Advice to Management

    Training would be grand.


  9. Fun people, difficult hours

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

    I worked at Whole Foods Market

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great people, wonderful culture that encourages fun and personality

    Cons

    retail hours, very political as you get to the higher ups


  10. Awesome Place

    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Open minded, caring and helpful people.

    Cons

    The crazy hours some team leaders are forced to work.

    Advice to Management

    Give time for families.


  11. Wine Store Team Leaders

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Wine Store Team Member in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
    Current Employee - Wine Store Team Member in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good Pay, Gainsharing is good too

    Cons

    Work life balance needs to be more respected



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