Whole Foods Market

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Whole Foods Market Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
1,614 Reviews
3.6
1,614 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.  

    Great Benefits and workplace, strict rules.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Team Member in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Customer Service Team Member in Washington, DC

    I worked at Whole Foods Market part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    401k benefits for EVERYONE, paid time-off gained each paycheck, started at $10/hours, plenty of hours, flexible schedule, nice co-workers.

    Cons

    Strict rules when it comes to new member probation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be so strict with new team member probation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Appreciation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Buyer/Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Buyer/Specialist in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Benefits, holiday's are not mandatory, compensated, and appreciated

    Cons

    Takes awhile to get approval for big projects

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good faced paced job with potential for growth and advancement

    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market full-time

    Pros

    Descent pay and benefits flexible schedule

    Cons

    Busy and always short staffed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward excellence las excellence and failure as nothing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Customer Service Job

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Cashier in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Whole Foods Market (less than an year)

    Pros

    Management was excellent, coworkers were very friendly and easy to get along with, amazing benefits and good pay for the type of work.

    Cons

    Customers were a big pain, randomly inconsistent hours, had to work holidays...pretty much all the downsides of any customer service position

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Awesome for a retail job.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Team Member in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Team Member in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Many advancement opportunities, but there is a high competition as well. If you are willing to move to take a promotion, I think you're about 95% more likely to get it than if you try to advance in the store you're currently working in. I loved the fact that they focused on local producers, and they are very involved in local community. They have paid time-off and other killer benefits.
    It was the first time in my life I worked for a company that I actually liked. Even though they're a huge corporation, they have somehow held onto their integrity and treat their team members well, even all the way down to the seasonal part-time help.

    Cons

    Kind of expensive, and most of the customers are more "high-end" shoppers, so the retail experience if you are in customer service is pretty intense. High-end shoppers expect high-end service. Thankfully, though, WFM hires adequate staff, so even though you are in a fast-paced environment, they department doesn't shut down if you take vacation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think y'all are doing a great job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to grow

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities if you choose to take advantage of them. The right attitude and work ethic gets you a long way.

    Cons

    Once you reach a regional/corporate position, the workload skyrockets but the compensation/benefits don't match.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For upper management level positions, focus on work/life balance and offer more competitive rates/benefits.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cashier

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    Current Employee - Cashier in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Cashier in New York, NY

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere and good starting pay. Group interview but It's funny and easy depending on you personality. Second interview was easy, make sure you bring you Social Security card because the will tell you the spot that you are hired and have you start filling out paperwork.

    Cons

    Everyone starts at part time and it could be hard to get more hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    GIVE PART TIME EMPLOYEES MORE HOURS

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company to work for

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

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

    Pros

    I've been able to move up in the company a lot and am fairly compensated.

    Cons

    I wish our health insurance wasn't high deductible.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Nice. Feel-good work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Contractor in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Contractor in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    I worked as a contractor for them and got to travel to various stores. It was nice seeing what each store had to offer.

    Cons

    They never really gave me an opportunity to expand my work or work in a different capacity so I was basically stuck as a contractor until they didnt need me.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Team Member in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Team Member in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Good pay after you have been there awhile. Good benefits to the community. Good benefits.

    Cons

    More part time team members now.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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