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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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    store systems specialist/ auditor

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    Current Employee - Like I Said People Are Great, and Our Quality of Product in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Like I Said People Are Great, and Our Quality of Product in Santa Barbara, CA

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    PPO healthcare
    You can buy stock at discounted price
    Great people
    Good Store Leadership
    Awesome product

    Cons

    My position is being phased out, there will no longer be store support at every store

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Good Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    Good company to be at.

    Cons

    As innovative as the company is, they lack when it comes to paying employees well. Some fast foods places pay more then they do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less Politics

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Deli Worker

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    Former Employee - Prepared Foods Team Member in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Prepared Foods Team Member in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    Good starting pay. I got along well with my coworkers. Good job training. Felt comfortable talking to my superiors.

    Cons

    Inconsistent hours make it hard to establish a good work/ life balance. Nepotism a big problem in getting raises, because there does not seem to be hard and fast criteria for moving up. Asked to close/ open on multiple occasions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set objective criteria for advancement (like you have for raises). More consistent hours.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    WFM - Good for a college student start up job

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    Former Employee - Cashier in Sauganash, IL
    Former Employee - Cashier in Sauganash, IL

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

    Pros

    Upbeat Environment, great products, good co-worker relationships

    Cons

    Terrible management, not much room for movement

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Team Members were amazing, Leadership not so much

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Supervisor
    Former Employee - Customer Service Supervisor

    I worked at Whole Foods Market part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazing team members, team member discount, areas for growth

    Cons

    Heavy politics involved in leadership, against having your own opinion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Whole Foods has always been known for being a great company that promotes learning and new ideas. However, lately it seems like this has not been a priority. Too many amazing team members were punished instead of encouraged. Listen to your team members and get your priorities straight.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - I Work In A Meat Dep in Nowhere, OK
    Current Employee - I Work In A Meat Dep in Nowhere, OK

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

    Pros

    Training. Starting hourly pay, and promotion opportunities

    Cons

    Bad health benefits and late hours for most positions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be innovative with ideas and listen to the team members

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    No family life but good pay

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    Current Employee - Team Leader in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Values of the company are great and the people love that life style

    Cons

    No Life and you will never see your family

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good

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

    Poor management/incentives

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    Former Employee - Specialty/Wine Team Member in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Specialty/Wine Team Member in Oakland, CA

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

    Pros

    Enjoyable coworkers
    Good food
    Opportunities for movement/transfer within the company
    Excellent training and opportunities to expand breadth and depth of knowledge

    Cons

    Few/sub par benefits
    Negligible discount
    Constantly changing standards/enforcement of rules
    Poor/disorganized scheduling
    Poor parking/unsafe neighborhood when walking to employee parking at night
    Harsh penalties for mistakes/calling out/tardiness/etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more incentives to employees to work hard and follow rules, rather than just punishments for mistakes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    each store is different..i.e. management,rules.

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

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    alright pay. met ALOT of fantastic people. free stuff in the breakroom

    Cons

    absolute horrible management at the store I worked at. Talk about clueless and useless.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be straight forward. Stop putting people's job dialogs back and totally screwing them over.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Not a happy experience working at Whole Foods

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    Former Employee - Prepared Foods Team Member in Bend, OR
    Former Employee - Prepared Foods Team Member in Bend, OR

    I worked at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    Co workers were great, also the 20% discount was really nice.

    Cons

    Management was unapproachable and difficult to work under.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work more on communication and adhering to the company core principle that team member happiness is important.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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