Whole Foods Market

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Whole Foods Market Reviews

Updated January 30, 2015
Updated January 30, 2015
1,710 Reviews
3.6
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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.  

    lost in translation

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    Current Employee - Bakery Buyer
    Current Employee - Bakery Buyer

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

    Pros

    benefits, pay and a seemingly health driven atmosphere if sugars and fats could be.

    Cons

    lack of communication. Constant switching of products. inconsistent products. over price to where its hard for even their employees to shop with a discount

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dive into the day to day operations and see what really going on behind closed doors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    Mega contractor haven.

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    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Austin, TX

    I worked at Whole Foods Market as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Pros: snacks are always available. nice location.

    Cons

    Con: insane workload and cultish culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more fulltime creatives and rely on contractors less. Everyone will be happier.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Bottom Line--Company First

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Team Leader in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Team Leader in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    You can make a decent wage, as compared with most other retail jobs. The amount of paid time off is adequate. If you are fortunate enough to have full time status and can stick it out, the company picks up a greater potion of your insurance premiums, especially after year 3 and more so, after year 5.

    Cons

    Almost every aspect of the business is orchestrated. Everyone knows how and what they are expected to say and do. This is not a place for asking questions or using critical thinking. If you want to grow in your job, be prepared to do as you are told. The lack of a "regular" schedule makes it almost impossible to have a life outside work. (some stores are doing this better than others) For a company who purports to be health oriented and caring of their employees (team members), there is a lot of published medical studies that show the stress and detriment of working shift work. Why not consider hiring for specific shifts? There are so many different programs and expectations coming from so many different people that it is impossible to accomplish everything, therefore it sets you up for failure. The job dialogues (and wage reviews) confirm this. You are never good enough. You are told you cannot receive the "Exceeds Expectation" rating on the 20+ areas you are being evaluated on unless you cannot improve--and they will remind you that you always can improve. So, why even put it on there? Pay raises rarely even keep up with the cost of living increases each year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider really, honestly, listening to the gripes of the team members. (TMAG does not count.) And, realize that they are the key to the company's success. Show real leadership courage and stand by team members to make WF an enjoyable place to work. There was a time when people actually did like working here. Now it seems like all that matters is the bottom line--maximum profits for stockholders at the expense of quality of life for team members.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Not Standing For What They Clam.........................

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    No rules, laid back, practically impossible to get fired.

    Cons

    poor leadership in South Region

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    becoming corporate

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Front End Supervisor in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Front End Supervisor in Colorado Springs, CO

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

    Pros

    yearly wage reviews, great benefits, extensive training, fun co-workers, everyone likes to have a good time.

    Cons

    leadership is poor, used to be about the team members happiness, promotes ill-equiped people then terminates them, be prepared to relocate if you want to move up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    less managment, more leadership

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    great pay

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    great pay great benefits and opportunities

    Cons

    coming to work on a daily basis is like walking on egg shells

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop being so anal and be more productive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    I love this place

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Front End Cashier in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Front End Cashier in New York, NY

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    well organized staff placement, amazing food benefits, educational process for those unaware about healthier eating

    Cons

    none! i really like this place

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    it would be nice if people actually worked as a team instead of pointing fingers at people when something is off at the store. its ridiculous that supervisors get extremely hostile over small cases and they need to either take a chill pill or a vacation or something instead of bringing out their anger or stress on those around them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Positive

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Produce Team Member in Tigard, OR
    Current Employee - Produce Team Member in Tigard, OR

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

    Pros

    Friendly, supportive leadership. Good work environment

    Cons

    Low pay. Work can be physically tiring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more proactive about career opportunities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Demo Specialist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Amazing work enviroment. Whole Foods Market is always educating us on current topics such as GMOS and the importance of Organics. They are very concerned about team member happiness and they always treat us well especially on holidays that we are open. I have so much love for this company.

    Cons

    The pay is very low

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Great people, Great company, Great mission.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Meat Team Member in Tanasbourne, OR
    Current Employee - Meat Team Member in Tanasbourne, OR

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    Positive energetic environment. Everyone is really proud of their work and the hiring managers do a great job of screening out those who are only looking for a paycheck. They're looking for personality and attitude more than work experience. If you fit in with the company's philosophy and lifestyle, they know they can train you, it's a pretty easy job. They really take good care of their employees and offer much higher wage than any conventional grocery chain.

    Cons

    No matter how great the company is, you're still working at a grocery store. It can become somewhat monotonous. Overall nothing too bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advertise. Get the word out. Everyone thinks Whole Foods is just over-priced and pointless because they're used to "more is better" without realizing they could get more nutrition and less hunger while buying less food with more nutrition.. You actually save money by investing in better food rather than buying a whole bunch of sugary colorful treats with no substance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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