Whole Foods Market

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Whole Foods Market Reviews

Updated December 20, 2014
Updated December 20, 2014
1,621 Reviews
3.6
1,621 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.  

    Nice. Feel-good work

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    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
  2.  

    Great company to work for

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    • 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
  3.  

    Good company

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    • 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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  5.  

    Awesome Job

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Meat Team Member in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Meat Team Member in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers, awesome management, amazing company with very important values

    Cons

    I honestly cannot think of any.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Love the company, and missions of the company.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market

    Pros

    As a whole, they care about employee happiness and making it good to work there. The causes, mission, and values they have really make me proud to work here. Benefits are great, cheap insurance, PTO accumlimates quickly.

    Cons

    They are starting to care more about making money than what our values started out as....

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

    Not what it used to be....

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    Former Employee - Buyer/Specialist in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Buyer/Specialist in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    The discount is great, the benefits are ok. I've made many amazing friends at the whole foods.

    Cons

    The politics are ridiculous!!! I've seen so many unqualified people promoted just because they know how to play the whole foods game (butt kissing). Whole Foods tries to pass itself off as this liberal open minded company that cares about what their TMs think, but they don't want to hear about their "opportunities". They will literally let a team leader run a dept. into the ground before they admit they made a mistake in hiring them. And they don't see a red flag when 3 people in leadership positions, who have all worked for the company for over 5 years,quit within the same week. Everyone used to want to work at the Capitol Hill WFM in Denver, but now they have to beg people to apply for positions. This company is not what it used to be and this store is the worst.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to team members and DO NOT shame them for speaking up. These are the people who have the experience of working in these departments and for these team leaders on a daily basis. Their opinions matter, they are relevant, and valuable. Be able to admit that you've made mistakes. We're all human and most of the time we're not perfect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Overall a good place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Beer Buyer in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Former Employee - Beer Buyer in Lexington-Fayette, KY

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

    Pros

    Way better pay than other groceries (i.e. Kroger)
    They actually believe in what they sell
    Highest quality products you can find for the money
    Gain-sharing
    Still have a lot of friends in different departments and stores across the country that love it

    Cons

    My situation was unique, so I won't say anything bad about them. I walked out (on my last day of notice) because my supervisor came in drunk and late - now I'm permanently barred from working there.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Treat you like a person

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Specialty Team Member in Newton, MA
    Former Employee - Specialty Team Member in Newton, MA

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

    Pros

    $$$
    great attitude
    20% off WFM products
    flexible

    Cons

    not many, it is what you make it

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great learning experience

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

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

    Pros

    Learning about different foods and interacting with a variety of people. Also discount on food and room for growth in the company.

    Cons

    Leaving work late, most stores close at 11. Some favoritism with employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Culture has totally changed

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Decent health insurance, a little price matching on 401k, 20% discount on food

    Cons

    Culture is becoming more corporate. No more tattoos, piercings etc. That's what used to make Whole Foods fun and different. Pay raise used to be $1.00 a year but has now fallen drastically. Fiercely anti-union. Company is extremely wasteful because they are way behind the times with their computer systems and workflow. Lied to for years about BPA in their receipt tapes. Massive cronyism. Do not care about employees at all, they only care about their bottom line. Totally geared towards high turnover. Scheduling is awful, forever scheduling people closing and opening shifts back-to-back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read this article and fix things. Pronto. While this letter is old everything as of this date is still true. This stuff is still happening everywhere.

    Google: Read a Disgruntled Whole Foods Employee's Epic Resignation Letter

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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