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Whole Foods Market Benefits

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At Whole Foods Market, offering competitive benefits for our Team Members isn't just a way to support our Core Value of "Team Member Happiness and Excellence," it's the right thing to do.


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  • Sep 19, 2018
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Bakery Team Member in Cambridge, Massachusetts

    Amazing discount!! Many incentives, Employee Appreciation Week, and so much more!

  • Sep 17, 2018
    StarStarStarStarStar Former Employee in Rockville, Maryland

    Great benefits package at Whole Foods

  • Sep 13, 2018
    StarStarStarStarStar Former Employee in Denver, Colorado

    I would say the best part was the corporate discount that you could get at other retailers all over Denver. They were also really good about granting me pto.

  • Sep 11, 2018
    StarStarStarStarStar Former Dishwasher in Folsom, California

    Severance package. Gain sharing and employee discounts.

  • Sep 18, 2018
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Employee in Portland, Oregon

    Used to be a 5. Sliding down a little more every year.

  • Sep 13, 2018
    StarStarStarStarStar Former Food Prep in Paramus, New Jersey

    - Health Insurance: Only one tier of health insurance was offered to me (Full Time entry-level employee) and it was a very poor plan overall. Even though the premium was only $25/Paycheck, The deductible was super high (approx. $10,000/year In Network and much higher Out of Network.) There is an option for an HSA but I personally did not select it. I think the only thing that is covered 100% under this plan is the annual "wellness" exam. Also, random side-note, the amount of junk mail that this insurance mails you is RIDICULOUS! - Dental Insurance: I believe the Dental was offered in 3+ different tiers, but the lowest tier was actually a pretty good plan for approx $10/Paycheck. It covered two basic cleaning and X-Rays per year, and had a really low co-pay for basic extractions and minor cavities, which worked out well for me since I don't have any specific dental needs (dentures, braces etc.) However, some of my elderly co-workers who had purchased the top tier plan had a lot of trouble finding honest, reputable dentists on the plan, and when they did, their co-pays were still VERY high. I remember one of my co-workers in particular went to an in-network dentist for a root canal and still ended up with a $1200 bill. Buyer beware, evaluate all of the options carefully if you're going to buy this insurance. - Other insurances: I didn't buy into any of the other insurances that were offered (I believe there were quite a few including life insurance and some form of car insurance) but I did ask around about them quite often to see how people liked them. Buyer beware once again, the inside scoop is- a lot of these "other" insurance plans aren't *really* the best bang for your buck. - 401K: I did invest in the 401K "growing your future" plan, but was sad to find that WFM doesn't currently offer any matching on 401K contributions. To be brutally honest, the majority of the people working there can only realistically afford to put 3 - 5% of every check in, and it does not add up to very much at all. Many folks, including myself, are disappointed at the low market return we are getting on our 401K investment. Buyer beware: consult a reputable financial consultant to ask about more profitable investments before deciding solely on the WFM 401k plan. WFM uses Fidelity and they don't have the best customer service or most transparent management IMO. - Vacation Time/ PTO: The PTO at WFM is a decent program, it's very easy to figure out how many PTO hours you earn for however many hours you work, there's a whole chart in the employee handbook. You also get more PTO the longer you work there. I worked there for approx. 3 years and I had enough PTO to take 4 weeks of vacation during my last year of employment. Just be aware that you cant use it for more than 3 consecutive weeks at a time. - Leaves of Absence, FMLA, Workers Comp, ETC.: WFM does participate in many of these types of programs; I personally did once receive both FMLA and Workers Comp and they are generally pretty good about working with you on this. - Stock Programs/Benefits: They all got taken away by Amazon, unfortunately. -Scholarships: YES! There's an annual scholarship competition you can enter, and I won once! It's a great program! - Other "Perks" of the job: I'd say the biggest material/financial perk is the TM discount card, which gets you 20% off purchases and just excludes a few things. Another good perk is the exclusive discounts during sales and promotions. A minor perk is "Vendor Gifts" like free apparel, reusable water bottles, and cooking-related items (cutting boards, utensils, potholders etc.) from brands that sell their product in WFM. Some of these "vendor gifts" are actually quite high quality specialty items that are worth grabbing. There is not usually any free food or beverage products available to TM's, but on rare occasion there will be close-to-expired cosmetics and toiletries placed in the break room for employees to take home. - Social benefits: One of the best "benefits" of this job for me was getting to know the really cool and interesting Team Members that I worked with. It might sound cliche, but I truly did make a lot of good friendships and good working/business relationships out of my experience. I found that most of the entry-level TM's here were down to earth and willing to lend you a helping hand (unfortunately Management is a totally different animal.) There are employees here that are really into anything you can imagine, whether it be a certain band or a sport, a special diet or activist activities, and you can almost guarantee that you will find someone with shared interests as you in your department, it makes work a little more fun! Also, lots of TM's were open to carpooling or formed groups to walk to/from the bus station together (the city where this particular location was located wasn't the best or safest.) I really have only good things to say about the Team Members here and they are a great perk of the job!!

  • Sep 13, 2018
    StarStarStarStarStar Former Employee in Blackstone, Massachusetts

    Good benefits fun work environment Nice boss good staff good discount love the staff love the discount love whole foods love whole foods

  • Sep 11, 2018
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Team Leader in Chicago, Illinois

    Ample time off, great discount on groceries, negative is that you cannot combine team member discount and amazon prime discount.

  • Sep 19, 2018
    StarStarStarStarStar Former Employee in Austin, Texas

    horrible health plan. You will pay out of pocket on most things.

  • Sep 16, 2018
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Bakery Team Member in Newton, Massachusetts

    I hate the benefits of whole foods. We were told it was mandatory to have their health insurance. Along with that, the HR doesn't seem to keep up with everyone items

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