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.
I was overall pleased with the benefits package.
Whole Foods offers an inclusive, affordable benefits package that seems to stand out within the market of other grocery retailers.
The benefits are amazing! The only downside is that they don't put a lot into your 401k each year. But literally everything else makes up for it. They put money into an account every year for you to use for medical expenses, they have great medical, dental and vision plans and also life insurance.
This company offers health and dental insurance packages for both part time and full time employees after 60 days, with great premiums.
Great options to start a 401(k) plan, even for part-time workers. Options for partial health insurance. Able to earn PTO hours as you gain work experience.
Best: they are knowledgeable about the benefits and can explain exactly how it works and what its worth is for you as an individual. And it is a great plan, as each individual decides for him/herself how to control the plan. Worst: if you are part-time, the benefits package isn't so beneficial. Very minimal.
Discount, paid vacations, 401K, nice work environment
The employee discount is pretty good, if you qualify for the 30% discount through the yearly Biometric screening (which isn't an accurate measurement of health for most people, as men who have any muscle usually get disqualified during measurements). 20% isn't actually enough, and most team members (95%) will still go elsewhere to shop, even with the discount provided. Down below, in the list of benefits offered by the company, training and professional development, while offered, are not actually encouraged. Most team members are not properly trained, on any team. And Whole Foods University (in-store only online learning resource) could've been considered professional development, if the company actually allowed/allotted team members time to use it. Due to the fact that they only allowed team members to access the site through the store computers, which were usually being used by TLs and buyers, it was extremely rare that you could actually have a chance to get on and use it. Some TLs also said it could only be used when on the clock, and of course no TL is going to lose labor hours because you want to learn and advance your skills to continue moving up in the company. Then other TLs said it had to be off company time, but again, try working your own shift and then coordinating around everyone else who's trying to use the computer, as most stores require teams to share computers to a large extent, since buyers and TLs can't be on the same computer at the same time. For a full-time employee, the benefits were pretty good, as you could get a pre-loaded healthcare credit card (which could also be used for acupuncture, massages, glasses, et cetera, not just doctor/hospital visits), when you paid for the relatively reasonably priced health insurance. And supposedly, the card is still good for 6 months after you leave the company. What HR won't tell you is that the remaining balance on the card can only be utilized freely while working for WFM, and while enrolled in the main health insurance (UnitedHealthcare when I was an employee). So if you left or got fired and had a balance of $1100 sitting on the healthcare credit card, you could only use it if paying the now exorbitant insurance rate (which happens to be the same ridiculously high rate offered to part-time team members, as if they could ever afford it and still bring home a paycheck), and you have to pay for the costs out of pocket first, and then submit the receipts for reimbursement, which is always debatable whether or not you'll be reimbursed. This isn't disclosed by HR, management, or in the packet sent to you upon signing up for the insurance; just plain shady that WFM set up that condition for use of the card.
Benefits are not very good unless you are a full time team member. 401k offered to all team members but there's no matching. No health insurance for part time team members.
Outrageous deductible ($3750 for a team member & $4250 if you have a spouse/child) needs to be met before benefits kick in. And even then, they cover only 75%. Prescription drugs are not covered until the entire deductible is met. Out-of-pocket maximum is $13,300 for a “family” and $6,650 for a team member only.
List based on reports from current and former employees. It may not be complete.