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I worked at Whole Foods Market full-time (More than 8 years)
When I started with Whole Foods back in 2006 I fell in love with the culture of the company and the team members I worked with. I met and worked with some incredibly talented Chef's and Team Members over my years at that store and learned so much from each and every one of them. Store Leadership changed over my time their and with each change the culture Whole Foods embraces became stronger and more clear. They genuinely care about you and your success and growth within the company.
Though my first 6yrs. of experience working at Whole Foods were amazing. I spent the last few years at a store that did not leave the same impression on me that made me fall in love with company when I first started there back in 2006. One thing I learned about Whole Foods is that no two stores are alike. Whether it be the team members you work with or the store management you work under. So if you like the idea of being able to transfer anywhere in the country be aware that the store you started with and the experiences you obtained whether positive or negative, may not be the same experiences you will find at the store you transfer to. The culture I was so impressed with when I started at the original store seemed to have been forgotten about at the store I transferred to. Also, the many qualities and ways of doing I had learned and been applauded for at my original store were frowned upon and or discouraged at the new store. I can only hope that eventually, that store finds its way back to the values, culture, and "team" mentality that was so apparent and so full heartedly embraced at the store I started at and the many other stores I have visited and or helped our at.
Advice to Management
To all stores; Do not loose what makes Whole Foods Market an amazing company to work for. Hold onto to the culture that made Whole Foods great. Regional; Maybe find a way to keep better tabs on store leadership and insure their continued involvement in Whole Foods Markets culture and "Team" mentality. (Some store leaders do not look out for the well-being of the departments and only see the broad view of things. Make sure they don't forget the importance of Team Member Happiness. Little things like helping out a venue that is in the weeds even if your not as comfortable working in that specific department. Let team members know your there. One thing that always stuck out to me was at my original store one of the Assistant Store Team Leaders would walk through every department at the start of his/her shift and acknowledge each team member personally and shake their hands. That is what Whole Foods is all about.