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Chamberlins Natural Market Reviews

Updated February 10, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "OK for what it was"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative & Bookkeeper in Winter Park, FL
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative & Bookkeeper in Winter Park, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Chamberlins Natural Market full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It was easy enough to get a job here. The work was easy and the other employees were generally nice and fun to work with.

    Cons

    Upper management and the corporate level staff were insufferable. Raises and bonuses were never offered. An employee needs to be on full time status for at least 1 year before receiving paid holidays or paid time off. After 1 year of full time employment, only 1 week PTO and 2 paid holidays are offered. Insurance was expensive.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Learning all about natural health."

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Oviedo, FL
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Oviedo, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Chamberlins Natural Market full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Being surrounded by like minded people. The company has a focus on natural health and will train you to understand the importance of supplements. It was a great learning experience i will use forever.

    Cons

    Favoritism, no growth, overworked. While favorite staff was allowed to ponder, read and draw inside the office (and do actual work once a week- inventory pulls) motivated staff was overwork. The balance and shift in responsibilities was unrecognized and unfair. Even with qualified personnel, they would hire complete unqualified strangers to be your boss, it was embarrassing and disrespectful.

    Advice to Management

    Reward your hard working employees, split up the workload. Take ownership and work hard. Mentor and train from within, it's retail so obviously anyone that is there has got a passion for learning.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "High turnover rate, poor management"

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    Former Employee - Natural Products Specialist in Lakeland, FL
    Former Employee - Natural Products Specialist in Lakeland, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Chamberlins Natural Market part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great coworkers, easy job, discounts on products, most of the customers are very nice, easy to transfer products from other stores.

    Cons

    Management continually lies to employees, promises promotions that never come about and nobody wants to stay because they don't want to hire full time and give benefits. Pay rate is too low, corporate is more concerned about sales than about employees well being. Customers continually complain that prices are marked too high and they don't price match so they lose many customers.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your promises of promotions and don't promise multiple people the same position. Stop lying to employees about reasons the promised positions are "still" not available, hire full time to reduce employee turnover.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winter Park, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winter Park, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Chamberlins Natural Market part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Job is very easy. No stress but very boring with lots of down time.

    Cons

    The management has no training and there is very high turn over.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people who know what they are doing.


  6. "Opportunity for advancement"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Altamonte Springs, FL
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Altamonte Springs, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Chamberlins Natural Market full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great teamwork and the people you meet truly becomes like a family member. They work with your schedule. The CEO was absolutely an amazing person to represent in the community of Central Florida.

    Cons

    On shipment delivery days, you may have to come in as early as 5 a.m.


  7. "Disorganized Small Company"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Chamberlins Natural Market full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good culture. Most of the people I worked with that wasn't management were great. Similar ideals and you feel great selling what is in the store.

    Cons

    The disorganization alone is enough to want to leave this place. Managers and Corporate are not on the same page.Training on the product is rushed. When you are selling herbs and vitamins customers have questions that at times you don't know. If there were more training involved it would make it a lot easier.

    Advice to Management

    Get Organized!


  8. "Decent people, not the best company model"

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    Former Employee - Inventory Control in Oviedo, FL
    Former Employee - Inventory Control in Oviedo, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Chamberlins Natural Market full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You are trained on the job, great wealth of information if you end up at the right store.

    Cons

    Really don't pay a living wage (but I suppose no one does)

    Advice to Management

    Please be more involved with your employees?


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Company work culture is draining and even unethical in certain respects"

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    Former Employee - Inventory Control Specialist in Lakeland, FL
    Former Employee - Inventory Control Specialist in Lakeland, FL
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Customers are friendly and fun to work for.

    Excellent product variety and product quality..

    Inventory responsibilities are engaging and fast-paced.

    Company has an excellent special order system for customers with specific needs.

    Purchasing Agents are generally friendly.

    Cons

    Company executives play favorites with promotions: nepotism is rampant, do not expect to move up in the company if you do not have an inside connection.

    Pay is not nearly worth the work-load.

    Prices are unreasonably high. This makes customer service difficult.

    Pressured to work overtime often. Unreasonable with family needs.

    Advice to Management

    To CEO: Just because he's your best friend's son doesn't mean he's a qualified or semi-qualified purchasing director. He is wasting your money and he's ousting good, productive employees.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Don't Stay Too Long"

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    Former Employee - Inventory Control
    Former Employee - Inventory Control
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Chamberlins Natural Market full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Coworkers are great, like family
    - There's an employee discount
    - Interesting customers
    - Constantly getting new and relevant products into the stores

    Cons

    - Lower management is very hit-or-miss, with some having no idea what they're doing
    - Low pay, and you have to plead your case to get a raise
    - Vacation time is use-it-or-lose-it
    - High turnover rate, often understaffed

    Advice to Management

    Stop playing the blame-game and do your job.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Low Quality Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Chamberlins Natural Market part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You get discounts on purchases.
    Slow pace work environment.
    Duties are easy and fast to learn.
    Learn a lot about supplements and healthy food.

    Cons

    They don't ever give you raises. They are very low tech and don't invest in their company assets. The machines are always breaking and making noises, however they don't bother replacing them. The work is very boring.

    Advice to Management

    Hire managers who know what they are doing and are more professional with employees.


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