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Earth Fare Asheville Reviews

Updated April 22, 2017
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  • No one reads this in upper management don't give a crap about you (in 31 reviews)

  • Home office made decisions that didn't take into consideration how that would affect the customers and employees (in 28 reviews)

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  1. "Love working here"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Asheville, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Asheville, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Earth Fare full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I thoroughly enjoy working infor this company.

    Cons

    Pay could be better based on the cost of living in Asheville


  2. "Assistant Meat Department manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Meat Manager in Asheville, NC
    Current Employee - Assistant Meat Manager in Asheville, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Earth Fare full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good chances for promotion also willing to hire you back after leaving before hand. All around good company and making appropriate changes to be successful for the future.

    Cons

    Some department managers don't deserve the paper weight titles they were given. Pay is not the best in the world.


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    "Operations"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Asheville, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Asheville, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Earth Fare full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, all very passionate about what the company does to promote healthy living. A lot of growth that will bring opportunities for good people.

    Cons

    Some very long term employees feel their personal wants should come before serving customers properly.


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  5. "cashier"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cashier in Fletcher, NC
    Current Employee - Cashier in Fletcher, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Earth Fare (More than a year)

    Pros

    friendly , clean, love the hot bar food

    Cons

    too many spider webs around the door area

    Advice to Management

    good job


  6. Helpful (3)

    "If I could rate lower than 1 star I would."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Produce Clerk, Food Service Clerk in Asheville, NC
    Former Employee - Produce Clerk, Food Service Clerk in Asheville, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Earth Fare full-time

    Pros

    It used to attract a lot of good caring people.

    Cons

    Disrespect, no appreciation, overworked, low pay, little to no room for advancement. Condescending attitude from upper management and corporate. Terrible.

    Advice to Management

    Take a minute and actually try to appreciate what your employees do for your company.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Training and Accountability"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Asheville, NC
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Asheville, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Earth Fare full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company has a respectable vision. Depending on the location, there is a great opportunity to develop a strong community among coworkers.

    Cons

    There is a general disrespect for employees. New and seasoned employees both are expected to work well beyond what should be expected (especially for the low pay).

    Advice to Management

    Focus on corporate-level operations and improve them! The lack of accountability for upper management is evident, and only creates confusion and more work for store-level people. Communication, communication, communication. Allow for thorough training of new employees, and hold upper management accountable for maintaining smooth operations. And it wouldn't hurt to put a hold on expansion until you strengthen the stores you already have.


  8. Helpful (13)

    "Cruel and misguided Business model"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Member in Asheville, NC
    Current Employee - Team Member in Asheville, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Earth Fare full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Insurance is good. 20% discount. Good food philosophy from original owner. Vacation pay, sick pay are all standard for the industry.

    Cons

    A recent post said that Earth Fare has a" solid philosophy", and is "rapidly growing". They HAD a solid philosophy in the beginning and until recently when they hired some new people from BI-LO and Food Lion (Lyin'). What they are doing now is a mockery of the original vision of empowering the workers and the community at large through healthy food, and a healthy lifestyle. How can anyone say that it is an " industry leader" ? Of what, how to screw over your workers in hours, so that they expect the same work to be done in 30 to 40% less time? It's not working!
    There is not ample opportunity to grow, unless you want to move up to one of the few department manager positions, in, say Ohio, or some other state away from your family and friends, where you are likely to encounter the same internal politics, job dissatisfaction , crappy pay, and pressure from Corporate to defend their bull crap business model! I can feel the rule by fear and intimidation coming soon to a store near you!!
    Someone said that Earth Fare is a fast paced environment. Yeah, it's called rigged burnout! Those of us who have been working at Earth Fare for a while know that we cannot do the same work with the hours cut to the marrow the way they are now. It's a cruel insult and totally fly's in the face of the original owners intent for a healthy grocery company that by it's very name should treat the employees fairly. Why don't you just change it to Earth Unfair?, that would be more accurate! These new corporate jerks are suffering from toxic shame, which is all about being selfish and greedy in order to reward themselves, the board of directors, and the investors, not the employees who make up the majority and do most of the work that creates the wealth in the first place. It's an inverted business model that has not worked for the American workers for the last 40 years! It just perpetuates the myth of Capitalism as this great economic system, where there are " ample opportunities to grow". All jobs should pay a living wage Feel the Bern!!!
    Most of the employees are having to cash out their vacation pay in order to supplement their incomes because hours and payroll have been cut so much . That in and by itself is just wrong!

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your workers. Realize that what you are doing is cruel, and counter-productive.


  9. "Great Place to Work in Asheville"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Asheville, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Asheville, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Earth Fare full-time

    Pros

    Earth Fare is a rapidly growing company that has a solid philosophy. There is ample opportunity to grow with the company and strong encouragement to expand responsibilities and contribution.

    Earth Fare is also an industry leader and there's a lot about the brand to celebrate. You also have a talented team who is passionate, creative and capable. Things can be hectic but it's actually fun to work with the team.

    Cons

    Very candidly, this is a fast paced environment. Some people thrive in that type of atmosphere, and others do not. You should expect rapidly changing programs that are not always executed perfectly (due to time constraints) and a pretty hefty work load. While these things are not 'cons', it might not be your ideal working environment. You decide.

    Advice to Management

    Take some time to investigate the disconnect between the stores and the corporate office. While you can't fix everything, honest listening can go a long way.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Department head"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Asheville, NC
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Asheville, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Earth Fare (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people at store level stick together like abuse victims

    Cons

    Corporate. Ceo and coo have absolutely no clue what is happening at the store level nor do they care. The entire employee population is unhappy as well as the customers. They are spending 3 million out of earth fares pocket which lets be honest it's coming off our back in ways of labor cuts and elimination of positions for a stupid remodel so they can try to get investors to pay for other re models . A turd with a bow on it is still a turd. Trying to eliminate kitchen manager positions as well as 6 meal deals and hiring from outside the company for assistant store manager positions and above just means they don't care anymore. Their decisions are hurting people's livelihoods and they laugh and spend their corporate accounts. They don't get enough labor to run a team efficiently and it hurts customer service

    Advice to Management

    Take some sort of interest in listening to the employees and the customers because without them you have absolutely nothing. You lose great workers and replace them with people who don't care and lack customer service because nobody of quality wants to work for the meager wages you offer. Sure it's a body but not quality and that will drive your customers away. Then all you will have is a shell of a company. Replacing people with idiots from bi lo is even more stupid considering they went bankrupt . Try and get back to what earth fare was founded on and stop being complete morons and heartless beasts when you come into the stores. The people at 105 work hard harder than you and for way less money start treating them right


  11. Helpful (6)

    "Corporate Chaos"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Asheville, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Asheville, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Earth Fare (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    It's a paycheck. Pay is decent.

    Cons

    No work/life balance (unless you live to work). Continually implementing "programs" as a knee jerk reaction to the bottom line but never consider how to build on the program in the future. If someone has an idea, it becomes an emergency and needs to be implemented immediately regardless of other projects. Projects change on a daily basis.

    Advice to Management

    Consider the future not just today. Think about how your actions or requests will affect all departments and other projects, but most importantly how those decisions will affect the customer. If you cared more about the customer, the bottom line would take care of itself.


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