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GNC Chicago Reviews

Updated September 14, 2017
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  • Upper management has no respect for lower ranks (in 130 reviews)

  • ridiculous sales goals at times (in 114 reviews)

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  1. "No problems great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Manager in New Lenox, IL
    Former Employee - Manager in New Lenox, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at GNC part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Easy money just sit and help others and do homework if I'm school

    Cons

    I had no problems working here

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. "My experience has been pleasant. I have definitely learned many new skills and abilities within GNC to succeed anywhere"

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    Current Employee - Senior Supervising Manager in Somers, WI
    Current Employee - Senior Supervising Manager in Somers, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at GNC full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    You can make your own schedule and you are not constantly micromanaged as long as you are meeting the required tasks

    Cons

    Never ending training of part time associates and working within a very small budget to have coverage for a store that is constantly busy

    Advice to Management

    Employees that are the same position as me should definitely be getting paid more for the responsibilities that we have on a weekly basis

  3. "Sales Associate"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associaate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Associaate in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GNC part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Make commission on products, and can market them to people in different ways being able to work alone.

    Cons

    its base pay, commissions arent that much, and they wont have their associates hired at full time

    Advice to Management

    Know your products, keep up with planograms


  4. "Senior Sales Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at GNC full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great company for career potential and growth.

    Cons

    Constant changing metrics and indicators

    Advice to Management

    Time management is a must. Must have a proactive sales approach.


  5. "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Geneva, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Geneva, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at GNC (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good money for an hourly gig

    Cons

    Training and the numbers to hit kept changing


  6. "Okay job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    You're your own manager
    Work alone so you can do what you want

    Cons

    Too strict on your "average dollar"
    Customers are rude and expect discounts
    Work 11 hour shifts alone
    Higher up people are unprofessional


  7. "Ability to learn a lot"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at GNC full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You have the ability to learn a lot during down time.

    Cons

    The pay is low for associates and managers.

    Advice to Management

    Interact with your associates more. Even on off days.

  8. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Store Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at GNC full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity for advancement. Meeting great people. Constantly learning and helping people live better lives is rewarding. Discounts are great

    Cons

    Sales focus changes monthly. Inconstant message with regards to kpi. Inconsistent manager pay. Great managers working low volume stores do not make much. Sub par employees working at better stores make more money and commission.

    Advice to Management

    Do away with average dollar sale. Does not ensure consistent customer service. Change pay structure. Deliver consistent messages


  9. Helpful (1)

    "full time"

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    Former Employee - General Manager in Arlington Heights, Cook, IL
    Former Employee - General Manager in Arlington Heights, Cook, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at GNC full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    great job very. great atmosphere

    Cons

    very low pay, a for a teen ager

    Advice to Management

    please reconsider the pay struct er to a livable wage


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Sales Associate"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GNC part-time

    Pros

    You can actually learn a bit about nutrition and supplementation, and almost feel like you own the place when you run the store alone. Plus, you can sneak tons of the free samples.

    Cons

    Boring and monotonous. Almost a cult like mentality throughout the business, constantly pushing more sales, and possessing an empty sense of excitement about products and growth. You will have to exaggerate the effects of many products in order to get sales, including ones that are dictated by corporate.

    Advice to Management

    Back off, to some degree, on aggressive sales tactics and pushing employees to move up the ladder. More importantly though, stop creating and selling supplements that haven't been shown to provide immense benefits, in numerous clinical trials, by different doctors/hospitals, over a long period of time.


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