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GNC Reviews

Updated September 22, 2017
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Pros
  • learn a lot about health and fitness (in 76 reviews)

  • The employee discount is also a very nice asset (in 124 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management has no respect for lower ranks (in 125 reviews)

  • ridiculous sales goals at times (in 112 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great way to build clientele"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at GNC part-time

    Pros

    I was at a franchise one, and the manager there was one of the reasons why I was influenced to be such a great sales consultant. He was wise beyond his age and taught me strategies of how to sell products by accommodating with each individual to keep coming back. Yes the incentives for certain products were commission-based, but it's a rewarding experience seeing people come up to you, knowing you had a part in their lifestyle change/goal achievements. Very flexible and even if I worked all day, I still get out at 8/9pm depending on which location I was put at. The location also had great customers so that should definitely be a consideration if you were to work at a GNC.

    Cons

    Because I am a girl, there was a lot of judgment and doubt about how well I know a supplement or what they're trying to achieve between specific customers but I was able to convert ignorance and stubbornness through confidently stating facts and advice. There is definitely dead times throughout the day, but there should always be something to work on depending who you work under. Never really a rush but if there is, it may be overwhelming if you're new and alone.

    Advice to Management

    Franchises are more democratic and let employees be involved in their decision making if they want to make changes, but I have no idea how corps work.


  2. "Nice place for a part-time job"

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    Former Employee - Sale Associate
    Former Employee - Sale Associate
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Meet and help new people everyday
    learn a lot about health and fitness
    Not stressful
    Relatively easy

    Cons

    Might be pressured to sell and push certain products
    Can be boring of nothing is going on
    Pay isn't the greatest

  3. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Store Manager in Marlboro, NJ
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Marlboro, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with customers to create customized plans to help them reach their fitness and lifestyle goals to help them reach a healthier and happier life.

    Cons

    Biggest problem is staffing in stores, stores are extremely short staffed and are not able to cover shifts.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to learn how to properly train staff in order to meet store standards for store to succeed.


  4. "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


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Learn the Basics of Selling"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Sales Associate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Great part time job (one of the best for students attending college / trade school)
    * Great employee discounts
    * Relatively flexible hours
    * Can easily move from associate to management

    Cons

    * Can be difficult to get work more hours due to limited time managers can give out
    * Work days can be a drag if you are at a lower volume store or working on a slow day

    Advice to Management

    Sale associate turnover is high due to the limited amount of hours associates get. Try to create a system that allows associates to more easily get 30 or more hours a week. This long term should save on turnover and training costs + develop a more experience sales force.


  6. "Work Experience"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Sales Associate

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, chill job for full-time college students. Easy money!

    Cons

    GNC requires and forces you to sell membership to customers, and customers doesn't want to pay additional amount of money just for a membership.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the membership.


  7. "Sales Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GNC part-time

    Pros

    Meeting new people; depending on the store location, there is a lot of down time; employees get a discount on products.

    Cons

    There is no room for advancement; limited hours per week.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Store Manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Store Manager in Thomasville, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Store Manager in Thomasville, GA
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, work not hard, flexibility in schedules

    Cons

    Pay not where it should be, pay cut when taking vacation time, pay based on commission and store location.


  9. "Sales Associate"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in West Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in West Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at GNC part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Easy money, flex schedules, easy job if youre into health and fitness

    Cons

    stressful, management tries to push things way too hard


  10. "CAN be a great part-time job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GNC part-time

    Pros

    decent pay for a flexible part-time job if you work in a high-traffic store (more commission sales)

    Cons

    they pay minimum wage so if you dont sell much, you dont make much...


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