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Updated April 30, 2017
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  • Don't really see upper management caring a whole lot about lower employees (in 114 reviews)

  • Too much stress to hit certain sales goals (in 104 reviews)

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  1. "Not bad"

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    Former Employee - Part Time Sales Associate in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Part Time Sales Associate in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    employee discount, some of the other pros included commission which from what I remember was a pretty decent percentage. Only on third party was where the money was at.

    Cons

    Some of the challenges were a lot of hours for low base pay, iffy management, mostly single coverage and plenty of pressure.


  2. "Good Environment, Bad Management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at GNC full-time

    Pros

    Fun environment, great co-workers, ability to engage with clients and broaden one's knowledge of nutrition.

    Cons

    The hours are very long. I worked by myself from 9am until 9pm where I had to close out the register and take the money to the bank before heading home. You are told what to sell and push. Every night before closing you must submit your numbers for the day to management and get ready to get yelled at for not selling the right product or hitting your margins.

    Advice to Management

    Allow more leniency with employees on pushing products.


  3. "Decent part time job for college student"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Sales Associate

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

    Pros

    - Good coworkers
    - Lots of opportunity for commission

    Cons

    - Not much room for growth


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  5. "Great managing experience and able to be flexible with your sced"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible and there's a lot of information youll learn about health and supps.

    Cons

    Pay is ok but won't be able to live on long term. Working alone most of the time.

    Advice to Management

    None


  6. "SSM"

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    Current Employee - SSM in Lexington, KY
    Current Employee - SSM in Lexington, KY

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

    Pros

    The ability to move up within the company and the experience in sales.

    Cons

    Not enough pay and training.


  7. "Location, Location, Location."

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Helping customers with health concerns and fitness goals
    -Learning valuable product and health knowledge
    -Great employee discount
    -Good personal relations with other employees
    -Lots of creative freedom
    -Awesome customers

    Cons

    -The "bad eggs" who are commission hungry, luckily (at least in my area) these employees are usually weeded out early.
    -Can be very stressful to meet requirements, particularly in a quieter store as your superiors are likely to assume that it is a sign of poor work ethic as opposed to slow traffic or lack of stock.

    Advice to Management

    Entirely depends on where you work. I've heard some GNC horror stories from employees and managers who've transferred from other locations. Luckily in my area ( New England) I have no real issues. My superiors are rational, the customers are kind and steady, and good work is rewarded. If you're having a rough time, don't be afraid to seek a transfer, you may have better luck. Also, keep your head up, communicate with your employees and do your best to keep morale up as this can be your undoing when you're too numbers focused.


  8. "Oh boy, here's the truth"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at GNC part-time

    Pros

    PM's
    Free Samples
    Networking opportunities with other companies

    Cons

    Management sucks (depending on location and if it's corporate or franchise)
    You can get fired at will for no reason
    Pay is terrible
    Corporate is too heavy/pressuring on meeting sales quotas
    Prices are high compared to competition despite the "One Low Price" branding
    Company focuses too much on GNC brand multi's/probiotics/fish oils and GNC protein

    Advice to Management

    Try to make your employees seem credible for once instead of regurgitating what corporate wants to hear and try not to agitate customers because that's why people talk bad about GNC and never come back. Also, constant micro managing lowers employee morale.


  9. "Sales Manger"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GNC full-time

    Pros

    Good sales experience and a job for in school.

    Cons

    Not paid enough. When you begin you will be asked or forced work Saturdays and Sundays.


  10. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in State College, PA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in State College, PA

    I worked at GNC part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Perfect if you are in school

    Cons

    If you can't hit your numbers, you get less hours, bit that's typical retail


  11. "Sinking ship"

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    Former Employee - Store Manager in Long Island City, NY
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Long Island City, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at GNC full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Helping people achieve their fitness and wellness goals. Product knowledge.

    Cons

    Unrealistic expectations, unachievable sales goals, upper management pressing you to push products on people to keep your job, pay is terrible, to many sales metrics to "focus" on. how do you focus on so many things? Get real Gnc. Most poorly run company ever been apart of..

    Advice to Management

    You are trying so hard to be vitamin shoppe and you just can't let yourself take the loss it would take to change.. stop speaking out of both sides of your mouth.. you can't say customer service is the most important thing and you don't want people pushing products on people but then have unrealistically high goals that the only way to achieve them is to pester people. There is a reason vitamin shoppe is successful.. it's because you scorned so many people by pushing products on them for years. It's too late to undo the damage you've done. You should've evolved your business model over the years instead of waiting until you were failing to change.


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