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Whole Foods Market Chicago Reviews

Updated October 13, 2017
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  • Not very transparent with team members (in 532 reviews)

  • Some differences when it comes to work life balance (in 101 reviews)

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  1. "pretty good company, work environment depends on the specific store/team"

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    Former Employee - Front End Cashier in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Front End Cashier in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    employee discount, lots of cool benefits for full-time employees (like a payed health conference/vacation), feel like you're working for someone that cares about the world. Overall, they seem to care about and take care of their own and they seem to want to make a difference.

    Cons

    depending on your position (I was a cashier), the job can be boring, tedious, and feel like you're wasting your life. Depends on your approach, your goals, and your position at the company.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that the people you hire are aligned with the company ideals.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great company for moving up"

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    Former Employee - Team Member in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Team Member in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Whole Foods Market part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Starting pay is usually higher than average
    You can easily switch shifts with co-workers
    Offer benefits and PTO
    Multiple yearly opportunities for advancement
    Easy to adjust availability

    Cons

    Corporate run so rules and policies are unbendable
    Shoppers usually are rude and entitled
    Coworkers can be "higher than thou" depending on what department they are
    Team meetings are the worst

    Advice to Management

    The Point System is easily abused - good in theory, but people know when to use them to their advantage and can easily screw over team members.

  3. "Great from the outside. Different once you got in."

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    Former Employee - Floral Manager in Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Floral Manager in Schaumburg, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Whole Foods Market full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Super-national grocery store with a management structure that requested and required input from lower level employees. Benefits, compensation, bonuses are a generous and there are often attempts at team building. Many opportunities to move up or around the organization.

    Cons

    Stores prone to competitive attitudes that would pit departments against each other, led by managements expectations and restrictions. Underwent serious restructuring that included eliminating many jobs without warning to employees.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent with employees.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "It used to be amazing working for this company, unfortunately the bigger it got the more you feel like a dollar sign."

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    Current Employee - Meat Team Member in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Meat Team Member in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and great people to work with. I have come across some amazing people with so much knowledge that it makes working there tolerable.

    Cons

    Too much confusion, it's hard to get the work done when you hear 5 different things from 5 different people.

    Advice to Management

    Stop sounding like robots, there's no way of accomplishing progress when the little people feel like none of the bosses are listening.


  5. "Team Member Environment Customer Service"

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    Current Employee - Customer Support Representative in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Customer Support Representative in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I felt like spending 8 hours a day anticipating the needs of generally happy customers helped me become a better, more helpful citizen overall

    Cons

    standing, repetitive, and there's virtually no way you could work extra hard one day to make your job any easier the next

    Advice to Management

    customer service will need to remain whole foods' cornerstone as it transitions into an Amazon company


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Awful."

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    Current Employee - Night Baker in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Night Baker in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Decent Pay
    20% discount
    Some decent employees.

    Cons

    Awful Team Leader
    no appropriation
    Lack of care from management
    Team Leaders expect you to do their jobs for them..

    Advice to Management

    Hire better people.. and stop being so petty about every tiny thing...


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Good work environment."

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    Current Employee - Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Generally a positive work environment.

    Cons

    It feels as if we are always understaffed, too many people coming and going.

    Advice to Management

    Try upping morale in order to hold on to team members.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Customer Service Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Customer Service Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Whole Foods Market full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great coworkers, generous store discount

    Cons

    Draconian point system, clueless regional management

    Advice to Management

    Garner a better understanding of on-the-ground operations


  9. "Cashier"

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    Current Employee - Cashier in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Cashier in Schaumburg, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, employee discount, and amazing work environment. I seriously enjoy the family I have made at Whole Foods over the past three years and it will be very sad to leave. The store really makes sure that they are hiring desired employees by having new member votes.

    Cons

    Very long shifts, pretty short-staffed lately,

    Advice to Management

    Hire more cashiers to ensue that our team is as efficient as can be


  10. "Marketing Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - General Manager in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - General Manager in Naperville, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Whole Foods Market full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Very busy during holidays


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