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Whole Foods Market Houston Reviews

Updated May 11, 2017
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Pros
  • great culture amongst team members (note: experience based on a smaller store) (in 544 reviews)

  • Great company to work for with great benefits (in 326 reviews)

Cons
  • Team members are becoming more jaded about the direction of the company (in 481 reviews)

  • Some differences when it comes to work life balance (in 94 reviews)

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  1. "Gutters and Strikes"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Team Lead in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Team Lead in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Whole Foods Market full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Definitely had a lot of great benefits. As with anything that grows too fast, they made a lot of poor decisions that I think negatively affected the business.

    Cons

    Tries to control employees in management too much. Speaks of empowerment but doesn't back it up.

    Advice to Management

    Work more with your employees rather than trying to establish quick fixes of hiring outside of the company. It certainly didn't help your stock.


  2. "Good place to work if your in school or looking to put money your pocket"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - GWA in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - GWA in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly people nice area ok pay just to put money in the pocket

    Cons

    Hours are not good they give no full to people that work in the front

    Advice to Management

    Management is good but they need to give a full 40 special the area is a busy


  3. "Bad Produce Team"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Produce Team Member in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Produce Team Member in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    wage is good for retail
    steady hours
    benefits
    clean working environment
    discount

    Cons

    lay off
    no hires
    high turn around rate for manager
    ignores team members
    does not believe in core values

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the team members! After my store relocated most of my team quit due to unrealistic expectations.Store Team Leaders and Assistant Team Leaders would not offer a helping hand or re-hire. Most denied anything was wrong and after team members quit blamed the team members. TLs only want you to put your head down work.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Team Member Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Team Member in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Team Member in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits and work environment. Pay is better than most grocery stores.

    Cons

    Company is facing extreme competition from other grocery stores and is implementing cost cutting measures across the board. WF is not hiring full time employees to get around paying benefits. Remnants of culture and values can be found but are disappearing daily. Turnover has increased. They are in transition so I would stay away unless you can deal with a lot of uncertainty.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Cares for its employees,community and the earth."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Guest Service in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Guest Service in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Met a great diverse group of people and got to learn so much.Great perks and benefits. They see you for the work you put in not by how you look. I loved the liberty of being able to dye my hair different colors and being able to express my uniqueness through my style of clothes.

    Cons

    Their new system in scheduling is not as flexible as before. I felt they could of hired a few more people. There were months were we (employees were exhausted, guests kept complaining lines were long and we didn't have enough employees in our department to help)

    Advice to Management

    If there are many complaints from guests who are upset for not having enough staff to help them, please higher more employees. We as employees would be exhausted, many times our lunch breaks would be pushed back past a 5hour mark.


  7. "Smoke & Mirrors"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Specialty/Wine Team Member in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Specialty/Wine Team Member in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people at the entry level.

    Cons

    Everything they advocate about they don't actually do! Biggest surprise: they don't recycle! They put all these containers around but don't recycle once it's out of sight.
    They don't hold anyone accountable, LOTS of product waste and theft. It's all smoke an mirrors about what they want the public to believe.
    They want everyone to feel good, not actually do their job. So many under qualified people that it's frustrating to try to do your job. If you bring it up to Mgr or HR, you are literally "shunned"
     Managers want an easy life, so you are rewarded for not making waves.
    Interviews for promotion are given in peer groups, so basically a big popularity contest. If everyone likes you (meaning you don't hold them accountable) then they "vote" you in. Kinda like voting for Prom

    Advice to Management

    They don't hold anyone accountable, LOTS of product waste and theft. It's all smoke an mirrors about what they want the public to believe.
    They want everyone to feel good, not actually do their job. So many under qualified people that it's frustrating to try to do your job. If you bring it up to Mgr or HR, you are literally "shunned"
     Managers want an easy life, so you are rewarded for not making waves.
    Interviews for promotion are given in peer groups, so basically a big popularity contest. If everyone likes you (meaning you don't hold them accountable) then they "vote" you in. Kinda like voting for Prom


  8. "Great Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cashier in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Cashier in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary. Room for advancement.

    Cons

    Customer is always right, even when they are completely wrong.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Guest Service"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Guest Service Supervisor in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Guest Service Supervisor in Houston, TX
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible Scheduling, fun environment, selling great products, ability to hone management skills, opportunities for advancement

    Cons

    if you are older and want to move up quickly, it can be difficult depending on your end goal, it's definitely possible, but it may take longer than you think.

    Advice to Management

    Try to work directly with degreed staff in mapping their career plans, too much time at the bottom of the pay scale can encourage those with other skills to look elsewhere despite their love for the brand and its excellent products.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Cashier"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cashier in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Cashier in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits the insurance was ok except it had a high deductible and I never reached the deductible si I always paid out of pocket. There was a spending account that wfm added funds to after employees worked a number of hours.

    Cons

    Unprofessional management, the people who were getting management positions weres inexperienced in business and we're not effective.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Horrible"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are no pros working for this company, they are full of liars and people who want to cheat to get to the top. Whatever you do don't work for this company. The pay may be good but they have no morals and they don't know how to treat people.

    Cons

    There are too many to list
    A company that's full of hypocritical people
    They will say one thing to your face but stab you in the back at every opportunity just so they make it. They charge extortion prices for food you can get almost everywhere.


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