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Whole Foods Market Reviews

Updated October 20, 2017
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  • Not very transparent with team members (in 530 reviews)

  • Some differences when it comes to work life balance (in 100 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (33)

    "Proud to be a WFM Team Member"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Front End Cashier in Cranston, RI
    Former Employee - Front End Cashier in Cranston, RI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I worked as a part-time cashier for 8 years at my local WFM store, and felt proud to be part of the team! Hourly pay was excellent, and I always found that the team leaders worked right along side their team members. Even though I was just part-time, they treated me as a valued employee. They knew I worked a full-time job and worked around my schedule. They welcome feedback from employees on ways to improve things for employees and customers. They provide ongoing training on organics, safety, store policies, individual products, etc. I loved being part of this company and only left my job because I needed to dedicate more time to my full-time job at another company.

    Cons

    Nothing specific to my store or position, but just the nature of the business, you may have to work nights, weekends, holidays.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to treat employees well. I'll always be grateful for the opportunities I had while working there!


  2. Helpful (44)

    "ain't what it used to be"

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    Former Employee - Team Leader in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Whole Foods Market full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    At the time is was amazing; paid benefits, 401k contributions, discount on goods, HSA, but by far the team members would have to have been their biggest asset. This all turned sour as many money hungry corporate douches joined up to belittle the hardest working most dedicated members.

    Cons

    too much nepotism. Too much unregulated intimidation. A reduction in benefits every opportunity they had to institute a cut and then they started putting the choice in the team members hands like it made it better. Often heard, "let them have a taste of that humble pie" coming from the least humble in the organization.

    Advice to Management

    You only did well because your employees felt compensated and appreciated. Look at the state of your institution now. I know it means little to you all with your golden parachutes but it is a shame to take advantage of so many good hearted and dedicated people.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Team Trainer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Whole Foods Market full-time

    Pros

    Great co-workers, supportive environment, team leaders are positive.

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucracy, layers of management and protocols. Point system to track errors holds advancement and raises back.


  4. "good pay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Whole Foods Market part-time

    Pros

    good starting pay, great enviornment

    Cons

    i gave in my availability, but management messed up my schedule too many times to count


  5. "good company"

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    Current Employee - Cook
    Current Employee - Cook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great discount, decent basic benefits, diversity, good environmental and health values

    Cons

    can be large volume of work bottle-necked by short staffing or space and equipment, training process lacks organization


  6. "Customer Service Team Member"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Whole Foods Market part-time

    Pros

    Discounts on all products in the store

    Cons

    Not very flexible with part time employees


  7. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Cooks
    Current Employee - Cooks
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Boss understands your home life. Fun. Upbeat. 20% off goods purchased. Wow bucks. Flexible schedule. Tattoos dreads and piercings are okay.

    Cons

    Understaffed. Customers are uptight, rude and feel entitled. Prices are higher than other grocery stores so it's not as popular as others.

  8. "Self-Directed Career Path at Whole Foods Market"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You are able to chart your own path at Whole Foods.
    Great opportunities to learn more.

    Cons

    Disorganized at times, lacks uniting company vision (store to store)


  9. "Market Associate Team Leader"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great leadership, great development program, great work life balance

    Cons

    Something you have to work early morning and late nights


  10. "Whole Foods Market"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I like working for whole foods. I feel like management is pretty supportive and most are great with people. Sales are obviously a focus but team member happiness and wellness are also a priority.

    Cons

    Favoritism, rude customers, stressful environment at times. Team members who don't necessarily belong on certain teams based on skill level/work ethic and a lack of follow through with these team members as far as corrective. Lack of communication at times.

    Advice to Management

    Management is great. Supportive and usually open to ideas. Usually good at solving problems. Well trained and know what they're doing. Great at managing a large store with many team members.


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