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Whole Foods Market Reviews

Updated March 23, 2017
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Whole Foods Market co-CEOs John Mackey and Walter Robb
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Pros
  • The lively feel amongst team members (in 519 reviews)

  • Great company to work for with great benefits (in 309 reviews)

Cons
  • Back in October they laid off half the team members to save on labor cost (in 458 reviews)

  • Depending on position, work life balance can be a challenge (in 87 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (10)

    "A lot of wonderful people, but a company in transition"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Coordinator
    Former Employee - Associate Coordinator
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Whole Foods Market full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay for retail. Great full-time benefits. I met a lot of wonderful people who really try to do good for their peers and leaders who worked hard for their teams. Growth potential was fantastic: I was able to move up incredibly fast, but this is changing. Regardless of the cons, I am very grateful for the experience I had with Whole Foods.

    Cons

    The company is restructuring and eliminating leadership positions through attrition, so a significant slow down in open leadership positions. Slow and steady increase in pressure trying to cram what was multiple jobs into single positions. Bad decisions made regarding training programs, gutting, bringing back and regutting trainer positions for the sake of money.

    Advice to Management

    Stop divesting in training. The time and focus given to team member training when I joined was what set the company apart. Now most of those positions are gone. Team member knowledge, quality of service and store culture are all suffering because of it and it is getting worse.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Working in the Natural/Organic Food world"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Store Team Leader in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Associate Store Team Leader in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Whole Foods Market full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits
    They are truly the leaders in the Natural Foods industry
    Amazing people to work with
    Beautiful buildings
    Good pay
    You get educated
    Development

    Cons

    Can be can be clicky depending on your store
    Sometimes they do not fulfill there promises
    Its hard to change there mind on a product store or person after first impression

    Advice to Management

    Its became to corporate over the years. I understand that business needs growth and change, but don't forget who you are and why people fell in love with you to begin with.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "A Wonderful Company Trying to Get Their Spark Back"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Booth Team Member in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Booth Team Member in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I work in a store full of unique, wonderful people who care about their jobs, their teams, and their store. It's a really positive work environment that places a lot of trust and faith in their employees. My Team Leaders give a lot of room for growth and learning, and work to utilize team member's strengths.

    Cons

    Whole Foods is a great company with great values. We truly are a pioneering force in creating greater transparency and quality in food production/practices. However, it's clear the company is struggling to maintain profitability. We're consolidating/eliminating highly paid leadership positions (combining departments under one Team Lead, etc.) Our store is full of great people who can do more with less, but I feel our customer service isn't as amazing as it could be, as we're stretched a little thin.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to communicate and showcase our value--the 365 brand is amazing! We beat so many of our competitors on hard to find items/brands in terms of both price and availability. Keep leadership positions in tact so talented TMs stick around and move up. Keep giving excellent training and support to new TMs--which we can only do if we have well staffed departments.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, clear and transparent expectations from regional level. Most of the people who work for the company are passionate about/believe in the core values.

    Cons

    Implementation of rules/changes/expectations are often lacking or unorganized. Opportunities to move up have become less available in last year, and will likely continue.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good company to work for."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Whole Foods Market full-time

    Pros

    Positive culture, low stress environment

    Cons

    Becoming more mainstream grocery model, less autonomy.


  7. "Cashier"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cashier in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Cashier in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, Great company, good pay.

    Cons

    Nothing much honestly, It is a great job.


  8. "It's not bad"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market part-time

    Pros

    Friendly team members and very cool team leaders
    Dress code is not strict at all

    Cons

    Very hard labor ( if you're a dishwasher like me )
    Lunch is only 30 minutes


  9. "Ok gig"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Grocery Team Member in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Grocery Team Member in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy job, nothing too complicated to learn.

    Cons

    Since they made cutbacks, a lot to do in too little time.

    Advice to Management

    None that I can think of.


  10. "Business Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market full-time

    Pros

    Its a good to company be a part of

    Cons

    Organization is growing fast, hiring more people and becoming very corporate


  11. "Overall good company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Team Member in Bellingham, MA
    Former Employee - Team Member in Bellingham, MA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Treats employees well, good discount, fair opportunity for promotions

    Cons

    Not always transparent with what's going on, some team leaders cut corners



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