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Whole Foods Market Reviews

Updated February 27, 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 510 reviews)

  • Great benefits for full time AND part time employees (in 301 reviews)

Cons
  • Attracts many unfriendly customer, sometimes information is not clear to team members(causing customers to get frustrated) (in 452 reviews)

  • Some of the team leaders lack experience (in 263 reviews)

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  1. "Meat team member"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Whole Foods Market full-time

    Pros

    Great environment, product, and teams.

    Cons

    The pay is much less than a livable wage.

    Advice to Management

    Pay better to keep good employees!


  2. "Good salary, nice people"

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    Current Employee - Grocery Team Member
    Current Employee - Grocery Team Member
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay, consistent hours, nice atmosphere, opportunity for advancement

    Cons

    Don't expect the easiest job in the world

    Advice to Management

    Please understand there are times when the store has simply been hit very hard and it is unrealistic to expect perfect facing from an already understaffed team on these days


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    "No longer worth it, really"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Sometimes, gainsharing is a nice added bonus

    Cons

    Any substantial gainsharing bonus leads Regional to rein in the budget, earning you less

    Advice to Management

    Focus on employee growth rather than profits


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

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    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.


  6. "Produce Team Member"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market part-time

    Pros

    flexible schedule, great people, growing company, discount

    Cons

    varying schedule, high work demand


  7. "Seafood team member"

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    Current Employee - Team Member
    Current Employee - Team Member
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Very accomodating, good pay for lack of experience, good environment, advancement opportunities available.

    Cons

    You become a shill, you need to convince customers they are doing the right thing buying overpriced products. I feel bad on an ethical level.


  8. "Friendly and great company to work for"

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

    Pros

    Relaxed staff, good customers, fair pay

    Cons

    they made you feel bad for calling of


  9. "cake decorator"

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

    I worked at Whole Foods Market full-time

    Pros

    good enviroment to work good benefits

    Cons

    very strict to the rules....


  10. "Great Place to Work -- Awesome Environment"

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    Former Employee - Grocery Team Member in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Grocery Team Member in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Solid Pay, Easy-Going People, Great Benefits, Great Food

    Cons

    None I can think of

    Advice to Management

    I was in a weird situation, as my management team was really unorganized. We had a Team Leader who was on his way out, and two assistant team leaders who didn't want to be the team leader, so it was starting to "fall apart," so to speak, as I was leaving the company. Most managers are pretty cool; however, keep in mind, THEY ARE managers. And most managers act a certain way. That's just how they are.

    I loved my time with the company and would definitely consider working there again. My only advice to management is that they pay more attention and interact with the employees anymore. I was considered a solid worker by many at the company, yet when it was time to get that raise, my assistant team leader tried to swindle me out of an extra 35 cents by saying that I didn't meet the standard work ethic. I am a pretty honest person, and while I might not have been the most efficent, I was definitely a hard worker and did a lot of good for that company. The funnier thing about it too, is that the manager who told me this was considered (by most) as an INCREDIBLY slow worker. However, all this was when I was on my way out, so I didn't care too much.


  11. "Whole foods"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Whole Foods Market part-time

    Pros

    Coworkers are amazing
    Team work is great

    Cons

    Unorganized
    Customers are stressful



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