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Whole Foods Market Reviews

Updated September 24, 2017
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  • Not very transparent with team members (in 524 reviews)

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

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  1. "Retail Cook"

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

    I worked at Whole Foods Market part-time

    Pros

    No drug test to worry about. I could work with other departments. Easy to move up in position.

    Cons

    Leadership wasn't the best. The store needed major upgrades.

    Advice to Management

    Rotate management out and try to hire managers that are located within the town.


  2. "Customer Service"

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

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market full-time

    Pros

    Awesome friendly environment,
    everyone is a team player

    Cons

    Nothing really, Liked eberything about it

  3. "Great starting pay. Pay mobility relative to department"

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

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

    Pros

    Great starting pay and benefits. Paid time off and 401k are decent

    Cons

    One has to really push for a wage increase in certain departments while others are more liberal with raises


  4. "Excellent Culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market full-time

    Pros

    Great culture and experience, a company that walks the talk. Healthcare is incredibly affordable, generous time-off/vacation time.

    Cons

    Grocery is an incredibly difficult industry - the margins are razor thin. Overall salaries may not be as competitive, the benefits absolutely help balance this.


  5. "Creating orders and supplying stores with product"

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    Current Employee - Warehouse Operations in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Warehouse Operations in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. 4 days a week creates more energy and efficiency.
    2. Fair pay for work, incentivized to work faster, bonuses for accuracy and efficiency
    3. Hands off team leaders let you work at your own rhythm and pace.

    Cons

    1. Boys club. Management gets promoted because they've been there longest.
    2. Lose hours because let's face it, Whole Foods sucks and people don't shop there a lot anymore.
    3. Constantly cutting benefits. Health insurance is bad now and no more 401k match. But they constantly harp on the "20% discount at Whole Foods." So it makes it the slightly higher than Kroger.

    Advice to Management

    There are 2 people in the building with college degrees and they both work the floor. Fire all the old hippies that are constantly messing up and can't adapt to change. Especially in the buying office.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Decent"

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    Former Employee - Specialty Team Member
    Former Employee - Specialty Team Member

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

    Pros

    Employee discount is great, nice atmosphere, delicious cheese to eat regaulary

    Cons

    Retail... scheduling was always an issue


  7. "Team Leader"

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    Current Employee - Team Leader in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent culture and co-workers. Mission driven and socially responsible

    Cons

    Too slow to react to growing competition in their segment

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to work, but they don't drug test people!"

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    Current Employee - Grocery Team Member in Town and Country, MO
    Current Employee - Grocery Team Member in Town and Country, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a nice environment place to work, nice team members and managers.
    Flexible schedule;
    Many breaks;
    Discount;
    Good benefits.

    Cons

    The biggest problem is, they don't drug test people, so you should expect work with a lot stoners. And they hire anyone.

    Advice to Management

    Please, start drug testing people before hire them!


  9. Helpful (2)

    "No work family life balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lynnfield, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lynnfield, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    20% discount. You can make great friends with other team members.

    Cons

    They eliminated individual gain sharing for departments making it store wide instead. We have to share our gain sharing with other departments who didn't do so well during the month. I feel this took away 99% of the employee incentive. Employees just don't care as much anymore.
    Advancement is easy with this company. You can move up fairly quickly if they like you. With that comes a ton of responsibility, often times with little to no training and extremely long hours.
    Holidays are horrendous at this company. You are worked like a dog and not appreciated. You are expected to devote your life to work during the months of October- January. There is no down time unless you are management and making your own schedule.

    Advice to Management

    Stop telling team members everything they do wrong and tell us what we do right once in a while. Stay out of the office all day and stay off facebook and Instagram. Stop taking two hour lunches and popping out once a day to criticize everything we do. Let team members make some of their own decisions instead of harping us and treating us like idiots. If you don't tell us what to do guess what...? We're not going to stand around doing nothing! We can figure out what has to be done . Not all of us are children that need to be babysat.


  10. "Good for retail"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Whole Foods Market full-time

    Pros

    Great co-workers. Decent Pay. Welcoming environment. Decent benefits (health, PTO)

    Cons

    Upper management generally does NOT care about employees. Broad company/store policies that do not work for each department.


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