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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. "Layoffs"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Specialist in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Specialist in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good People
    Reasonable Pay
    Sick time
    Favoritism
    Easy Work

    Cons

    Bad Customers
    Bad Management
    Uncertain Future (Constant Layoffs)
    Lack of Communication
    Blame falls on others
    Scheduling

    Advice to Management

    Replace management


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Cashier"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cashier in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Cashier in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay is definitely more than average in New York. The schedules are great, and you can always pick more hours. The coworkers are what make my day, I really love them all in their own way. Our customers are regulars and sometimes we learn so much about them whether good or bad. We see people from all parts of the world. It can be an interesting day at work any day. Also, the bakery goods are fantastic.

    Cons

    Morning shifts are a bit too early for me but not really a con, there are some very rude customers but it is customer service so you can expect that anywhere! Just be prepared to be calm, cool, and collected! The discounts are a bit low for 20%. It really isn't much other than free tax sometimes or save a dollar. But the bigger your purchase; the more you save. Add it with sales and coupons and it is not that bad. Also, sometimes it gets really hectic with lines. It is to be expected but anxiety gets to me at times. My team makes it better! Also inventory can be a drag. But work is work at the end of the day. I'm thankful to work for Whole Foods and wouldn't have it any other way. Excited about my future with this company!

    Advice to Management

    You guys are the best. I am located @ Union Square. Front end team. Johana, Latoya, Alysha, Stacy, Anthony, and Cary. Were and still are so great. Wonderful team. There are some people who don't deserve the role they are in. I find myself sometimes being more qualified than others and have more customer service than those in positions. I do plan to expand with Whole Foods. I have no advice to management just other than I appreciate your efforts and it is not easy. You must dedicate yourself to Whole Foods if you care about this brand. Because of my team, I felt appreciated and eager to continue on my path with Whole Foods.

  3. "it's alright could be worse"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market full-time

    Pros

    good benefits and the people are overall nice

    Cons

    it stinks like a big corporation would

    Advice to Management

    i dont know


  4. "Awesome"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Produce Team Member in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Produce Team Member in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work
    employees
    Benefits
    Discount
    Diversity
    Customers are always nice

    Cons

    Not much
    Parking
    Bike rack
    Coffee
    Bathrooms
    Not much overtime

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.
    Loved working for the company.


  5. "Roller Coaster"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Grocery Team Leader in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate Grocery Team Leader in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, Good pay, lots of advancements. Many stores so moving around makes it easier to learn different demographics of each store.

    Cons

    Under the wrong leadership and you can feel your self getting stuck in one store and or position. The faster you move up you tend to get the lowest pay for that position.

    Advice to Management

    Don't drag on TM for your own benefits. If you let them grow it will help them and your self later.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great Atmosphere and overall environment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Customer Service Team Member in Winter Park, FL
    Current Employee - Customer Service Team Member in Winter Park, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company as a whole is great. They have great benefits for their employees and give every employee a lot of authority. Also they love to bring up leaders with in the company for hire positions rather than bringing other people into the company.

    Cons

    The way in which they give out hours is a little different than other stores. In Whole Foods part time is considered 19 or less hours a week. There's a separate position for part-time 20 which is between 20 and 30 hours a week. And full-time is 30 or more hours a week. However they seem to offer a lot more part time jobs over part-time 20, resulting in a lot of people having to get second jobs.

    Advice to Management

    I think it would be wiser to promote individuals to part time 20 positions rather than bringing in new part-time individuals.


  7. "Bakery Supervisor"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bakery Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Bakery Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good relationship with bosses, very accommodating to schedule changes.

    Cons

    Didn't expect to work in the deli/sandwich making as well as bakery

  8. "Great company with growth potential"

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

    I worked at Whole Foods Market full-time

    Pros

    Great company culture. Flexible hours.

    Cons

    Health benefits are not the best.


  9. "Good at everything besides IT"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market full-time

    Pros

    they really do value their TM and customer. the employee discount is awesome and so are the health benefits.

    Cons

    the 401k is not much comparatively to other companies. and if they want to get rid of you, they will find a way. whereas others who don't do their work, it is impossible to get rid of them regardless of how bad they mess up. it's like they cherry pick who they like and who they don't want to touch with a 10 foot pole as it may cause court interference and they just don't want to deal with it. a lot of that power rests on the store team leader, so it really is up to them on how they want to handle it. and because of that, EVERY store is run completely differently.


  10. "Fairly Good Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Buyer
    Former Employee - Buyer
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Good pay and discounts
    * Friendly coworkers
    * Can learn much from the job

    Cons

    * Often under-staffed
    * Hours can be all over the place
    * Regional management is so concerned about impressing their bosses that they often make work difficult for people in the stores


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