Whole Foods Market Employee Reviews about "team leaders"

Updated Dec 28, 2020

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Whole Foods Market CEO  John Mackey
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Pros
  • "great atmosphere and team members(in 862 reviews)

  • "Good pay get a raise after one year(in 488 reviews)

Cons
  • "More breakrooms for Team members(in 684 reviews)

  • "Everybody breaks them including Team Leaders but nobody really gets caught(in 372 reviews)

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  1. "Specialty Team Member"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market part-time

    Pros

    20% off on groceries, great work environment and team members, team leaders are easily accessible.

    Cons

    Scheduled late when on the closing shift.

  2. Helpful (2)

    "Things changed"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cashier/Prep Foods/Bakery/Whole Body 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Whole Foods Market full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    When I started it was an exciting atmosphere of oddballs whom I fit in with, that provided opportunities for a career. I met a bunch of cool people and was able to be myself. There were a lot of great things that you get from working at a big corporation, like well established rules for proper employee/employer conduct and procedures pertaining to employee health and wellbeing (no dating direct reports, disability insurance, workers comp claims processing, ect). The hiring process for leadership always includes a person who is not in leadership to attend in order for balance. They allow employees to take "spoilage" that is safe for consumption, unlike most companies.

    Cons

    When Amazon bought them out a lot of the culture changed. There was a decrease in middle management which put team leaders in tough places. People are overworked. The pay was bare minimum for my positions, and I overheard someone get a job for a similar position to me with dollars above what I was paid after working there for a few years. The security that they hired at my store admitted to racial profiling, and it was a consistent issue. Although most of the security officers who said this type of stuff were themselves black. WF can't do much about that if people do not report it. When it did get reported, security would be moved to another store and they eventually come back. They hire security from a separate company.

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  3. "Great People"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Cashier in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Whole Foods Market full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Best coworkers ever evryone treats each other with respect

    Cons

    Who your Store Team Leader is matters and can drasticlly change a store for the better or worse

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  4. "Meh. Amazon Foods should be its name now."

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Bakery/Juice Bar in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Whole Foods Market full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Coworkers are cool, benefits are good, everything is cool & good. Culture too.

    Cons

    Favoritisms, from Team Leaders to Store Team Leaders & Amazon sucks.

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  5. "Depends on team/leadership"

    3.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Buyer in Columbus, OH

    I worked at Whole Foods Market full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    If you have a good team leader/store team leadership, it can be a great place to work.

    Cons

    If you have a bad team leader/store team leadership, it can be a negative experience.

  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work but lots of politics"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Produce Team Member in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Whole Foods Market part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Decent pay, starts at 15 -401k -Lax uniform -Discount

    Cons

    -Seniority trumps anything -Hours are sporadic if not full-time -Some of the team leaders promote based on politics and not merit -takes FOREVER to move up

  7. "Stressful"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Morning Stocker in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Whole Foods Market full-time

    Pros

    Pay is amazing, the benefits and 20% off are also great Mornings is the only shift Leadership will give awards to during store meetings. Guests are so nice despite being in a middle class type area, you will find few entitled people here.

    Cons

    The Team Leader will not make schedules 2 weeks in advance making it impossible to plan for events with friends and family unless you specifically request that day off, the only times you will know of the next weeks schedule is either he is hiring someone new, a special event in the company is happening (ex: Store meeting, new hire, a bunch of people requesting off, ect.) The team is small and management refuses to hire new people and instead ridicules and tears down team members expecting them to do things faster when help is needed, especially so if the truck is late and the team doesn't have enough time to finish it all by the end of the shift. Leadership also lacks in professional training, long time team members are told off by management about tasks they "should already know" that they had not been taught by the team trainer (which is a constantly vacant position due to people stepping down or leaving the company), If you are new and are not a "Super Star" then you will likely have management thinking you are not doing your job adequately and they will will often hide behind end caps slightly leaning their heads down the isles you are working on and trying to find any excuse to write you up. They will constantly expect you to perform tasks at a speed that most to most jobs would seem rushed. There is no down time here, and no one will complement you for helping out as many guests as you can, and if you do then you will fall behind and be looked down on by management, If you are a people pleaser then you are likely to develop gray hairs after a year trying to get everything done.

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  8. "Awful supervisor boot licker"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bakery Team Member in Boise, ID

    I worked at Whole Foods Market part-time

    Pros

    Good community between team members, fun specialty grocery store

    Cons

    Poor store leadership that really only cared about the team leaders (department supervisors) being corporate puppies. My team leader was awful and everyone knew it, but she said yes boss and ran morale into the ground.

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  9. "Welp"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Cashier in Annapolis, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Whole Foods Market full-time

    Pros

    Co workers PTO hours Pay rate and raise

    Cons

    Robot team leaders Leadership really doesn’t care

  10. "On the surface pros deep seeded cons"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Team Member 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Whole Foods Market full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    They provide some unique services like TM emergency funds, free counseling for first ten appointments, and they got free snacks.

    Cons

    The management, many are great, but Whole Foods enables a retaliated bureaucratic management system. No matter how unhappy many TM’s might be about the discriminatory behavior of one TM, they will always choose to stay silent and protect the team leader.

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