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Best location in the company
Green Team Leader (Former Employee), Cambridge, MASeptember 14, 2014
Pros: clientele more down-to-earth than at most locations
Cons: tough to get recognition from regional (they rarely visit.)
Prospect Street is one of the smallest and run-down stores in the region and, most likely, in the entire company. That being said, it was my favorite of the 5+ stores I worked at during my time with WFM.
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Awesome place to work with great incentives, benefits, and store discount!
CASHIER (Current Employee), Plano, TXSeptember 12, 2014
Pros: paid lunches, bonuses every month, great healthcare
The Whole Foods Market culture is a lifestyle that is so easy to buy into! Co-workers are amazing and always knowledgeable and helpful. Customers can sometimes be a little picky, but other than that it's a fantastic environment to work in! Not only health-conscious, but also earth-conscious (employees actively separate recyclables & compostable from – more... landfill trash). – less
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Great place to work with food, and enjoy it
Buyer (Current Employee), Roswell, GASeptember 12, 2014
Pros: free lunches and dinner sometimes, great discounts for team member
Cons: no many opportunities for advancement
Typical day at work consist in interacting with many customers who enjoy making new recipes and want to learn about new foods and what s good for you.

I learned a lot about the food and what s good for you, and healthy eating culture, and also about all natural and organic foods.

I leaned about international foods and ingredients especially new grains – more... that are known in other cultures and suppose to be very nutritional and healthy.

The management is great and their main focus is the whole food culture in matter of encouraging people the create new habits of healthy eating ans also help people around the globe who suffer from
poverty through whole planet foundation.

The hardest part of the job is the high expectation from each team member, wit more duties than a person can accomplish based on the time given.

The most enjoyable part of the job is interacting with customers who are very knowledgeable about food and how to make it, also sharing whatever i learned with them make them have a good experience coming the store. – less
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Good company
Customer Service Supervisor/Cash Office Lead (Former Employee), Silver Spring, MDSeptember 11, 2014
The most enjoyable part of the job is the cross training.I've learned a lot but it is very hard to find advancement room.
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Productive and fun work place.
New York Cashier (Former Employee), New York, NYSeptember 10, 2014
Positive energy! nice and friendly environment. great! great! supervisors.
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Great management
Team Member (Current Employee), Woburn, MASeptember 9, 2014
Pros: 20% employee discount
The management in Whole foods is unique, everyone treats other fairly, happy team members make customers happy. Life is great in Whole foods Market.
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They expect a lot of you, and they treat you well!
Customer Service Representative (Current Employee), Danbury, CTSeptember 8, 2014
Pros: the staff are so friendly and the cream of the crop, i loved them!
Cons: early morn 6:30 am or 10:30 mandatory meetings, little time to eat on breaks.
You can move up at WFM if you are smart and are very focused on the job, the culture and where you want to go. So start out really focused and stay that way. NEVER be late as 6 times late and you may be out. There are many rules, but they are generally for the good of the department. Best job for 20-35 year old set. Great diversity of team members. – more... Great people.

I was a cashier and had a lot to handle working with money, customers, staff and supervisors. There is added stress certain times of the year when you have to promote non-profits to help Whole Planet Foundation (provides loans for home business in countries where food is sourced from) and Whole Kids. There are contests and it's hard to keep asking for extra money from people all day long. Customers are absolutely 90% wonderful and that was my most enjoyable part, talking with customers - educating them and being educated by them. There is a crazy schedule - it is retail! And you are standing 8 hours, plus lifting and bagging. And the occasional snobby or unhappy customer.

Staff become your best friends and they are the best, always there for you. Just amazing!

Everyone is on a fast track to get out of the job they came in with. And there is opportunity to grow and cross training. They only promote from within!

There is a short 15 min. break and you try to eat something and go to the rest room - and then a 1/2 hr. break 2 hrs. before you leave. You are usually starving by that point.

There are many perks like a week of free food and meals once a year with a 40% discount (it's usually 20%), for team member appreciation week. Health insurance, stock options, 401K are all good. Gainsharing - which is money given to you when the store does well is very excellent! It depends on how many hours you work. Going hiring pay is $11.00. You can transfer all over the country. Paid Time Off PTO - is wonderful - you build up cash credit over a year = 1 week salary which you can use for illness or vacation. If you start out PT you can get over to FT within a 4-6 month period.

Management is ok, turn over is very high, and people move around from nearby stores a lot. Supervisors are trained to really listen to you and they just about pledge themselves to finding the very best fit for you - whatever that is. Rated # 44 as Fortune's Best Company to Work For...

I recommend applying for any job listed to get in and get an interview, and once in - and it's not easy to get in - then keep your nose clean, be prompt, very alert and always act as if this job means a lot to you. It just might be a propeller to a wonderful work life! Watch others who have been there a while and imitate. Read, "Conscious Capitalism," by John Mackey, founder.

I wish someone could have told me this when I got started! – less
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Great company atmosphere
Kitchen Team Member (Former Employee), Roseville, CASeptember 8, 2014
Cons: hard to work with scheduling
It is a great company to work for, the benefits are ok. Fun co workers and team builds.
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Poor managment, not interested in personal, just bottom line
Store Baker (Former Employee), Tucson AZSeptember 8, 2014
key holder, 4am arrival, bake all morning pastries,and cookies, pound cakes, breads, granola, bread puddings, bagels, donuts. Fill pastry case, package and display some baked goods. Tray next day am baking, clean and wash dishes and trays. Help out front of house (sales, and juice and coffee bar).
I learned about production and grocery store baking – more... and sales.
My co-workers were very supportive and kind. I loved working with such hard working lovely women.
The hardest part of the job was never getting acknowledged for good work. The management was not very supportive, our work was never good enough. I was promised cross training and never received it. – less
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Very Productive and active
Cashier (Current Employee), Washington, DCSeptember 5, 2014
All the coworkers are very friendly its very byusy so your always working and you will have a great time but the customers may be hard to deall with at times
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Good experience
Payroll & Benefits Specialist (Current Employee), San Francisco, CASeptember 3, 2014
Retail is an excellent training opportunity, especially Whole Foods, which is a ripe environment with its transparency, peer training, and promotions from within culture.
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Fun place to work at for organic foods
Meat Clerk (Former Employee), Glendale, CASeptember 3, 2014
Pros: free taste tests
Cons: short lunches
great place to work / shop for healthy foods also get to help the customers on a daily basis
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Provide extensive customer service to every customer as well as helping the store
Customer Service Associate (Current Employee), Medford, MASeptember 3, 2014
I would come into work, sometimes get on a register, or bag. Other times I would go outside and collect carts or put returns back and clean up the front end, basically whatever they needed from me. I learned a lot of things about how to make the customer feel like you are actually listening to them and what they feel at the end of their trip and how – more... to make sure they leave happy if something went wrong.
Working here my supervisors offer me many chances to grow in the company and move up, they care about the team member just as much as the customers. As for my team members, I have never met so many people happy to come to work till I started here. Everyone helps each other out, staying positive and friendly no matter what.
Something that is hard about being in customer service is understanding no matter what you do or how wrong the customer may be the "always are right". It is not worth arguing with a customer telling them they are wrong because that only makes matters worse, no matter how rude or upset they may be you must return with a smile and a solution that benefits them with out hurting you too much. As for most enjoyable I would have to say the people and environment, Each summer the department gathers together and goes on a team build to help bring everyone closer. I have met my closest friends here. I also enjoy the cart runs on a cool summer day to escape the busyness of the store. – less
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Fast pace enviroment and always learning
Supervisor (Former Employee), Milford CTSeptember 3, 2014
At Whole Foods there was always work to be done and many new things to learn. Keeping up with standers and quality were very important. I worked as a supervisor and enjoyed it very much. I like to have the extra responsibly. My favorite part was helping customers and the one on one time i got to spend with them
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Very productive and learning atmosphere
Grocery Stocker (Former Employee), FLSeptember 1, 2014
We'll coming in everyday to work for Whole Foods was great, a typical day would be checking in with my manager which was I must say the best management I ever work with, just to see what my task if I had anything different to do or anything special that needed to be completed before the day ends. I learned so many new things about food and health. The – more... hardest part of my job was actually doing the work stocking items but to me wasn't hard at all. What I enjoyed the most was just dealing with different clients coming in either looking for something they already know about or something they heard about and could use some new or extra information about a specific product. My co-workers were amazing it was almost like one big family that made my job that much more comfortable and relaxing and made the days very enjoyable. – less
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FUN WORKPLACE
sanitation (Former Employee), Pembroke Pines, FLSeptember 1, 2014
A TYPICAL DAY AT WORK CONSIST OF MAINTANING THE STORES GROUNDS AND MAKING SURE THE STORE IS FREE OF SPILLS. FLOOR AND BATHROOMS REMAIN CLEAN. WORKING HAS MADE ME LEARNED HOW TO COPE WITH DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF LIFE AND CULTURES. MY SUPERVISORS WERE VERY HELPFUL IN TEACHING ME THE INS AND OUTS OF THINGS. THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF THE JOB WAS DEALING WITH – more... RUDE AND DISRESPECTFUL CUSTOMERS. THE MOST ENJOYABLE PART OF MY JOB WAS FINISHING ALL OF MY TASKS IN DUE TIME. – less
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great employer
Baker (Former Employee), plantation, flAugust 31, 2014
stressful environment but team members enjoy themselves.
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Entry level telemarketing position.
Customer Service Supervisor (Current Employee), Brentwood, MOAugust 31, 2014
You will work hot and cold calls. If you want to work on your sales skills this is a good entry level position that will train you.
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a great place to work
Associate Design Coordinator (Current Employee), Emeryville, CAAugust 29, 2014
Whole foods is a great place to work, grow your skills and try lots of different roles.
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Good place great people.
Chef/Supervisor (Former Employee), Overland Park, KSAugust 29, 2014
Pros: atmosphere, food, people, pay, benefits, discount.
Cons: people making decisions in your dept who step foot in it 1 maybe 2 times a year.
Worked in the kitchen cooking and preparing food along with other jobs throughout the day. Cleaning ,keeping stations full, etc...

Learned about a wide assortment of foods and how to cook them, good customer service, good work ethic.

Managers came and went and some were great some were not.

Co-workers probably is the best thing about WF. Great atmosphere – more... for the most part.

Hardest part of the job would probably be keeping up with the hot food bars. Making all the food for them, panning up food, warming up and filling the food when low, filling out logs, and keeping everything clean. Sometimes there was a lot on your plate.

I enjoyed being around good people, cooking good food, and working hard, and being able to see the outcome of it all which was people eating and enjoying the food you make. – less

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