A better place than most other grocery stores in terms of benefits.
Team Member (Former Employee) – Fairfax, VA, Ashburn, VA – March 8, 2017
A better place than most other grocery stores in terms of benefits.
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.
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.
Met a lot of good people there. Both fellow team membets and customers, Pay, Health Benefits, 401(k) benefits
Leadership resteucturing, Short breaks, Late night hours
Assistant Manager (Current Employee) – San Francisco Bay Area, CA – January 15, 2018
The greatest advantage of working for Whole Foods Market is the opportunity for advancement and the great team atmosphere. Unfortunately, the pay for the level of responsibility and work life balance is low (low pay and inconsistent & varying shifts/hours), which creates high turnover and leaves many team members struggling to fulfill the needs of the departments. Also, team members are inconsistently paid for the exact same position (one team member could easily be paid several dollars per hour more than another, for the exact position/responsibility level).
Excellent place to work with room for advancement.
Associate (Current Employee) – Denver, CO – January 15, 2018
Whole Foods is a great company to work for and I intend to continue employment with them in the event I do not obtain a firefighting position. We work hard but the work place is enjoyable and the store works as a team.
Management and co-workers were pleasant to work with.
Culinary Team Member (Former Employee) – Arlington, MA – January 15, 2018
I enjoyed working at Whole Foods; however many co-workers were unreliable and I often worked extra shifts daily or weekly to cover their hours. Sometimes rules were inconsistently reinforced depending on the employee or manager. Workload was heavy, but I welcomed a busy time and it helped me to create a more efficient work ethic.
Produce Clerk/Floral Designer (Former Employee) – Denver, CO – January 15, 2018
I very much enjoyed working for Whole Foods Market and would return to working there. Team members were kind and helpful in all areas of business. My team especially worked very well together and were very knowledgeable.
Customer Service Supervisor (Former Employee) – Cupertino, CA – January 15, 2018
Your WFM experience will depend on the store, but they all typically try to support their team members as best as they could. They will work around your availability and try to provide you with the hours you need. I worked for customer service, which is usually the team most people start off at. If you find that you might want to work in another department, they are willing to cross train and possibly transfer. They are big on the points system and expect frequent evaluations. First raise is after 6 months, and after that, every year. I believe the most you can get on your first evaluation is 5%, and they will discuss room for improvement.
I have worked at multiple WFM and can tell you that some are better than others, as far as work ethics and management. I've seen some play favorites and let evaluations get personal, which impacts your raise. Some management can be lazy and sit behind the customer service booth, micro managing all employees.
For the most part, my experiences at WFM were good! They promote a healthy life style and always encourage you to speak up if there is something you're not satisfied with. The perks are also good! Team members have always been so welcoming, and everyone is helpful and knowledgeable of product! If you're new, there is ALWAYS someone to assist you in each department.
your employee discount can grow, you sometimes get free food, there is room for advancement for everyone
doing carts in the heat, late hours, job duties become repetitive and easy to get bored
Associate Team Leader (Former Employee) – Indianapolis, IN – January 15, 2018
The culture here is collaborative and you are asked how you feel a lot. If that kind of things give you the eye rolls keep walking. Whole Foods is a great place to work and there is a lot of room for advancement as long as you are willing to do the work.
High Quality Training, Products, Vendor Relations & Customer Service
Product Specialist, Lead Buyer, Team Member (Former Employee) – Winston-Salem, NC – January 14, 2018
I shopped at this company when it was a co-op of 3 stores and the co-op members were also employees. Later, I joined the team as a product specialist and buyer, where I had a number of opportunities to compete with professionals holding my same position in other regions. Winning for my region in one product category, the company sent me to Nicaragua to learn about cooperative vendor production models and better marketing these business's products to Whole Foods customers.
Creative, High Energy, Competitive, Service Oriented, Highest Quality Products
Retail Hours Include many weekends and holidays. Physically Challenging.
Barista/Team Trainer (Former Employee) – Dedham, MA – January 14, 2018
My experience as an employee for Whole Foods Market was positive. There were a few drawbacks (relatively low pay, low career advancement options), but for what I was expecting/wanting at the time, this was a great place to work. My first manager's communication style did not harmonize with mine, but after he left and was replaced by a more open, friendly, and less Machiavellian manager, my experience was much better. I'd recommend an entry level job at this company if you enjoy serving people, do not care much about fast career advancement/high pay, and don't mind working hard. It's not a great sell, I know, but I really enjoyed the environment of the workspace, as well as the diversity and friendliness of most of my co-workers.
20% discount on all products
Pay not commensurate with workload, low career advancement options
Grocery Team Member (Former Employee) – Colorado – January 14, 2018
Most people at whole foods really do not like their work and take it out on their other team members. The bulk of the responsibilities are picking up after team members that dont want to work very hard. Leadership has a very hands off approach, and they are all trying to get a promotion because that is the only way to make a decent living off a low paying job.