I worked food retail for Vons as my very first job at it was a good learning experience but an awful job experience, so I was at first very skeptical and guarded about working at Sprouts Farmers Market, but I was incredibly and pleasantly surprised by the differences between my two experiences.
At Sprouts I feel valued and respected as an employee, and everyone talks and makes an effort to get along with everyone else; our managers and store director regularly make an effort and point to talk to us about how our shifts are going, if there's any questions or concerns of ours, and what they can do to help us (or help us to help ourselves) do our job better.
I was still in college when I started at Sprouts, and the reason I stuck with them was the flexibility of scheduling. No questions were asked when I requested that I cannot work on the days I have class, and every single day I didn't have class I was fully available, and I got good hours on those days. Also, I could talk with managers and/or the store director about my tests and finals dates, and they would give me the Sunday before those particular weeks off.
I love working for Sprouts, have learned so much about customer service, interpersonal communication, product stocking and handling, and professional business communications; I would highly recommend working for Sprouts Farmers Market.