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Employee Satisfaction

    • 3.5Overall compensation for your work
    • 3.5Job Security
    • 3.7Company Image
    • 3.6Career Development
    • 3.2Challenging Work
    • 3.7Company Culture
    • 3.3Internal Communication
    • 3.8Teamwork
    • 3.5Work-Life Balance
    • 3.4Support from management
    • 3.6Freedom to work independently
    • 3.8Office / Work Environment
    • 4.1Environmental Friendliness
    • 3.9Handicapped Accessibility
    • 4.0Workplace Safety
    • 4.0Inclusive / Diverse
    • 4.0Gender Equality
    • 3.8Attitude towards older colleagues

Companies are rated on kununu across 18 unique factors that fall into 4 categories. Since 2014, 419 employees and candidates rated this company with an average of 3.7 points.

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What employees say

Employees like

At first I very much enjoyed working there and the people were positive and nice it's great to get a 20% discount on the food since it's so expensive that way I could afford to shop there. My boss was easy to talk to and allowed me to take time off if I needed. It's a clean environment and it first seems honest. I work there for 5 years but was very happy to leave when I was finally done ...
The greatest perk of working here is the downtime. You can take plenty of breaks or work on personal projects.
I've had too many to list it all here. Whole Foods is a good place to work.
See above response ' same answer as above.
My coworkers were enjoyable to work with. Certain departments are also enjoyable to work with. There are a couple good Team Leaders that make the job more enjoyable. Occasionally, the company gives you free stuff.
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Employees don't like

Management is very hands-off. Management doesn't train the employees but get upset when someone doesn't know how to do their job completely. Management needs to hold themselves to the standard they hold their employees to. Management needs to spend less time gossiping and complaining about employees and more time actually working. Poor management and poor hours drive off great workers. If you feel disrespected as an employee, you won't stay if a better job comes along either in pay or ...
Management. Don't hassle the department managers to a point they get frustrated and quit. They would complain they were hit with a double edge sword, kind of a damned if you do and damned if you don't attitude and in time it trickles down to the lower employees and so many quit or were disgruntled.
Too much emphasis on making friends. Cliques. Knowledge and skill are undervalued. People who socialize with coworkers outside work and lie about their abilities get higher pay and advancement. The few "good" jobs were restructured to eliminate them
No respect for it's employees. In the last 2 months, 8 or more employees have left to go to jobs that pay less just to get out of the store and no one ever looks back.
team leaders and no body help me as teams i most do all the work and no body believe me
What else do employees not like? Discover 277 reviews

Suggestions for improvement

Employ a Better Hiring process for team management candidates(personality assessments,employee interactions skills)do away with the points system..
More perks for employees like they used to have years ago and to be able to give more free samples to customers. And better training and incentives to move up in positions
Focus on the employees who are demonstrably most qualified and reliable instead of the subjective opinions of others. Make consistent scheduling available when requested.
Be more honest to employees and treat them nicer, i felt bad people were gossiped about routinely, nobody is perfect.
The food options are good if you are a rabbit, otherwise it's better to eat lunch elsewhere.
What else do employees suggest to improve? Discover 411 reviews

Benefits & Perks

Here are the most voted perks & benefits as confirmed by 418 employees in their reviews.

  • Employee discountsEmployee discounts
  • 401(k)401(k)
  • Paid time offPaid time off
  • Vision and dental healthcareVision and dental healthcare
  • Health and wellness programsHealth and wellness programs
  • ParkingParking
  • Flexible working hoursFlexible working hours
  • Employee eventsEmployee events
  • Life insuranceLife insurance
  • Stock or equity optionsStock or equity options
  • Easy access to public transportationEasy access to public transportation
  • 401(k) Company Match401(k) Company Match
  • On-site CafeteriaOn-site Cafeteria
  • Flexible spending accountFlexible spending account
  • Free snacks and drinksFree snacks and drinks
  • Paid Parental leavePaid Parental leave
  • Desirable office locationDesirable office location
  • Free mealsFree meals
  • Tuition assistanceTuition assistance
  • Ability to work remotelyAbility to work remotely
  • Relocation allowanceRelocation allowance
  • Pet-friendlyPet-friendly
  • Vehicle allowanceVehicle allowance
  • Reimbursed daycareReimbursed daycare
  • On-site fitness centerOn-site fitness center
  • On-site daycare facilityOn-site daycare facility

Best and worst factors

Best rated: Environmental Friendliness


The best rated factor of Whole Foods Market is Environmental Friendliness with 4.1 points (based on 42 reviews).

The store uses and stocks environmentally friendly products but makes very little effort to recycle and donate food items that could be donated.
Only to customers and there is no so support when a customer is threatening or even bullying the cashiers.
No obscene waste of food
100% no friends just say hi
It’s a lie. Wholefoods throws away so much food at night. That’s bad when there are so many people starving.
What else do employees say about Environmental Friendliness? Discover 42 reviews

Worst rated: Challenging Work


The worst rated factor of Whole Foods Market is Challenging Work with 3.2 points (based on 52 reviews).

it was never busy enough yet they wouldn't train me even though I repeatedly asked
They keep dumbing down jobs so they can hire unqualified people and pay low wages
Pretty rote, but enjoyable
Its more of a challenge than it should be, you're expected to be in multiple places and doing multiple things at the same time..
The work itself wasn't difficult but we were always short-handed and the managers didn't help when it was needed.
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Career Development

Career Development rating


Career Development is rated with an average of 3.6 points (based on 33 reviews).

Options were there for awhile,not so much anymore..too much of a time consuming process if you want to get to team leader or store team leader
it cool but make it really complicated
None unless you make friends with the right people
Options were there for awhile but higher end/level positions(bulk buyer&frozen buyer)were cut to be more cost effective and in store trainings were cut,i brought it up in a job dialogue and it was never touched upon again,like it wasn't even written on the paper,a hurtful brushoff in my opinion
Again politics is very strong there the old saying is it’s not what you know, but who you know. I e seen many team leaders that couldn’t Manager a lemonade stand, and all they do is walk around in the break room or ruining some good team members day, just because they could. I’ve seen it first hand
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