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Review averages

  • 411 employees say

    Excellent (195)
    47.445255474453%
    Good (114)
    27.737226277372%
    Satisfactory (63)
    15.328467153285%
    Subpar (39)
    9.4890510948905%
    3.66
  • 1 applicant says

    Excellent (0)
    0%
    Good (1)
    100%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (0)
    0%
    3.20

Reviews for Whole Foods Market

Reviews - What employees say

3.66 Employees say
3.20 Applicants say
  • 26.Mar 2019
  • Employee

Company Culture

Too much of a belief in teamwork,it was once employee centered but that changed after awhile

Support from management

0%especially the 2 leading shifty's,bring a problem or something to them and they just replied be more professional or look at you lost for an answer,very poor quality of leadership,availability was also a factor,if you needed 5 minutes of their time they gave you 2.5..

Teamwork

It had its moments,but with the implementation of a new/different system of work,it took away the human/coworker interaction..no real time or effort is/was put in place to handle the differing personalities that make up the team..

Freedom to work independently

None,your work is under a microscope from start to finish,leave one item out of place,you better watch out..

Internal Communication

Its a core principle,but it was never really practiced by anyone in leadership or in my department..

Career Development

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

Overall compensation for your work

Falsely advertised as paying for experience,with 13 years of experience prior to wfm, i sat at $11 for 5 of the 6 years with the company,not particularly good in my opinion

Office / Work Environment

Alot of egos,superiority complexes..not dealt with very well,not much interaction with team members by leadership..tough environment to work in..

Work-Life Balance

I enjoyed the work/store,but there was no effort by department/store leadership to make sure scheduling was fair and even,I closed 4 out of 5 nights a week for over 2 years,brought it to attention with my boss and was swiftly dismissed from the meeting we were in

Company Image

They keep it hidden well but its not everything that you have been lead to believe,alot of false advertising,poor working conditions for several teams..they keep trying to save face but the harsh reality is that they're not the premier go to for healthy and organic foods anymore..

Job Security

Loyalty means nothing to them,your job is in the papers/posted online at all times,they will drop you at a moment's notice

Challenging Work

It is,especially with the new system requirements..

Inclusive / Diverse

Inclusive not really,team members have a right to sit in on team leadership interviews,some STL's don't practice it..diversity i will say that they are going ok there...

Suggestions for improvement

  • Make the team member hiring process less of a process,implement a better leadership hiring program(personality assessments),allow for TM's interpersonal growth,writeups only for severe infractions..

What I like about the company

Benefits were very appealing,the dress code was laid back,the 20%discount was a great option given to team members

What I dislike about the company

Lack of interest in team members shown by the regional office,always only talking to store and department managers,everything is so nitpicked/criticized,constantly..i didn't agree with alot of the business model that is employed by them

Company Culture
1.00
Support from management
1.00
Teamwork
1.00
Freedom to work independently
1.00
Internal Communication
1.00
Gender Equality
2.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
2.00
Career Development
1.00
Overall compensation for your work
2.00
Office / Work Environment
1.00
Environmental Friendliness
4.00
Work-Life Balance
1.00
Company Image
1.00
Job Security
1.00
Handicapped Accessibility
4.00
Workplace Safety
4.00
Challenging Work
2.00
Inclusive / Diverse
1.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Easy access to public transportation is offered Stock or equity options is offered 401(k) is offered Flexible spending account is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Relocation allowance is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    Whole Foods Market
  • City
    Boston
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former employee
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    Others

The following perks were offered to me

On site cafeteria is offered Health and wellness programs is offered Employee discounts is offered Free Snacks/Drinks is offered
  • 12.Mar 2019
  • Employee

Company Culture

Im giving 1 star because the overall culture went down over time and it was visible throughout the store i was in,alot of discouragement and discourse which made it very hard to do my job,and therefore function at a higher level of performance and productivity

Support from management

Absolutely None..2 of them sat upstairs entire shifts staring at emails and security cameras and yapping on their phones,etc

Teamwork

There wasn't any,it was compartmentalized by corporate/some team leaders)to streamline the process(the zone system)>(A,B,C,D)thus taking away the most important part of a working relationship,interpersonal camaraderie/chemistry..take away the human interaction between coworkers by separating them,and that just breeds disgruntled people

Freedom to work independently

Not at all,you constantly had to have your head on a swivel,or eyes in the back of your head..under a microscope from start to finish..

Internal Communication

Terrible,if you were talked to at all by the management team it was 95% them giving you their opinion and you just sitting there(no chance to say anything on your own behalf)having to listen to them criticize you,sometimes to a degree that you were ready to wave the white flag and leave without saying anything

Attitude towards older colleagues

Mine could have been better than it was towards some of my coworkers both young and old..older colleagues seemed to have a slightly more understanding favoring from store leadership..

Career Development

They had the opportunity to grow within but made the cuts to save face and bottom line/margin..if i was able to stay longer than i did,i would have been in on the job opportunities/positions they were looking at reopening

Overall compensation for your work

5 1/2 years i sat at 11.00 hr,i was due 5 job dialogues all of which were never done by previous team leaders,finally made it to 13.50 and then those 5 increases disappeared stemming from the Amazon Purchase of WFM

Office / Work Environment

It was great at one point, i looked forward to being there and after awhile it became very difficult to enjoy being there,customers and coworkers all had a hand in alot of inflated egos and superiority complexes and poorly picked battles..

Environmental Friendliness

Some departments were fantastic,environment and personality wise,others not so much

Work-Life Balance

Terrible,brought it to attention of my department manager multiple times and was swiftly dismissed by him turning his back on my inquiry and not acknowledging it in any way..

Company Image

Alot of False advertising,its not an employee/shareholder driven company, i noticed it is no longer on the list of top 10+ places to work,its a my way or the highway/zero tolerance mentality..which means employees no longer matter in the long run

Job Security

Never really felt that my job was secure with them after awhile,i was constantly under fire for things that were not my fault,but made to look like it was..

Workplace Safety

Could be better,worked with a guy who was not a good follower of the safety regulations,but of course when i brought it up with leadership after he made me nearly fall off a step stool,it wasn't looked into because he was of color and above me in paygrade and title

Challenging Work

It was a challenge but not one i enjoyed..

Suggestions for improvement

  • Take a page from the old school grocery store book,allow for more input from lower sources,team members with 10+ years of experience both in and out of wfm,keep employees in the loop about hirings and offer better/more assistance when and if there's a change in systems etc..get store management working with the departments on a regular basis/interacting with the employees

What I like about the company

Their benefits package was a great bonus,alot of fun perks,game tickets,raffles,lunch on us appreciations for going the extra mile(which were also good for movie passes)they accomdated my non driving and put me in a store near public transportation

What I dislike about the company

Overabundance of policies and regulations that have to be followed,how some practices were not performed but presented almost constantly with a harsh approach/criticism from leadership

Company Culture
1.00
Support from management
1.00
Teamwork
1.00
Freedom to work independently
1.00
Internal Communication
1.00
Gender Equality
2.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
2.00
Career Development
1.00
Overall compensation for your work
1.00
Office / Work Environment
1.00
Environmental Friendliness
1.00
Work-Life Balance
1.00
Company Image
1.00
Job Security
1.00
Handicapped Accessibility
2.00
Workplace Safety
2.00
Challenging Work
1.00
Inclusive / Diverse
2.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Easy access to public transportation is offered 401(k) is offered Flexible spending account is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    Wholefoods Market
  • City
    Boston
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former employee
  • Position
    Not specified

The following perks were offered to me

On site cafeteria is offered Health and wellness programs is offered Employee discounts is offered

Company Culture

The store manager treated everyone badly. They over worked team members and everyone went under paid and under appreciated. Gave my heart and soul to the business but in the end I was emotionally and physically exhausted.

Support from management

I never received the support I needed even though I constantly asked for help with new hires and large tasks that were unrealistic for a single person to handle

Teamwork

I was not allowed to give constructive criticism which led to me fixing new hires mistakes and management was never around to correct the flaws

Freedom to work independently

put us in charge of oursleves

Internal Communication

management was never around

Gender Equality

I worked there for three and a half years and was paid less than a male who was hired close to my 3 year mark

Attitude towards older colleagues

not patient with older employees and pushed them out often

Career Development

They never allowed me to learn on the clock I always had to go out of my way on my own free time to learn the skills I needed to step up in the company

Office / Work Environment

store was always freezing and I was ridiculed for wearing large coats

Environmental Friendliness

Never recycled anything.

Work-Life Balance

we were always called or texted while off the clock to answer questions or help other team members with orders or issues

Company Image

I am ashamed I let them take so many years of my life

Job Security

In the end I felt like my store manager wanted me gone and picked on me for every little thing

Workplace Safety

management never took organization seriously and that everything had a home so often things were in a un designated area and I had things fall on me all the time

Challenging Work

Holidays were rough and we were expected to keep positive attitudes and maintain a good work pace after working every day for 10 hours six days straight. Meanwhile being yelled at for doing over time but also being pressured to not only complete but go ab

Suggestions for improvement

  • Increase pay and remind your employees how much you appreciate all their hard work. Show your employees how much you care about their safety and sanity.

What I like about the company

I worked with great people who became some of my life long friends. In the beginning there was a family community that did eventually change. We used to go on retreats and have company parties but I believe that has also changed. I enjoyed my discounts an

What I dislike about the company

I say they need to get new management that is willing to work with their employees and willing to learn all the skills so that she isn't just sitting and complaining about what your not getting done.

Company Culture
1.00
Support from management
1.00
Teamwork
1.00
Freedom to work independently
4.00
Internal Communication
1.00
Gender Equality
1.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
1.00
Career Development
1.00
Overall compensation for your work
1.00
Office / Work Environment
1.00
Environmental Friendliness
1.00
Work-Life Balance
1.00
Company Image
1.00
Job Security
1.00
Handicapped Accessibility
3.00
Workplace Safety
1.00
Challenging Work
3.00
Inclusive / Diverse
5.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Stock or equity options is offered 401(k) is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered
  • Company
    Whole Foods Market
  • City
    Santa Rosa
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former employee
  • Position
    Employee

The following perks were offered to me

Employee discounts is offered

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Review averages

  • 411 employees say

    Excellent (195)
    47.445255474453%
    Good (114)
    27.737226277372%
    Satisfactory (63)
    15.328467153285%
    Subpar (39)
    9.4890510948905%
    3.66
  • 1 applicant says

    Excellent (0)
    0%
    Good (1)
    100%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (0)
    0%
    3.20

kununu score comparisons

Whole Foods Market
3.66
412 reviews

Industry average (Food Production/Farming)
3.15
52,281 reviews

kununu average
3.38
3,556,000 reviews