GNC is, was and has always been a money hungry establishment that doesnt care about their employees or customers. They are more concerned with selling a GNC product that they want their employees to lie to customers. If you do actually help the customer with sound, educated advice and recommend something not GNC product, you get a backlash from management.
Retail Sales Manager (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 10 October 2016
Exciting place to work at if you're interested in body building and learning to live an active life. They offer incentive such as commission base on your sales, employee on products they carry, as well as learning new Vitamins and supplements.
Store Manager (Current Employee) – Calgary, AB – 9 March 2016
In this position I have learned a great deal about nutrition and overall body composition, A typical day at work consists of customers coming first and helping them to buy the supplements to achieve their personal goals. In between will be paperwork and store ops ( cleaning, ordering and scheduling). Overall this has been the best place for me to gain experience in managerial skills and organizational skills. The hardest part of my job currently is work life balance. The most enjoyable is most definitely the customer interaction. I come across all types of people everyday, and i really enjoy the ability to help them achieve their goals... and then to see them come back time and again and seeing the goals accomplished with my own eyes.
Great workplace but with a large focus on making as much profit as possible.
Sales Associate (Former Employee) – Richmond, BC – 15 December 2015
A typical day at work would involve making sure all of the shelves are presentable and clean while helping all customers find the specific product for their needs. I learned how to ask the right questions to be able to pick the best product fort he customer so they do not buy the wrong item. All of my coworkers were extremely outgoing and nice people who focused on helping a customer in the best way they could. The hardest part about the job was the companies extreme focus on selling as many products to a single person as possible. This caused every employee to be rated upon how many items they sold and how much profit they gave the company. This was hard for me to deal with as it felt unethical to me to attempt to sell someone a product that I know they do not need nor want. I was reprimanded many times by my manager for my lack of up selling products.
Store Manager (Former Employee) – Mississauga and Etobicoke, ON – 15 October 2015
My time with GNC was a good one. I rose from sales associate to manager in less than a year. The company, and more specifically my regional sales manager, really took me under their wings to hone my skills and instill a great deal of confidence in my managerial abilities.
I managed at 2 stores over the span of just over 2 years, and in the end, opted to try schooling in the health field.
Meeting tonnes of great customers and being able to impart my knowledge, helping them make wiser choices in regards to their health.
Split weekends and scheduling issues made it difficult to schedule things outside of work