Friendly fast paced environment, a little too tight knit
Customer Service TM (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 30 January 2018
For the most part this is a very fun environment great for people of all ages. The benefits are great and you have the opportunity to learn a lot about health and nutrition. There is a lot of internal hiring which is great, but team leaders often have personal relationships with staff so there is a lot of favoritism that happens. Store leadership does not take enough strides to make sure department heads are doing a good job. Its hard to go to HR because they too are friends with the same department heads you want to complain about.
Bad customers are regularly rewarded for abusing staff
Perfect part time job for student, and full timers get benefits.
Bakery (Current Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 25 January 2018
I typical day at work is helping the customers. I think the customers would make it the worst, as they're hard to handle. Other than that, it's a lovely experience. The company really makes a family out of the team members.
DTS (Data and Technology Specialist) (Former Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 7 January 2018
Nothing is easy and free in life and you have to work for it. WFM offers full and part time employment and a TON opportunities for growth and or lateral movement if thats all you are looking for. The work environment is fun and leadership are always willing to help. I learned a lot with Wholefoods and made great lasting friendships while working in Vancouver.
Cashier (Former Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 1 January 2018
Whole Foods felt like a second home after only a week or two of working with them. Everyone I worked with (with the exception of one manager) was amazing. It was a fast paced work environment, but there was almost always someone there to help when you needed it. One of the best companies I've ever worked for.
Team Member (Current Employee) – Park Royal, BC – 9 December 2017
Good benefits and nice atmosphere. Lot of things to learn and fair team leader. I enjoy interacting with customers. My day mostly goes with doing stuff for the station and talking to the customers, really good i wasn't stuck in just one place.
Coffee Buyer - Coffee & Tea Specialist (Former Employee) – Mississauga, ON – 27 November 2017
Specializing in coffee, working at WFM was a great place to learn about the the origins and characteristics of coffees from all over the world. With coffee being in the Specialty department I was also able to learn about other specialty foods like; cheese, olives, chocolate, etc.
Customer Service (Current Employee) – Burnaby, BC – 17 October 2017
not the best place to work, imo. very rushed/fast paced and absolutely no support from management/even other employees who are along side you. Pro is they aren't hard on you when you call in for good reason, they make it work overtime.
Production Worker (Current Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 30 September 2017
Love the work I am doing and the laid back atmosphere and store culture. Hate the internal drama and gossip between team members and management. Training is terrible depending on department. Pay is on par with entry level retail and benefits are deducted from pay cheques (only available to FT). Team leadership in my department is ineffectual. They are always available to take praise, but will deflect any issues to people beneath them. Lack of team leadership accountability forces workers to try to complete tasks with limited resources allowing us to meet only minimum standards, or occasionally completely hindering ability to complete jobs. Limited, almost non-existent upward mobility depending again on department. No acknowledgement or incentive for lower level employees. High employee turnover and no recourse for dealing with employee complaints.
Experience will differ between departments and locations.
Cashier/Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) – Square One – 8 August 2017
Unless you want a life career in Whole Foods, then this place will just make you depressed. Entitled customers, managers who don't care about you because they're too obsessed with customer satisfaction and money. Just too much stress for a job that I needed just to pay for school. I hated it there so much.
Grocery Buyer/team member (Current Employee) – Toronto, ON – 3 August 2017
I had worked in the grocery industry for 8 years before joining Whole Foods Market and had never worked for anyone as great as them. I was blown away by the experience. The company as a whole has great core values, cares about animals and the environment and above all cares about their employees. They pay fair wages, offer great benefits and care about their employees development. Great work/life balance, fun place to work. They really provide a team environment and the Leadership in the store is really engaged and helpful. Definitely the best grocery retailer to work for.