Coordinator (Former Employee), Emeryville, CA – February 26, 2014
Pros: strong brand!
Cons: oppressive culture
Overall, I give Whole Foods Market every bit of credit for elevating the value of sustainability. WFM changed the way we think about food; changed our buying habits and made some of us more conscientious about what we consume. Amazing!
Easy to do your job when every decision is measured against a strong company mission, quality standards and clear – more... values. I really liked that about WFM.
Enjoyed reporting to the Regional President at the time - very empowering and made work fun. But odd culture; couldn't put my finger on it. Corruption. Smart, passionate people but some a bit two-faced.
My passion for being a contributor to the company's vision made me blind to some of the internal obstacles. I started out loving it and left with a bad taste in my mouth. In spite of it all, came away with invaluable skills and life lessons. Also learned a good deal about my professional boundaries.
I keep in touch with a few ex-pats who feel the same way.
P.S. Make sure the benefits they offer fit your lifestyle. I found the non-traditional holiday/vac + health insurance offering extremely incompatible with my life - and expensive. – less
Meat Department Team Member (Former Employee), Oakville, ON – February 25, 2014
Pros: the salary, co-workers
Cons: long hours, strict management, arrogant customers
-An average day as a meat department team member consisted of constant watch for customers and providing good service. Later in the day, we could move to the back rooms and start taking apart meat grinders and cleaning equipment and the facility. -I learned various cooking techniques for different meats (poultry, bovine etc...),differences in meat cuts – more... also how to clean meat grinders and smokehouses. -The management was very strict, there was little to no room for error or laziness. -The most difficult part of being a meat department team member was keeping up the Whole Foods standard (much higher than the average grocer). -The most enjoyable part of being a meat department team member was meeting new co-workers. The staff at the store are very friendly and out-going. – less
Customer Service Rep/Maintenance (Current Employee), Oakville, ON – December 2, 2013
Pros: long breaks, freedom during work
Cons: long shifts, small environment
The environment was extremely positive as many employees, customers, and managers were always cheerful. My team and I worked very hard together at creating a positive experience for anyone and everyone just as everyone else seemed to do the same. The hardest part of the job remains to be working under pressure; certain times when you have more than – more... 3 or 4 things that need to be done in such a short amount of time. The most enjoyable part of the job was the feeling attached to collaborating with my team and overcoming the stress of all the rushed duties. – less
Productive and fun workplace with healthy life style!!!
Sales associate (Current Employee), Vancouver, BC – July 12, 2013
• Greeting every customer and potential customers in a pleasant and professional manner • Giving every customer immediate and undivided attention • Following proper procedures for customer check out, handling of tenders, use of tares • Supporting global, regional, and store programs • Responsible for answering phone calls of customer to provide all – more... the information regarding to products – less
cashier (Former Employee), cambie st – June 11, 2013
Pros: there are none
Cons: its a sad company
I went to this place for a job even when I had another job in the same field and they say that you should go there prepared so I did I did some research on the company and brought it in thinking that they would like the fact I took the time to get to know how they run and that indeed I took interest in them and coming fourth and showing them that I – more... did have what it took to work for their company but they didn't like that I had so much on them ,the guy got up and had some one else interview me ?? any way if you go there for a job I guess you should show up and play the duck since I guess that's what maybe they are looking for ! – less
Customer Sales Rep (Former Employee), Penticton, BC – January 24, 2013
Pros: staff trainings, benefits and great department manager.
Cons: short staffed at times, no staff meetings and could not get enough hours.
A typical day at work would involve interacting with customers, setting up health programs that were best suited for that individual. I was able to take advantage of on going training in this field, regarding product knowledge. Working together as a team at Whole Foods in my department, made work very enjoyable and having a good sense of humor always – more... is a plus in any work place. I got along very well with my co-workers, I enjoy people and could put a smile on any face at work at some point in the day. The hardest part of this job would have been loosing a customer to an illness. The most enjoyable part of this job was being able to assist in some one being able to attain better health.. – less
Data Technology Specialist (Former Employee), Portland, OR – March 11, 2014
Pros: open door policy, personable leaders, town halls
Cons: more of a persona con would be that i got too comfortable - i didn't reach beyond where i was.
Whole Foods is all about conscious leadership. Their belief is that people leave managers, not organizations. Leaders for the most part worked alongside team members. Their belief in local and missions and partnership was upheld in every aspect. Behind closed doors this carried through as well. It is not a company where we only talked about our ideals – more... and goals, we strived to meet them and brainstormed ideas. If I were to describe Whole Foods in one word it would be Integrity. My co-workers were 80 percent the reason I came to work. We worked together to meet our goals and had fun at the same time. The hardest part of the job was my newness in a position I thought I'd had plenty of experience in. I'd been doing it awhile but not to the extent where accountability meant more. On a typical day I dealt with pricing, technical issues, emails, purchasing IT equipment, troubleshooting IT downtime The most enjoyable part of my job was KNOWING that people believed in me. Not just my coworkers who were on the same level with me, but leadership as well. – less
The best place to learn, grow, and experience food and its benefits
Associate Grocery Team Leader (Current Employee), Highland, TX – March 11, 2014
I am truly blessed to be working at a WFM. I work with an amazing group of people and not to mention, I get to share my knowledge of food and its benefits with others on a daily basis. I am an Associate Grocery Team Leader, who's duties include leading and training a team, planning merchandising opportunities, ensuring the department stays clean, and – more... maintain smooth operations on a daily basis. Every individual is different and brings something unique to the team. These individuals are also emotionally different. So it's essential to have emotional intelligence at work. With that being said, the best part of my job is working side by side with my team members. And the hardest part is being away from them and my job. What more can I say, I love my job. – less
Back-Up Dairy Buyer, Team Member (Former Employee), Plymouth Meeting, PA – March 7, 2014
Pros: free food, benefits, customers and co workers.
Cons: leadership, suck ups, people stepping on you to move up and store leadership
Whole Foods is great company to work for; great benefits; great people to work for but there is a lot of favoritism that goes around a lot more the reason why people don't stay there too long unless you decide to suck up to your leadership to move up and step over everyone to move up. They do give out free food to the employees and do a lot of events – more... for the team members and customers to show their appericiation to everyone. They are a lot of people that take their job serious but way overboard with it and will make your job very hard and stressfull. Leadership alway say they will agree what the team decide on but its a bunch of bull cause they'll do what they want regardless how you feel and if you show it or tell them about it they will find a way to terminate you from your job even if its not something you did. – less