Pros: pb&j thursday, benefits, pto, gainsharing
Cons: leadership hierarchy, budget cuts, labor, margins
I loved working at Whole Foods. The benefits were incredible, the team members were amazing and the atmosphere is very different from your regular grocery store. But when they would pay raise all the new people, they wouldn't grandfather everyone in, so the people doing twice the work would not get compensated for their hard work. It also meant that – more... people who slacked off were getting a free raise to do nothing.
I also learned that if you're a simple team member, the team leaders have the ultimate say so you cannot defend yourself. I understand the hierarchy of teams and team leaders, but if a team leader lies you cannot object to it, you just have to take the punishment.
I worked with many teams. I was a cashier/trainer on the Front End, a Demo Team Member for the Marketing Team, and a Prepared Foods asst. I am glad I got to work in all these sections of the stores because everyone in the store is so different and nice. You just feel under appreciated when not being compensated. I helped them win Pride Parade 2 years in a row, pull off promotional events, and build displays for conventions.
All in all, great company, but insanely impossible to move up with. – less