At Whole Foods Market, 82 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 997 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 2.59. It was published on Sep 11, 2017. 178212 Visitors

What Employees Say

I am treated as a full member here regardless of my position.
I am given the resources and equipment to do my job.
I can be myself around here.
I am able to take time off from work when I think it's necessary.
I'm proud to tell others I work here.

What They Do

We asked Whole Foods Market to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

We own and operate the world's leading chain of natural and organic food supermarkets, with over 470 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. We are proud to be America's first national certified organic grocer.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Retail
US Headquarters: Austin, Texas, 78703 US Sites: 521
Major Locations: New York, New York, 10019; Chicago, Illinois, 60642; Austin, Texas, 78703; San Francisco, California, 94107; Houston, Texas, 77056; Los Angeles, California, 91105 US Employees: 83,260
US Revenues: $15,262 million Worldwide Revenues: $15,724 million
Employees Worldwide: 87,008 Founded: 1980

Central West End Team Member & Customer

Perks and Programs

We asked Whole Foods Market to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Total Health Immersions: Whole Foods Market offers Team Members four Total Health Immersion programs (two in the spring, two in the fall), which provide the knowledge, tools and support they might need to create and sustain long-term healthy lifestyle changes. Each program features a variety of intensive health and wellness program experiences, presented by expert doctors known in their field for cutting-edge preventive medicine. The programs include lectures, cooking demos, guided workouts, field trips and more, which take place over the course of a week at different resort destinations around the U.S.
  • Healthy Discount Incentive: On their first day at Whole Foods Market, Team Members, spouses and eligible domestic partners receive a 20% discount on all eligible purchases in our stores. As an added incentive to help Team Members be as healthy as they can be, Team Members who participate in the voluntary Healthy Discount Incentive program can increase their store discount to as high as 30% based on meeting a series of biometric criteria. Increased discounts are based on the outcomes of a biennial biometric screening that allows Team Members to be more knowledgeable about certain areas of their health, including blood pressure, body mass index (BMI) and cholesterol level.
  • Rally Health: Through this personalized digital experience, Team Members and their UnitedHealthcare enrolled spouses/domestic partners have access to programs for losing weight, reducing stress, quitting smoking, and much more. Participants receive support to easily track their progress, stay on course and earn rewards while doing so.  
  • Green Trek Challenge: The Green Trek Challenge encourages Team Members companywide to live a healthier lifestyle and have fun at the same time. Throughout the challenge, Team Members earn points called Virtual Raffle Tickets (VRTs) based on certain physical activities, healthy eating, community service and alternative transportation, which can earn them prizes throughout the competition.
  • Team Member Volunteer Program: Through this program, Team Members can travel for 2-3 weeks to the communities where Whole Foods Market sources products and funds microcredit clients through its Whole Planet Foundation. On these trips, Team Members can immerse themselves in a new language and culture and make a lasting contribution to the communities by fulfilling community needs (i.e., helping to build a school or plant gardens).
  • Six-Month Sabbatical: In addition to Whole Foods Market's 30-day sabbatical, which Team Members can take for any reason, Team Members can take a Sabbatical Leave for up to 24 weeks, depending on how long they have been with the company. Their job is guaranteed upon their return, depending on the length of the leave, business need and nature of the position.


$30,429 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Prepared Foods Service Team Member $82,059 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Associate Store Team Leader
15% Match of employee’s 401(k)/403b contribution up to $1000 of salary82% Company-paid health coverage for employees (for Employees with 800+ service hours & work 30 or more hours per week)
70% Company-paid health coverage for dependents (for Based on serivce hours - percentage company pays is 20%, 45%, 70%, 85%, and 100%) 20 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance
Santa Clara store Team Member & Customer


10 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 4 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment


  • Flexible schedule (9% use it)
  • Telecommute option (4% use it)
  • Compressed work weeks (1% use it)
  • Subsidized On- or Off-site Fitness (2% have access)
  • Medical facilities (at some locations)
  • Onsite Amenities (At multiple locations we offer the following: Fitness classes, massage therapy, food, free parking & on-site package/mailing services.)


  • Lactation room(s)
  • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative

Community and Environmental Impact

$90,449,706 Philanthropic donations in last year Global Sustainability Leader Leads environmental impact team
60 LEED certified building(s) Yes Sustainable commuting program
Yes Renewable energy program Yes Recycling program
Yes Locally-sourced food program


  • Written policy prohibits discrimination based on (at a minimum) age, disability, race/ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender and sexual orientation
  • Formal programs (such as resource groups, mentorship, networking, or other affinity groups) support professional development for: Women; Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender employees
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave

Workforce Diversity

Spring Lake Wall store Team Member & Customer


Spring Lake Wall store Team Member & Customer

How to Get Hired

We asked Whole Foods Market for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

Candidates will stand out if they demonstrate flexibility, integrity, empathy and possess an optimistic outlook. We look for people who are passionate about serving others and who can provide the highest level of customer service. It is important that the candidate’s employment history shown on their resume is aligned with the position they are applying for along with a great cover letter that explains why they think they are the right fit. As our company evolves, successful candidates will be committed to our mission, are collaborative in nature, will constantly innovate and are driven by results and can embrace change.

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

First and foremost, candidates need to use the right channels to apply and fully complete an application indicating why they think WFM is a great fit for their aspirations. Candidates should show enthusiasm throughout the screening/interviewing process. Indicate what they hope to learn by working for WFM. Exude a positive attitude and genuine interest in the company will get the recruiters attention Candidates should take the initiative to connect with available or future opportunities. Their areas of expertise should be easily distinguishable in their resumes, social media profiles, personal blogs or any channel that will help communicate who they are. From there, candidates can start interacting with our Team Members by visiting the stores within their communities, following our social recruiting channels, or by getting involved in one of the many community activities we support.

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

Our need for a variety of talent and skill sets at all levels is always growing. The stores offer a variety of roles that provide a career path for people who start in entry level roles. Some essential positions include front line roles in seafood, produce, meat, customer service, floral, bakery, Whole Body and specialty. We are constantly looking for Prepared Foods candidates who are passionate about healthy eating and great tasting food. We will hire leadership positions who lead in a variety of areas--from our distribution centers to our stores. The technology and marketing teams will have a variety of roles in the areas of e-Commerce, development, solution architecture, data analysts, and consumer insights and CRM. On the merchandising team, we continue to hire category managers, data analytics specialists, space planners, purchasing specialists, foragers and other roles that directly support the non-perishables and perishables merchandising teams.

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

For new store openings, we host career fairs and pre-hiring events for leadership opportunities. Candidates should also keep an eye on our careers site where new positions get posted daily across the company. Instead of setting profiles in several job boards, we advise candidates to set up a complete profile in our Applicant Tracking System and set alerts to be notified about potential roles. Candidates should visit the stores to discover the areas in which they may be a good fit. For any role, it is important that potential candidates know the store culture and understand our Core Values and mission before applying. We also encourage candidates to follow our social recruiting channels to learn more about our unique culture and interact with Team Members and recruiters. Even if there are no positions available at the time, you can establish a connection and hopefully be considered for future openings.

hiring Outlook

45,000 Forecasted positions to fill in coming year -1% Job Growth
19 Average applicants per opening 944,350 Total job applicants
18% Openings filled by current employees 21% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
69% Voluntary turnover for part-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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