At Whole Foods Market, 81 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 869 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 2.78. It was published on Sep 12, 2016. 157966 Visitors

What Employees Say

I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.
I am able to take time off from work when I think it's necessary.
I can be myself around here.
I am treated as a full member here regardless of my position.
When I look at what we accomplish, I feel a sense of pride.

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 455 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 US Sites: 508
Major Locations: New York, New York; Chicago, Illinois; Austin, Texas; San Francisco, California; Houston, Texas; Los Angeles, California US Employees: 83,080
US Revenues: $14,912 million Worldwide Revenues: $15,389 million
Employees Worldwide: 86,645 Corporate Structure: Public
Stock Symbol: WFM Founded: 1980

Awarded to companies on the Fortune 100 Best Companies List every year for 20 years

Team Members at the Westchase store opening in Houston, TX

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.
  • Stock Option Grants: Whole Foods Market awards stock options to Team Members as both a reward and as an incentive to take ownership in the company. Unlike many publicly traded companies, at Whole Foods Market every Team Member is eligible to receive stock options, not just the executives! In fact, 90% of all stock options ever granted since the company's initial public offering in 1992 have been granted to non-executive Team Members. Overall, Team Members have realized more than $1.081 billion in compensation through the stock option program.
  • 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.
  • 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).


$29,622 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Prepared Foods Service Team Member $81,774 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Associate Store Team Leader
82% Company-paid health coverage for employees (This applies to employess who work 30 or more hours per week. Employees who work 29.99 hours per week or less the company pays 0%.) 75% Company-paid health coverage for dependents
20 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance


  • 401(k)
  • Stock options to employees
  • Pre-tax savings account
  • Employee stock purchase plan


  • On-site package/mailing service
  • Fitness classes
  • Massage therapy
Team Members at the Uptown Dallas store opening


10 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 4 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
12 weeks Unpaid sabbatical after 3 year(s)


  • Flexible schedule
  • Compressed work weeks (1% use it)
  • Telecommute option


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


  • Medical care
  • Vision care
  • Mental health care
  • Dental care
  • Prescription drug subsidy


  • Cholesterol tests
  • Fitness center (only at headquarters)
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Medical facilities (at some locations)

Community Involvement & Philanthropy

$76,025,081 Philanthropic donations in last year


  • Married employees in same-sex or heterosexual relationships receive the same benefits
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave
Team Members at the Newport News store opening


Team Members at the Westchase store opening in Houston, TX

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?

Whole Foods Market’s culture is best described through our Core Values. We tell candidates that our customers are an important stakeholder in our business and, therefore, look for people who feel passionate about serving others. It is a commonly held belief of Team Members to perceive their work at Whole Foods Market as a calling – and we ask potential Team Members about their motivations, passions and interests when determining their fit within our organization. Not only do Team Members bring their own sense of purpose to work, they do so with the expectation of making the world a better place. Creating an environment of excellence and happiness is key to the success of our business, and we seek Team Members who will perpetuate that environment – Team Members who want to make a difference in each other’s lives and in the lives of others. 

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

Prospective Team Members should spend time discovering their unique strengths, attributes and talents, and should be able to communicate a clear understanding of their passions and unique interests. This clear understanding 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. We celebrate talent and diversity and look for people who can share their passion with us. The combination of strength, passion, and purpose is what ultimately gets our attention when hiring at Whole Foods Market.

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

We have exciting initiatives across the company that will open the door for new positions. These include our new store concept, 365 by Whole Foods Market, which has three locations now open, with many more in development. We are constantly looking for talent to staff the positions required to run existing and new stores. Some essential positions include frontline roles (seafood, produce, meat, Whole Body and specialty positions). Prepared foods in particular needs creative and passionate people. As far as leadership, we will hire associate managers and managers that will lead all areas, ranging from shipping and distribution to our specialty sections (chocolate, wine, beer and cheese). These are innovative and exciting times on the technology front as well! With the launch of our Affinity (rewards) program, the establishment of our CRM team and a strong focus on mobile (iOs/Android) and digital, we will hire talent at the global level that will help support these teams.

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

Our Whole Foods Market careers website has up-to-date information regarding open positions as well as information about company culture, benefits, new store developments and frequently asked questions. Candidates can go to our Whole Foods Market careers site and create a profile, as well as set job alerts matching their interests in order to receive automatic notifications of open positions. We also advise people to interact with our recruiters by calling the regional office directly or reaching out via social media. For new store openings and leadership opportunities, we host career fairs and pre-hiring events. Depending on the event, we may create hashtags so that candidates can follow the conversation online. Prospective candidates can prepare for an interview by visiting the stores, interacting with stores and recruiters on social media and by reading and understanding our core values, history and leadership philosophy. 

hiring Outlook

-5% Job Growth 900,000 Applications received
46,238 Positions filled in past year 6,354 Jobs filled by current employees
Yes Recruits on college campuses
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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