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Don’t buy the hype. It’s indentured servitude at its best. A thankless job. Astls spend their weeks in the office coming out when it’s busy to ask you why you aren’t doing your job correctly. Um I was helping a customer? Where the hell were you while we were running around in an frenzy? We’re expected to be perfect all the time but you can just do whatever you’d like and point fingers when you see the store going crazy?
In the office...you have no clue what’s going on when you’re in the damn office all day.
Oh and I do everything for my TL yet he gets all the credit. Typical.
A thankless job.
Hell we are told to lie to applicants on how great it is to work here and how you can be innovative and exciting plus the benefits are great.
Wake up call people your benefits dissapear yearly pto is less now ,obr’s are planed a month out so forget doctor visits ,dentist appointments ect.
The work load is huge with little pay.
Men make more than women and god forbid you go on maternity leave or the market tl will start giving you bad reviews all they have to do is find something even when the schedule is revised daily or weekly and changes are not highlighted but the most transparent leaders will pencil in changes.
It’s so easy for a member of leadership to lie at whole foods and say yep it’s always been an issue when the whole region knows they are doing illegal activity at the stores for promotions.
I can request certain days off weeks in advance, get them approved of by my leadership team, then they'll schedule me to work them, then I have to beg like a dog to get them. Why in heck would anyone want to work eith these sadistic id–ts!?!?
If it was only the work itself, it would be fine. Low stress, active, social, and okay benefits plus some pretty great people who generally aren't looking for drama, so it could be better than most jobs
BUT (you knew it was coming, right?),
Retail is low status work. So when you divide the company into team members and leadership, unfortunately, many will be attracted to leadership because they want more status rather than because they want to help others reach their potential. Once they are in control, they promote others less capable as they fear competition. Not saying everyone in leadership is suffering from low self esteem but you would never know from the way everyone is supposed to act whenever a walk happens.
Don’t apply move on.
Store leadership is lost everybsingle day.
We have resets daily due to our store leadership team being out of touch it’s like they re live the same day every day.
I hate to say it but they really don’t know what to do or when they do it.
How are they preventing you from transferring?
Every time I've seen leadership not "let someone transfer" It's because the person who wants to transfer has to many points or too many counseling statements for performance. The TL's want you to to go but can't let you due to guidelines or etiquette. This is the reason we require you to give your TL an intent to transfer form. If you aren't in good standing, or on a final for any reason you can't transfer until you get back to good standing. Every time an awesome TM wants to go we say "Ah man that s—s for us but we support you" and give the okay.
There are a few situations where positions aren't guaranteed. If a buyer wants to step down but there are no positions open and we aren't hiring we can't just let them go. They have to find a position within the store apply for it and get the job before we just let them go somewhere else.
Now if neither of these things apply to you and your leadership is being difficult for some other reason I would go to your TMSS or "Generalist" as they are now called and STL.
"I'd recommend switching departments or stores if you are having a tough time with your leadership."
What would you suggest if your leadership is preventing you from switching departments? Aside from switching stores or quitting, that is. Is there something else one can do?
To answer the main question, I'd have a hard time recommending it to anyone who isn't desperate for a paycheck, and I would recommend it only with caveats.
Only if I don't want them as friends anymore.
Sure. It’s easy money and most entry levels positions just require you to show up. It’s not rocket science.
My only thought is how much of Amazons money is going to go down the drain this holiday season propping up another failed effort by this failure.
Thank you so much for your post. Everyone needs it and you were genuinely concerned. Thank you 🙏
ah yes, availability. No one going forward will be hired without open availability. No students, parents, people with other jobs, etc. You work with underprivileged orphans every Sunday? Sorry, we need you to be able to work any shift any day any week. Good luck Whole Foods finding new employees, but they don't really want to new employees do they? The labor budgets they give us are lower than the hours we guarantee our FT employees. Aisle numbers and Kronos means no customer service for most of the day and frustrated customers waiting in 30 foot lines even in stores that do laughably slow business.
That would be a definite no. Maybe 10years would be a yes. Currently is a definite no. To many demands you have to be available 24 -7. No compassion for team members.
Yes, for entry level retail, it pays more than any other supermarket in my state. Two miles from our store is a supermarket that says "now starting at $11.00!" For long-time career goals? No.
I wouldn't recommend working in any grocery store but if I had to choose one it would be Whole Foods. It also depends on the department. I'd never want to work in prepared foods, at the deli counter, on customer service or really any department you have to be stuck behind a counter. Grocery is great. You always have something to do. The hours fly by. The hours can be hard until you get used to it. 4 am shifts can also be great. No traffic, no customers, listen to music while you work. You don't really need to go to the gym later if you are working as hard as you should. You can leave the floor whenever you need to, can dress in normal clothes, talk to people. It's pretty easy. I feel like the people who complain that it's such a terrible place to work are just having issues at work and are blaming w.f. as a whole for their problems. I've been in frustrating situations with people at Whole Foods before and nothing was ever done about it. It didn't make me stop wanting to work there, just that the jaded sourpusses would leave. I'd recommend switching departments or stores if you are having a tough time with your leadership. Sometimes a change of scenery can make all the difference. There are changes happening that are making our customer service suffer. That s—s.
Depends what they want out of it.
For a retail job it's still a lot better than most, although it's trending in the wrong direction.
I would definitely not recommend it as a place to "grow your career" like I could several years ago.
Hold on, I need to go look at everybody's trash before they throw it out....
Once upon a time...yes. Now..no. Yes money pays the bills but there are so many jobs out there that will be a better more positive experience.
Since summer we’ve lost practically 65% of our older employees and the new ones coming in don’t stay for very long.
If you need money it’s makes sense to work at WF. Pay is good for starting out very hard to be held accountable as long as you show up on time.
I would... work is work. Money pays bills.
Absolutely not..under any circumstances. It’s completely wrong on so many levels 🙏
Absolutely not! Used and abused