Current Co-CEO’s: John Macket, Walter Robb
Whole Foods Market is a supermarket chain focused on providing consumers with access to natural and organic products. The company is headquartered in Austin, Texas and is currently led by Chairman John B. Elstrott. Whole Foods was founded in 1980 as an alternative to traditional grocery stores. Since that time, the company has opened locations across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Whole Foods is the largest natural and organic market chain in the U.S. The markets sell grocery items, meat and seafood, home and beauty items, and baby items. Many locations offer a salad bar and prepared food items. The company currently produces products under its own label, which it sells exclusively in its stores.
Each location has a Store Team Leader, Assistant Store Team Leaders, Department Team Leaders, Associate Team Leaders, and Team Members. Most locations also hire chefs, and have HR and IT support staff on site. Regional offices oversee groups of locations and are spearheaded by Regional Presidents. Working at Whole Foods offers a variety of career options to store staff. Individuals who excel in retail often work in specialty departments, such as wine and cheese, where they interface widely with customers. Team members work in stocking, inventory, and as cashiers. Chefs and their support staff run salad bars, prepackage food, and make pizzas, sandwiches, and similar items in many locations.
Thanks to the variety of positions in each store, Whole Foods careers offer flexibility and advancement opportunities to employees. The company is well known for choosing to hire from within when opportunities in leadership and management positions are available. The retailer has forged a niche market, and is a leader in the natural and organic foods business industry. As such, the Whole Foods culture encourages knowledge about whole living and the key environmental and sustainability initiatives it undertakes every year. Employees are offered support from management and enjoy an open door policy with Team Leaders in most locations.
The Whole Foods Market benefits package is designed to award employees benefits after they have worked a set number of hours for the store. Health insurance is offered to many team members. Optional dental and vision insurance is also offered. Many employees are able to accrue paid time off. Employees can participate in a life insurance program and can set up flexible spending accounts if they wish. The company also offers a retail discount to all employees. Whole Foods currently enjoys great strength in its industry sector, and so employees enjoy excellent career stability.
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