Why We’re A Great Place to Work

Whole Foods Market offers terrific benefits and a fun, friendly work atmosphere with open books, open doors, and open people. Our work culture is something that’s truly special, and we believe it is one of the reasons that our Team Members have chosen us as one of FORTUNE® magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For" every year since the list began in 1998.

“What makes us a successful company is our 80,000 team members who demonstrate their passion and dedication to the company’s mission each and every day. We believe that their happiness and health is essential, which is why we invest in their personal and professional growth. We encourage team members to seek out opportunities that fulfill their deeper purpose and celebrate individual creativity and potential.”

—Walter Robb, Co-CEO

FORTUNE cited some of the reasons Whole Foods Market made the list for 2014 were our commitment to professional growth and development opportunities, including our Academy for Conscious Leadership and the freedom and encouragement of our Team Members to pursue personal passions. We are one of only 13 companies that have made the list every year since its inception in 1998.

We also made FORTUNE's "Most Diverse" list in 2013 — with a workforce made up of 44% women and 43% minorities — along with the "Best Perks" list for offering gym membership discounts, compressed workweeks and gay-friendly policies and benefits. Offering Team Members 100% paid health care premiums landed us on a list of companies with the best health care benefits.

Getting the Whole Picture

But what does it really mean to work in the team environment at Whole Foods Market? Picture this:

  • Working side by side with a fun, friendly and diverse bunch of Team Members and leadership, in an exciting and fast-paced setting
  • Learning about natural and organic products from the experts
  • Being empowered to serve our great customers the way you'd expect to be served
  • Freedom to let your individual style show
  • Taking advantage of our many opportunities to grow, both personally and professionally
  • Experiencing the pride and satisfaction of contributing to the well-being of people and the planet every day
  • Communicating frequently, openly and compassionately with fellow Team Members and leadership
  • Meeting regularly to discuss team operations and make consensus decisions
  • Appreciating each other's contributions
  • Working together to maximize rewards from Team Member incentive programs
  • Celebrating successes together
  • Having fun!

Perhaps nowhere is Whole Foods Market’s team spirit better described than in our Declaration of Interdependence: "Achieving unity of vision about the future of our company, and building trust between Team Members is a goal of Whole Foods Market. At the same time diversity and individual differences are recognized and honored. We aim to cultivate a strong sense of community and dedication to the company."

The Benefits of Becoming a Team Member

Offering competitive benefits for our Team Members isn't just a way to support our Core Value of "Team Member Happiness and Excellence," it's the right thing to do. As a Whole Foods Market Team Member, you'll enjoy the following*:

Team members and their domestic partners receive a store discount of at least 20%
  • Generous store discount
  • Medical Care
  • Dental Plan
  • Vision Plan
  • Life Insurance
  • Retirement Savings Plan
  • Paid Time Off
  • Leaves of Absence
  • Gainsharing Program
  • Team Member Stock Option Plan
  • Team Member Emergency Funds
  • And more!

*PLEASE NOTE: Team Members are eligible for Whole Foods Market benefits if they work 20+ hours per week and have successfully completed a probationary period of employment. Benefits packages offered may differ depending on whether you're employed in the United States, Canada or the United Kingdom. These benefits are not contractual and are subject to periodic review.

Whole Foods Market’s Culture: IT’S ALIVE!

Nowhere is it easier to see and feel our vibrant culture than at a store opening. The teamwork, passion and creativity that goes in to creating a brand new Whole Foods Market store epitomizes what we’re all about. This video, which features one of our newer stores, helps illustrate that Whole Foods Market energy and magic.

Opportunities for Growth

Consumer interest in natural foods continues to expand, and we plan to be there to meet the demand. Achieving our growth goals will take creativity, dedication and commitment to growth and change on the part of every Team Member.

This is why we provide numerous training opportunities for our Team Members, and why we have stepped up our recruiting, succession planning and career development training for our future leaders. Everyone has an opportunity to succeed at Whole Foods Market – regardless of age, race, education, gender, etc.

Whole Foods Market seeks to create an empowered learning environment that promotes self-motivation, and we encourage Team Members to take responsibility for their own success. For new and existing Team Members who want to reach their potential, we offer various forms of assistance.

We encourage all qualified Team Members to apply for any open positions in their store or facility, their region or the company as they expand their product knowledge, develop their skills and enhance their value to their teams.

In fact, many people who join Whole Foods Market end up creating long-term, successful careers here by embracing the many opportunities to learn and grow that are available to them. There are countless stories of Team Members who are now in leadership positions at Whole Foods Market who started out bagging groceries and stocking shelves in one of our stores or facilities.  

You might be surprised at all of the different opportunities available throughout our stores and the facilities and offices that support them. Check out our "Tasty Jobs" page to learn about some of our interesting positions.


So, are you ready to join the Whole Foods Market team? Explore opportunities in the United States, Canada or United Kingdom.