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    Anyone who shops at the country’s leading natural food supermarket chain knows it is passionate about its mission of selling organic food, GMO labeling, and animal welfare. Many employees (called “Team Members”) say this mission aligns with their personal beliefs. Whole Foods Market strives for an egalitarian culture and caps its executive salaries at no more than 19 times that of the average worker. The company’s unique gain-sharing plan rewards teams for coming under budget. The team’s monthly surplus is distributed among team members—based on number of hours worked—and has averaged about 6% of workers’ total wages. “Getting that extra boost of money when you work on a great team and know that you have earned it is a great feeling,” says one employee. Read the Great Place to Work review here.

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    Company Info

    Rank last year55
    # of years on list
    19
    Industry
    Retail
    Year founded1,980
    CEO/Top executive
    John Mackey/Walter Robb
    HQ location
    Austin, Texas
    Type of organization
    Public
    Revenue (2015 or most recent year)
    $14.2 billion
    Web addresshttp://www.wholefoodsmarket.com
    Total U.S. employees
    87,450
    Total employees outside the U.S.
    3,605
    Full-time jobs added in last year
    4,669
    FT job growth in the past year
    9%
    Number of work sites
    465

    Perks

    Company pays for 100% of healthcare costs
    yes
    Offers health insurance to part-timers
    yes
    Offers telecommuting
    yes
    Offers job sharing
    no
    Offers onsite childcare
    no
    Offers compressed work weeks
    yes
    Offers fully-paid sabbaticals
    no
    Onsite fitness center
    no
    Discounted gym memberships
    no
    Onsite medical care facility
    yes
    Location of medical facility
    -
    Offers college tuition reimbursement
    no
    Max tuition
    -
    Offers paid time off for volunteering
    no
    Max PTO for volunteering
    -

    Diversity

    % Women45
    % Minorities43
    % African-American/Black
    14.7
    % Asian
    5
    % Caucasian/White
    53.2
    % Hispanic/Latino
    21.5
    % Native American/Alaska Native
    0.8
    % Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
    0.6
    % Two or more races
    0.5
    Same-sex benefits
    yes
    Non-discrimination policy
    yes

    Paid Time Off (FT employees)

    Holidays
    3 to 5
    Vacation
    Included in PTO
    Sick days-
    General PTO
    10.75
    Total PTO after 5 years
    19

    Compensation

    Most common job (for salaried employee)
    Associate Store Team Leader
    Avg. base pay (salaried)$70,227.93
    Avg. extra compensation (salaried)$13,830.01
    Total pay (salaried position)$84,057.94
    Most common job (for hourly employee)
    Prepared Foods Service Team Member
    Avg. base pay (hourly)$28,319.29
    Avg. extra compensation (hourly)$141.95
    Total pay (hourly position)$28,461.24

    Hiring/Staffing

    # of job openings (as of Feb. 2016)1,800
    # of job applicants
    1,000,000
    Avg. # of applicants per opening
    20
    FT voluntary turnover
    14%
    # of jobs filled
    41,410
    Jobs filled internally
    6,566
    % of jobs filled by referral
    16%
    # new graduates hired-

    Training

    Avg. hours of training per year (for salaried employee)9
    Avg. hours of training per year (for hourly employee)9