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18. Whole Foods Market
Whole Foods Market
Financials: Latest Results
Rank: 18 (Previous rank: 22)
What makes it so great?
Attacked from the right (too elitist, too New Age) and the left (too pricey, too anti-union), the grocery chain added 14 new stores in 2009, attracting a workforce that is young and idealistic.

Salary cap limits top earner to 19 times the average hourly wage of $16.98. CEO John Mackey draws a salary of $1 a year.

Headquarters: 550 Bowie Street
Austin, TX 78703
2008 revenue ($ millions): 7,954

Is Whole Foods Market a great employer, or what?
Whole Foods Market stats
U.S. employees 47,478
Employees outside U.S. 1,901
New jobs (1 year) -4,287
% job growth (1 year) -9%
% voluntary turnover 15%
Applicants 617,696
No. of job openings (as of Jan. 13, 2010) 1,160
Pay Avg. annual pay*
Most common job (salaried):
Assoc Store Team Leader
Most common job (hourly):
Prep Food Service Team Member
Paid sabbaticals No
Onsite child care No
100% health-care coverage Yes
Onsite fitness center No
Subsidized gym membership Yes
Job sharing program No
Compressed workweek Yes
Telecommuting Yes
% minorities 45%
% women 44%
Has nondiscrimination policy
that includes sexual orientation?
Offers domestic partner benefits
for same-sex couples?
Professional training  
Salaried employees (hrs./yr.): 60
Hourly employees (hrs./yr.): 60
From the Feb. 8, 2010 issue
N.A.: Not available. U.S. employees includes part-timers as of time of survey. Job growth, new jobs, and voluntary turnover are full-time only. Revenues are for 2008 or latest fiscal year. All data based on U.S. employees.
* Average annual pay: yearly pay rate plus additional cash compensation for the largest classification of full-time salaried and hourly employees.
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