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Whole Foods Market Benefits

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U.S. Team Members

Our company has been recognized by FORTUNE magazine for the last 13 years as one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" in America.

Medical Care
  • PPO Medical Plan and prescription program administered by UnitedHealthcare.
  • Team members are eligible to participate after 400 service hours
  • $10 premium for full-time team member coverage after 800 service hours (dependent coverage, including domestic partner, is additional)
  • No cost for full-time team member and dependent coverage after 10,000 service hours (approximately 5 years)
Personal Wellness Account
  • Company-funded account helps cover the costs of out-of-pocket allowable health care expenses.
  • Full-time team members are eligible for this account after 800 service hours
  • $300 to $1,800 annually, based on years of service
  • Access to funds through a special debit card
  • Remaining funds will roll over at the end of the year
Dental Plan
  • Whole Foods Market offers three options for dental coverage administered by CIGNA. Team members are eligible to participate after 400 service hours
  • Coverage is available for you and your dependents
Vision Plan
  • Whole Foods Market offers the Vision Service Plan (VSP) to provide eye care benefits.
  • Team members are eligible to participate after 400 service hours
  • Coverage is available for you and your dependents
Health Care Reimbursement Account
  • Flexible Spending Account, allows you to contribute pre-tax funds to pay for eligible out-of-pocket health care expenses.
  • Team members are eligible to participate after 400 service hours
  • Access to funds through a special debit card
Dependent Care Reimbursement Account
  • Flexible Spending Account, allows you to contribute pre-tax funds to pay for anticipated day care expenses incurred while you are at work.
  • Team members are eligible to participate after 400 service hours
Life Insurance
  • Whole Foods Market offers different types and levels of life insurance coverage.
  • Team members are eligible to participate after 400 service hours
  • Life, Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance available at two levels of coverage, as well as coverage for your spouse and children
Disability Insurance
  • Whole Foods Market offers coverage that will replace a certain percentage of your basic weekly earnings in the event that you become injured or disabled and are unable to work.
  • Team members are eligible to participate after 400 service hours
  • Short-term and long-term disability coverage available
401(k) Retirement Savings
  • All team members age 18 or over are immediately eligible to participate in our "Growing Your Future" 401(k) plan.
  • Team members will be automatically enrolled at 6 months at 3% of pay unless they opt out
  • Team members can defer from 0% to 100% of their gross compensation (up to IRS limits)
  • Company contribution: discretionary match based on eligible team member contributions
Team Member Discount
  • 20% off of all purchases made at any Whole Foods Market location
  • The discount card is provided on your first day of employment
  • Spouses and eligible domestic partners may also receive a card
Paid Time Off

Paid time off (PTO) is earned based on the hours you work, whether full-time or part-time.

  • PTO hours can be used for vacations, holidays, illness and personal days — you get to choose
  • Unused PTO rolls over from year to year and is paid out should you leave the company
  • Non-California team members may cash out up to 100% of their PTO bank at 75% of value one time per year
Leaves of Absence

To balance team members' needs, we offer numerous types of leaves of absence in addition to those that are federally and state-mandated.

Gainsharing

Our Gainsharing program is similar to profit-sharing plans employed by other companies, with one important difference: Gainsharing rewards those factors that team members have most control over, like productivity, scheduling and customer service.

  • Most retail store team members are eligible to participate in our Gainsharing Program
  • Non-retail facilities may participate in Gainsharing or a similar incentive compensation program
  • Incentive bonuses for Store Team Leaders and Associate Store Team Leaders are based on the Economic Value Added (EVA®) program
Banking and Other Benefits
  • Direct deposit available for your convenience
  • Special debit card program available as alternative to direct deposit
  • Credit union membership offered at most locations
  • Online and phone access to a wage and employment verification and W-2 reprint service
Team Member Stock Purchase Plan
  • Team members may purchase shares of Whole Foods Market common stock at a discount off the fair market value through automatic payroll deductions.
  • Full- or part-time non-seasonal team members are eligible to participate after 400 service hours
Team Member Stock Option Plan

Whole Foods Market's board of directors grants options to eligible Team Members every year through its broad-based stock option plan.

  • Full- or part-time non-seasonal team members are eligible to receive a leadership grant each year at the discretion of their regional president
  • Full- or part-time non-seasonal team members with more than 6,000 service hours are eligible to receive a service hour grant each year
  • Options are non-qualified stock options; the size of the grant and availability are determined each year by the board of directors
Team Member Emergency Funds

If a team member experiences an unforeseeable emergency, we have programs that can offer assistance.

  • Store and Facility Emergency Funds (funded by voluntary team member paycheck deductions - usually $1)
  • Paid Time Off (PTO) Donations (from team member to team member)
  • Global Team Member Emergency Fund (funded by the company for major disasters)