WASHINGTON D.C. (October 20, 2011) – Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM) Mid Atlantic Region stores in the D.C. area have been recognized by the Washingtonian Magazine as one of the “50 Great Places to Work.”  This year’s 50 winning work places were chosen on such categories as: generous pay and benefits, challenging and interesting work, great work/life balance, opportunities to learn and grow financial stability, commitment to charity and community, as well as the recognition and respect given to employees. 

“It’s such an honor and a pleasure to be recognized for something that as a company we are very passionate about – work life balance and a positive work atmosphere,” said Christian Sorochty, Whole Foods Market Mid-Atlantic Team Member Services Coordinator. “Providing an empowering work environment helps to motivate team members and lends a hand in providing our customers with a quality shopping experience.  We will continue to support healthy lifestyles of our team members.”

Included in the Washingtonian survey were Whole Foods Market’s Team Members who noted the outstanding career advancement opportunities at the D.C metro area stores.  In unique form, the stores operate with self-directed teams. Team Members at all levels are typically involved in hiring decisions, and teams solve problems together and share in rewards and success.

The winners were chosen after a panel of editors and writers, which included Sherri Dalphonse of the Washingtonian and survey expert Leora Lawton, reviewed more than 200 companies and 13,000 employee surveys, with the final determinations relying heavily upon the scores given by a company’s employee.  Since its debut of the feature in 1999, this is only the seventh time that companies in the Washington D.C. area have achieved this honor.  Whole Foods Market was recognized alongside trade associations, government agencies, information-technology firms, nonprofits and law firms with employee size ranging from just 11 to 68,000.

To learn more about this great achievement, please visit www.wholefoodsmarket.com.