- Named to the FORTUNE Magazine 100 Best Companies to Work for in America list for the 17th Consecutive Year.
- Ranked as the Top Supermarket for customer satisfaction for the 20th straight year by the American Customer Satisfaction Index.
- Publix Pharmacies placed first in the J.D. Power & Associates Customer Satisfaction Index rating among retail pharmacies in the nation.
- Ranked third most trusted brand in America by readers of Entrepreneur Magazine.
- Ranked 13th best employment brand in the nation by Wilson HCG Research Institute.
- EPA GreenChill Store Certification Excellence Award for reducing our carbon footprint and refrigerant emissions.
- Grew from 1,079 stores to 1,097 stores by year’s end.
- Hired more than 40,000 people.
- Promoted more than 10,000 associates in 2014.
- Completed the new Orlando Distribution Center, adding 1 million square feet of warehouse and support space. It will ultimately employ more than 500 associates.
- Second largest donor to March of Dimes in the nation, though we only operate in six states. We raised more than $5.1 million last year.
- Named one of 11 United Way Outstanding Strategic Partners for 2014 in recognition for our company’s long-term commitment, giving, volunteering, leadership and employee engagement.
- Launched a new Associate Wellness Program to improve the health and well-being of all Publix associates.
- Launched a new company website for customers that offers quick access to product catalog to view products specific to their favorite Publix and then build a shopping list or place a deli order through Online Easy Ordering. Also launched a separate website for Corporate and Careers information.
- Entered the state of North Carolina on February 26, 2014, with the opening of Store #1442, Ballantyne Town Center.
Tell us which among these you think are most impactful, and feel free to add any others you think worth mentioning.
That’s great news for the 50,000 people we hire. It’s not good news for the more than 400,000 people we don’t select; they understandably are disappointed.
Some, in fact, are downright frustrated if they’ve been pursuing a job with Publix for some time and fear they never will be hired here.
We wish we could offer employment to everyone who wants to join our company, especially since many we don’t hire are either very talented people or wonderful human beings – or both! But of course, a business has to make a profit, so we can only hire the number we need to provide the level of service that our customers deserve. And we have to hire the individuals we think are best suited for the jobs and for our company’s culture.
This blog is my sincere effort to reach out to those of you who do not receive a job offer from Publix, despite your best attempts to capture the attention of our hiring managers.
It’s human nature to wonder why you weren’t selected if you think you have all the right qualifications for the job you applied for. Here is what I’m hoping you will consider. As talented as you are, one of the other individuals who applied for the same position might have had better qualifications even than you. In other words, they might have had more experience in the duties they will be responsible for at Publix. They might even have been a former Publix associate who performed that very job well but had to leave the company for a while for a good reason.
The best way to avoid frustration is to manage your expectations. That’s a very hard thing to do when you are seeking a job. But the better you can temper your enthusiasm with a dose of reality – that you might not always be the best candidate for an opening – the easier you will be able to accept being passed over for someone else.
Hang in there and something good will come your way, if not at Publix then at another organization that needs exactly what you have to offer. Read more of our blogs to understand what it is we’re looking for. And join us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to interact as well.
Many Publix stores are located in areas that have tourist seasons. When these visitors arrive, our delis and bakeries get busier, our shelves need to be restocked more often, and all checkout lanes are opened. As a result, we need more employees to handle the load.
We hire hundreds of temporary associates each year to handle these peak seasons. They work for three months in the winter, spring or summer, depending on which season the tourists arrive. Nearly 50 stores are involved in our seasonal staffing program, and more join each year.
The program benefits Publix, of course. But it also provides opportunities for people seeking temporary work at a good company or for people who want to get their foot in the door at Publix since some high-performing seasonal associates are invited to become permanent associates.
You must be at least 18 years old to participate. You must be a person with a passion for serving people. And you must be able to offer Publix night and weekend availability, since those are our busiest hours. Seasonal positions often include Bakery Clerk, Cashier, Deli Clerk, Front Service Clerk (Bagger), Grocery Clerk, Meat Clerk, Produce Clerk, and Seafood Clerk.
To learn more about the seasonal employment opportunities in your area, please visit our website at www.publix.jobs/seasonal.