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.
107 years ago today, George Jenkins, the founder of our company was born. His story is a remarkable one, and his early years were wrought with struggles. Like the “rags-to-riches” narrative of his favorite Horatio Alger novels, he faced these challenges head on, with hard work and integrity, and rose above to enjoy success managing the flagship grocery store in a highly successful chain by the time he was 22 years of age.
That well-known grocery chain had recently undergone a change in ownership. Filled with a desire to improve upon that company’s operating model, George traveled more than 400 miles to the owner’s office. Instead of being greeted with interest and appreciation for his successful management of the flagship store, and the insight he wanted to share, George was not even granted a meeting with the new owner. Fuming, he drove back to Winter Haven, quit his job and, with his own meager savings and investment from a few other individuals, George Jenkins launched his own grocery store.
Cut to today, some 84 years later. The little grocery store he founded is now the largest employee-owned company in the nation! Publix is deeply ingrained in the fabric of southern society and through Publix, our founder has touched the lives of tens of millions of people including:
- Floridians and Southeasterners who find Publix their preferred grocery store “where shopping is a pleasure.”
- Associates, former associates and the family members of those who have enjoyed a career with Publix, perennially named to FORTUNE magazine’s list of “100 Best Companies to Work For” since its inception.
- Product manufacturers who have been challenged to bring their “A Game” when selling to Publix with its dedication to food safety, product innovation, and our environment.
- Men, women and children who have been helped by the support Publix gives to non-profit organizations within its communities.
It is hard to imagine that one man’s life has touched – and dare we say improved – so many lives, just by starting a small grocery store, but that is the case with “Mr. George.”
So, today, on what would be his 107th Birthday, we celebrate this man. We honor his deeds. We unite behind the incredible legacy he has left us all.
Are you a “foodie” who would like to take your interest to the next level? Want to build your “hobby” into a career? As the saying goes, “Love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life.” If you’re a foodie anyway, you’re halfway there.
Think about your last visit to Publix. Do you remember strolling around the perimeter of the store and seeing the beautifully decorated cakes, crispy loaves of bread, skillfully cut rib eye steaks, mouth watering quinoa salad and handcrafted sandwiches? This is all produced by our culinary professionals. The associates in our Bakeries, Meat Departments and Delis all learn how to follow Publix recipes, artfully display products and maintain our sanitation standards. The goal, of course, is to meet and even exceed our customer’s needs. Gaining their confidence in our quality offerings means customer loyalty and the likelihood we’ll see that customer return to shop at Publix again and again. And since our associates own the company, that’s important to us.
Doesn’t this sound like a perfect career for you? All you have to do now is to bring your interest and enthusiasm and apply at Publix for a position within one of our fresh departments. For the Bakery and Meat Departments, we have trainee positions (Cake Decorator Trainee, Baker Trainee and Meat Cutter Trainee) that you can apply for. You can also consider applying for the Bakery or Meat/Seafood departments in general so you can experience the environment to see where you would fit best. Once you are here, I don’t think you will want to leave. What’s more, you’ll have the opportunity to learn, develop and grow a career doing something you love.
Some associates come to Publix with training and /or experience in these skills, but many come to Publix without these skills. They are all trained and developed into skilled culinary professionals, often finding lifelong career fulfillment in these roles. At Publix, there is a specific training process designed so the associate can succeed and progress. Once the skills are mastered, our associates can move up into managing one of these fresh departments, with entry-level managers earning an average of $45,388 per year! Some culinarians go into store management roles. This is another great option since Store Managers earn an average $114,859 per year. Others progress within their specific departments at a regional or corporate level to help develop and improve both products and methods to best serve our customers. Whichever path they follow, our culinary associates enjoy two things: a passion for food and ownership in Publix.
The next time you are in a Publix, visit our fresh departments, talk with our culinary professionals and ask them what motivates them in their careers at Publix. Sure they are enthusiastic to be part-owners of the largest employee-owned company in the nation. Even more than that, though, I think you will discover that once someone begins at Publix, they want to learn, develop and grow a career here. By bringing their passion to the position, they find it is not work at all!