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We’ve done it again! Publix is among Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” for the 21st year

It’s time to celebrate!

For the 21st consecutive year, Publix has been named among Fortune’s Great place to work100 Best Companies to Work For.”  We are one of only 10 companies to have made the list every year since its inception in 1998.

We have our associates to thank!  Because of their responses to an anonymous survey, along with a Culture Audit management questionnaire, we’ve made Fortune’s list, again.  This type of recognition is an honor – and so is working along side dedicated company-owners every day.  All of us focused on making Publix the premier quality food retailer in the world.

“I’m so proud we continue to be recognized as a great place to work. Our associatesmake Publix great every day, and it’s an honor to be part of the Publix family” said Todd Jones, Publix CEO & President.

Want to work at one of the nation’s 100 best employers? Publix keeps on growing and expanding. We employ more than 190,000 associates. Learn how to apply for employment in one of our stores. Or would you rather work in our corporate, distribution, manufacturing, industrial maintenance or IT areas? If so, start your search.

Open minds, open doors at Publix

Chris LindoPublix founder George Jenkins  knew from the start that at Publix, his associates would be treated with dignity and encouraged to speak up. He once said, “If you want people to respect you or your company, you must first show respect for them.”

Respecting the dignity of the individual means encouraging others to share their ideas and opinions, and helping them learn from their mistakes. And it’s an essential part of the Publix culture.

Diversity Manager Chris Lindo puts processes and programs in place to help make sure that happens. Although his focus is on bringing attention to groups with diverse backgrounds, his goal is for every associate to feel included and respected — regardless of ethnicity, gender, religious or political beliefs, or level of education.

Publix defines diversity as a combination of all the characteristics that make us uniquely individual as human beings. And according to Chris, our diverse backgrounds give Publix a competitive advantage. Take Chris himself, for example. He was born in Jamaica and came to the U.S. at the age of 13. He began his Publix career in 2001 as a part-time Grocery Clerk while working on his Bachelors and Master’s degrees. He joined HR in 2005 and served as an HR Investigator and then HR Legal Specialist while completing his PhD. Chris took the helm as Diversity Manager in 2013. “Through mentoring programs and internships, associates are bringing things to the table that help grow our business. We’re giving associates an avenue to express their thoughts and the opportunity to meet Publix leaders and learn more about how our company runs,” said Chris. “We want all associates to be happy, and this gives us a window into finding out what that means for more people. It’s the right thing to do, and as a company, we’re always willing to do the right thing.”

In Chris’s experience, people tend to naturally divide themselves into categories like culture or economic status. It’s his job to help bring the Publix family together. He believes through continuing to understand and respect the individual characteristics of one another, our associates will grow and our company will be stronger. After all, our differences only add to the reasons Publix is a great place to work!

Want to work for Publix, a nationally recognized diverse and inclusive organization?  Publix may have a job for you! Employing more than 190,000 associates in seven states, we continue to grow and expand. For a job in one of our stores, visit this page to learn how to apply. For job openings among our corporate, distribution, manufacturing, industrial maintenance or IT areas, start your search here.

This is a guest post written by Michele from our Corporate Communications Team. Look for more guest posts in the future!

20 answers to your Publix career-related questions here!

3d white people businessman seeking a jobToday we hosted an Ask-A-Recruiter event on our Facebook page and it occurred to us you might have a question that someone else already asked! Below you’ll find 20 questions our Facebook fans asked that a trio of Publix recruiters replied to. Who knows, it may be similar to a burning question you’ve had. If it’s not, just post leave your question as a comment below this thread and we’ll do our best to answer it!

Q: Can you be hired on as full time from the start? If your already currently a full time manager in grocery retail?
A: Hi! Publix does have full-time and part time opportunities available. Since Publix is a “promote within” company, our store management roles are generally only open to current associates.

 Q: When are the summer internships available ? I’ve been checking day and night to make sure i don’t miss the deadline for it. Is the internship only in Lakeland ? Or is it available for the headquarters in Georgia as well ?
A: Hi, they will be posted in the beginning of February. They are generally here in Lakeland, but fear not, Isaac, we provide free housing and hot lunches for those interning in Lakeland and Orlando (1 at the distribution center there).
Q: What benefits do people get working part-time versus fulltime?
A: Great question! You can view a run down of our benefits at this link .
Q: Any idea when the Fredericksburg, VA location is opening? When/Where will the Job Fair take place, please?
A: Hi Mandy, it’s exciting, isn’t it? We’re planning to open in the summer – probably late July or August. Typically job fairs are scheduled about 3 months out from opening so look for an announcement here on our page for an event taking place in late April or early May. Hope to see you there!
Q: I have a MA in Marketing and would love to Market Publix, but Lakeland doesn’t hire outside of Lakeland, plus I’m about 80 miles from Lakeland, but would still like to Promote Publix. I have put an application in the StoneyBrook Publix for customer service and have talked to the Assistant Customer Service about the position. She was saying that they are hiring.
A: That’s awesome to hear! I’d like to correct your assertion that Publix doesn’t hire outside of Lakeland, though. We often bring in new hires from other areas who find moving to Lakeland a truly wonderful experience. As for getting your foot in in a store, that’s a great idea since it will develop a deep understanding of our history and culture. And because we are a promote-from-within company, being a Publix associate, you certainly have a leg up in the competitive hiring process where we can see more than 100 applicants sometimes for certain jobs.
Q: Anything available in Midlothian, VA?
A: Hi Katherine, it’s hard to tell from here in Lakeland, FL, but we are always accepting applications and the likelihood is, if there is no opening at this time, there will be in the future. My suggestion is this: head to that store and apply in person at the Job Application Center kiosk. After doing so, ask at the Customer Service Counter to speak with a manager. Tell him or her that you’ve applied and provide a short little “elevator pitch” about why we should hire you. (Hint: we’re all about providing premier service to our customers). I hope this helps and here are a few more tips from an ancient but helpful blog post.
Q: Publix here in Steelecreeke, NC do they require a drug test for employment?
A: Yes, Paula. Because our associates work so closely with the public – our valued customers – we do require a drug test. Thanks for asking!
Q: Any idea when the store in Hendersonsville, N.C. will open? I have been waiting to transfer to this store but for some reason there’s been a set back.
A: Hi! Yes, unexpected winter storms can cause delays! The final date is still not certain, but once it is announced, it will be posted here. That’s exciting you’ll be transferring! Best of luck to you and do us proud up there!
Q: Becoming a Pharmacy Tech with Publix: What is the process/education requirements? I’m a customer service employee now, but am interested in broadening my skills.
A: Hi, we’re always looking for great techs and we have opportunities in all of our divisions right now! What store do you work at? FL & SC have more strict requirements than other states in which we operate.
Q: We currently have a store under construction in Tullahoma TN. I am very interested in applying, however I am not available on Fridays due to a family obligation. Would they be flexible in scheduling enough to allow that? Also, what would be the best position to fit my experience? I have 29 years previous banking experience as a branch/customer service manager. I am good with people, balancing cash drawers, handling money/checks etc. Point me in the right direction as far as applying here locally.
A: Oh, a trifecta of questions, I love it! Yes, Publix offers flexible scheduling for our store jobs. We do look for individuals that are available to work nights and weekends, and being unavailable for Fridays should not be a problem. Having great customer service experience is important! As for roles in our stores, here is a handy page that outlines most of the roles and their corresponding duties.It sounds like you’d be a perfect fit for our Customer Service department. Good luck!
Q: When will Public green wise store be completed and open in Tallahassee Florida?
A: Hi! We do not have a confirmed time frame, but feel free to check back on Facebook for updates as the project progresses.
Q: When will the store in Saraland ,Alabama be open for business?
A: The timeline for that store is not yet announced, sorry! Check this link from time to time for updated information.
Q: Looking for work in the Daytona area soon.
A: Here are a few tips to help you in your job hunt at our stores.
Q: I want to work in Human Resources at corporate. I earned a BS degree in organizational management.
A: Hi, great question! All of our Corporate positions are on our website. Any open HR listings will be listed here.
Q: I  have been working for Publix for 5 years now. I wish to become a store manager one day and would like to know. What does Publix look for when looking at associates who wish to become Customer Service Team Leaders?
A: Hi William, I would suggest you speak with your store manager and share with him or her your ambitions. Keep in mind that, to become a store manager, you will need experience in other departments, so in that same conversation, perhaps you can express a desire to be cross-trained in another area of the store. Good luck.
Q: How can I get into recipe development for aprons?
A: Hi! Watch for a position called the Recipe Development Technician. This position contributes to creating recipes for the Publix Aprons program. When available, it will be posted here. Thanks for your interest in Publix!
Q: What is it like to open a new store?
A: Hi! Opening a new store is an exciting time for Publix and all of our associates. We love expanding the Publix family and all associates involved become close-knit as they work together toward this one goal!  There is a “family night” celebration the night before a new store opens. That means family members come along and it really is a celebration. It needs to be because those next days are truly hectic as the local community gets their first look at the new store and what it has to offer. Truly exciting, every bit of it!
Q: Why is it so hard to get hired with Publix? I applied so many times and no success.
A:  I know it is frustrating to apply and not proceed in the screening process. We receive nearly two million aplications each year for about 40,000 openings, so the competition is very stiff. Have you had a chance to check out our blogs? They are designed to offer helpful advice and tips to job seekers looking for work at Publix. This one is about tips for landing a job at Publix and might be of interest to you.
Q: It says this job fair is hiring for all departments. Does this also include all positions? I am interested in Department Manager or higher.
A: Publix promotes from within and has department managers already selected. We do this for two reasons. First, it is to reward loyalty to our associates who have grown in their careers with Publix. Second, it is because these associates are intimately familiar with our culture and will perpetuate it through mentoring and by setting great examples for our newer associates. That said, there are plenty of positions that lead to management that the store will be hiring for. Check out these examples.
Q: I have always loved shopping at Publix and I am very interested in a pharmacist position with your company. Could you please tell me if you have any openings near St Augustine, FL or South Jacksonville, FL? Thank you so much and have a great day!
A: Hi! It is great to hear you love shopping at your Publix :) To learn more about pharmacy openings, go here and you’ll be able to search for positions in various areas. If you don’t see one you’re interested in, be sure to sign up for a job alert at the bottom under “watch our jobs!”
You’ve been treated to a myriad of questions from job seekers and even current associates interested in moving up here at Publix. We hope these questions and answers have been of help to you. Now that you’ve read them, what questions do you have that might not have been answered?

Panhandle, have we got some jobs for you!

10860_10_TalentAcq_GenRef_Hiring_FB_1200x900Publix is gearing up for a bustling spring and summer in the Panhandle and is hiring in all departments in several cities throughout the Panhandle in the coming weeks. Check out these events and start your application ahead by clicking on the specific link to the event most suitable to your schedule:

Hiring for:  Santa Rosa Beach
Dates and Times:  January 30-31, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location: The Shoppes at Freeport – 16400 US Highway 331 S., Freeport, FL 32439
Save time and start your application at this link.

Hiring for: Panama City Beach and Santa Rosa Beach
Dates and Times: February 1, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location: Ocean Park Pavilion – 23026 Panama City Beach Parkway, Panama City Beach , FL 32413
Save time and start your application at this link.

Hiring for: Destin and Sandestin
Dates and Times: February 6-7, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location: Paradise Key – 4425 Commons Dr. E., Destin, FL 32541
Save time and start your application at this link.

Hiring for: Gulf Breeze
Date and Times: February 9, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location: Hampton Inn Conference Room – 7710 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre, FL 32566
Save time and start your application at this link.

Hiring for: Sandestin and Destin
Dates and Times: February 8, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location: Publix at Grand Boulevard – 725 Grand Blvd., Sandestin, FL 32550
Save time and start your application at this link.

Birmingham area Pharmacy Technician Career Fair!

Publix has immediate Full Time and Part Time positions in and around the Birmingham Metro area and we are holding a Career Fair at four locations for interested applicants!  Here are the event details:

WHAT:           Pharmacy Technician Career Fair
WHEN:           Thursday, January 18, 2018 from 4:00pm – 7:00pm
WHO:             Anyone interested in starting an amazing Pharmacy Technician career with Publix

Join us at one of the Publix locations mentioned below on January 18th between 4pm and 7pm and stop by the pharmacy to visit with a manager.  This is a unique opportunity to learn more about a  fulfilling pharmacy technician career with the nation’s largest employee-owned company.  Find out why Publix is consistently ranked among the nation’s favorite employers.

All Pharmacy Technician job seekers are invited and urged to apply at their nearest Publix before the event takes place.

Store #165 – Edgemont Town Center, 411 Green Springs Hwy, Homewood, AL 35209
Store #1059 – Montclair Place, 1325 Montclair Rd, Birmingham, AL 35210
Store #1281 – Calera Crossings, 90 Marketplace Cir, Calera, AL 35040
Store #842 – Vestavia Hills City Center, 784 Montgomery Hwy, Vestavia Hills, AL 35216

Can’t make it to one of the stores on January 18th? You can still apply at the Job Application Center kiosk at any store nearby. After doing so, speak with a Pharmacy Manager to share your interest in a position in that department.
We hope to see you there!

2017 — That’s a wrap!

Picture12As we prepare to head into 2018, let’s take a moment to reflect on 2017 – and what a year it’s been for Publix Super Markets! We opened 44 new stores this year and hired more than 64,000 associates – most of them into our stores. Almost 3,000 new hires joined our support teams in Corporate, Distribution, Manufacturing, Industrial Maintenance, Pharmacy and IT.

We experienced significant growth in 2017 – adding Virginia to the list of states in which we operate. Our growth and promote from within philosophy led to the promotion of over 4,500 managers in our stores this year, and we expect continued internal opportunity next year.

The way Publix grows the careers of its associates gained special attention this year when we were recognized for two prestigious awards as employer of choice for women and diversity. Millennials, too, find Publix a Great Place to Work according to Fortune’s most recent ranking of that age bracket. We also ranked on USA Today’s list of “Companies with the Best Managers” and were included in Indeed’s “Top 5 Hottest Retail Companies for 2017.” We are honored and humbled by these recognitions. And we’re truly grateful to our associates as we drive towards continued excellent performance.

There is so much more to add to this year-end wrap-up. For instance, how we pulled together as a company to serve our communities in need before, during, and after this historic hurricane season. So you’ll have to come back to our blog in January for more on that.

At this time, we’ll leave you with one more fact about Publix in 2017. Of our company’s approximately 190,000 associates, more than 42,000 of them have 10 or more years of service with the company. If you do the math, that’s 22% – nearly a quarter of the company – that has been a member of the Publix family for a decade or longer. As a company owned by its associates, we think there is no better note on which to close out this year.

Are you attracted to the idea of working for a company that is like a big family? A company that treats you with fairness and respect? A company invested in you because you are invested in it? Visit our Publix Jobs Center to search for openings in our support areas. If you are a people person and like the fast pace of retail, learn more about our store careers here.

Manufacturing jobs at Publix: your key ingredient in a rewarding career

10441149_688364114545961_606956217774544631_nHow can you become part of the team that has a hand in making our award-winning bakery treats?

A job in Publix Manufacturing is how! You might not realize all that goes into making our sweet treats, but it’s a pretty extensive process, especially when you make that product for more than 1150 stores. And just like many of our business areas, our Manufacturing unit has a strong promote-from-within policy. But don’t let that discourage you! There are several entry-level positions in our Manufacturing – also known as production — facilities open to external job seekers.  We’re talking Bakery Packer, Bakery Plant Operations Clerk, Ice Cream Freezer Operator and Bakery Production Worker, just to name a few.

While our Bakery Plants– where we make our award winning Key Lime pie, chocolate chip cookies, and delicious buttercream icing – are well-known, we have several other kinds of manufacturing plants across Florida and Georgia too. Fresh foods operations, dairy plants, deli kitchens, and printing services are the other areas of Manufacturing where you can get your foot in the door. And did we mention our promote-from-within culture? A job in one of these entry level roles is the key ingredient to starting a fulfilling long-term career with Publix, the nation’s largest employee owned company!

To apply for one of these sweet positions, visit www.publix.jobs/currentopenings and submit your application for a role within our Manufacturing unit. It’s the first step to baking up a rewarding career at Publix!

We’re a Best Workplace for Diversity!

Publix associates: unity and support

As an employer, Publix embraces diversity. We do this by hiring, training, promoting and retaining a workforce of associates from various backgrounds. We believe this commitment to diversity has made us a stronger company and our associates agree. In fact, our associates’ voices gave rise to a true honor: Publix is ranked No. 6 on Fortune’s 2017 Best Workplaces for Diversity!

These results are based on anonymous responses provided by Publix associates, who reviewed the company on many factors, including fairness, morale and inclusion in the workplace. We are proud of this recognition as it is a direct result of our culture.

Vice President of Talent Management Marcy Benton commented on the recognition, “We work to provide an inclusive environment for all our associates, and we are proud of the diversity that exists in our Publix family.”

Want to know more about the Best Workplaces for Diversity? Great Place to Work surveyed more than 440,000 diverse U.S. employees from multiple industries whose responses were compiled into the rankings.

Want to be part of a workplace that cares about diversity and inclusion? Publix may have a spot for you! We continue to grow and expand, employing more than 190,000 associates in seven states. For a job in one of our stores, visit this page to learn how to apply. For job openings among our corporate, distribution, manufacturing, industrial maintenance or IT areas, start your search here.

Publix Career Fairs (Meet the Managers) Events in Okeechobee, Roseland, Sebastian, and Vero Beach.

Your Name Retail Name Badge LROn Thursday, November 16 Publix is holding a Career Night at 10 stores in the cities of Vero Beach, Sebastian, Roseland and Okeechobee, Florida. These events will take place from 2-7 p.m. All job seekers are invited to attend and should apply ahead of time at their nearest Publix before the event takes place. At the event, attendees will get a chance to meet with managers and learn more about your career options with the nation’s largest employee owned company, and find out why Publix is consistently ranked among the nation’s favorite employers, among other things.

Participating Cities:

Okeechobee  (Publix at Northlake Village, 3551 US Hwy 441 S. location)
Roseland
Sebastian
Vero Beach

If you are interested in working for Publix, head to a nearby store and apply before this event takes place. And the sooner the better since the Job Application Center Kiosks are likely to become tied up with other interested applicants. And don’t forget to tell your job seeking friends about this too!

We’re a Best Workplace in Retail!

Great place to workPublix is honored to be No. 3 on Fortune’s “20 Best Workplaces in Retail.” We’re proud of this recognition because we know that it’s our associates who helped us achieve it! They ranked us on such things as how fairly and respectfully they are treated, the pride we all take in our work and the effectiveness of our leadership. This recognition is a direct result of our Publix culture and our dedication to the dignity, value and employment security of our associates.

Publix CEO & President Todd Jones commented on the recognition, “Being ranked as a best workplace in retail is an honor. This recognition makes me especially proud since it’s based on associate feedback.”

Want to know more about the “100 Best Workplaces in Retail?” Great Place to Work surveyed more than 38,000 U.S. employees and ranked each company’s performance in a number of areas.

Want to be part of a great place to work in retail? Publix continues to grow and employs more than 188,000 associates. For employment in one of our stores, visit this page to learn how to apply. For job openings among our corporate, distribution, manufacturing, industrial maintenance or IT areas, start your search here.