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Raising the bar on food safety

Tim WestbrookIn our effort to be the premier quality food retailer in the world, food safety is of critical importance to us here at Publix, so when we received word we were to the inaugural recipient of the Food Safety Innovation Award from The Food Marketing Institute and the International Food Protection Training Institute, naturally it was a great honor.

“Food safety is a top priority for Publix, and we have taken a leadership role in food safety training,” said Director of Corporate Quality Assurance Michael Roberson. “Food safety is a shared responsibility, and each of us must make a personal commitment to maintain all aspects of food safety to protect our customers and offer safe, high-quality food each and every day.”

The award recognizes companies or organizations that have made an innovative contribution or commitment to food safety and encourages others in the industry to search for creative solutions and implement new practices that keep food safe.

Publix was recognized specifically for its food safety training programs. Tens of thousands of associates and managers are trained and certified in food safety. In addition, Publix has implemented food safety training programs for its industrial operations and supplier community.

Over the years, Publix has received awards and recognition for its food safety practices, including the prestigious Black Pearl Award for Corporate Excellence in Food Safety and Quality in 2013 from the International Association for Food Protection.  This dedication to food safety and quality – which starts with training and certification – really does raise the bar in the super market industry.

Does the idea of working in a company dedicated to quality and excellence appeal to you? If so, check out our corporate, distribution, manufacturing and other support-side openings here. For jobs in our more than 1,150 stores, visit this link for more.

Winter is coming! (And that means seasonal jobs at Publix)

Publix Super Markets Inc. 2017 Winter Seasonal Stores If you’ve lived in Florida for a year or more, you know what to expect as holidays approach: Snowbirds. We don’t mean those winged creatures gracefully soaring to lofty heights. We’re referring to the annual influx of vacationers who relocate to our sunny shores from all points north to escape winter’s cruel bite. Our stores in Southwest and South Florida get extremely busy from late November to just after Easter when the “snowbirds” return to their native habitats in the north. For this reason, we’ll be hiring seasonal associates in stores throughout south Florida. To give you an idea of the breadth of this program, the picture included in this blog post lists all the cities in which we’ll be hiring for seasonal positions.

These seasonal jobs are in nearly every department, most are entry level, and all are highly rewarding for those seeking to supplement their income and work among friendly folks for part of the year. A seasonal job with Publix may be even more rewarding since it could lead to an ongoing job for high-performers willing to give 100% and who show they are a good fit for our company. The cities in which we are hiring are:


If you’re seeking either temporary employment to get you over a financial hump, help your finances go further around the holidays, or are hoping to get your foot in the door with Publix, consider one of these seasonal jobs if you live in one of our seasonal areas.  We’ll be holding umpteen job fairs (well, more than 40) and you need to attend one of them to be considered a seasonal applicant. Learn more at this page and join us at a seasonal job fair near you! Be sure to bring a smile because we are looking for individuals who have a pleasant demeanor and are eager to serve.

We’re honored to be recognized for our great reputation

Picture12When Publix founder George Jenkins set out to openhis first store, he was determined to make it great by focusing on all his stakeholders – customers, associates, suppliers and the local community too. Through the years, Publix has maintained that emphasis, and in fact, it’s ingrained in our mission and guiding vision as a company.

Our mission at Publix is to be the premier quality food retailer in the world.

The word premier is what sets us apart and guides our every effort. And so, it is with great honor that we acknowledge being named 11th on the 2017 US RepTrak® 100: Most Reputable Companies list.

“RepTrak®  is the gold standard for reputation measurement, providing a one-of-a-kind measurement of how the public views the world’s best-known companies,” Reputation Institute explained. In compiling the list, the organization examines more than 7,000 companies and bases the rankings in part on each company’s Pulse – “the emotional connection consumers have to a brand.” Other measurable components are used to produce the final rankings, including products/services, innovation, workplace, governance, citizenship, leadership and performance.

With a 2017 RepTrak Pulse of 81.60, Publix surpasses all other supermarket chains in this year’s rankings and counts itself among an elite group of companies!

Does the idea of working for a company that leads its industry, not only in performance but in reputation, appeal to you? With more than 1,150 stores in seven states, there is plenty of career opportunity here! Learn more about applying to one of our store or pharmacy technician jobs here. For our support jobs in IT, Corporate, Distribution, Manufacturing and Industrial Maintenance, as well as Pharmacist and Pharmacy Management jobs, check the openings and apply here.

Publix is a Great Place to Work for Women!

Alison_Midili_Smith LRIt is one thing to embrace fairness and equality in the workplace. It is quite another to be nationally recognized for doing so. We’re humbled and honored to be named 39th among the 2017 Best Workplaces for Women by Fortune and Great Place to Work® Foundation.

The list was compiled by surveys of more than 400,000 U.S. employees from Great Place to Work companies based on several factors, including

  • Women’s ratings of their organization — on leadership and other metrics
  • Great workplaces for all women, including those from diverse groups
  • Women in leadership roles in the employer’s workforce.

Now for some fine print about the organization and its surveys: “Great Place to Work® is the global authority on building, sustaining, and recognizing high-trust, high-performing workplace cultures.” The surveys were anonymous and participating companies needed to employ at least 50 women to be considered.

Eager to work in a company where you are respected, treated fairly, and can grow your career? Eager to learn more about how we work, benefits we offer, paths for advancement? Visit this page for more information about job roles in one of our stores. For job openings within our corporate, distribution, manufacturing, industrial maintenance or IT areas, start your search here.

North Georgia, join us at one of several Career Fair events!

On Friday, September 29 Publix is holding a Career Night at 6 stores in the North Georgia cities of Roswell, Suwanee, Flowery Branch, Cumming, Lawrenceville and Decatur. These events will take place from 4-7 p.m. All job seekers are invited and are urged to apply 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 Stores and Event locations :

Alpharetta and Cumming

Event location: Castleberry – Southard Crossing – 5475 Bethelview Rd., Cumming, GA 30040
1130 – Castleberry – Southard Crossing  5475 Bethelview Rd  Cumming  GA  30040-9731
26 – Cruse Marketplace  1735 Buford Hwy  Cumming  GA  30041-1266
519 – Cumming 400 Shopping Center  580 Atlanta Rd  Cumming  GA  30040-2744
616 – Midway Shopping Center  4900 Atlanta Hwy  Alpharetta  GA  30004-2921

Alpharetta and Roswell
Event location: Village Walk Shopping Center – 270 Rucker Rd., Alpharetta, GA 30004
This event will include managers of these sister stores:
1019 – Village Walk Shopping Center  270 Rucker Rd  Alpharetta  GA  30004-4045
626 – King Plaza  885 Woodstock Rd Ste 100  Roswell  GA  30075-2276
556 – Publix at Alpharetta  11800 Haynes Bridge Rd Ste B  Alpharetta  GA  30009-7994
762 – Bethany Village  13800 Highway 9 N Ste E  Alpharetta  GA  30004-4590

Decatur and Lithonia
Event location: Emory Commons – 2155 N. Decatur Rd., Decatur, GA 30033
723 – Emory Commons  2155 N Decatur Rd  Decatur  GA  30033-5307
804 – Hairston Crossing  2075 S Hairston Rd  Decatur  GA  30035-2504
752 – Centre at Panola  3045 Panola Rd  Lithonia  GA  30038-2317
269 – Flat Shoals Crossing Shopping Center  3649 Flakes Mill Rd  Decatur  GA  30034-5218

Flowery Branch, Buford, Dacula, and Gainesville
Event location: Village Shops of Flowery Branch – 5900 Spout Springs Rd., Flowery Branch, GA 30542
844 – Village Shops of Flowery Branch  5900 Spout Springs Rd  Flowery Branch  GA  30542-6448
634 – Robson Crossing  3446 Winder Hwy  Flowery Branch  GA  30542-3007
706 – Golden Park Village  4840 Golden Pkwy  Buford  GA  30518-5843
569 – Hamilton Mill Village Shopping Center  2463 Hamilton Mill Pkwy  Dacula  GA  30019-4648

Lawrenceville and Snellville
Event location: Publix at Old Peachtree – 2380 Buford Dr., Lawrenceville, GA 30043
538 – Publix at Old Peachtree  2380 Buford Dr Ste 201  Lawrenceville  GA  30043-7638
495 – Merton Walk  911 Duluth Hwy  Lawrenceville  GA  30043-5320
863 – The Shops at Huntcrest  1030 Old Peachtree Rd NW  Lawrenceville  GA  30043-3308
612 – Sugarloaf Crossing  4850 Sugarloaf Pkwy  Lawrenceville  GA  30044-2859

Norcross and Suwanee
Event location: McGinnis Crossing – 1000 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Suwanee, GA 30024
615 – McGinnis Crossing  1000 Peachtree Industrial Blvd  Suwanee  GA  30024-6737
565 – The Shops at Laurel Springs  3245 Peachtree Pkwy Ste A  Suwanee  GA  30024-1097
1227 – The Village Shoppes at Windermere  3120 Mathis Airport Pkwy  Suwanee  GA  30024-9128
1091 – Shakerag Shopping Center  7780 McGinnis Ferry Rd  Suwanee  GA  30024-1622

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.

A sweet little fundraiser for United Way!

Sweet treats for a great cause and a couple of bucks!

Sweet treats for a great cause and a couple of bucks!

Earlier this year, we expressed the warm and fuzzy feeling we Publix associates got because of the gratitude showered upon us in recognition of our efforts in supporting United Way.

Today, we get to pull back the curtain on one of the small ways we raise money to support of this incredible organization.  It’s a closely held secret, and we’re trusting you, our readers to use discretion with it: It’s our annual Human Resources Cupcake War challenge.

You see, we have some great foodies on staff (we are, after all, a grocery chain!) and each year they voluntarily pitch in their time and effort to produce delicacies. This year’s incredible winning cupcakes were: Wedding, Cookies and Cream, and Peanut Butter and Ganache.  Designed to make the mouth water and raise money for a great cause, we think this is one sweet fundraiser! And since it raised about $800 this year for the United Way, we think it’s a win-win!

Would you go all in and work for a company with a reputation for engaging employees in creative ways to benefit its local communities and drive lasting change? If so, consider joining Publix! We operate in seven states and employ more than 190,000.  Visit this page to apply for employment in one of our stores. For job openings among our corporate, distribution, manufacturing, industrial maintenance or IT areas, start your search here.

Middle Tennessee – join us for an August 15 Career Night event in 29 stores throughout the region

10860_01_TalentAcq_GenRef_FB_1200x900_8On Tuesday, August 15 Publix is holding a Career Night at 29 stores throughout Middle TennesseeNashville and Murfreesboro. It will take place from 4-7 p.m. All job seekers are invited and are urged to apply 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 Stores :

Mt View Marketplace – 3532 Murfreesboro Pike, Antioch, TN 37013

Concord Village – 10638 Concord Rd, Brentwood, TN 37027
Cool Springs Festival – 8105 Moores Ln, Brentwood, TN 37027
Marketplace at Maryland Farms – 1001 Creekside Crossing, Brentwood, TN 37027

Bowie Commons – 7014 City Center Way, Fairview, TN 37062

Berry Farms Town Center – 5021 Hughes Crossing Blvd, Franklin, TN 37064
Franklin Marketplace – 1017 Riverside Dr, Franklin, TN 37064
Harpeth Village – 2020 Fieldstone Pkwy, Franklin, TN 37064
McKay’s Mill Village Center – 1400 Liberty Pike, Franklin, TN 37067

Greensboro Village – 1483 Nashville Pike, Gallatin, TN 37066

Caldwell Square – 460 Long Hollow Pike, Goodlettsville, TN 37072

Indian Lake Marketplace – 110 Indian Lake Blvd, Hendersonville, TN 37075

Lebanon Center – 1703 West Main St, Lebanon, TN 37087

Mt. Juliet Village – 11207 Lebanon Rd, Mt. Juliet, TN 37122
Providence Commons – 665 South Mt. Juliet Rd, Mt. Juliet, TN 37122

Kensington Place – 1731 S. Rutherford Blvd, Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Market at Salem Cove – 2650 New Salem Hwy, Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Market at Victory Village – 4175 Franklin Rd, Murfreesboro, TN 37128
North Murfreesboro Shopping Center – 3415 Memorial Blvd, Murfreesboro, TN 37129

Bellevue Center – 7604 Hwy 70 South, Nashville, TN 37221
Hill Center at Belle Meade – 4324 Harding Pike, Nashville, TN 37205
Hill Center at Nashville West – 6614 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, TN 37209
Nippers Corner – 15544 Old Hickory Blvd, Nashville, TN 37211
Oakwood Commons – 4670 Lebanon Rd, Nashville, TN 37076
Publix at Harpeth Village – 8028 Hwy 100, Nashville, TN 37221

Parkway Town Center – 661 President Place, Smyrna, TN 37167
The Shops of Lee Village – 1640 Lee Victory Pkwy, Smyrna, TN 37167

Spring Hill Village – 4935 Main St, Spring Hill, TN 37174

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.

Publix Interns Giving Back

Viste 3Our Publix Summer Intern program is wrapping up soon, and before we conclude, we want to share news about a great and rewarding experience they enjoyed a few weeks ago. One hot July Saturday, fellow recruiter Katie and I got to take part in that experience as we worked alongside our interns at VISTE (Volunteers in Service to the Elderly) during a day of service.

For a little background, each year our interns take on a community service effort. In the past, they’ve lent a helping hand at Explorations V Children’s Museum in Lakeland and with the Special Olympics, for example.  This year’s interns brought their energy and enthusiasm to VISTE’s East Magnolia Street facility in Lakeland where they participated in a number of projects.  Talk about TEAMWORK! Weeding and mulching was a big task completed by one group of our interns with Katie. Her team cleaned up the parking lot perimeter and flower beds, and laid approximately 50 bags of mulch in only two hours.  The following workday, she sheepishly owned up to discovering a few muscles she had not used in a few years. (Can you say ouch? I bet she wasn’t the only one!)

Since we were there on a Saturday –VISTE’s day for pickup and delivery by their community volunteers — another group of interns carted food and supplies from the organization’s freezers and refrigerators to volunteer’s vehicles for delivery to VISTE’s target population in the Lakeland and central Florida area. This group diligently worked for four hours on this effort.

We had two teams assisting with sprucing up VISTE’s warehouse, too. From cleaning freezers, refrigerators, and warehouse equipment to organizing and cleaning the facility’s kitchen that provides hot meals, these two teams dedicated a good three hours to the effort. What a big difference they made with all of their hard work!

A final group of interns was tasked with creating birthday cards that are sent out to VISTE constituents. Each card was uniquely created and provided a little bit of personality and sentiment.  This group really put a lot of thought and detail into each and every card.

It was such a humbling and proud occasion, witnessing our interns working so hard and helping our community! On their first day as Publix interns, they were introduced to our founder, George Jenkins, and his legacy of giving back to the community.  As I worked that day, and took in all of the “Publix Serves” tee-shirts worn by our interns, I was touched – and realized this day of service was a great way to see Mr. George’s legacy in action!

Eight questions for Virginians about working for Publix

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We’ve just opened our first store in “Old Dominion” and are excited and proud to be here!  If you’ve never visited a Publix store before, now is your chance.  You might have heard how our customers rave about shopping here; but did you know our associates delight in working here?

In fact, our associates are what make Publix, “Publix.”  You might be surprised to know we are a family that is 200,000 associates strong!  While we operate stores in only seven southeastern states, we are lauded nationally as Great Place to Work™ and receive more than a million applications for employment each year.  To meet our customers’ and associates’ expectations, we place a high priority on hiring individuals who are committed to exceptional teamwork and superior customer service.

Interested!?  Not sure if you a great fit?  Ask yourself,

  • Are you a people person? Interacting with customers and your store team in a friendly, respectful way is how we roll.
  • Are customers your first priority? One of the things we’re known for is stopping to assist a customer whenever needed, often walking customers directly to the item they’re looking for.
  • Are you energetic? Because Publix is the nation’s largest employee-owned corporation, our associates can earn a stake in the company. For this reason, we all think like owners and hustle like owners to carry out tasks in an effective and efficient way.
  • Do you work well with others? We’re all like family here, so being able to work alongside team members – who are different than you – is important.
  • Are you teachable? Our managers are the best in the business.  Because we promote from within, each worked his or her way up the ranks. They, too, started out in an entry-level positions and can teach you the secrets of success.
  • Can you work weeknights and weekend shifts?  Our store managers value applicants who can cover shifts during our busiest times – which are those nights and weekends.
  • Do you take pride in your work? Employee-ownership is a key ingredient to our success.  We seek applicants who make the most of their positions and challenge themselves to achieve more; Who bring their A-game each and every day like true professionals.
  • Do you reach for the stars? While it doesn’t happen every day, Publix is the kind of place where an entry-level associate can develop and grow to assume a leadership position, maybe even the president of the company!

Did you answer an enthusiastic yes to these questions? Does this sound like the kind of place where you’d be proud to start a career?  Begin your application online and reserve your spot at an upcoming Job Fair by visiting this link.  As we expand into the great Commonwealth of Virginia, you will find employment opportunities and hiring events galore, so be sure to check back often.

Veterans, check out this pair of career fairs!


Shot at the grand opening of store 1371 Riverview Florida on Nov 17, 2011

Shot at the grand opening of store 1371 Riverview Florida on Nov 17, 2011

If you’re a veteran or other job seeker looking for some great career options with an award-winning company, you won’t want to miss this!

In the coming weeks, Publix is holding a pair of Veterans Career Fairs to introduce vets and other job seekers to career opportunities we have to offer. Veterans and others on the job hunt will discover the great career advancement opportunities they can take advantage of in our stores, and, because of our promote-from-within culture, they’ll also discover the great jobs available in our distribution centers, manufacturing plants, industrial maintenance department, IT department and of course, in our corporate and divisional offices, too!

Veterans who work for Publix find our culture and structure to be a great fit for them. While these career fairs are geared toward veterans, we invite all members of the local communities to attend. Here are the details:

Fort Walton area Veterans Career Fair
Open to the public as well, this Publix Veterans Career Fair is for the greater Fort Walton Beach, FL area. Event details are as follows:
Date: Thursday, July 20
Times: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST
Location:  Publix Super Market, 610 Eglin Parkway NE, Fort Walton Beach, FL.

Bluffton area Veterans Career Fair
Open to the public as well, this Publix Veterans Career Fair is for the Bluffton, SC area. Event details are as follows:
Date: Thursday, August 3, 2017
Times: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST

Location:  Hampton Inn Conference Room, 29 William Pope Drive, Bluffton, SC 29909

Sound good? Start your application online and reserve a slot by visiting this link where you will select the job fair location of your choice.