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Patti Breckenridge

Patti Breckenridge

Welcome to the launch of PublixJobsBlog!

I’m excited about this new opportunity to share ideas with those interested in landing a job at Publix or learning more about what it’s like to work here. And I do mean “share.” I have lots of things to tell you about, but I also want to find out what YOU would most like to know about Publix.

This time I’ll introduce myself so you’ll know a little bit about my passions, my foibles and how I got from there to here.

I’m just a newbie at Publix, having been here only 11 years. There are many “lifers” at Publix, those who started young and stayed for the rest of their careers. Most of them were teenagers when they joined Publix, out to earn a few extra bucks. None of them expected to stay for more than a few months or a few years at the most.

Why do so many of our associates stay around much longer than they had planned? I’ll be revealing many of those secrets in my blogs. Publix truly is a great place to work.

My path to Publix was an interesting one. I was a journalist for many years before I branched into recruiting, training and online media. I worked for The Tampa Tribune for 21 years, including stints as head of organizational development for the news department and head of Tampa Bay Online, which operated four websites.

But as my friends and colleagues will tell you, I’m absolutely addicted to learning something new every day. I devour non-fiction audiobooks when I’m in the car. I read magazines from cover to cover. I follow dozens of great minds on Twitter. I constantly ask people about the most exciting thing going on in their lives. And I watch loads of shows on HGTV and DYI Network to plan my next home project.

My point is…. I needed a new challenge. The news business was getting boring. I’ve met some people who just can’t imagine that, but I felt I had done everything at The Tribune that I had wanted to.

I had several criteria to guide my search for a new career. Every company says its customers are kings and queens, but many don’t really mean it, and even if they do, most don’t seem to know how to achieve premier customer service. I wanted to work for one that “got it.” And one that understood how to engage its employees.

Through fortuitous circumstances, Publix called me about a chance to build a recruiting department for this huge, employee-owned company. It was exactly what I was looking for. And the rest is history.

Blogging gives me a great chance to combine my journalism, online and recruiting experience to help others. It’s a dream assignment! I’ll be posting a new blog every two weeks in the beginning. My top goal will be to provide you with quality, not quantity. We’ll see where things go from there.

43 Responses

  1. Dave Skiles August 1, 2012 at 9:06 pm #

    Great article

  2. free2besk8ing August 10, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

    Hi: I finally was hired by Publix and needless to say I am very excited. I have worked for five months now as a cashier in Southeast Florida. When I started working I was getting approximently 30 hours per week. For the past two months I have been getting 12 hours and one week I got six hours. This is so upsetting because obviously 12 hours pays just a bit more than the gas to get there. I applied for part time, full time and ANY days and hours they needed me. I want so much to stay a part of this wonderful company but if I continue to get 12 hours a week till the “snowbirds” come back I just won’t be able to make it. Is there something I can do to boost my hours to twenty a week during these lean times.
    I am willing to do anything to get more hours. Is this even a possibility? Thank you for your time and consideration.

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge August 10, 2012 at 4:57 pm #

      Thank you for your passion for working at Publix! And thank you for sharing your inquiry with me. It sounds like you are in one of our highly seasonal stores where sales are very high during the winter and much lower in the summer. The number of work hours given to associates in any store relates to the number of hours of labor needed to provide our customers with premier service. When the number of customers goes up, we offer more hours. When the number of customers goes down, we offer fewer hours. That’s the only way we can make enough money to pay everyone. I know this is frustrating, but that’s how a business has to be run. My suggestion is to work as hard as you can so you might be considered for another position that pays more. ~ Patti

      • rita October 23, 2013 at 12:31 pm #

        Hi Patti,I retired from Publix in 2007 and Im trying to get back to Publix as Cashier,I’ve kept my appt. up and every Publix I’ve gone to I tell them all what I did at Publix the Mangs. are impressed they take my name&numb. and they tell me they’ll let me know cause if they’re hiring they never call I keep checking back they say they’ll be pulling apts they know me by site,I’ve been told that I should be the first to call because of experience but they never call or they change their minds,Please help, or do you have any suggests Rita

        • Patti Breckenridge
          Patti Breckenridge October 23, 2013 at 12:40 pm #

          Rita:

          If managers are indicating they will call and they don’t, there could be several reasons. They may be finding other former Publix associates who applied and received stronger referrals from their former managers or who had stronger performance evaluations when they were at Publix. Or it could be that your availability isn’t a good match. Or it could be that the results of the assessment you took when you applied were not as strong as other applicants. You can retake that assessment after six months. I would recommend speaking to the managers again to see what you can to do improve your chances of being rehired.

          Patti

          • rita October 23, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

            my availability is very flexable (35hrs) is there anyway u can check my apt and see if im rehirable because left on good terms course I retired from 180 thank you for your help:)

          • Patti Breckenridge
            Patti Breckenridge October 23, 2013 at 2:26 pm #

            Rita:

            When you apply, you are notified if you are not eligible to be rehired. So if you applied and were not notified, you are good to go.

            Patti

          • rita October 23, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

            ok Thank You very much,thats good news

    • consult911 August 18, 2012 at 1:08 pm #

      One thing you might try free2besk8ing is re-iterating to your direct managers that you need additional hours and would be willing to work any position in order to be able to do so. In addition to that, I would talk to managers in departments outside of yours that you would be willing to work in. One last thought, please realize that you are most likely not the only associate in that predicament, so you will really need to stand out and work extra hard to get ahead. One more thing, sometimes other stores in your area might need some extra help – which is another avenue to picking up some extra hours. HTH!

  3. eviesmalls August 16, 2012 at 8:06 pm #

    Wow. This is just so cool. I worked for Publix briefly about 5 years ago and would love to return. I thoroughly enjoy the retail/grocery environment and have had a very rewarding career [cashier to front-end manager]

    The closest store to me is in Gainesville, GA, 25 miles south. Is there any way to apply other than in the store kiosk? thx.

  4. melindachemaly August 17, 2012 at 3:07 am #

    Thank you for sharing your stories with us Patti, I enjoy reading your blog. I’ve been working for the company for about 8 years now and I really do enjoy meeting new people and learning a little bit about our company everyday. My dream is to one day work for corporate so I can share all my great stories and make a difference in providing premier customer service. -Melinda

  5. kbesaw April 3, 2013 at 7:10 pm #

    Your story is very uplifting. I wish I could become an employee of Publix so I can show them how capable I am of doing the job. I was in retail for 22 years in New Jersey, and have a lot to offer. Publix is the place to be.

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge April 8, 2013 at 9:48 am #

      I hope you will apply at Publix! Make sure you speak with a manager after applying to let them know about your experience.

  6. scdowner September 24, 2013 at 5:19 pm #

    Dear Ms. Patty Breckenridge,
    This is a personal Thank You letter to YOU!!!!
    When I first visited the Publix web page I was looking for a part time job, but when I read all the information about the company I decided that I wanted a career with Publix instead. The amount of work the company puts into their web pages including your blog is what made me change my mind. Your right it is easy for companies to say what is important to them, but it is a whole different story to go to the stores and talk to the employees to see if what is at the top level actually makes it to a store level.
    Here comes the part I am grateful to you for, I have been working since I was 16 years old, but as an adult I have only had 3 full time jobs and a few part time jobs that I held at the same time with the full time positions so in 22 years. So I am not what you would call a professional job seeker and because of the information you and other links from Publix, I was able to land a awesome job with Publix a couple of weeks ago.
    At first before reading all of the information provided by you and Publix, I made the mistake of just putting in an application and then going back to refresh it each month. Then I received an e-mail suggesting I introduce myself to the manager of the Department I was applying for.
    I did but still not able to land a job with them. So I took it one step further and I put together a resume and hand delivered it to a store I really wanted to work at and it got the General Managers attention and he hired me.
    I did everything that was recommended and included eleven top interview questions with honest answers, job recommendations from my prior jobs with the most recent employee elevations, my military awards and community projects I had helped with. I am working in the Deli part time and in time I hope to move to full time. My long term goal is to one day be a valuable member of the management team.
    Thank you again, what you do is appreciated and the information used. Just thought you would like to know that you do reach out and touch the lives of other people in a positive way and for those that heed your advice success happens. Sandy D.

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge September 25, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

      Sandy:

      Thank you for taking the time so write such a thorough, inspiring message to me. You should be proud at how persistent and thorough you were. I am so happy for you. And thank you for the nice words. It’s great to know that someone out there reads our web pages and blogs.

      Patti

      • samuel black July 13, 2014 at 8:52 pm #

        Hi Sandy, I am trying to locate Publix’s job application? Email:sakemonkga@yahoo.com

        • Patti Breckenridge
          Patti Breckenridge July 14, 2014 at 6:18 pm #

          Samuel:

          If you want to apply to work in a store, you have to go to the store to apply.
          If you want to apply for a position in our corporate offices, distribution centers, or manufacturing plants, you can see the openings at http://www.publix.jobs/support.

          Patti

  7. sandy314 April 20, 2014 at 11:32 pm #

    I did apply for a job at Publix, on April 5Th. I do want to apply again. I did work as a cashier for many years. I know I can be a asset to this company. I was so pleased to hear from Publics as soon I filled out the application. NO OTHER companies have been so polite in returning a reply. Hope to hear from Pubix’s with good news. Thank You Sandra Mauro. Email mauro00146@gmail.com.

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge April 21, 2014 at 9:52 am #

      Sandra:

      Thank you for the nice words. I also hope you get called soon!

      Patti

  8. samuel velez September 4, 2014 at 4:13 pm #

    I want to give the thanks to the person who works with this site because i had a problem and i make coment her and the next day i was recieving help thanks and keep that job.

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge September 5, 2014 at 10:23 am #

      We’re glad to be of service!

      Patti

  9. josedejongh November 19, 2014 at 3:15 am #

    Hi Patti,

    There is a new Publix opening in Miami-Fountain square, I called customer service 2 weeks ago and they suggested I apply at any store and then spoke to the store mgr at that store to give the DM a heads up about my application
    Later that afternoon the store mgr were I applied called me back and said the DM had told him the opening of the fountain square store had been pushed back until 01/08/15, today I saw on your Publix website it is scheduled to open 12/11, I have passed by the fountain square location and it looks like it will be ready soon, I was told generally they will post a now hiring on the front windows, but nothing is happening, can
    You please confirm the store opening?? And what should be my next move?!

    Thanks
    Jose

  10. dlg621 November 25, 2014 at 10:15 pm #

    Hello,
    I would like to know if Hourly Support 2 positions are available at local stores or strictly at the Corporate Office?
    Thank you.
    Debbie

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge November 26, 2014 at 9:12 am #

      They exist in our corporate, distribution and manufacturing locations.

      Patti

  11. dmcaponi March 15, 2015 at 3:16 pm #

    Hello,
    I have first started to apply/ renew my Publix application around 9 months ago. I have also been walking in to three different Publix locations near me and have spoken to each manager. I am 16 years old and have been trying very hard to land a job at my my favorite grocery store. It would mean a lot if someone could tell me what am I doing wrong.
    Thank You!

    • Marcy
      Marcy March 16, 2015 at 3:37 pm #

      Hi,

      Thank you for reaching out to me. It sounds like you are doing all of the right things. My advice is to keep trying. Keep your application updated every 30 days and speak to someone in the store every time you go in to update it. When you speak to the Store Manager or department manager, tell him or her about your availability and your transportation to and from work. If you are relying on a parent to provide you with transportation, you may ask your Mom or Dad to go with you the next time you apply and speak to a Store Manager or department manager. That shows that you have the support from home to get you to work on time. We have a lot of applicants in our stores so the competition is stiff for a job at Publix.

      Good luck,
      Marcy

  12. dz6091 April 13, 2015 at 9:43 am #

    Hi, I used to work at publix back in high school in 2006, unfortunately I was discharged for not clocking out, then writing in the next day that I left at a later time, which was considered stealing time. When I was discharged I was put as non rehireable. 10 years later I’m wanting to work at the publix warehouse as a wharehouse selector, so I completed the application process and recieved an email a few days later saying “We appreciate your interest in submitting an application at Publix. However, our records indicate that you are not currently eligible for employment at Publix. For more information about your eligibility status, please call Publix Human Resources at (863) 688 7407, extension 52210.” I did call the number and was told that they will be emailing me an appeal form to sign and complete and mail it back. My question is, after completing this process is there a chance that I will be re hireable again? Or are my chances slim to none? I’m very concerned about this.

    • Marcy
      Marcy April 14, 2015 at 8:54 am #

      Hi,

      The Rehire Eligibility Team meets monthly and regularly restores rehire eligibility to former associates. It is definitely worth your time to complete the form and return it per the instructions on the form. I wish you the best and thanks for your interest in employment with Publix Super Markets.

      Sincerely,
      Marcy

  13. daymorera94 June 4, 2015 at 11:54 pm #

    I am curious on how many hours does a part time employee work, or does it depend on the possition you apply for? I would love to apply I have college classes and close to graduating.

    • Maura Satchell
      Maura Satchell June 5, 2015 at 9:50 am #

      Hi and thank you for your great question! It depends on the position and the availability you reflect. Flexible scheduling is one of the benefits our younger associates love since they can work around their school schedule. The important thing to remember, though, is when applying, think about and select shifts you could be available that are during our peak times – weeknights and weekends. It doesn’t have to be all of them, but it helps to reflect that you can be available during several weeknights and at least one weekend day. I hope this helps and wish you all the best!

      • malik7259 January 24, 2016 at 12:28 am #

        I just recently finished Publix orientation and i was wondering should i get a call back from my store, and also do i have to do something on oasis to find out my schedule.

        • Maura Satchell
          Maura Satchell January 25, 2016 at 5:23 pm #

          Your best bet is to return to the store that hired you and speak with a manager there. Best of luck and welcome to the Publix family!

  14. rbeatty90 July 15, 2015 at 4:51 pm #

    I have an interview this Friday at a local Publix. I was curious if you have a couple misdemeanors, such as DUI and simple assault, would it effect my chances of getting a job?

    • Maura Satchell
      Maura Satchell July 16, 2015 at 1:58 pm #

      I’m sorry for the delay in answering your very good question, I wanted to check on this. My best recommendation is that you reach out to our EAP unit in H.R. You can do so by calling 863-688-1188, extension 52005. Best of luck to you!

  15. calliss July 28, 2015 at 10:12 pm #

    Hello,
    I used to work for Publix last year as a Warehouse Selector. I stayed for only 1 month and left for personal reasons. I told the manager my situation and he was o.k. with it. Everything has been good for the past 6 months. I’ve even tried applying for the past 6 months. I’ve had 2 interviews for warehouse selector at the Publix DC nearby. Both interviews went flawless. But for some reason, I wasn’t selected. I called up to the DC and spoke with the person in the office who scheduled the interviews to ask why and they said they don’t know…just keep applying. I would hate to keep applying and interviewing if I keep getting the email saying that I wasn’t chosen but to, ‘keep applying for other opportunities’. This particular job(selector) comes up often because the job is so, so hard and very few people can do it. I did this type of work for 5 years in past years. What would you suggest I do from here because I left on good terms. Could it be the managers saw I was only there for a month and could possibly leave again? Your thoughts.

    • Maura Satchell
      Maura Satchell July 29, 2015 at 8:05 am #

      Calliss, if you are concerned about your rehire eligibility, I would recommend you reach out to our Personnel Records Department. You can reach them at 863-688-1188, extension 55255. Otherwise, you probably realize even though these openings are posted frequently, we often get upwards of 100 applicants competing for the same position, so it is highly competitive. I wish you all the best.

  16. bixby101 March 20, 2016 at 11:57 am #

    Hey i applied for publix and they were all for hiring me and unfortunately i did not pass my background check. How long must i wait before reapplying if i had it taken care of? It was only a misdemeanor and it was 7 years ago. Non violent.

    • Maura Satchell
      Maura Satchell March 22, 2016 at 1:25 pm #

      Hi Bixby, I apologize for the delay in replying! I’m checking on this now and will get back to you.

  17. coconut202 May 22, 2016 at 12:33 pm #

    Hi I’m Eric, and I’m 14 years old will be 15 in October I recently applied to my local publix but I’m worried because of my age they won’t hire me. Have you ever worked with or seen a 14 year old working there and also should I call? And how long after should I call? Also any other tips? Thanks!

    • Maura Satchell May 23, 2016 at 11:57 am #

      Eric, our youngest associates are, in fact, 14 and proudly serve Publix as Front Service Clerks, Cashiers and Floral Associates. My best advice is that you head back to the store, speak with a manager, let him or her know you’ve applied and why you would make a great Publix associate. Also reassure them you live within easy distance or have stable, reliable transportation so they know you’ll be on time and ready to work for each schedule shift. Here are several more tips for you. Best of luck!

  18. Patti Breckenridge
    Patti Breckenridge October 23, 2012 at 11:22 am #

    You are most welcome!

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