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Who wants to work at a supermarket?

Patti Breckenridge

Patti Breckenridge

The American culture attaches a lot more status to doctors, lawyers, bankers and professors than to cashiers, stock clerks, bakers, meat cutters and grocery managers.  So some people wonder how anyone could enjoy these “lesser” jobs.  Perhaps some of the stories below will provide answers.

 I have received more than 660 letters from Role Model associates in our stores.  Those are associates who score the highest on our retail performance evaluations.  They have written to me about many topics, but a recurring theme was how much they loved their jobs.

 Here are seven examples:

“I am an Aprons clerk.  During the week, customers stop by my table to sample the meal I am preparing, to ask for a shopping list for the meal, or sometimes to just say hello.  It is the bond with these customers that makes my job so special.  Some are close friends and some are casual friends.  Some are new friends, some are old friends.  And some are friends that haven’t stopped by yet to get acquainted.”  – Brandon associate

“My friends and family ask me how I can be so happy every day I go to work.  I tell them working at Publix is one of the most positive experiences of my life.  The environment there is open and friendly and all of my co-workers are good people.  I am so busy at work that before I know it, my day is over.  I have lots of friends who are not happy at work and are always complaining about something.  I try not to brag too much because they might get jealous, but I can’t help but tell them how happy I am at work.”  –  Gainesville associate

“I’ve worked at Publix almost 3 years and the friends that I have made with customers and co-workers has been such a gift.  It’s such a rush to make a customer happy and see the smile on their face.  And making my bosses happy by being the absolute best is equally important to me.  No one can do this job alone, and everyone in the store counts on everyone else to get the job done and make the customer happy.  So, 3 years later, who would’ve thought?  I’ve made friends that will last forever.  I have medical benefits, a retirement plan, company stock, long-term disability and long-term happiness and security.  I own my own home, pay my bills, have several weeks of vacation.  I don’t have to worry about having a job tomorrow when I wake up.  Working at a grocery store?  The best thing that ever happened to me.  Working at Publix?  I wouldn’t have it any other way.” – Cape Coral associate

“What I want to say is that I am grateful, thankful, and happy for giving these past five years of my life to Publix.  Honestly, they have been the best years of my life in America.  I love my job, our customers and my co-workers.  I thank God everyday for giving me the opportunity to work at such a fantastic place with such gregarious, friendly people.” – Windermere associate

“I started working at Publix as a bagger when I was 16.  That’s almost 30 years ago.  During all of that time, many managers and co-workers have served at my store.  Almost every one of them has been kind to me and very understanding of the fact that I have a learning disability which makes it difficult for me to work with numbers.  Over the years, I have seen my Publix hire several different people who also had physical or mental challenges.  These individuals have all been given patience and understanding as they worked to learn their jobs.  I am proud to be part of our Publix  team, and I work hard to be as kind, patient and understanding of our customers and their needs as Publix has been to me.” – Tampa associate

I have five sons and working for Publix has allowed me to grow up with them.  I have been able to serve as a coach for Little league Baseball for 10 years because of the flexible schedule I was given.  If that wasn’t enough, all my sons are in Boy Scouts.  The flexible vacation time allowed me to be their Scoutmaster for 16 years.  Publix has worked with me over the past 25 years so that I could help the youth in my community become leaders.” – Boynton Beach associate

“Publix has been with me as I finished college, dated and then married, gave birth to my three children and then moved 300 miles to a new city to start a new chapter of our lives.  Publix stayed with me like a loyal friend.  You hear about the hidden benefits when you hire on to a new company, but one benefit that Publix has always offered its associate is a sense of family.  Publix demonstrates a true belief in taking care of their people, which is just as important to me as a paycheck.  I am proud to work for a company that still values its associates above anything else.”  Middleburg associate

Their words speak for themselves.

 

Patti Breckenridge
Recruiting Manager

29 Responses

  1. drluthercharles2007 December 21, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

    MY NAME SIS LUTHER CHARLES I M AN INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL DOCTOR WORK FOR PUBLIX FOR 3 YEARS NOW AS A FRONT SERVICE CLERK IN MIAMI DIVISION.I M PREPARING MY RN AND MY LABORATORY LICENSE.THE FACT IS I LOVE PUBLIX SO MUCH AND I D LIKE SPENDING MY WHOLE LIFE WORKING FOR THIS COMPANY.I M PRETTY SURE THAT YOU GUYS HAVE SOMETHING MATCH TO ME.I WANT TO THINK THIS COMPANY BEACAUSE YOU GUYS GIVE A CHANCE TO STRUGGLE AT THE SAME TIME DREAM BETTER.ALWAYS PROUD OF DOING MY JOB WHICH SERVE PEOPLE.ALL I NEED IS JUST CHANCE TO GO FORWARD IN THIS COMPANY

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge December 21, 2012 at 4:39 pm #

      Dr. Charles: How fortunate we are to have you on our team! We have a Medical Case Manager opening right now. That’s the only medical-related opening at this time. (Go to http://www.publix.jobs/support to see openings in our corporate, distribution and manufacturing facilities). I hope this helps.

      • drluthercharles2007 December 21, 2012 at 9:47 pm #

        THANKS A LOT MISS PATTI FOR YOUR QUICK ANSWER THAT’S CALL” PUBLIX GREAT SERVICE. THAT’S WHY I LOVE PUBLIX.I M TRYING TO APPY FOR IT RIGHT NOW MISS PATTI . HAVE A GOOD ONE

  2. aacevedo51@gmail.com December 29, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

    I always buy everything in Publix and I want now work in this Company. Thank you and have a good one.

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge January 2, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

      And thank you!

  3. yisethb January 7, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

    I would like to work at Publix, because it is a store that meets the needs of customers, offering quality products and maintain good performance at all, even the staff working… I will be happy if I get a job’s opportunity there

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge January 8, 2013 at 11:44 am #

      I encourage you to apply at a Publix store near you. There is a kiosk in each store. You can apply there and stores in the area will also see your application. Then go speak with a manager to briefly explain why you would make a great Publix associate!

      Patti

  4. bestmama02 January 30, 2013 at 11:02 am #

    I was at my last position for 10 years and laid off. Customer service is so important to keep customers and build business. I miss sending customers off happy and hearing them say they will be back because of the service. I wirked at a store (not Publix) that closed 2 weeks ago and cannot wait to work again. I will apply today. Thanks for this blog!

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge January 30, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

      You are more than welcome! Thank you for thinking about Publix!

  5. khurshida88 February 11, 2013 at 4:24 pm #

    Hello im a stay home mom i have 2 years old son. I would like to work at Publix but i have no experience?

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge February 11, 2013 at 4:35 pm #

      Thank you for your interest in working at Publix! We hire some people who have had no work experience, so I encourage you to apply. However, I want to be honest and tell you that most of the people we hire have had some work experience. In fact, many have previously worked for Publix or for other retailers.

      Patti

  6. deparis24 February 25, 2013 at 9:59 pm #

    Just attended the mobile, Alabama job fair and it was a terrific experience. I’ve been unemployed for 5 months. I have basically gave my ask at the fresh market but they wouldn’t let me advance to more opportunity. The question I am asking is will there be opportunity to get ahead in,this great supermarket???? And also I would like to know can a resume help during the career fair???? Thanks

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge February 26, 2013 at 2:47 pm #

      Thank you for applying! I know that dealing with unemployment is a real stresser, both financially and emotionally. I hope you get one of our Mobile jobs! For information on career opportunities in our stores, please go to http://www.publix.com/careers/Stores/Management.do.

      Patti

  7. katieshelby March 17, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

    I really, really want to work for Publix. I love the store, it’s always so clean and everyone is so friendly. Please hire me…

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge March 20, 2013 at 9:22 am #

      Please apply and make sure your availability is as open as possible.

  8. amj2016 July 10, 2013 at 3:59 pm #

    My name is Anthony Jacobs and I would like to apply at Publix as a bagger or casher

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge July 10, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

      Anthony, we would welcome your application! You just need to go to a Publix store of your choice to apply at a Job Application Center kiosk. Your application will be seen by other stores in the area.

      Patti

  9. ashley_0359 August 29, 2013 at 10:12 pm #

    Hi , im 14 and I was wondering if I could get a job at Publix just packing bags stuff like that

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge August 30, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

      Hi Ashley!

      We do hire 14-year-olds from time to time as Baggers. But I want to let you know there is a lot of competition for all of our openings. Please apply at the Job Application Center in the store where you would like to work. Then ask for the Customer Service Manager and explain why you would like to work there. Good luck!

      Patti

  10. nylass December 2, 2013 at 2:44 pm #

    Hello!!!

    I hope you had a very Happy Thanksgiving!!!! I know I did….especially when we shop at Publix regularly!!! We always get the best of everything when we go there!!! And the people there are always so kind.

    I used to work for Publix….in Lakeland, Fl!! I worked actually for the Publix Employees Federal Credit Union. I worked for them for 6 wonderful years. However, PEFCU AND PUBLIX…..no longer work together and PEFCU doesn’t offer benefits anymore like Publix Associates. I was very Heartbroken by this when this happened. Today,…..I am acutally on Disability….but would love Very Much to be able to Work for Publix again in the near future. I have Big Hopes to work as a Cashier. Why a cashier cause that is the job that makes me the happiest. I am really hoping it works out and that Publix can give me another opportunity to work for them because I plan to Retire with them.

    Do you think I have a good chance of going back to work for them???

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge December 2, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

      Do you have someone at PEFCU who can write you a letter of recommendation? If so, what I would suggest is applying at a Job Application Center kiosk in a store of your choice and then asking to speak briefly with a manager on why you think you would make a great Publix associate. At that point, you can share your resume and letter of recommendation with him or her. Does that sound like a plan?

      Patti

      • nylass December 2, 2013 at 3:56 pm #

        Yes….that sounds like a plan….but……I have tried to get a Letter of Recommendation from a previous Supervisor there…and they were told they were unable to do that. I have Co-Workers from there that I can put as REFERENCES??? Maybe that will work….do you think that would be ok?? Thank you so much for your prompt response. I really appreciate your help!!!

        • Patti Breckenridge
          Patti Breckenridge December 2, 2013 at 3:57 pm #

          Many companies prohibit managers from writing letters of recommendation, so that’s not unsual.
          References from co-workers aren’t effective, so don’t bother with that.
          Many applicants don’t have letters of reference. I was just asking, in case.

      • nylass December 2, 2013 at 4:08 pm #

        Yes….that sounds like a plan….but……I have tried to get a Letter of Recommendation from a previous Supervisor there…and they were told they were unable to do that. I have Co-Workers from there that I can put as REFERENCES??? Maybe that will work….do you think that would be ok??

        Thank you so much for your prompt response.

        I really appreciate your help!!!

  11. nylass December 2, 2013 at 4:11 pm #

    That is ok!!! I appreciate any advice u can give me!!! Yes…that is exactly what happened in my case. Then, I will be sure to go to the JAC Kiosk and fill out an application. And I will take your advice about talking with the Manager about the position I want. It’s a really great idea.

    Have a Great day!!!!

    P.S. Sorry for the commenting twice!!! I thought the first one didn’t go through.

  12. Patti Breckenridge
    Patti Breckenridge April 8, 2013 at 9:47 am #

    Thank you for your feedback!

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