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Fortune Names Grocers To ‘100 Best Companies To Work For’ List

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Great Place to Work has just published its 23rd annual ranking of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, the list of the best workplaces in the U.S., created in partnership with Fortune. Grocers Wegmans, Publix and Nugget Markets were included on the 2020 list.

“The 100 Best show the way forward,” said Michael C. Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work. “These companies have created Great Places to Work For All—for everyone, no matter who a person is or what they do for the organization. As a result, they have built a path to realize the promise of artificial intelligence, gain strength from a diversity of perspectives, and thrive during downturns.”

Some findings from this year’s ranking of the 100 Best Companies to Work For:

  • 37 percent of this year’s 100 Best Companies have a workforce that is more than 50 percent female.
  • 12 percent of the companies on the list pay 100 percent of health care benefits for full-time employees.
  • Millennials represent 49 percent of the workforce at the 100 Best Companies, while Gen Z employees constitute 2 percent of their teams.

According to Great Place to Work, this year’s list is based on survey responses from more than 650,000 employees rating their workplace culture on 60-plus elements of the workplace. These included trust in managers, respect, fairness and camaraderie. The ranking accounted for the experiences of all employees across all demographics.

Wegmans ranked No. 3. The Rochester, New York-based company has been on the list every year.

“We are so grateful for our dedicated employees who have made us a part of this list for the past 23 years,” said President and CEO Colleen Wegman. “Our people make shopping and working at Wegmans a truly special experience every day. We celebrate and thank them for all they do to earn this incredible honor.”

Wegmans is now hiring for new stores set to open in Harrison, New York, in June and in West Cary, North Carolina, and Tysons Corner, Virginia, later in 2020. Applicants are invited to apply online at jobs.wegmans.com.

In 2019, Wegmans also ranked as a Best Workplace for Diversity, Working Parents, Millennials, Women and was ranked No. 1 on the list of Best Workplaces in Retail. In addition, they were named to People’s list of Companies that Care.

Customers and employees will celebrate the honor on Saturday, February 22, at 11 a.m., when cake will be served at every Wegmans store. For customers who prefer a healthy option instead of cake, Clementine tangerines will be available.

Wegmans Food Markets Inc. is a 101-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, Massachusetts and North Carolina. The family company celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016.

 

Publix named No. 39

Lakeland, Florida-based Publix Super Markets also has made the 100 Best list every year and came in at No. 39 this year.

For the second consecutive year, Publix has been recognized as one of Fortune’s Best Big Companies to Work For, ranking No. 7. This list debuted in 2019 and features only companies with more than 100,000 employees.

“I’m proud we continue to be recognized as a great place to work,” said Publix CEO Todd Jones. “These honors show the dedication our associates have to perpetuating the values Mr. George founded Publix on 90 years ago. We know these values are what make our company great and what make Publix the place where shopping is a pleasure.”

Publix is privately owned and operated by its more than 200,000 employees, with 2018 sales of $36.1 billion. Currently, Publix has 1,239 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.

 

Nugget Markets is No. 79

Woodland, California-based Nugget Markets came in at No. 79 on the Best 100 list this year. The family-owned company is known for its dynamic culture and work-life balance. It also has earned recent recognitions as a top workplace for women and diversity.

“We have a strong culture of family and fun at the core of everything we do,” said Eric Stille, president and CEO of Nugget Markets. “We come together as one family to create something very special and have fun with our guests and each other. As a company, we have three main goals: guest satisfaction, constant improvement and to be a world-class employer. I am so proud of our teams for making these goals become a reality—they aren’t just words on a wall, they’re what we live by.”

Dedicated to investing in its associates, Nugget Markets offers a variety of professional development opportunities including classes, field trips and college scholarships to help team members reach their goals and grow in their career. The company culture also focuses on positivity, camaraderie and fun with associate recognition, cash prizes and store-wide celebrations. The company has never had a layoff in its 94-year history, and its industry-leading benefits include a 401k with company match, flexible work schedule and zero healthcare premiums for its approximately 1,900 full- and part-time associates.

Family owned and operated since 1926, Nugget Markets is a full-line grocery store in Northern California that provides perishables and organics, chef-prepared foods, specialty grocery items and conventional goods in a European marketplace setting. The Nugget Market Inc. family of stores includes 12 Nugget Markets in Northern California, Fork Lift by Nugget Markets in Cameron Park, Food 4 Less Woodland and Sonoma Market in Sonoma.

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