I worked for a Publix at 13th and 39th in Gainesville, FL. When I joined the Deli, I agreed to my hourly salary at 7.75/hr.
At Publix there are three job evaluations for the first year (one at three months, then next at 6 months, and then next at a year) and two evaluations a year after that.
I received my first evaluation on time. I received a wage increase promptly due to the increase in my quality of work, never being late, and 'being a team player'.
Between my first evaluation and my second evaluation, the deli manager changed. This manager and I did not get along (nor did he get along with most of the other deli workers). I continued to do my job, irregardless of my personal feelings for the new manager, and continued to get better at my job and come to work early/on time.
After the new manager was there for 2 months, I decided that I wanted to transfer stores as there was a store 20 mins closer to home that had an opening in both the deli and meat dept. I was told by both my manager, assistant manger, and store(!) manager that I could not transfer stores for another month. When I asked, I was told that I was the only person so far to request a transfer.
So another month roles around and I ask again. None of the managers recalled that I had requested a transfer and said that there were others who had requested a transfer before me, so I would need to wait.
To make matters worse I found out that a new hire was being paid 9.25/hr while I was being paid 8.25/hr. When it came time for my evaluation (which came 3 weeks after it was supposed to), I was told that I would be getting a raise of .25/hr, b/c I had been late 2 times (mind you I had never been late for work or from a break, ever) and I was "not being much of a team player" for the past 3 months.
I asked if I was preforming better than the new hire, I was told yes. Then I asked why I wasn't being paid appropriately, in turn I got a blank stare. I said the new hire is being paid 9.25/hr and is expected to do less work than me (on account of her learning the ropes), why am I being paid less? My assistant manager said that she didn't know how much the new hire was paid nor could she know until her evaluation (that's a lie, btw, the managers and assistant managers have access to that information and know it before the new hire's first day, the information is usually in their desk, in a folder).
I complained to my store assistant manager and store manager. I got no response from them. I decide to call out the next day (Sunday) and looked for new work. I found a new job (with better pay) and resigned on Monday. Later (after a few months) I found out from a friend, who was working at another Publix in Gainesville, that I had been lied to and could have filed all the paper work to transfer whenever I wanted to.
So current and future employees beware of Publix:
1. You should enter your evaluation with all your facts ready and if possible a copy of your time sheets. Also have them set a time and date for the eval, not just whenever they want to do it, you have the right to be ready for it. And the evaluation should occur withing two weeks of the proper evaluation date.
2. If you ever want to transfer and the management won't let you, go over their heads and call corporate. Call the regional manager and district manager if you need to. Also, talk to other store managers and ask about the process of transferring. Some stores really need experienced workers and will work with you to get you transferred to their store.
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