As a Publix owner and manager, I am sadly disappointed to say that I have been thoroughly disgusted with the company for five years now. I am currently planning a responsible exit strategy from the this disgraceful, unethical, abusive company.
Our founder, George Jenkins, must be rolling in his grave at what has become of his vision and hard work. Mr. Jenkins started Publix as a company that took care of its workers. Publix started with the best of intentions for workers and customers, but the corporation is now so drastically off course.
When you see associates smiling, it is because they have to! I have worked at many stores, and I have yet to meet a single person who honestly likes working there. They are there because they need the money. Workers are treated like ***, expected to do an absolutely impossible amount of work every single day. Managers are treated even worse, constantly stressed and failing to meet the impossible standards that corporate demands. Corporate piles on more and more rules, regulations, standards every week, yet they continue to cut back hours. So, everyone working in the stores is rushing, stressed, struggling, always falling short, failing, in physical pain, emotionally drained and totally fed up. Top that all off with constant negative feedback and such an inconsistent schedule that makes it impossible to plan an appointment (forget about joining a club or being able to commit to do anything fun outside of work), and it is safe to say that most associates have very little respect left for the company that they themselves supposedly own but barely have a say in.
I have learned a lot from my experiences there, but this has been the most negative, unhealthy journey in my life. Regardless of the risky economy, it is time to move on. I would only recommend Publix to people who don't mind being treated with no respect, who don't mind putting their *** job first every day of the week & every hour of the day, or who have absolutely nothing else to fall back on. These are my words of wisdom after over five years of detesting the job no matter how many raises and promotions I received. This experience has taught me that I value many things in life much more than money.
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