I personally would not recommend this place for permanent employment. I would recommend this job as either a stepping stone to something better or for young HS and college kids.
The pay isn't great, the hours unless you are full time will fluctuate and schedule won't likely be consistent. However they will be flexible with your school schedule, but my store manager used to always ask me "Why are you going to college? You know, you can make a lot of money with out the schooling".
It's thinking like that in my opinion, that will lead to a meaningless life. Hey I'm content with being mediocre! Going to school doesn't by definition make you exceptional, but it does however open potential doors. It is my firm belief (most likely biased, but mine none the less) that people who are managers at Publix, are and were failures in life. "I couldn't make it anywhere else, so I settled for Publix!" Seriously, not to bash all managers, because I've met some really good people who were in leadership roles. I just find them few and far between!
The only redeeming quality of Publix is the 401K plan and Publix stock. The stock is great! It's stable and is always increasing in value, on top of that you can earn stock just by working there. The company offers a match of up to 5% of your 10% deduction towards 401K. This is really where the benefits stop. If you are not full-time you will not receive sick time, bereavement, vacation (paid), and will accumulate less stock through Profit Plan. They do offer medical insurance to employees, but only if you are full-time and or earn 1500 hours a year as a part-timer. That's an average of 30 hours a week, many times they will not give you this. I qualified last year for the insurance, but I'm worried I won't qualify this year. If I decide to take a vacation or if someone in the family dies, I have to eat the cost myself.
Now that Oasis has been fully rolled out, the part timers like myself are going to get screwed. On top of it the full timers will be screwed because they will have less help. I work my own section on the truck crew. I do all the work of a full timer with the hours of a part timer. I'm getting used! Don't let yourself be used! It's life, you will be used wherever you go, but if you will be used by a company, use them too.
There are many unhappy associates at Publix. Not only hourly paid associates, but managers as well. Mr. Jenkins had a great idea, but his vision is slowly eroding away! Our last AVS (Associate Voice Survey) for our store had an all time low score for store morale and manager approval. Our managers came up with a prophylaxis! It is a poster outlining areas of improvement, yet the managers don't do any of the things they have listed. One point was that managers need to actively inform associates of opportunities in the company. If it isn't a department manager position, they don't care to talk about it. If it's corporate or warehouse, the managers don't want to talk about opportunities there!
If you are a college student, get your education and dip out while you can. It is likely your store manager will think you are an *** for furthering your education. I have been searching for other career opportunities since finishing school. I hope I can find something new and rewarding.
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