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Publix Reviews

Updated 17 August 2014
Updated 17 August 2014
1,170 Reviews

3.7
1,170 Reviews
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Pros
  • Great benefits; amazing 401k options; willing to work with a college student's schedule (in 78 reviews)

  • Good benefits and pay is raised at a decent amount throughout your career there (in 70 reviews)


Cons
  • I'm pretty sure this is illegal if I am not converted to a full-time employee but make (in 115 reviews)

  • People who can only work part time only get to work ONE DAY per week at times (in 64 reviews)

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Amazing.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Part Time Cashier  in  Wesley Chapel, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Part Time Cashier in Wesley Chapel, FL (US)

    Pros

    You're definitely going to improve your communication skills here. After a few short weeks, you'll begin to see yourself become bolder and less shy around strangers. If you work hard, and by Publix's definition of working hard, I mean just doing what you're told to do and learning the ropes very quickly, you'll be moved up fast. I was promoted to the Cashier position after 4 short months from being a Bagger. And depending on the availability at your store, you can be moved to the front office in a few months after that if you get cashiering down quick enough.
    Also, the company is privately owned by its employees, and the stock is constantly going up. So the longer you stay at Publix, the more money you'll make back. This is a great place to work when you're in high school or getting through college. Also, if you get a real job later on, you can work here once a month and still own stock. So after say 40 years of working your other job and here once a month, you're gonna have a very good retirement plan.

    Cons

    The short term benefits are nearly non-existent. You start at $8 an hour (or slightly above minimum wage if it changes), and every 6 months you get an evaluation. If you do okay-well you'll get a 25 cent raise. If you do excellent you'll only get a 50 cent raise. So getting up to the higher wages takes a very long time, but it is a retail store so you can't really complain.
    Also, you don't get discounts on food or anything. They give out Publix coupons to employees only every 2-3 months or so for a free item, usually ice cream or deli, or produce. Another way you can get free stuff, is if a customer tells your manager you did a great job or something awesome, then you get a customer compliment card. Which will either get you a free 6 inch sub (every time) OR a random free item which changes every few months, such as a bunch of donuts or cookies or ice cream.
    Training is very easy, you get to watch videos on the clock. It's the best part of the job because there are no customers around.
    As for the culture, well, hard work is valued. The harder you work, the more hours you'll get, the more your bosses will like you and the better chances you'll have at getting a promotion or higher raise.

    All in all, no real complaints, its a retail job at a grocery store, you get what you apply for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Publix is honestly one of the best places to work, keep up the good work and don't be afraid to get your hands dirty with the customers on a regular basis.

    Do not hide in your offices.

    Be sure to be friendly with all the associates, if you're friendly to them, they'll listen to you easier and feel more inclined to helping out around the store.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    My favorite job

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cake Decorator  in  Kissimmee, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Cake Decorator in Kissimmee, FL (US)

    Pros

    Wonderful benefits for employees. You literally own a piece of the company because they give you shares of stock. Great people! Can easily move up in the company.

    Cons

    Customer is always right and unfortunately you will follow rules the company provides however if the customer insists on having a manager come they override and give them what they want. Ends up making you feel stupid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be so quick to give in to customer complaints, maybe lying thieving customers are worth losing over making your employees look stupid.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Publix rocks!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cashier  in  Tampa, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Cashier in Tampa, FL (US)

    Pros

    Publix really cares about its associates as well as customers. They're very fair and committed to being the very best grocery store offering excellent service.

    Cons

    Ever-changing schedule each week. No consistency with work schedules.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Calm down when the higher-ups are coming for a visit. If the store is run the right way, there should be no panic attacks when the bosses show up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    A fantastic place to work.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Grocery Clerk  in  Acworth, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Grocery Clerk in Acworth, GA (US)

    Pros

    Great people
    Good pay for college students
    Flexible schedules
    Great management
    Constant raises
    Career opportunities
    Stock options (a while down the road)
    Great benefits even for part-time workers.

    Cons

    You're going to deal with annoying people, but that's expected in any retail job.
    It takes a long time to advance
    Full time employees are rare, and only sometimes deserving. Management tends to go by years rather than merit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If someone is doing an absolutely excellent job, consider giving them full time, or helping them advance.
    If you can determine that someone is serious about advancing in your company, you need to help them do so, rather than sit back and wait for time to pass.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very good

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Grocery Clerk  in  Orlando, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Grocery Clerk in Orlando, FL (US)

    Pros

    Sense of accomplishment
    Professionalism
    Organization
    Great benefits
    Clean stores
    Safe work enivronment

    Cons

    Very low starting pay for the work done

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hard work pays off

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Grocery Replenishment Specialist
    Current Employee - Grocery Replenishment Specialist

    Pros

    Benefits
    Publix Stock
    Family Atmosphere
    Good Bonusees
    Management cares and wants you to succeed.
    Interacting with customers everyday and providing them with the premier customer service they've come to expect.

    Cons

    Pay is on the low side.
    Moving up can be difficult.
    FL has so many stores that not much expansion is going on so new positions don't open up as often. Only when someone steps down\ retires does it seem movement happens lately.
    Once you go Full-time you don't get a set schedule which for some that like to plan things around knowing when their off days will be can be difficult.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company, for an extrovert.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier  in  Jacksonville, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Cashier in Jacksonville, FL (US)

    Pros

    Outstanding benefits and stock options, fantastic retirement plan, college tuition reimbursement available, friendly and reasonable management (most of the time), they hire as young as 15 (can be a pro or a con). You do not need a college degree to make almost decent money.

    Cons

    If you aren't a "people person" it can get very boring and monotonous. If you do not enjoy talking to people don't get a job here, I am a borderline introvert so my customer interaction reviews were borderline acceptable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Company to work for. They hire from the ground up. You have to get your foot in the door entry level.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Produce Manager  in  Hilton Head Island, SC (US)
    Former Employee - Assistant Produce Manager in Hilton Head Island, SC (US)

    Pros

    If your willing to work hard you can get into management pretty quick. Depending on experience 1-3 years.

    Cons

    learning the ins and outs can take some time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take time to listen and value the associates not as a means to get the job done but as part owners in the company. Publix is an employee owned compamy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Full time baker

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Baker  in  Spring Hill, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Baker in Spring Hill, FL (US)

    Pros

    Everyone is dedicated to the success of the company. Great support and training. Exceptional employees in all departments that understand the importance and execution of customer service and satisfaction. GREAT BENEFITS. Dedicated to family and community. Stress the importance of being active and dedicate in the community on and off of work.

    Cons

    Difficult to get into management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think that upper management need to focus more on "merit and skill" rather than how long an employee has worked with the company for promotions. I've seen and worked with some department managers that really don't belong in the position, while others are striving and working hard and are by far more suited for a management position, however, they are past over Doesn't make sense.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cashier  in  Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Cashier in Atlanta, GA (US)

    Pros

    great pay and benefits; managers will step in when there is a rush.

    Cons

    Often not enough people staffed during peak hours, expected to work over your shift if they're shorthanded during rush

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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