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Publix Reviews

Updated December 19, 2014
Updated December 19, 2014
1,369 Reviews
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Pros
  • Great benefits; amazing 401k options; willing to work with a college student's schedule (in 102 reviews)

  • Good benefits and pay is raised at a decent amount throughout your career there (in 79 reviews)


Cons
  • I'm pretty sure this is illegal if I am not converted to a full-time employee but make (in 135 reviews)

  • People who can only work part time only get to work ONE DAY per week at times (in 79 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great benefits, great customers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier/Bagger in Clermont, FL
    Former Employee - Cashier/Bagger in Clermont, FL

    I worked at Publix full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I was one of the few lucky individuals to have had the pleasure of working at one of the few publix gas stations (PIX) before they sold them off to circle k. After they sold our store our "family" which I consider my co workers from there, got split up into different publix supermarkets at the same rate of pay. $8.75 wasn't bad pay for a cashier along with the benefits. Holiday bonus, inventory bonus, free stock and option to buy more, time and a half on holidays.

    Cons

    Management could've treated transfers a bit better and taken into consideration that although our gas station was owned by publix, it did in no way mean we had any knowledge of how to work in a supermarket. I was left to fend for myself in a high school style environment full of juvenile pranks were played while management turned a blind eye to it. My locker had been broken into and personal items stolen, thankfully nothing of great value, and when brought to the attention of my superiors I was told nothing could be done because the cameras in that area were down. Management would leave cashiers in charge of managing me who obviously could care less about teaching me the proper way of getting things done. My opinion is solely based on one location/district other districts supermarkets might be run better and have better management so I cannot say it's a horrible job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay closer attention to your employees, some have amazing potential gone unnoticed because you allow others to oversee their work instead of doing it yourself. Security is important, not only that of your customers but also that of your employees. I speak from my own experience and on behalf of a few people who've been in the company for years waiting for more than a raise for recognition.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    I loved the company, but I could have had a better management team.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier, Seafood in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Former Employee - Cashier, Seafood in Saint Petersburg, FL

    I worked at Publix

    Pros

    They pay for your schooling, which is great. But it may take a long time to get the money if you get recompensated at all.

    Cons

    Its hard to get promoted within the company. It seems like you have to meet a certain criteria, that has nothing to do with your experience from inside of the company, or with other companies in general. Depending on your management team, if you are not the perfect little hispanic, or the perfect little black girl/boy, and you don't brown nose, you don't make it into management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually listen to your employees. They are people and have feelings just like any of you.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Okay place to work for short term employment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Front Service Clerk in Sebring, FL
    Current Employee - Front Service Clerk in Sebring, FL

    I have been working at Publix part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Most of the people that I've worked with have been great and hard-working people.

    Flexible scheduling for high school and college students.
    Good way for young people to make some money and get a couple years job experience.

    Job opportunities can be good if you give it all for Publix.

    Benefits:
    401(K)
    Stock
    IRA Retirement
    Insurance (Dental and Health) (if you work 1500 hours a year)
    Tuition reimbursement
    Vacation pay and time (if you're full-time)
    Sick pay and and time (again, only if you're full-time)
    Bonuses

    Cons

    Long hours on feet

    No breaks beside lunch break

    Sometimes work long shifts: 10-12 hours is very common among full time workers and even part time people. Managers work 11-13 hours everyday.

    Scheduling is not consistent at all which makes for poor life/work balance.

    Have to work 1500 hours every year in order to be qualified for heath insurance, this can be difficult for part timers.

    I haven't had too many rude customers, most everyone is nice but there are a lot of annoying and obnoxious ones.

    "Customer is always right" policy means that Publix always takes the customers side over the employees even in cases where the customer is dead wrong. This can cause resentment towards some of the customers.

    Publix has a tendency to cater to whiny and irate customers.

    All the rules can be overbearing. Sometimes it feels like Publix nitpicks at everything little thing that you do wrong and you end up getting written up for it. It makes working there feel more like a communist country at times.

    Workers sometimes have to do things that they weren't hired to do such as baggers and cashiers cleaning bathrooms or taking on the role of a janitor.

    Some of the workers can be cliquish and make you feel left out.

    We have to block the store on some nights, which seems pointless since the stockers come in late at night to stock the store anyway.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're doing great.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Publix it an ok place to work at

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Stock Clerk Replenishment Spec in Miami Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Stock Clerk Replenishment Spec in Miami Beach, FL

    I have been working at Publix part-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Free stocks , flexible schedule, rise every 6 month

    Cons

    Take a long time to make you full time .hard to grow with the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good company for long term goals

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Publix

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Warehouse Worker in Dacula, GA
    Current Employee - Warehouse Worker in Dacula, GA

    I have been working at Publix

    Pros

    Benefits, time off, bonuses, cafeteria, vacation

    Cons

    Management, compensation, training, late policy, hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    LISTEN!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Many years put in with nothing to show

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Bakery Clerk
    Current Employee - Bakery Clerk

    I have been working at Publix

    Pros

    You can form good relationships with coworkers. Many people that work here even wind up getting married. They are good with your schedule of you can only work certain days or hours. If your part time you can ask for time off and get it basically whenever you want. They give you free stock and bonuses, but you have to work at least 1,000 hours a year to get anything.

    Cons

    The pay is horrible and even if you have been there for years they will hire people making maybe a dollar less than you. They try and fix your scores on your evaluations so that you can only get a small raise or no raise at all. Your manager won't stick up for you when a situation like above arises because they don't want to get in trouble from the store manager, even if they tell you they don't agree with it. Unless you are a manager the pay is pretty bad. If your full time its a little better but then they basically own you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick up for your employees and pay them better. There is so much expected out of the employees, and to get treated the way we do at times, it doesn't make publix "a great place to work"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    It's a job!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Warehouse Worker in Deerfield Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Warehouse Worker in Deerfield Beach, FL

    I have been working at Publix

    Pros

    Work at distribution warehouse, work is steady. The company offers 401k and ESOP plan. Paid vacation and sick time.

    Cons

    Supervisors and upper management are total idiots. There is so much favoritism among management and their select few chosen associates. Supervisors should be fired none are competent enough to run place by themselves. They don't care about associates and depending on what department you are in even though it lists as full time ends up being part time . There is another thing as well the harder you work the more you are abused and expected from. all while if your lazy you get whatever you want all the way to the top your rewarded for it!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit or attend some training and coaching on how to treat employees. When you blatantly show favoritism openly among all associates it doesn't look good.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    You could do worse

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Front Service Clerk and Cashier in Valdosta, GA
    Current Employee - Front Service Clerk and Cashier in Valdosta, GA

    I have been working at Publix part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very flexible schedule; can set your own availability within certain parameters.
    Start above minimum wage (7.50) with opportunity for a raise every six months (25c), if you get good evaluations.
    Mostly happy, easygoing customers.

    Cons

    Good luck getting full-time.
    Micromanagement to the max, expect to be observed and scrutinized 24/7.
    Expected to close (11pm) at least once a week, usually weekends.
    Lack of quality training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you would train your workers properly and allow them to work autonomously you wouldn't have to constantly micro-manage.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Maybe a good choice for a younger person

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Deli Clerk and Then Scan Price Clerk in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Deli Clerk and Then Scan Price Clerk in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I worked at Publix part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I hear that they still have some decent benefits. Good company to grow with if you're young and ambitious. There's room for advancement if you start young enough. I got lucky and ended up in a store with a really good manager.

    Cons

    Tough company to work for if you're older, lost your job in another field and/or need them to work with a chaotic field (for example, if you have to work another part time job). The hours and shifts can vary widely so it's a bit tougher to coordinate with a second job if you have one and with a salary of $9/hr I really needed the second job. They tend to start almost everyone (from my experience) in more of an entry level position and you work your way up so it is good if you're in high school or college. From other people I have spoken with, older folks who start with the company were also started entry level positions and the older "veteran" employees will remind you often that you're a "newbie". It does make it tough when someone younger than you has weeks and weeks of vacation and sick time (they're not as generous as they used to be but people who have been there a long time have been able to retain their amazing benefits) because, if you're in a small store/department, you may be the only other person to do the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please start considering taking life experience and complementary skills into account when placing new, older employees. Even though my previous long time career was in a totally unrelated field, I had a great deal of applicable experience for a slightly more appropriate job like a front office position. I had previous banking and extensive customer service experience but instead ended up on my feet for 8-10 hours at a time. I have no problem with having a work ethic as I worked a great deal of tough physical jobs in my younger years (factories, manual labor, house painting, etc) but someone who has had a professional desk job for 15-20 is going to have a tougher time physically trying to go in and lug turkeys around, push dollies full of stock, bend down to the lowest shelf and then get right on the ladder to reach the highest shelf.
    My other suggestion would be that the high end of the salary range should not mean that an employee is not entitled to any raise based on good performance. I was told it was not possible for me to be provided with a performance raise because I was at the top of the salary range. I was also reviewed by two higher level employees who were not familiar with me as one didn't work hours that I did and the other was a transfer from another location.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Publix is an Okay place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Publix

    Pros

    Interchangeable hours, holiday friendly, smart

    Cons

    Strain on mental health, constantly calling on days off

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