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UniFirst – Why Work For Us?

UniFirst is one of North America's largest workwear and textile services companies. We rent, lease, and sell uniforms, protective clothing, custom corporate workwear, floorcare, and other facility services products to all kinds of businesses.

UniFirst's Corporate Mission is to be recognized as the quality leader in our industry. Our careful focus on serving each Customer's special needs and providing total satisfaction enables us to grow, to provide an equitable return on investment, and to create opportunities for all of our employee-Team Partners.

We serve more than 250,000 customer locations from sites in Canada, the United States, and Europe. And we operate nuclear decontamination facilities, cleanroom laundry operations, first aid service locations, product distribution centers, and our own manufacturing plants.

   

A message from our CEO

 
Ronald D. Croatti












 

In our eighth decade servicing North American businesses, all of us at UniFirst are working hard to maintain our Company's commitment to Total Customer Satisfaction.

We recognize that staying on top depends on the level and quality of our service, and we know to excel, we must be seen as exceptional by every Customer we serve. Each UniFirst employee-Team Partner understands this and it's their dedication and effort that is the driving force behind our continued success. 

- Ronald D. Croatti, UniFirst President and CEO
 

 

A UniFirst career can take you as far as you want to go. The truth is, uniform service is big business, and for the individual who is looking to roll-up their sleeves and get to work, a career with UniFirst can and will be tremendously rewarding. If you have the confidence and know-how to take a job from start to finish, you may quickly find yourself on the fast-track to success. The bottom line is, you'll control your own advancement opportunities. And we’ll make sure those opportunities are in abundance.

We are looking for bright, talented, energetic individuals who want to apply what they've learned in a dynamic and challenging environment. This is a chance to grow both personally and professionally in a company that has historically outpaced both the national economy and our own industry group in growth.

Many members of our management team have been with us for much of their careers, and through hands-on training and management practices, have become recognized leaders within our company and throughout our industry.

The fact is, it takes many different kinds of people to make UniFirst the success that is. Are you ready to do your part? Find out just how far a career with us can take you.

 

 There’s a reason we’ve become the billion dollar industry leader we are—because we’ve managed to attract and retain top talent. One of the many ways in we which do so is through our outstanding benefits package:

 

 

  • Job stability
  • Year-round employment
  • Continually growing company
  • Advancement opportunities
  • Quality reputation
  • Nationally recognized company
  • Equal Opportunity Employer
  • Learning experiences, team spirit
  • Involvement in decision making
  • Skill enhancement incentives
  • Knowledgeable mentors
  • Investments to facilities, equipment and technology ($40-$45 million annually)
  • Safety focused work environment
  • Competitive salary
  • Employee referral bonus
  • Open door policy
  • Participation programs (1st Teams, CAT teams)
  • On-the-job training
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Paid suggestion programs
  • Bonuses and incentives for performance
  • Attendance reward program
  • Caring management team
  • Job posting system
  • Annual performance reviews
  • Termination appeal process
  • No weekends
  • Drug-free workplace
  • 401K company match
  • Self-managed profit sharing
  • Direct payroll deposit
  • Discounted employee purchase program
  • Free uniforms
  • Long-term disability
  • Major medical insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Prescription drug card
  • Paid vacations
  • 8 paid holidays
  • Paid sick days
  • Paid bereavement
  • Paid life insurance
  • Paid short-term disability
  • Paid jury duty
  • Paid military leave
  • Casual dress days
  • Summer and Winter get-togethers

 

UniFirst is a rapidly growing company with opportunities available throughout its core business operations. All afford significant avenues for personal development and growth and provide for continuing career progression. Our Team Partners get top quality skills training, designed to enhance their performance and assist them with career advancement.

UniFirst Corporation has a strong history of promoting from within. In fact most of UniFirst’s senior managers have grown with the company.

Opportunities are abound for those individuals who possess a strong work ethic, a commitment to quality, and above all else, a passion for customer service.

At UniFirst, we believe that our employees should be as diverse as the customers we serve. So in addition to being an Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer, UniFirst encourages and supports diversity among its employees throughout North America and beyond. Here, you’ll find an environment brimming with different cultures, personalities and backgrounds. Not just because it is right, but because UniFirst believes a diverse workforce makes us a stronger company and allows us to better serve and understand our customers—people just like you.

UniFirst Reviews

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UniFirst Chairman, President, and CEO Ronald D. Croatti
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    Great to company to gain experience

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager
    Current Employee - Sales Manager

    I have been working at UniFirst full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    UniFirst is a great company to work for. They like to promote from within if at all possible. Wonderful training programs. Great company to get your food in the door for business to business sales.

    Cons

    You must work long hours during the week and also put in more time on the weekends to truly be successful.

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UniFirst Interviews

Updated Sep 11, 2014
Updated Sep 11, 2014

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    Anonymous Employee  in  Stockton, CA
    Anonymous Employee in Stockton, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at UniFirst.

    Interview Details

    Stockton, CA

    Applied through the company website. Was rejected before anyone talked to me.

    Applied again (same position same location) got a call from somewhere back east, from a nice young lady...very pleasant, not a day over 22 years old. Got thanks but no thanks email.

    Applied again (same position same location) got a call from Sales Manager to schedule phone interview in a day or two. Got the call. We talked for a long time...He asked questions I gave great answers. I asked plenty of questions, he gave answers.
    ***He also briefed me on the interview process...Phone interview, in person interview...if that went well you would meet with the GM and schedule an interview with him, and finally interview with a regional manager***

    At the end of the conversation he says "okay, If you don't hear from us it probably means we have moved on" WTF? Throwing out the thanks but no thanks disclaimer already? Unprofessional in my mind.
    In 20 minutes I had an email requesting an in person interview.

    At this point in excited, schedule the interview and ironed my shirt.

    Get to the interview...waited a few minutes. Here he comes, He takes me into the conf room and offers me a water, I say yes please. He disappears for 7 min. Comes back with warm water. He sits on one side of the big conf table I sit on the other...He says "we just switched from career builder to monster, I will be entering your answers so if it looks like I'm not paying attention it is because I'm following my screen" Um, okay. That was about our last eye contact. He did proceed to tell me how great he was.

    He goes through a bunch of "tell me about a time..." question.
    Tell me about a time:
    -you made a bad decision
    -you came up with an idea that was not well received, how did you handle it
    -you had to correct someone
    -you came up with a good idea
    -you had to get a team to work on one goal
    -blah blah blah

    Then hit me with: "rate yourself 1-10 in the following"
    -time management
    -knowledge of excel
    -knowledge of word
    -comfortable with technology
    -cold calling
    -presentation skills
    There were about 10

    So at the end of the interview he AGAIN throws out "If you don't hear from us it probably means we have moved on" WTF? Throwing out the thanks but no thanks disclaimer again? This time I know I am not going to be called again because I didn't get to meet the GM. I did call again and again and again, but no call back, of coarse.

    Interview Questions
    • What was unexpected was seeing a conf room microphone on the table linked to his laptop...recording the conversation.   Answer Question
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    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

UniFirst Awards & Accolades

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America's Top Companies, Forbes, 2009
50 Best Companies to Sell For, Selling Power Magazine, 2012
Sales Department of the Year (Services Category), Stevie Awards, 2010
Platinum 400: Best Big Companies in America, Forbes Magazine, 2011
50 Best Companies to Sell For, Selling Power Magazine, 2013
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Additional Info

Website www.unifirst.com
Headquarters Wilmington, MA
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1936
Type Company - Public (UNF)
Industry Consumer Services
Revenue $1 to $2 billion (USD) per year

Think removing lipstick from your collar is tough? Try cleaning radioactive clothing and equipment like the folks at UniFirst. The company makes, rents, launders, sells, and delivers industrial uniforms and protective clothing (shirts, pants, coveralls, jumpsuits, lab coats, smocks, and aprons), as well as non-garment items (such as floor mats and mops) from about 200 locations throughout North America and Europe. UniFirst also decontaminates and cleans garments that have been exposed to radioactive materials in nuclear facilities. Another segment of the company provides... More

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