The Kroger Company, founded in 1883 in Cincinnati Ohio, is a grocery store chain with more than 2,700 stores in 35 states and the District of Columbia. They are the second largest retailer in the United States (behind Wal-Mart), with more than $115 billion in sales annually. More than 443,000 people currently work for Kroger, in positions that range from cashiers to stockers to store managers. With its presence in so many states and its diverse array of jobs, perhaps Kroger is the right choice for many job seekers.
Working at Kroger
Kroger employs more than 443,000 workers. Hourly jobs at the company include cashiers, deli clerks, meat clerks, pharmacy tech, cake decorator, meat cutter and e-commerce clerk. Salary jobs at the store level include store managers, department managers and store e-commerce managers. There are also a number of headquarters and regional corporate jobs, such as accountants, marketing managers, plant managers and mechanics. Kroger’s headquarters is located in Cincinnati and there are regional offices in Nashville and Irving Texas.
The majority of jobs at Kroger are located within the grocery stores. Cashiers and clerks are the people who ring up grocery orders, assist customers and stock shelves. Department clerks and managers see that those “stores within stores” are stocked with merchandise and running smoothly. Store managers and assistant managers oversee the entire store operate and handle customer concerns. Most jobs at Kroger require applicants to have a high school degree or the equivalent and excellent communication skills. Some require previous retail experience and knowledge of a second language (usually Spanish).
Hourly pay for cashiers at Kroger starts at around $8 to $9 per hour. Most work 20 to 30 hours per week. Pay varies somewhat by region of the country and the local minimum wage laws there. Pay for department managers averages between $10 and $22 per hour, depending on experience. Store managers can expect to make around $64,000 annually. Kroger offers a full menu of benefits for employees who have been with the company at least one year. Some of these are available to part-time employees. These include group healthcare coverage, dental care, vision care, paid time off, holiday pay, vacation pay and access to a variety of 401k retirement plans with matching. Employees at the corporate and regional offices also are eligible for group life insurance, paid sabbaticals and employee recognition programs. All employees are eligible for a small discount on Kroger brand foods. Employees receive annual pay increases and well as team incentives for meeting team goals.
Kroger is committed to diversity and putting the customer first. Their long history speaks well of the company’s ability to adapt to customer needs and the ever-changing retail environment.
Applying for a job at Kroger
Kroger has retail stores in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Most of these are located in the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and southern states. Many stores are open 24 hours and virtually all are open on weekends, so hourly employees need to be available all days and hours. Corporate employees usually work eight to nine hour daytime shifts. Kroger is committed to promoting, when possible, from within, so there is usually room for advancement in the company.
The best way to apply for a position at Kroger is to apply online. Available jobs and detailed job descriptions are listed below sourced from the Kroger Careers website and are sorted type of job and by location. You can also apply in person by requesting an application at the store service desk. Completed online applications are forwarded to the store management team. Successful applicants are then called for in-person interviews. As with any job interview, it’s a good idea to be familiar with the location, the merchandise they sell and the company, and to dress professionally.
Working at Kroger can be a great way to earn a little extra money or it can be the start of a successful career with a time-honored retail company. There are so many positions from which to choose at Kroger, it’s likely there will be a position available soon in a city near you.
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