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Wegmans, Publix honored as top places to work

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Retailers rank among Fortune's best employers

NEW YORK — Wegmans Food Markets Inc. and Publix Super Markets Inc. have made Fortune magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2019, coming in third and 12th, respectively.

Both grocery retailers have appeared on the list every year since it was introduced 22 years ago. Rochester, N.Y.-based Wegmans has been among the top 10 companies in 16 of those years. It ranked second last year.

“There is nothing more important to us than being a great place to work for all,” commented president and chief executive officer Colleen Wegman. “The values we share across our company, starting with caring and high standards, are the foundation, and our customers appreciate our people for demonstrating those values.”

The list, assembled by Fortune and research and consulting firm Great Place to Work, is based on survey feedback representing more than 4.3 million employees, with respondents rating their workplace culture on 60-plus elements, including trust in managers, compensation, fairness, camaraderie and workplace traits linked to innovation. The ranking accounted for the experiences of all employees including women, people of color, LGBT individuals, older team members and employees with disabilities.

Lakeland, Fla.-based Publix moved up 35 spots, from No. 47 a year ago. The company also ranked No. 1 on the inaugural list of Fortune’s Best Big Companies to Work For.

“Let us count the many ways why associates love working at Publix,” the company commented on its website. “Some reasons are: good friends, excellent benefits, ownership, stability, career growth, community spirit, commitment to diversity and commitment to sustainability. Our associates are company owners. We believe if we take care of our associates, in return they will take care of our customers, and we hope you experience that every day.”

Hotel operator Hilton topped this year’s list. Rounding out the top 10 are Salesforce, Wegmans, Workday, Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants, Cisco Systems, Edward Jones, Ultimate Software, Texas Health Resources and Boston Consulting Group.


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