Q: How do I know what openings there are at a specific store?
|Stores do not post a list of their needs because they change so rapidly. You may inquire about specific openings by going to Customer Service
at the front of the store and asking to speak with a manager. If you do this, tell the manager why you are interested in working at Publix
and whether you have already submitted an application or plan to do so before leaving the store. Don't be discouraged if you don't have time to
speak with a manager. Just make sure you choose the positions that interest you when you apply at
the Job Application Center.
Q: How do I know what management openings there are at a specific store?
|We do not advertise specific openings because most of them are filled through promotion from within. We do, however, accept résumés
from management candidates since we occasionally hire from outside the company, particularly for our Bakeries. We ONLY consider candidates who have worked
in a food retail setting (preferably a supermarket) and who have management experience. If you meet BOTH criteria, please contact a
Retail Staffing Specialist in the area where you want to work. If you do not have the required experience,
we would welcome your interest in a non-management position (see below). For more information on our management career path, see
Q: If I see a new Publix being built, where do I go to apply to work there?
|Our normal practice for hiring associates at a new location is to accept applications at several nearby Publix stores about 3 to 4 weeks before the new store opens. Signs are displayed at the new store and the neighboring stores with instructions on how and where to apply. If there are no Publix stores near the one being built, a sign at the new store will provide instructions on how to apply. Occasionally, we may also hold job fairs; check the sign on the store for details. Sometimes, the job fairs are announced in the classified section of the local newspaper.
Q: Will I be called after submitting an application?
|Only applicants who are chosen for interviews are called. Store Managers wish they could call every applicant and thank him or her for considering Publix during a job search. However, the number of applications we receive makes that impossible. If you are called, please ask which Publix store is conducting the interview since all Publix stores can see your application.
Q: How long is my application active?
|For 30 days. If you don't hear anything within the first month after you apply, we encourage you to return to the store to update your application, which will make it active for another 30 days. This process will only take a few minutes.
Q: Can I update my application at any time?
|Yes. You don't need to wait 30 days to do so, and the process is easy. Your application is updated simply by re-entering your name and Social Security number exactly as you entered it originally. It is important that you use the provided username/password pamphlet in order to make the update process quick and easy. The single sheet, tear-off pamphlet can be found in one of the side pockets at the Job Application Center.
Age and Schedule Requirements
Q: How old do you have to be to work at a Publix store?
|Federal and state laws regulate the employment of minors. These laws specifically regulate the hours that individuals under the age of 18 may work, the occupations in which they may be employed, and the hazardous equipment and/or materials from which they are restricted. Publix only accepts applications from job seekers who are at least 14 years old. However, not all of our stores hire minors due to the positions and shifts available at each location.
Q: What positions can a minor apply for?
|If you are 14 or 15, you could be considered for Front Service Clerk (Bagger), Cashier or Floral Clerk. If you are 16 or 17, you could be considered for those positions, as well as Bakery Clerk, Demonstrator, and other stocking positions. See our Job Description Chart for more details.
Q: If I'm 14 or 15, what hours can I work?
- During a school week, work hours must not begin before 3 p.m. or whenever school lets out (whichever is later) Monday through Friday and 7:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Work hours must not extend beyond 6:30 p.m. on any day.
- During a non-school week, work hours must not begin before 7:30 a.m. and can rarely extend beyond 6:30 p.m. on any day.
Q: If I'm 16 or 17, what hours can I work?
- During a school week, work hours must not begin before 2:30 p.m. or whenever school lets out (whichever is later) Monday through Friday. The time an associate can work until varies by state.
- During a non-school week, there are fewer restrictions on the times an associate can work.
Q: What is a typical schedule for everyone else?
|Shift times vary considerably depending on where you work in the store, what your job is, and whether you work part-time or full-time, but most everyone works on weekends because that is our busiest time.
Q: If I accept an hourly position, how long will it take for me to become a manager?
|Publix has always believed in rewarding hard work and dedication. Publix also has a long standing tradition of promoting their most qualified associates. This being said, if an associate demonstrates exemplary skill and performance they can reach Assistant Department Manager after six months of employment. Department Management can be reached after one year of employment. It is important to note that all eligible candidates are considered equally so it may take longer in areas with a higher concentration of qualified and interested associates.
Q: How do I apply?
|Go to the store where you want to work and look for the Job Application Center. Most applicants complete the application process in about 45 minutes. The first part of the application process, which takes about 20 minutes, asks for contact, education and work experience information. The second part is a short test that takes about 25 minutes. You can take the test at a later time if you wish, but the test must be completed within 7 days of submitting your application. Once you’ve taken the test, you cannot retake it for 6 months, so give it your best shot!