Wegmans Food Markets, a century-old grocery chain with a mission to “help people live healthier, better lives through food,” has been on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For for the past 21 years. This year, they are ranked No. 2.
Company loyalty runs deep at Wegmans, and each employee strives to live out their shared set of values, which are caring, high standards, making a difference, respect, and empowerment. Last year, Wegmans was able to fill half of their open positions internally. They spent $50 million on employee development and $5 million on scholarships. They truly understand that taking care of your employees is the best way to take care of your customers, and they pride themselves on being a family-oriented company culture that offers more than benefits. Wegmans details their “total rewards” on their website. “This means that you’ll get more than health coverage and more than vacation days. As part of the Wegmans family, you’ll have a package that covers your health, your well-being, your family and your future.”
Part of this package includes mentoring and development programs for those interested in management and/or culinary roles. “We strongly believe that when you grow, we grow! We know every employee’s career path is different, so we make sure we provide you with the individual support and tools you need to reach your career goals.” Wegmans leadership is a true testament to this, considering more than half of their managers have worked there since they were teenagers, and were able to complete their education thanks to the scholarship program.
Learning and growing at Wegmans means that you’re given the opportunity to improve every day. No matter what part of the company you work in, it is important to us that everyone is engaged in our business, supports what we do, and continues to learn and grow. – Colleen Wegman, CEO and President