Overview and benefits

Overview

Kroger Co. is the 17th largest company in the United States and is the leader in supermarket revenue in the country. Manufacturing remains a cornerstone to Kroger's innovative distribution model. The company makes around 40% of units sold in each store. A recent investment of nearly $3 billion has sponsored remodels and upgrades in each location.

The longstanding grocer saw success in the 19th century and never looked back. Innovations in technology create a broad range of food and staple needs of customers. Midwestern and southern communities thrive from affordable high-quality products available each day. There are now 443,000 employed in almost 3,000 Kroger stores around the world.

A large number of grocers, pharmacies, gas stations and jewelers further help this brand attract team members of all varieties. A program to support continued education is available to all associates. Kroger matches employee 401(k)s to assure the long-term success of people at all levels.

Website

Visit www.kroger.com for more information.

Number of employees

Kroger and its subsidiaries employ 443,000 team members in 35 states.

Date founded

A $372 investment in 1883 by Barney Kroger opened a small grocery store in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. “Be particular. Never sell anything you would not want yourself" became the motto for the rapidly growing business. Early success came from Kroger's innovative approach to the industry.

The Kroger Grocery and Baking Co. began fulfilling the daily needs of a community otherwise reliant on independent bakers. By 1930, 5,500 Kroger locations were throughout the United States. In time, Kroger became the first grocery chain to test food and control quality. Widespread success enabled the giant to acquire regional locations including supermarkets, department stores and gas stations.

Company mission statement

Kroger's mission statement: "Our mission is to be a leader in the distribution and merchandising of food, pharmacy, health and personal care items, seasonal merchandise and related products and services."

Honesty, integrity and respect are Kroger's core values. The retail chain offers an enjoyable shopping experience and production of affordable high-quality goods. Everyday needs of hardworking people are met as Kroger continues to uplift the neighborhoods it serves. Kroger’s commitment shines clear in the motto:

"Our purpose is to feed the human spirit."

Industry

Kroger is a retailer focusing on groceries, convenience stores, pharmacies and food production. A highly competitive industry includes some of the largest companies in the world. Regardless, Kroger remains the country’s largest supermarket chain in revenue. Over 9 million customers are served daily in stores located throughout the United States. 

Kroger continuously expands its brand with the release of new products in stores and online. The development of the Fresh Eats concept and the acquisition of a meal preparation brand, Home Chef, is taking the company in new directions. A recent agreement puts Kroger products on the shelves of Walgreens across the nation. The company is the fourth largest private employer in the United States.

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FAQ

How old do you need to be to work at Kroger?

Applicants must be at least 16 years old to qualify for most Kroger jobs. Opportunities range from entry-level cashier positions to a variety of management roles. Other more unique positions include florists, grocery clerks and pharmacy technicians.

Does Kroger require a drug test?

Passing a background check and drug test may be a prerequisite for Kroger part-time or full-time employment. Due to new marijuana laws, many locations wave the drug test requirement. Testing is required in cases of injury and policy violation for any job title.

How much do Kroger employees make?

The majority of Kroger job opportunities are part-time and paid hourly. Rates vary dependent on department and role. Pay ranges from $7.91 per hour for cashiers to $22.11 per hour for managers. 

Kroger associates (cashiers) earn an average of $7.91 per hour.

Kroger associates (backroom) earn an average of $13.46 per hour.

Kroger associates (assistant manager) earn up to $22.11 per hour.

What are the requirements to work at Kroger?

No prior experience is necessary for entry-level Kroger employees such as cashier, bagger or order selector. Store manager or courtesy clerk positions may require prior customer service and leadership experience.