Overview and benefits

Overview

Wegmans is one of the largest privately-owned companies in the United States. The grocery chain has almost 100 stores across the Mid-Atlantic region and New England. Wegmans strives to provide its customers with the best of ingredients, quality and service. The store hires helpful and friendly people and each store has quality food and products.

The store focuses on providing foods that are either organic or as natural as possible by leaving out artificial colors, flavors and preservatives. You can also see this love for good food in the other brands and products it carries as well. The company works with local farmers to provide fresh produce while supporting the community.

Wegmans has also been listed in Fortune’s annual “100 Best Companies to Work For” since 1997 (ranking second in 2018).

Website

If you want to learn more about Wegmans, you can visit its website at https://www.wegmans.com/.

Number of employees

Wegmans has approximately 49,000 employees across all of its locations and corporate offices.

Date founded

John Wegman opened the Rochester Fruit & Vegetable Company in 1916, where he delivered produce to local homes. His brother Walter joined him a year later, and they expanded the business in 1921 by buying Seel Grocery Co. and adding general groceries to the store’s offerings. Throughout the years, the stores presented many new innovations to its local communities. For example, in 1932, Wegmans had the first refrigerated display windows and produce sprayers in Rochester.

During the 1950s, the company made many changes to its employee benefits, such as raising salaries and introducing a profit-sharing plan. Wegmans started producing and selling its Wegmans Brand foods in 1979 with the slogan, “Food You Feel Good About.” 

Beginning in the 1970s, the company began getting more involved with its surrounding communities by donating to charities and nonprofit organizations as well as creating its own charitable organizations. In 1987, Fortune magazine named Wegmans best in customer service among food retailers. Wegmans first was named in Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” in 1997. Wegmans has gone on to win many awards and receive praise for its policies and procedures.

Company mission statement

Wegmans’ mission statement is: “Our commitment to you is simple: every day you get our best. Our customers tell us they choose Wegmans for the helpful people in our stores, help with delicious meals from our chefs and the freshest ingredients possible. Offering choice, quality and value in every aisle is how we hope to make your shopping experience a genuine pleasure.”

Industry

Wegmans is categorized under the food retail industry.

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FAQ

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

While age requirements can change depending on location and department, some Wegmans stores will hire people as young as 15 years old. For some jobs that require more responsibility, the age requirement may be 16 to 18 years old.

Does Wegmans require a drug test?

Most Wegmans locations conduct a pre-employment drug test.

How do much Wegmans employees make?

An entry-level cashier at Wegmans makes an average of $11.40 per hour with a range of $7.25 per hour to $17.60 per hour. The average annual salary for a team leader is $43,762.

What are the requirements to work at Wegmans?

Applicants at Wegmans should show the ability to provide excellent customer service. Other important characteristics are the ability to work quickly and efficiently, handle stressful situations and work well as part of a team.

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