The Kroger Co., based in Cincinnati, announced mid-September that the retailer is looking to fill thousands of associate positions for the holiday season.

The open positions span several different departments including retail, e-commerce, manufacturing, supply chain, logistics, fulfillment, pharmacy and healthcare.

“With the holidays quickly approaching, we are preparing to hire associates who are passionate about making a difference for our customers and communities for the approaching busy season and beyond,” said Tim Massa, senior vice president and chief people officer. “We invite future associates to make a home at Kroger, not just for the holidays. Discover a fresh opportunity with competitive pay and benefits, flexible schedules and a promise to invest in your future.”

According the Kroger, the company has received recognition for its workplace culture. It was recently named a top place to work by the American Association of People with Disabilities and Disability:IN. RippleMatch also recently honored Kroger for excellence in early career hiring, and the company was ranked among Computerworld’s Top 100 best places to work in IT.

“In 2023, Kroger has committed a more than $770 million incremental investment in its associates, building on the $1.9 billion incremental investments in wages and comprehensive benefits the company has made since 2018, which has raised the average hourly rate to $18 or $23.50 per hour with comprehensive benefits,” the company said.

Kroger emphasized that it is working even harder to be a place for employees to thrive as it wraps up its acquisition of Albertsons Companies, Inc.

“The combined company will secure good-paying union jobs and offer even more opportunities for associates to grow their careers,” a Kroger representative said. “It will continue raising wages and improving comprehensive benefits, including $1 billion already committed post-close. Additionally, Kroger will provide 700,000-plus part-time and full-time associates access to its continuing education benefit and personal financial counseling.”

Kroger’s benefits and support for its employees include the following:

Wages & Benefits: Provides comprehensive compensation packages, including competitive salaries and wages, healthcare and retirement

Continued Education & Tuition Reimbursement: Offers up to $21,000 for both part-time and full-time associates to pursue educational opportunities. Since its inception, this program has contributed more than $38.8 million to empower more than 15,000 associates to further their education, with 87% of the recipients being store associates

Training & Development: Provides on-demand, role-specific training and resources through internal channels and modern learning platforms, as well as leadership, career advancement and diversity, equity and inclusion training

Health & Wellness: Supports associates’ safety, health and well-being through resources like The Well-Being Assistant powered by Magellan Health, that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and offers free counseling sessions and BetterHelp virtual counseling

Financial Coaching: Provides free financial counseling through the Goldman Sachs Ayco tool, giving associates access to coaches as well as online tools and resources to create a savings plan, learn how to avoid common financial pitfalls and explore opportunities to maximize all available company benefits

Perks & Discounts: Provides flexible scheduling, discounts on groceries, electronics, streaming services, travel and more

To learn more about the available positions, apply for a job, or check application status, visit Kroger's career website here.

This article is an excerpt from the October 2023 issue of Supermarket Perimeter. You can read the entire Seasonal Promotions feature and more in the digital edition here.