When you are looking for a job after your release, you might consider a company like Wegmans if you have experience at a grocery store.
The issue is whether or not Wegmans hires felons.
In this blog post, we’ll cover the following:
- About Wegmans
- Hiring Process
- Background Check?
- Ann Opportunity for Felons?
- Does the Type of Felony Matter?
- Can You Run a Background Check on Yourself?
- Steps to Take
Wegmans is a supermarket chain founded in 1916 in the Northeastern U.S. with 95 stores currently in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts.
Wegmans has more than 47,000 employees and is one of the largest private companies in the nation.
They are annually rated among the Top 100 Places to work. The company believes that good people, working toward a common goal, can accomplish anything they decide to do.
Their goal is to be the very best at serving the needs of their customers. They believe that they can achieve their goal only if they fulfill the needs of their own people.
First, you must be at least 16 to work at Wegmans.
Most positions at Wegmans will be entry-level store jobs, such as cashier, customer service associate, clerk, and cart attendant positions.
Getting a job at Wegmans begins by setting up an account on the Wegmans website. Once you do, you will be able to complete and submit an application.
After that, there will be two interviews, one over the phone and one in person with an assistant manager or a store manager.
In the interview, you can expect questions that are situational about how you would deal with a variety of issues relating to customer service and getting along with fellow employees and managers.
Knowing some about the company and its philosophy will be helpful in demonstrating your interest and motivation in working there.
Yes, there will be a background check as is customary with most companies.
During the application process, you will be asked to consent to a pre-employment background check. If you do not consent to this, you will be eliminated from consideration. Any employment offers that are made will be contingent upon passing this background check.
Maintaining a drug-free environment is important at Wegmans. Therefore, you will also need to consent to a pre-employment drug screening.
Typically, a Wegmans background check will go back seven years, looking for any felony conviction. The reason for this is to help ensure that customers and fellow employees remain safe.
An Opportunity for Felons?
Yes, Wegmans has a strong history of hiring felons. They want to help give those who have had life struggles get another opportunity in society.
This is part of the company’s goal to give help to those in need.
That is still not to say that they will hire all felons.
Wegmans will consider you based on:
- The nature of the offense and the circumstances
- Length of time since the conviction
- Work experience
- Your skills related to the job for which you are applying
In evaluating the results of the background check, Wegmans will look for discrepancies between the report and your responses on the application.
They want to make certain that you are accurate in what you reveal about yourself. They also evaluate the nature of any criminal offenses discovered by the report.
Does the Type of Felony Matter?
Yes, it will make a difference as to the nature of the felony whether or not Wegmans may be willing to give you a chance.
Wegmans will not hire anyone with a violent or sexual offense. This is because of the belief that crimes against persons are among the most serious of all. These show a complete disregard for other people, their lives, and their well-being. All of these go against the philosophy of safety that Wegmans holds in high regard.
They typically don’t employ individuals with a conviction of theft or forgery. These crimes violate the trust of the company, if they are unable to believe that you can be trusted to handle money or even to be around finances.
Other than these types of felonies, Wegmans is typically willing to give felons an opportunity.
Can You Run a Background Check on Yourself?
Of course you can run a background check on yourself. In fact, we recommend doing exactly that.
Doing a background check on yourself before applying at Wegmans will let you know exactly what Wegmans will find when they do their review.
If you have any questions, you can contact an attorney. It is essential to take action and not risk a chance on the results.
Don’t take a chance. After all, this is your future at stake. So why wouldn’t you want to know what would come up in a background check?
The more you know the better prepared you will be to answer any questions that could come up in an interview.
This also means being honest with Wegmans about your past and your criminal record.
If you aren’t open and honest, this would constitute fraud, which is a punishable offense that could land you back in prison.
If you are eligible, you could have your record expunged. That would enable you to honestly state on an application that you don’t have any convictions on your record.
Steps to Take
Now you have a good idea of your chances to be hired at Wegmans. They are certainly willing to help you in your efforts to reenter society.
If you are open about your past and don’t have a serious violent or sexual offense, you may succeed here.
Take advantage of the opportunity and don’t let your past bring you down. Only you can decide how important getting a job is. No, it isn’t easy. But don’t get discouraged. Let a company like Wegmans give you a hand.
You don’t have to be defined by your mistakes. Let your response to your mistakes define you, and control what you can in your future.
Live a new, honest life with your family and friends beside you.
So what do you think about this blog post about whether or not Wegmans hires felons? Have you or someone you know tried to get a job at Wegmans? What was that like and what happened? Please tell us in the comments below.