As the year 2017 approached, the population of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, reached a level of 1.58 million people. A large city such as this offers numerous job opportunities in a wide variety of areas. While finding work is challenging for most people, it is even more difficult someone for someone with a felony conviction because of more limited opportunities due to their criminal record.
Below are some of the larger employers in Philadelphia and what to expect when applying with a felony record. Following that are some job options in the Philadelphia area that we think may be willing to hire felons.
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Aramark: This large company in the Philadelphia area has many job opportunities frequently available at a variety of skill and training levels. While most of these positions will be open to those with a clean record, our research suggests that Aramark does hire felons. This does not mean they will automatically hire any felon, but they may be willing to consider those who are serious about reentry. Naturally, it will depend on the nature of the felony offense, when it occurred, and its seriousness. This may be a place to apply.
Comcast: Comcast is a major employer in the telecommunications industry and offers numerous job opportunities at a variety of training and skill levels. Most of these positions will be reserved for those with a clean record. Our research suggests that Comcast does not hire felons. This will not be a place to look for work.
Crown Holdings: As a business that manufactures beverage and aerosol containers, many job opportunities are offered primarily to the segment of the general population with no criminal background. Our research suggests that Crown Holdings does not hire felons. Thus, this does not appear to be an employer to look to for work.
Day & Zimmermann: This construction and engineering company hires numerous individuals from the general public that have a clear record for numerous job openings. The same is probably not true for those with a felony conviction. It will be difficult to gain employment here with any type of criminal record. Some suggest possibly be able to work here with a misdemeanor.
Conrail: This company in the railroad industry is always hiring qualified individuals from the general public with a clean record. This may not be the case for those with a criminal background, especially a felony conviction, as our research shows. It will be difficult to find employment here regardless of the felony offense and when it occurred. Some suggest possibly being able to work here with a misdemeanor. This may not be a good employer to apply to.
Axalta Coating Systems: As a company that manufactures coatings for vehicles, numerous job opportunities are available to those with a clear record. It may be difficult to gain employment here with any type of criminal background. Those with a felony conviction will have an especially difficult time gaining a job here. Some suggest possibly finding work here with a misdemeanor.
Temple University: There are numerous job opportunities at the secondary level in education. Our research suggests that these are mainly held out to the general public with a clean record. Felons are in a different category as their background does not lend itself to gaining employment even at the university level. Certification demands typically eliminate felons. Only a few basic opportunities might exist, and this is unlikely to be a good place to apply.
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: It can certainly be rewarding and worthwhile to work in the health field. Those with a clean record have much greater opportunities for finding work. Our research indicates that this is not the same for someone with a felony record because of licensing and certification requirements demanded by the state for many positions. A few basic level job opportunities might exist, but they’re not typical, and this is not a good place to apply.
IBX Foundation: This is a company that provides funding for a variety of healthcare operations. As a part of the health field, while many job opportunities are open to the general public, those with a felony conviction, based on our research, will have an extremely difficult time getting employment here. Some suggest possibly being able to work here with a misdemeanor. This is unlikely to be a good employer to apply to.
Law Enforcement Health Benefit: As a part of the insurance industry and because of its involvement with law enforcement, while many opportunities will exist for those with no criminal background, individuals with any type of felony conviction will almost certainly not gain employment here, as our research shows. This is not a good place to apply.