Talent Attraction & Retention

We offer a broad range of employment opportunities for workers of all ages and aspirations, from teenagers looking for their first job to experienced career professionals and seniors wanting to stay active and connected in their community. We want to be an employer of choice.

To attract and retain the best in a competitive and evolving job market, we offer competitive wages, quality benefits, and a safe, healthy work environment. This is what entices people to come to Kroger for a job – but our focus on talent development is what encourages associates to stay for a career. We actively foster an “opportunity culture,” nurturing and developing skills that support associates in their current roles, but also prepare them to take the next step in their career.

Our family of stores created 10,000 new jobs in 2017, and 12,000 new jobs in 2016. During the past decade, Kroger has added 100,000 new jobs in communities across America. In addition to fueling the U.S. economy, many of our supermarket jobs offer opportunities for associates to learn new skills and grow and advance their careers – inside or outside our family of companies. More than 90% of these new jobs are in our supermarket divisions, ranging from full-time department heads and assistant store managers to part-time courtesy clerks and cashiers.

Meet some of our amazing associates who live Our Purpose and Our Promise every day:

John Snavely: Store Manager John Snavely at Food 4 Less sets an example of leadership.

Living Our Purpose: Living Our Purpose and Promise – to Feed the Human Spirit™ every day in our stores and communities.

Russell Ramey: Russell has a fun way of showing his personality and talents at Ralphs in Huntington Beach.

Training & Development

Well-trained, engaged and productive leaders and associates are essential for delivering on our purpose and promise, our values and Restock Kroger. Developing Talent is a pillar of our Restock Kroger plan and critical to Kroger’s success.

In 2017, we updated our Leadership Essentials curriculum to better prepare store management trainees for new assignments. We also introduced a new Fresh Start! training program for new retail associates. Kroger’s role- and skill-based curriculum is focused on retail store teams, including hourly associates, department leaders, district coordinators, assistant store managers, and store leaders. This training offers skill development to build technical knowledge, subject matter expertise and confidence to provide the best customer experience.

We also offer Kroger University, a comprehensive training and leadership development curriculum with two different levels: 1) skill-based training by role from new-hire associate to store leader, and 2) leadership development from department leader to executive. Our leadership training focuses on strengthening capabilities to develop leaders with strong business acumen who can consistently perform at a high level and effectively coach, teach and train others.

Training & Development

Offering a wide variety of development and growth opportunities is how we foster an ‘opportunity culture,’ where associates come for a job and stay for a career. Here are some examples:

Investing in Our People

See more details We provide quality, competitive benefits for Kroger associates. For our non-union hourly associates, and some select union groups, eligibility requirements for the company-sponsored health care plan vary by division and location, but generally, part-time associates are eligible if they work an average of 30 hours or more per week. Learn more.

Kroger cares about our associates’ overall well-being – physically, financially and emotionally. We offer associates a number of important benefits to help them save money, continue their education, take care of themselves and their families, and more.

  • Feed Your Future: Associates can receive up to $3,500 annually (and up to $21,000 over the course of their career) toward continuing education. Our industry-leading education program can help our associates in any stage of their education journey. See more details.
  • Kroger Scholars: We also offer Kroger Scholars, a passion-based scholarship program to help children of eligible associates achieve their dreams of higher education.
  • Associate Discounts: Kroger associates generally receive a number of valuable discounts in our stores every day.
  • Other Discounts: We also partner with third-party vendors to offer additional discounts to our associates.
  • Well-Being Assistant: We offer a free and confidential service to help connect associates to the resources needed to “be your best you.”
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  • Helping Hands: This financial assistance program for associates offers help during difficult times, such as losing a home due to fire or natural disaster, death of a spouse or loved one, major medical expenses and more. In 2017, Helping Hands provided $1.7 million in assistance to more than 5,700 associates across the country.