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 offer countless opportunities and paths to a bright future.

We help associates nurture and develop skills that support them in their current roles and prepare them to take the next step in their career. From to division and store to store, associates in the Kroger family of companies grow and enjoy Careers with Promise.

To attract and retain the best, 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.

A Bright Future

One of the key drivers of Restock Kroger is Develop Talent. Our success requires the talent, experience and leadership of high-performing teams who understand the importance of our mission and are committed to shared positive outcomes.

During the past decade, Kroger has added 100,000 new jobs in communities across America. In addition to fueling the U.S. economy, many supermarket roles offer opportunities to learn new skills, grow and advance 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.

Marlana & Jerome Embry
Marlana & Jerome Embry

are a Kroger family in every sense of the word. Combined, they’ve worked for Kroger for nearly 35 years.

Living Our Purpose
Living Our Purpose

See how we live Our Purpose — to Feed the Human Spirit™ — every day in our stores and communities.

Griers Birthday
Our people have big hearts

The Kroger team in Georgetown, Ky., made one little girl’s birthday wish come true – and then some.

Training & Development

Well-trained, engaged and productive leaders and associates are essential for delivering on our purpose and promise, our values and Restock Kroger. In 2018, we updated our Leadership Essentials curriculum to better prepare store management trainees for new assignments.

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. Leadership training focuses on developing leaders with strong business acumen who consistently perform at a high level and effectively coach, teach and train others.

Women's Day
Women's Day

Kroger celebrates the talented women in our company and their remarkable contributions.

Lisa Black
Lisa Black

Lisa is living her dream: driving a semi-trailer truck for Ralphs in California for 28 years.

Lance Lewis
Lance Lewis

Food 4 Less Meat Clerk Lance Lewis is passionate about serving our customers and our communities.

Learn about Kroger’s management approach to Diversity and Inclusion in the Talent Attraction & Retention section of the full PDF.

Investing in Our People

We care about our associates’ overall well-being — physical, financial and emotional. 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.

In 2018, we announced a number of new and enhanced long-term associate benefits, made possible by the savings from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Here’s how we’ve invested in our associates in the first year of these new benefits — because our commitment is an investment in their future.

Feed Your Future

Our industry-leading continuing education benefit offers up to $3,500 annually (and up to $21,000 over the course of an associate’s Kroger career) to improve every day through education. All part-time and full-time associates are eligible after six months of service. In the first year, we awarded $2.9 million in Feed Your Future tuition reimbursement for 2,290 associates. Of those, 81% are hourly associates.

Higher Wages

We used savings from Tax Reform to accelerate our previously announced $500 million investment in associates as part of Restock Kroger. We have invested $268 million in wages to date as part of this plan.

Associate Discounts

In 2018, exclusive discounts for our associates helped them save more than $85 million, an increase of nearly $33 million from the previous year. Associates saved:

  • $47 million on Our Brands purchases with a 10% discount
  • $24 million on home goods with a 15% discount
  • $11.5 million on apparel with a 20% discount
  • $3 million on electronics with a 10% discount

Helping Hands

When times get tough and the unexpected happens, the Kroger Helping Hands Fund is there for our associates. Last year, we provided $2.4 million in financial assistance to more than 2,600 associates through Helping Hands, a 41% increase from the prior year. This includes assistance to associates affected by natural disasters, including hurricanes, floods and wildfires. We are pleased to help our associates when help is needed most.