Editor's note: Wegman's location was incorrect in an earlier version of the story.
Wegmans, which has a store in Allentown near the South Whitehall border, ranks fifth in Fortune magazine's latest “100 Best Companies to Work For in the United States.”
The grocery chain, which is based in Rochester, N.Y., made the list for the 16th straight year.
The list is featured in the magazine's February 4 issue, which hit newsstands Monday.
The rankings are based on surveys of 277,000 employees.
Jobs at Wegmans
In 2013, Wegmans will be hiring for new stores it will open in Germantown, MD (September) and Montgomeryville, PA (November), and for a store to open in Newton, MA early in 2014. In combination, the three new stores will employ approximately 1,500 people. There are also positions available at Wegmans’ existing stores and in manufacturing, distribution, and corporate. Interested candidates should visit wegmans.com and click on careers.
To pick the 100 Best Companies to Work For, Fortune partners with the Great Place to Work Institute to conduct the most extensive employee survey in corporate America: 259 firms participated in this year’s survey. More than 277,000 employees at those companies responded to a survey created by the institute, a global research and consulting firm operating in 45 countries around the world.
Two-thirds of a company’s score is based on the results of the institute’s Trust Index survey, which is sent to a random sample of employees from each company. The survey asks questions related to their attitudes about management’s credibility, job satisfaction, and camaraderie. The other third is based on responses to the institute’s Culture Audit, which includes detailed questions about pay and benefit programs and a series of open-ended questions about hiring practices, methods of internal communication, training, recognition programs, and diversity efforts.
After evaluations are completed, if news about a company comes to light that may significantly damage employees’ faith in management, we may exclude it from the list. Any company that is at least five years old and has more than 1,000 U.S. employees is eligible.
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 81-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company was founded in 1916.