Life at Kroger


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Here, People matter. That’s why we promise everyone and everything, Full, Fresh & Friendly. Since 1883, we take pride in bringing diverse teams with a passion for food and people, together, with one common goal: To feed the human spirit. With a history of innovation, we work tirelessly to create amazing experiences for our customers, communities AND each other, with food at the heart of it all.

Every day, in every way, we live our values:

We treat all with dignity and value the opinions and perspectives of others.
We seek and embrace difference in the backgrounds, cultures and ethnicities of all associates, customers and vendors.
We encourage and expect collaboration, teamwork and the active involvement of all associates.
We insist on truthfulness with each other, our customers, our vendors and in our business records.
We act in accordance with our values, even when it’s difficult.
We protect our customers and each other from injury with a safe and secure workplace and shopping environment.

Our COVID-19 Response

Throughout the pandemic, our associates have been on the front-lines, keeping our shelves stocked, our stores open, and our supply chains humming. We’ve hired thousands of new associates and invested over $1.5 billion to reward them and safeguard their and our customers’ health. We’re encouraging associates to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and offering a $100 one-time payment after they’re fully vaccinated.

Associate Rewards 2020-2021

To recognize and thank our associates for their incredible work during this historic time, the Kroger Family of Companies provided special bonuses and $2 premium pay for frontline associates, established new paid emergency leave guidelines and hired more than 100,000 new associates to help serve our communities.

This is part of more than $1.5 billion invested since March to reward our associates and safeguard the health and well-being of our associates and customers through the implementation of dozens of ongoing safety measures, including:

Enhanced cleaning & sanitation procedures

Safety supplies and programs for our store, manufacturing and supply chain associates

Personal protective equipment


We strive to provide the ingredients you need to create your own recipe for success at work and in life. We help to feed your future by focusing on providing the value and support you need to grow. Our associates have access to a wide variety of benefits that provide value in their lives today and in the future.

Competitive Wages

Our average hourly wage has been $15 an hour since 2019, putting more money in their pockets. With comprehensive benefits factored in, the average associate hourly rate is over $20, with generous benefits like affordable healthcare, 401(k)s and pensions that many of our competitors don’t offer.

Pandemic Support

Throughout the pandemic, we have prioritized associate safety and well-being, providing free COVID-19 testing, paid emergency leave and free and convenient COVID-19 vaccines. Associates who are vaccinated also receive a $100 payment after receiving the necessary doses.

Financial Wellness

From building savings to investing for the future, we offer a wide range of financial benefits, including 401(k) and pension plans, that can help our associates plan and save for whatever the future holds, no matter what their financial situation may be.

Health & Wellness

Through comprehensive benefits, including health and dental insurance as well as preventative care and wellness programs like free flu shots and well-child visits, we offer our associates and their families the benefits they need to maintain and improve their health.

Associate Discounts

Associates receive exclusive discounts on household and Our Brands products every day as well as access to a variety of deals throughout the year to help budgets go a little further.

Emotional Wellness

Emotional well-being is an important component of overall health, and in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, its impact on associates and their families has never been clearer. Our employee programs provide free counseling and resources to help navigate life’s challenges.

Ongoing Education

Our industry-leading continuing education benefit supports and encourages lifelong learning for our associates, enabling everything from GEDs to Ph.D. degrees.

Growth Opportunities

From formal learning programs to on-the-job training to personalized development, we offer many opportunities for associates to expand their skills and careers within our family of companies. In fact, many of our senior leaders started in our stores, including our Chairman and CEO Rodney McMullen, who joined Kroger as a store clerk in 1979.


Awards & Recognition

We’re proud that our people-first, inclusive culture has been recognized among the best of the best by these leading organizations and others.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

At Kroger, we strive to reflect the communities we serve and to foster a culture that empowers everyone to be their truest self. We’re committed to rallying our people, passion, scale and resources to transform our culture and aim to inspire collaboration as we stand together to feed the human spirit. As we work to create a more inclusive culture, we move forward as humans taking different steps in the same direction.
Read more about our Framework For Action here

Career Paths

Come for a job, stay for a career. That’s what our CEO Rodney McMullen did. He began as stock boy in 1978, and he’s leading our company today. Fresh opportunities are everywhere. No matter where you start your journey, We strive to feed your future by giving you the ingredients you need to create your own recipe for success.

Fresh Opportunities in Store
Fresh Opportunities in Logistics and Manufacturing
Fresh Opportunities in Kroger Health
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