As Festival Foods prepares to open new stores in 2016, we’re talking to a lot of people about working with our great company.
Among the most common we get: “Can I really make a career out of a job at a grocery store?” The answer is a resounding ‘YES!’ You may not think that’s possible, but I did it. I made a career out of a part-time job at Festival Foods.
I started at Festival Foods in 2005 as a cashier at our store on Green Bay’s west side and I worked for the company throughout high school. I used a company program called Dollars for Students. Through the program, Festival deposits 50 cents of an associate’s hourly rate into a separate account and then the company matches the money in that account up to $10,000 for a variety of costs including tuition, books and lodging. It’s really a great program that emphasizes our company’s dedication to helping its associates.
We’re planning to add three new locations over the next year — on top of stores in Janesville on Oct. 30 and Madison in December.
After starting at Festival as a cashier, I went on to be a cashier trainer. When I left for college at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, I was able to transfer to our store near the campus and work when I was in school. When school was out for the summer, I was able to transfer back to the West Mason Street store. Talk about FLEXIBILITY!
When in college, I moved on to the Deli Department for a change of pace and eventually became the Night Lead in the Deli Department. While doing that, I also worked as a clerk for our timekeeping system and became a Human Resources Intern for Festival. In May 2012, I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, majoring in Human Resources with a Web Presence Emphasis.
Soon after, I got a job with Festival as the Human Resource Coordinator at our De Pere location. On just my second day, I was promoted to a Human Resource Generalist, which included working with associates at a second store. I stayed in that role for two years before transitioning into my current role as a Human Resource Analyst working out of our support office in De Pere.
In my current role, I focus on recruiting and compensation efforts at Festival.
I always tell people that Festival really is what you make of it. If you want it to be a part-time job, it can be that. Or, if you want to make a career of it, the sky is truly the limit! We are a growing company, which means more job opportunities for those who work for it.
Now that I am knee-deep in the Festival culture, I can’t see myself anywhere else. Our associates are really treated like family here, and we definitely keep things FUN. Whether it’s dressing up in Halloween costumes for Boofest, painting kids’ faces for Pumpkin Blowout, or walking in a parade, there are a ton of opportunities to get out of your normal job title and interact with our guests!
Come work with us! Information about open positions are online here.