When looking for a job, many former offenders assume their only option is working overnight shifts on a factory floor. Today, we want to dispel that myth as we answer the question: Does Albertsons hire felons?
With locations in 34 states (and Washington, DC), there’s a good chance that you’ve shopped at an Albertsons’ store. To keep these stores running, they need a huge team of great employees to fill a variety of positions. That’s where you come in.
Today, we want to help you find out how to get a job at Albertsons with a felony. We’ll look at questions like:
- Does Albertsons do background checks?
- What skills do I need to get a job here?
- Does Albertsons hire people with misdemeanors?
- How can I increase my chances of getting hired here?
At Relaunch Pad, our goal is to help you find employment so you can make a better life for yourself. We know that finding a job with a criminal record can be extremely difficult. In fact, many of the people on our team are former offenders who’ve gone through the same challenges you’re facing. One advantage we offer you is that we contact companies directly and ask about their policy for hiring former felons.
If you’ve ever thought about getting a job at your local grocery store, read on. We’ll help you figure out how to get hired at Albertsons.
Does Albertsons hire felons?
Official company policy for hiring felons
Albertsons shared this information with us when we asked about their policy for hiring former felons:
“Albertsons LLC conducts criminal background checks as part of our normal hiring practices. Every job offer is conditioned upon completion of this background check and each and every job applicant’s history is considered on a case by case basis. All applications for employment are accepted online through links to online application systems through www.albertsons.com.”
Their response does a couple of things. First, it answers the question about background checks. It also tells us that every applicant is considered on an individual basis.
However, it doesn’t directly address whether or not they hire felons. So, let’s move on to our next question…
Has Albertsons hired felons in the past?
This is a key question for anyone thinking about applying for a job at an Albertsons’ store. Fortunately, the answer to this question is a definite yes. We can’t guarantee every location is open to hiring felons, but we can confirm some stores have in the past.
Does Albertsons hire people with misdemeanors?
Those of you with a more minor offense may be wondering if Albertsons will hire you with a misdemeanor. Generally, if a company is open to hiring former felons, they’re also willing to consider hiring people with misdemeanors.
Is Albertsons on the Ban the Box list?
Have you ever thought about giving up on an application when you got to the question about having a felony conviction? The Ban the Box Campaign’s goal is to have companies remove this question. They want applicants judged on their qualifications, not their record. The Fair Chance Business Pledge is a similar effort. Taking the pledge is a way for companies to show they’re committed to removing barriers to employment for former offenders. Essentially, both movements want you to have a better chance in life.
Unfortunately, we did not find a direct connection between Albertsons and either of these movements.
However, the fact that they’ve hired former felons in the past shows they aren’t completely opposed to the idea. Their statement also says applications are considered on a “case-by-case basis,” which means they will consider you as an individual. Therefore, you shouldn’t get written off because of your offense.
Does Albertsons have special programs for hiring felons?
Albertsons doesn’t have any special programs in place for hiring felons. This doesn’t mean they won’t give felons a chance, by any means. It just means there isn’t a program with that specific purpose.
What are the odds someone with a felony will get hired?
After quite a bit of research, we have to admit that your odds of getting hired here are uncertain. We know some locations have hired former felons in the past. However, we can’t guarantee this will be the case at all locations. And, certain offenses might work against you (we’ll cover that shortly).
We’ll give you some tips that will help you make the most of the application process. That way, if the store you apply at hires former offenders, you’ll be their first choice.
What are some entry-level jobs?
Check out Albertsons’ careers page for a full listing of their current jobs.
As we mentioned before, Albertsons is a huge company with stores in 34 states. (Here is a map of the states where they have stores). This means they need employees in all sorts of positions, and not just the deli or pharmacy at your local supermarket.
Here are some examples of the entry-level positions available:
- Cashier/Checker — Greets customers, scans items and runs the register.
- Department Worker — Takes care of customer service for a department like the deli or bakery.
- Stocker/Night Stocker — Makes sure the shelves are stocked and ready.
- Delivery Driver — Drives a delivery van and takes groceries ordered online to people’s homes.
- Warehouse Order Selector — Loads pallets with items which are being shipped to local stores.
- Truck Driver — Drives tractor trailer loads from warehouses to local stores.
Do these sound like jobs you can do? There will be on-the-job training, so you don’t need to worry about having lots of experience. If you’re able to do shift work, they’ll consider that a plus.
With that in mind, let’s look at how you can increase your chances of getting a job at Albertsons.
How to get hired at Albertsons with a felony
Check job listings to see what positions Albertsons is hiring for in your area
Albertsons’ careers page (listed above) will show you a variety of jobs. You can tailor your resume based on the job you want.
Put together a great resume
If you’re not sure how to write a resume, your local career center can help you. Some career centers offer special classes to help former offenders with their resumes.
Put in your application
“What if the location I apply to doesn’t hire felons?” you might ask. If there are several stores in your area, put in several applications. If there’s a distribution warehouse near you, put one in there, too. It’s better to have several applications out and have to turn offers down than to only put out one at a time.
Go all-in when you get the interview
This is your chance to stand out from the crowd. Be sure to go into the interview with confidence. Chances are you have work experience that’s related to the job you’re applying for. Brag about that experience. Your job in the interview is to sell yourself as the best applicant.
Dealing with questions about your past
We know that Albertsons does background checks as part of their hiring process. So, it’s entirely possible they’ll ask you about your legal history. Be honest, but keep the conversation future-focused as much as possible. You’re trying to move forward and create a better future for yourself, and that’s where this job comes in.
Don’t be afraid to call them a couple days after the interview and see if they’ve made a decision.
Does Albertsons do background checks?
Yes, they do. However, not all background checks are created equal. Depending on which state you live in, the background check may be more or less extensive.
Here’s some helpful information on background checks:
First, these states don’t look at your background beyond the past seven years. So, if your offense was seven years ago (or more), it shouldn’t come up in these states:
- New Hampshire*
- New York*
(* certain pay or salary bracket positions may require a more detailed check).
There are also some states that don’t consider court cases where you were found not guilty. Here are the eight states that are currently on this list:
- New York
In many states, your background check will bring up your entire legal record (this includes cases where you were found not guilty). Here’s a list of those states:
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
What do people who work (or have worked) at Albertsons have to say about them? We went to glassdoor.com to find out. Albertsons got 3.3 out of 5 stars, which isn’t bad.
Half of the people who left reviews said they would recommend the company to a friend.
What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?
Does Albertsons hire felons? We know that some locations have in the past. However, as with any employer, there are some convictions that make getting a job here more difficult.
A record that directly impacts the job you want to do will get in your way. For example:
- Theft, if you’re applying for a cashier or stocking position.
- An assault charge or sex offense for those seeking in-store positions.
- Driving-related charges (like DUI) for delivery driver or truck driver positions.
So, before you apply to a job, make sure your record won’t stop you. If it will, try a position in another department. You might like it, or transfer out in a few years.
Does Albertsons drug test?
Neither their site nor the job postings we looked answered this question directly. However, it’s always safer to assume an employer will drug test and act accordingly.
The last thing you want is for them to be ready to hire you and miss out because of your test results!
Share your experiences!
Have you applied for work or gotten a job with Albertsons? What was your experience like? What other advice would you offer to help people get a job at Albertsons with a felony?
Let us know in the comments below.