The one question Payless was willing to answer for us is that they do background checks.
Based on information we found online, it looks like the hiring process can vary by location. Some people reported being hired on the spot after their interview, while others reported waiting while their background check was processed.
Here’s some important information you should know about background checks:
There are several states where your background check will only go back seven years. This is great if your offense was over seven years ago! Here’s a list of those states:
- New Hampshire*
- New York*
(* Certain pay or salary brackets may require a more thorough check.)
There are also several states that don’t consider court cases where you were found not guilty. Here are the eight states on that list:
- New York
In many states, the results of your background check will include your entire record, including not guilty verdicts. Here’s a list of those states:
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
What do current and former employees think about Payless? We went online to see, and the results we found varied greatly from one site to another.
Over 1,800 employees have left reviews of Payless on glassdoor.com. They rated them at 2.7 out of 5 stars. Of those who left reviews, only 33% said they would recommend the company to a friend.
The results on indeed.com tended to be much more positive. Over 4,300 employees have reviewed the company on that site, and they gave them 3.6 out of 5 stars. Apparently, employee experiences can vary significantly from one location to the next.
What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?
Does Payless hire felons? We’re still uncertain. However, since they pride themselves on being family-focused, it may be harder to get a job here with certain felonies. Here are some examples:
- Sexual offenses involving minors, as you will be working with families with children.
- Theft-related offenses, as you will be responsible for handling cash and merchandise.
- Violent offenses, as they want the stores to be as family-friendly as possible.
- Drug- or alcohol-related offenses, as these habits could influence your dependability.
Does Payless drug test?
Based on what we read, it doesn’t look like drug tests are a part of their normal hiring process. However, this may be different for people who’ve had trouble with drugs in the past. It also doesn’t mean they won’t randomly drug test, especially if you have any sort of accident while working.
Have you applied for a job or worked here? Share your experiences!
If you’ve been able to get a job at Payless with a felony, we’d love to hear from you! What was the hiring process like?
Is there any additional advice you would give to other former offenders considering working here? Please leave a comment and let us know.