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Does Clif Bar Hire Felons in 2021?

By Last update September 18, 2019
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Is your felony holding you back from finding the right job? Are you wondering: Does Clif Bar hire felons?

If you’ve never heard of Clif Bar, they make really good energy bars. If you’re interested in learning about the organic health food world, we’ll share with you how to get a job at Clif Bar with a felony. We’ll address the following questions, plus more:

  • Does Clif Bar hire people with misdemeanors?
  • How do I apply?
  • Does Clif Bar do background checks?
  • Will they drug test me?

It’s hard finding work these days, especially if you have a criminal record. That’s why we take the time to directly contact companies to ask them if they hire ex-offenders. We also do tons of background research so that we can give you helpful tips for your resume and interview.

Are you wondering why we care so much? It’s because we’ve been there and know what you’re going through. Our team is comprised mostly of ex-offenders and people who have worked with them. Relaunch Pad wants to help you live your best life.

Now let’s see how to get hired at Clif Bar with a felony conviction.

Does Clif Bar hire felons?

when does Clif Bar hire felons

Official company policy for hiring felons

As promised, we contacted Clif Bar to see if they’ll hire former felons. Here’s what they had to say:

“Clif Bar does not automatically disqualify applicants who have been convicted of a felony or have other criminal history. If an applicant receives an offer of employment, then the company will request a background check. If the applicant has a criminal conviction, then the company conducts an individualized assessment to determine whether it will move forward with hiring. The company will consider factors including, for example, the nature and gravity of the criminal history, the amount of time that has passed since any conviction (note the relevant timeframe may depend on the nature of the crime and other factors), the applicant’s rehabilitation efforts, and the nature of the job the applicant is seeking. The company will seek the applicant’s input and give the applicant an opportunity to respond if the company has concerns.”

So the short answer is yes, on a case-by-case basis.

Has Clif Bar hired felons in the past?

Online reports say they’ve hired felons in the past, but there just isn’t a lot of information out there.

Does Clif Bar hire people with misdemeanors?

Based on their company policy, Clif Bar will hire people with misdemeanors.

Is Clif Bar on the Ban the Box list?

Are you googling what Ban the Box is? It’s an initiative put together by All of Us or None to remove the checkbox on applications that asks if you’ve been convicted of a crime.

The Fair Chance Business Pledge was started during the Obama Administration to encourage companies to focus on your skills and talents rather than your criminal record.

Clif Bar doesn’t participate in either of these programs, but we already know they’ll hire former felons. We also checked out their online application and they don’t ask if you’ve been convicted of a crime.

Does Clif Bar have special programs for hiring felons?

Clif Bar doesn’t offer any special hiring programs for felons. That’s okay because most companies don’t. However, if you are interested in finding one, contact your local employment office or workforce development agency for further assistance.

What are the odds that someone with a felony will get hired?

High likelihood of being hired with a felony

We did our legwork and give your odds of getting hired with a felony at Clif Bar as high. Even though they aren’t on the Ban the Box list, they don’t ask about convictions on their applications and their policy states that they’ll hire on a case-by-case basis. That means you have a pretty good chance of getting an entry-level job at Clif Bar with a felony.

What are some entry-level jobs?

The main entry-level jobs at Clif Bar are in production. Your duties will be to make and package the bars. You can use an entry-level position as a stepping stone to work your way up through the company, though!

How to get hired at Clif Bar with a felony

We’ve learned you can get hired at Clif bar with a felony, but how? Well, we’ll show you. Let’s start by looking at your resume!

You’ll want to match your skills to what they’re looking for. For example, if you’ve worked for a company making bulk food products, include it. You want to prioritize the jobs that relate to food prep or assembly line work to show you have some training.

Make sure you list the correct name, address and phone number for each company you list on your resume. Don’t forget your job title and duties.

If you want some additional help, we’ve got you covered for that too. Relaunch Pad developed a resume guide specifically for former felons.

Now that you’ve completed your resume and submitted your application, it’s time for the interview process. This is your chance to really shine and show Clif Bar what you are all about. Here are our top three interview tips for Clif Bar:

  1. Arrive 10-15 minutes early. Not only will this show you can be on time, it will give you a chance to fill out any pre-interview paperwork.
  2. Dress appropriately. Remember this is a job interview. While you don’t need to be fancy, you need to make sure you dress well. Think office casual. A pair of khakis and a button-up shirt or a nice blouse and a pair of dress pants.
  3. Be honest. Their policy says they want to know about your record, so make sure to bring it up. Then tell them why you deserve to be a part of their team.

Does Clif Bar do background checks?

Clif Bar’s policy says they’ll do a background check before an offer of employment is made.

The truth is that background checks aren’t the same in each state. Where you live will determine what employers see.

Here’s what you need to know about background checks:

Some state background checks won’t show anything seven years old or older. You’re in luck if you live in one of these states:

  • California
  • Colorado*
  • Kansas*
  • Maryland*
  • Massachusetts
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire*
  • New York*
  • Texas*
  • Washington*

(*sometimes certain pay or salary bracket positions require one.)

Even better, these states don’t care about any not guilty verdicts:

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Hawaii
  • Indiana (limited check)
  • Kentucky
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • New York

However, be aware that there are some states that will see your entire record, including any not guilty cases. These are those states:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • DC
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Indiana (extensive check)
  • Iowa
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Company ratings

We did some online exploring on Clif Bar’s ratings. gives the company 3.7 stars out of 5. Of the 83 reviews, 71% say they’d refer a friend. Pretty good, right? The reviews say there is a good work environment at Clif Bar as well benefits and a work/life balance. The downside seems to be the lack of room for advancement due to low turnover from upper management.

What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?

Does Clif Bar hire felons? Yes, they do. However, there are some felonies that might hurt your chances.

Since you’ll be working in a warehouse-type setting with lots of co-workers, supervisors and managers, any violent crimes might rule you out.

And because you’ll be working directly with products, theft could pose a problem.

Drug charges might interfere with any positions where heavy machinery is involved.

But Clif Bar says in their statement that they’ll give you a chance to explain your charges, so don’t be discouraged if you fall into one of these categories!

Does Clif bar drug test?

The company states in their job descriptions that they’ll perform pre-employment drug screens.

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Leah Mailcoat
Reentry Educator

Leah is a Reentry Educator with The Relaunch Pad. A recovering addict and mother of three, her two oldest adult children are dealing with their own addictions and problems, one being recently released from prison and the other is currently incarcerated. Her goal is to give hope to not only her own children, but to others in similar situations.