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Does Family Dollar Hire Felons in 2021?

By Last update April 16, 2019
jobs for felons, company profile, Family Dollar, Retail, Variety, Discount Retailer, Dollar Store

It’s all-too-often that former felons have a hard time finding a job, even in retail. Well, we think that’s ridiculous so we are going to answer this question for you: Does Family Dollar hire felons? We will provide you valuable information that will help you get a new job, and starting with dollar stores can be a good idea.

Family Dollar is one of the largest dollar store chains in America, with almost 10,000 stores countrywide. Unless you live in Alaska, Washington, Oregon or Hawaii, you will definitely have one near you. If you would like to know how to get a job at Family Dollar with a felony, then this article will be especially useful to you. Here is what you will learn in this article:

  • Does Family Dollar hire people with misdemeanors?
  • How to apply to jobs at Family Dollar?
  • Does Family Dollar do background checks?
  • Will my felony disqualify me for a job there?

Getting the information right can be a challenge. That is exactly why we contact companies directly and ask them whether or not they hire felons. We also do research about interviews and give you other tips to help you get a job here. Why should you listen to us? We work with felons and a great part of our team is made up of former felons. We’re here to help!

Relaunch Pad is committed to helping former felons achieve a normal life.

Here is what you need to know on how to get hired at Family Dollar, even if you have a record.

Does Family Dollar hire felons?

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Official company policy for hiring felons

When we contacted Family Dollar to ask if they hire former felons, this was their reply:

“We do not have a policy that bars the hiring of those with past felonies. All are welcome to apply.”

So the short answer is yes, they probably do.

Has Family Dollar hired felons in the past?

According to Family Dollar, everyone is welcome to apply. However, there is one testimony online that says otherwise. You can read it here. Keep in mind that the specifics of your record could keep you from getting the job, but don’t worry — we cover that a little later.

Does Family Dollar hire people with misdemeanors?

Based on their company statement regarding their hiring practices, they might since everyone is welcome to apply.

Is Family Dollar on the Ban the Box list?

Ban the Box is an initiative taken by some companies that excludes, on application forms, the box asking whether or not the candidate has a criminal record. Unfortunately, we don’t think Family Dollar is part of Ban the Box. We couldn’t find them on the list.

But, according to a source from 2014:

“Family Dollar, like other big box chains such as Target and Walmart, does not have a felony check box on its applications.”

We didn’t see one, either, so that works for us!

Another great initiative that helps felons find new job opportunities is the Fair Chance Business Pledge. Companies make this to show they’ll offer former offenders job opportunities. We have no reliable sources stating they’re part of this program, either.

Does Family Dollar have special programs for hiring felons?

There’s no record of any other special programs to hire felons here.

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

Uncertain likelihood of being hired with a felony

Based on everything we’ve seen, the best we can say is that the odds are uncertain. Since they welcome everyone to apply to their job applications, your chances are rather high.

Whether you were a felon or simply had a misdemeanor, you have chances of getting a job at Family Dollar.

What are some entry-level jobs?

Finding a job opportunity on Family Dollar’s careers page is quite easy. You basically have three categories to choose from: Store Careers, Distribution Center Careers and Store Support Careers. Each of these three categories has several different jobs, and they even provide a picture pointing out what their entry positions are.

Thankfully there are a lot of entry-level opportunities that you can grow from. You’ll have shift work options and be able to learn about the company from the inside.

How to get hired at Family Dollar with a felony

When you think of getting a job at Family Dollar, the first doubt you will probably have is knowing what they are looking for in an employee. The abilities you will need to score a job there are willingness to learn and great organizational skills. There is no need to have previous formal education to get these skills, your life experiences have already helped you with that. They also look for flexibility in your schedule because they have a lot of different shifts to fill.

If you think Family Dollar is a great spot for you to begin again, then the next step is getting your resume ready.

When preparing your resume, it is essential to take punctuation and grammar seriously. The better your resume reads, the more likely you are to catch the company’s eye. What information do you want them to see first? Something that is in the job description. Show them you have skills matching what the job is asking for.

Think you lack skills? Think again. You’ve learned countless things over the course of your life. Now is when you apply them and make them work for you! Have you ever had to negotiate in a stressful situation (sales and communication skills)? Do you know how to count money (what they call “money handling” skills)? Ever have to keep track of supplies or products (like doing inventory, for example)? You get the idea! Frame your skills positively and they will take you places.

After you go through the resume challenge, it’s time for challenge number two: The interview.

  • Make sure you dress well for the interview. No need to spend hundreds on the clothes, but dress business-casual for the job.
  • Keep your nails and beard trimmed.
  • Be careful with tattoos and piercings as well as augmentations.
  • Certain mannerisms should also be avoided. You can find incredible tips on how to behave during the interview here. It’s a great way to avoid feeling stressed before you go.

Does Family Dollar do background checks?

There is nothing on their website that states that they run background checks. However, it’s important to know that most companies perform a background check at some point during the hiring process, even if it’s only to confirm you can work legally at that company.

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

Former felons living in these states don’t have to worry about their background checks if their felony happened seven or more years ago:

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

When you were found not guilty, the following states don’t show those court cases:

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

Some states will look at your whole record, even when you were found not guilty. See them here:

  •     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 took our time to evaluate Family Dollar’s ratings on some reliable job review websites. For example, on, Family Dollar has a rating of 2.5 out of 5. The most positive factors influencing almost 3,000 reviews were rotating schedules, good working environment and pay. Generally speaking, the place is a great spot for you to get back to the working market. Now, if you are wondering about the not-so-cool side of working at Family Dollar, here it goes: Poor work/life balance, low wages and promotions are hard to come by.

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

Does Family Dollar hire felons? We think they do! Remember, however, that certain felonies might reduce your chances of getting certain types of jobs. There is no official information regarding the specific felonies that will hurt your chances, but here are some ideas:

  • If your felony is related to theft, jobs involving cash or inventory might be harder to land.
  • Violent behavior might reduce your chances since you’ll be dealing with lots of people daily.

Does Family Dollar drug test?

Their job application says they do, we’re just not sure when.

Have you applied for a job or worked here? Share your experiences!

If you have already worked at Family Dollar we would love to hear from you! Your insights will be incredibly helpful to others looking for a job. If any of the information mentioned here helped you get a job at Family Dollar with a felony, let us know!

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Silvana O
Reentry Educator

Silvana is a passionate Reentry Educator whose goal is to make a difference by sharing her knowledge. She has years of recruiting and training professionals, including working on resumes with former offenders. Fluent in English and Brazilian Portuguese, she continues to find new ways to communicate with those who most need her help.