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Does Procter & Gamble Hire Felons in 2021?

By Last update January 28, 2019
jobs for felons, company profile, Procter & Gamble, P&G, consumer goods

Have you ever wanted to work for an international company with plenty of room for advancement? If you have, you may have wondered: Does Procter & Gamble hire felons?

We are going to answer that question for you today. We asked Procter & Gamble about their hiring practices directly, and we also did our own research. We’re even going to get into some other burning questions you may have, like:

  •     Does Procter & Gamble do background checks?
  •     What are their entry-level jobs?
  •     Does Procter & Gamble hire people with misdemeanors?
  •     Does Procter & Gamble drug test employees?
  •     Are certain convictions going to keep me from getting a job?

At Relaunch Pad, we make it a priority to practice what we preach by hiring felons to work for us. Our goal is to help as many former felons as we can and today we’re going to do that by preparing you before you apply for a job. Now, let’s find out how to get a job at Procter & Gamble with a felony.

Does Procter & Gamble hire felons?

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Official company policy for hiring felons

We asked Procter & Gamble directly about their policies regarding hiring those with felony convictions. Here’s what they told us:

“P&G is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all qualified candidates. We evaluate all the background based on the explanation provided and the work history and compare them with the requirements of the workplace.”

Since that is a pretty standard response, we researched them to get some information about how to get hired at Procter & Gamble with a felony.

Have they hired felons in the past?

Procter & Gamble did not comment directly as to whether or not they’ve hired felons in the past. Our research showed conflicting responses, as well. So our best guess is maybe they have hired felons in the past.

Does Procter & Gamble hire people with misdemeanors?

We couldn’t find any information about whether or not P&G hires those with misdemeanors.

Is Procter & Gamble on the Ban the Box list?

We want to tell you about the Ban the Box campaign and the Fair Chance Business Pledge.

Ban the Box is a nationwide effort that has convinced thousands of employers to remove criminal history questions from their employment applications. The Pledge has gone even further and encourages employers to give more opportunities to those who have a record, whether misdemeanor or felony.

Procter & Gamble does not ask have criminal history questions on their application, though they are not on the Ban the Box list.

Does Procter & Gamble have any special programs for hiring felons?

We couldn’t find any information about special programs that P&G has for hiring former felons, but that’s okay. Always remember to check with local job placement agencies as well as your county unemployment office. Both places are accustomed to helping those with criminal histories gain employment.

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

Low likelihood of being hired with a felony

We think your odds are low that you will get hired at Procter & Gamble with a felony. We came to this conclusion based on their generic company response and our own research. The hiring process at many larger companies is intense, and it is no different for P&G.

What are some entry-level jobs?

When you are browsing through the Procter & Gamble Job portal looking for entry-level jobs, you may be confused at first. That’s because all of their jobs have fancy titles. For example, a “Senior Field Service Technician” is code for equipment installer. Here are some examples of their entry-level jobs with the titles decoded:

  • Equipment installer (on site and traveling)
  • Sales representative
  • Administrative assistant

When we consider Procter & Gamble’s entry-level jobs, we think much of it will be shift work. However for jobs like installers and maintenance, the hours may be earlier or later.

How to get hired at Procter & Gamble with a felony

The employment process for Procter & Gamble starts online with their job portal. Find a job that suits your qualifications in your desired work area and click apply. The entire application process is completed online.

The application begins by asking you if you want to upload a resume. Click yes.

Wait, yes? You may be thinking, “I don’t have a resume.”

Don’t worry. We’ve created a guide to help you make an incredible resume.

In prison, there are plenty of opportunities for growth. Think about the jobs you may have held:

  • Chapel worker
  • Kitchen crew
  • Maintenance worker
  • Janitorial services
  • Clerk for officers
  • Librarian

All of these jobs teach valuable skills — like teamwork, verbal communication and negotiation — that these jobs want.

Did you take any classes while you were away? Those count and can be included in your skill set.

Once you get your resume squared away and your application sent off, get ready for an interview. . . even before they contact you. You want to make sure you get a nice set of clothes to wear, including some decent shoes. Many unemployment offices have funds set up just to help former felons get ready for interviews, if you need some help.

Before you go, stand in front of a mirror and make sure everything is in place. Trim your facial hair and make sure to brush your teeth. If you have visible tattoos, cover them as best you can.

Think of some basic interview questions that can help you get a job at Procter & Gamble with a felony:

  • Why do you want to work for this company?
  • What qualifications do you have?
  • Tell us about your criminal history.

Record yourself responding and listen back. Do you think you answered them well?

When you get there, don’t shy away from telling the person interviewing you about your criminal record. They are going to find out about it, so it’s better to frame the discussion your way. Let them know you made mistakes in the past and you’re ready for a fresh start, including a job with a great company.

Does Procter & Gamble do background checks?

P&G did not tell us directly if they perform background checks, but we discovered that they do as part of their hiring process.

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

Depending on what state you live in, you may face different background check requirements. Some states only perform checks that go back seven years. Here is a list of those states:

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

*sometimes certain pay or salary bracket positions require one.

There are a few states that show everything except the charged you were found not guilty of, which makes sense to us. Those states are listed here:

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

Unfortunately, there are still many states that show everything when a background check is run. This includes all charges, regardless of whether you were found guilty or not guilty. Here 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

Company ratings

Procter & Gamble fares well on the review site, a place that allows both current and former employees to rate companies. P&G has an overall rating of 3.9 out of 5, and 79% of people say they would recommend working there to a friend.

Most people loved the salary provided by P&G. There was also talk about a bunch of vacation time each year. Many also praised the wonderful work environment and great coworkers.

The main complaint was about the amount of hours that must be worked. It seemed many people were required to work more than 40 hours a week. There were also some complaints about management being slow to adapt to changes.

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

We know they do, so when does Procter & Gamble hire felons? Well, when your convictions don’t get in the way.

Employees at P&G are often given access to sensitive information concerning the businesses they contract with, especially those in their sales departments. Because of this, you may have a hard time getting a job there if you have fraud, theft or breach of trust charges.

For P&G employees that interact regularly with the public, like their equipment installers, those with sex crimes may have a hard time finding employment here.

You know your criminal history and have a chance to explain your charges in an interview. The bottom line is that P&G is going to do what they have to when protecting their public image, so make sure they know you understand that and want to be a part of their team.

Does Procter & Gamble drug test?

We found that P&G does perform drugs tests as part of their hiring process. After that, former employees say drug tests are only performed if there is a workplace injury, which is standard workers’ compensation procedure.

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

Okay, now it’s your turn! Have you worked at Procter & Gamble before? Our readers would love to hear about your experiences. Leave your comments below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Allen Watson
Reentry Educator

Allen has a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and a Master's Degree in Teaching from Coastal Carolina University. He has worked in education, EMS, and law enforcement. Allen has worked extensively with people who are re-establishing their lives after leaving prison.