QuickChek Corp. has once again been named one of the “Best Places to Work in New Jersey” and one of the “Best Companies to Work for in New York State.”
The family-owned fresh convenience market chain based in Whitehouse Station, N.J. enjoys the rare distinction of being named one of the top employers in both states year after year.
It is the seventh time in the past eight years the chain has been named to the Garden State list compiled by the weekly business journal NJBIZ and the fifth year in a row in has made the list in the Empire State compiled by the New York State Society for Human Resources Management and Best Companies Group, an independent firm managing “Best Places to Work” programs throughout the U.S.
Survey components include employee satisfaction and engagement.
“We are committed to being a great place to work, a great place to shop, and a great place to invest,” said QuickChek CEO Dean Durling, whose company was named the 2016 National Convenience Store Chain of the Year by Convenience Store Decisions magazine. “We strive to create a positive experience and environment where core values are nurtured, hard work is rewarded and leadership is cultivated. As our team members have input into this selection, this recognition confirms we remain on the right track.”
The privately-held company employs more than 4,000 team members in 148 retail store locations throughout New Jersey, New York’s Hudson Valley and Long Island.
QuickChek invests in its team members. The company’s starting pay has been above the New Jersey and New York state minimums for the past nine years. Career opportunities abound: all of the company’s district leaders and most of its vice presidents began their careers working in a local store.
“We empower our team members to be successful,” said Durling. “When you come into any of our stores, the store leader manages that store as if it is their own. This helps them connect with our customers on a personal level, to create that neighborhood shopping experience, and provide the outstanding customer service for which we are known.”
Full-time employees are offered a wide variety of affordable health and well care benefits including medical, dental and vision to life insurance, a 401(k) savings plan, fitness center reimbursement, and even pet insurance.
QuickChek continues to buck the current economic trend, opening 39 new stores and hiring an additional 1,400 people since 2007 as well as promoting from within the company. Each new store creates between 40-50 new local jobs including eight management positions and generates approximately $1 million in tax revenue. It has already opened new locations this year with added stores planned for 2017 and beyond.
The “Best Places to Work” and “Best Companies to Work For” lists recognize each state’s top employers who show a dedication to their employees’ growth and quality of life. Employees are surveyed as part of the awards programs, which are designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment whose practices benefit each state’s businesses, economy and workforce
QuickChek will receive its “Best Company to Work for” in New York award on April 19 at the Hilton Albany and its “Best Places to Work in New Jersey” award on April 26 at a ceremony at the iPlay America’s Event Center in Freehold.