Sheetz named one of top companies to work for in 2019

ALTOONA, Pa. Sheetz, one of America's fastest growing, family-owned and operated convenience store chains, is pleased to announce it is once again one of the 2019 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For, according to global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work® and Fortune Magazine. This list, now in its 22nd year, recognizes companies that have exceptional workplace cultures.

Sheetz was ranked 85th and was the only convenience store chain on the list. Companies opt to participate in a selection process, which includes an anonymous employee survey and an in-depth questionnaire regarding their programs and employee practices. Great Place to Work® then evaluates each company using a unique methodology based on five dimensions, including credibility, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie. 

“This is the fifth time in six years we have been named to this prominent list and that would not be possible without our employees,” said Sheetz CEO Joe Sheetz. “Day in and day out, our company strives to create a place where employees know they are valued and have the opportunity to grow while also instilling a culture of respect and ensuring all employees understand the importance of their job and the role they play in the larger company.”

“Treating our employees as our most valuable asset is a key value my uncle Bob Sheetz instilled when he founded Sheetz in 1952 and is a value we strongly believe in still today. That’s why we’re excited to announce a starting wage increase for new and recently hired employees,” Travis Sheetz, President and COO, added.

Furthering its commitment to offering competitive pay to employees, Sheetz announced an increase for starting wages this month. Effective February 1, 2019, new employees and employees hired within the last six months will earn an additional 50 cents per hour (starting wages vary by geographic region).

Current Sheetz, Inc. Snapshot

  • Headquarters in Altoona, Pa.
  • Operates 585+ store locations across Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio and Maryland
  • In fiscal year 2020, Sheetz is projected to operate more than 600 stores
  • 19,000 employees
  • Serves 1.2 million customers per day
  • Family owned—67th anniversary in 2019
  • On the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list in 2014/2016/2017/2018/2019
  • Named by Fortune in 2016/2017/2018 as a Best Workplace for Women
  • Named by Fortune in 2015/2016/2017/2018 as one of the Best Workplaces in Retail
  • Named by Fortune in 2016/2017 as a Best Workplace for Millennials
  • Total yearly sales of more than $7.2 billion
  • Employee bonuses paid in 2018: More than $56 million
  • More than 1,300 positions currently open

Corporate Charities Supported

Sheetz For the Kidz™, a Sheetz employee-driven charitable organization, provided $700,821 in December 2018 to ensure approximately 9,500 children in need had toys, clothing and other basic needs to make the holiday season brighter. Through this year-long program, which was created in 1992 by store employees wanting to help local children, Sheetz For the Kidz raised more than $3 million in 2018 and has helped more than 119,500 children living in the communities Sheetz serves since its inception.

Through a partnership with Make-A-Wish®, Sheetz For the Kidz granted wishes for 55 children with life-threatening medical conditions in 2018. Since 2005, Sheetz has been able to grant more than 573 wishes!

Special Olympics®: Since 1991, Sheetz has raised more than $2.5 million for this program.

In addition, Sheetz donates millions of dollars in cash and products to worthwhile community endeavors each year.

“The 2019 100 Best are the leaders in creating the most innovative workplaces built on trust,” said Michael C. Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work. “Employees at these organizations feel valued, respected and heard, and are inspired to be their best selves because of the commitment these winning companies have made to create a great workplace for all employees, no matter who they are or what they do for the company.”

Great Place to Work measures companies on the following characteristics: Executive team effectiveness, innovation, people-focused programs, and Great Place to Work For All. In a Great Place to Work For All, employees report high levels of trust, credible and respectful leadership, pride in the work, and camaraderie. The survey also looks to see that employees consistently experience this great workplace, regardless of who they are or what they do. Each company is scored on their analysis of anonymous employee responses to more than 50 survey questions on their Trust Index Survey, together with their evaluation of company programs and practices as measured through their Culture Audit assessment.

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