Wegmans again tops the Best Workplaces in Retail ranking by Great Place to Work and FORTUNE magazine

ROCHESTER, NY, 2017-Nov-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wegmans is proud to announce, once again, it has been named one of the Best Workplaces in Retail by research and consulting firm Great Place to Work and FORTUNE magazine, ranking #1 for the second straight year.

The ranking considered survey responses from 38,000 employees in the retail sector, taking into account more than 50 factors that shape their experience at work.

“Thanks to their commitment to provide a fulfilling career experience, the Best Workplaces earn the trust and dedication of retail employees who serve as critical ambassadors for their brands,” said Chinwe Onyeagoro, president of Great Place to Work.

President & CEO Colleen Wegman says, “Our people demonstrate our values with every action they take. They help one another, help our customers, and they make Wegmans a happy place to work and shop. I couldn’t be more proud.”

The Best Workplaces in Retail is one of a series of rankings by Great Place to Work and FORTUNE based on employee feedback from Great Place to Work-Certified™ organizations.

About Wegmans
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 95-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, recognized as an industry leader and innovator, celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 20 consecutive years, ranking #2 in 2017.

About the Best Workplaces in Retail
Great Place to Work based its ranking on a data-driven methodology applied to anonymous Trust Index™ survey responses from more than 38,000 employees at Great Place to Work-Certified™ organizations. To learn more about Great Place to Work Certification and recognition on Best Workplaces lists published with FORTUNE, visit Greatplacetowork.com.

About Great Place to Work
Great Place to Work is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Through its certification programs, Great Place to Work recognizes outstanding workplace cultures and produces the annual Fortune “100 Best Companies to Work For®” and Great Place to Work Best Workplaces lists for Millennials, Women, Diversity, Small & Medium Companies, industries and, internationally, countries and regions. Through its culture consulting services, Great Place to Work helps clients create great workplaces that outpace peers on key business metrics like revenue growth, profitability, retention and stock performance.

Learn more at Greatplacetowork.com and on LinkedInTwitterFacebook and Instagram.

Press Contact:
Jo Natale
Vice President of Media Relations
585-429-3627

Source: Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.

Wegmans ranked #7 on the 2017 list of the ‘Best Workplaces for Women’ by FORTUNE and Great Place to Work®

ROCHESTER, NY, 2017-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — FORTUNE and Great Place to Work® have ranked Wegmans #7 on the 2017 list of the ‘Best Workplaces for Women.’ Great Place to Work is the organization that conducts research and compiles results for Fortune’s annual ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ list, which has included Wegmans for 20 consecutive years.

The list considered more than 400,000 employee surveys from hundreds of businesses in all sectors of the economy. The ranking gauged women’s assessments of their organizations’ culture, leadership, fairness and other elements essential for a great workplace.

“At Wegmans, we all work together and help one another, like family,” says Colleen Wegman, CEO.  “Being recognized as a great place to work for women is especially meaningful and a proud achievement we can all celebrate.”

The Best Workplaces for Women is one of a series of rankings by Great Place to Work and FORTUNE based on employee feedback from Great Place to Work-Certified™ organizations.

About Wegmans
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 94-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, recognized as an industry leader and innovator, celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 20 consecutive years, ranking #2 in 2017.

About the Best Workplaces for Women
The ranking was drawn from surveys of more than 400,000 U.S. employees at Great Place to Work-Certified organizations, assessing them on:

  • Key metrics for a great workplace. Great Place to Work analyzed how women rated their organizations in more than 50 areas, including respect, fairness, management and camaraderie.
  • Gender comparison. The ranking considered women’s survey results compared to their colleagues’ to ensure women had as positive an experience as men. This took into account an index of factors where women often lag their peers, such as access to meaningful work, fair pay and plans for a future with their organizations.
  • Consistent experiences in a diverse group. Great Place to Work also analyzed demographic patterns to ensure companies created great workplaces for all women, regardless of who they are or what jobs they do.

Surveys were conducted anonymously at each organization and women’s results achieved at least a 95 percent confidence level and a 7 percent margin of error or less. Organizations needed to employ at least 50 women to be considered.

About Great Place to Work
Great Place to Work is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Through its certification programs, Great Place to Work recognizes outstanding workplace cultures and produces the annual FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For®” and Great Place to Work Best Workplaces lists for Millennials, women, diversity, small & medium companies, industries and, internationally, countries and regions.

Press Contact:
Jo Natale
Vice President of Media Relations
585-429-3627

Evelyn Carter
Consumer Affairs Manager (Syracuse media only)
315-546-1110

Michele Mehaffy
Consumer Affairs Manager (Buffalo media only)
716-685-8170

Source: Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.

Colleen Wegman named president and CEO of Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.

ROCHESTER, NY, 2017-Mar-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Danny Wegman announced that his daughter, Colleen Wegman, has been named president and CEO of Wegmans Food Markets, Inc., and he will assume the title of chairman.

“I will continue in my role, but now as chairman of the company,” said Danny Wegman. “The time has come to create a structure for the future that will allow us to remain strong, vibrant and family-owned. I have no doubt that our company will be in good hands.”

Colleen Wegman joined Wegmans in 1991 and was named president in 2005 by the late Robert B. Wegman, her grandfather.

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 92-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, recognized as an industry leader and innovator, celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 20 consecutive years, ranking #2 in 2017.

Press Contact:

Jo Natale
Vice President of Media Relations
585-429-3627

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Colleen Wegman named president and CEO of Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.

 

Source: Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.

2017 Harris Poll Reputation Quotient® study: Wegmans Food Markets ranked #2 for corporate reputation among 100 most visible companies

Rochester, NY, 2017-Feb-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wegmans Food Markets, a family-owned supermarket chain with 92 stores in the northeast and mid-Atlantic region, was ranked #2 for corporate reputation among the 100 most visible companies, according to the 2017 Harris Poll Reputation Quotient® (RQ) study.

“This only happens because our 47,000 employees are committed to helping our customers and giving their best every day,” said Colleen Wegman.  “We are so proud and grateful to our people for earning our customers’ trust.”

The reputations of the 100 most visible companies range from excellent (scores of 80+) to critical (scores below 50).  Including Wegmans, a total of 17 companies earned excellent scores. Conversely, near the bottom of the list, a total of 12 companies earned scores from poor to critical.

Study respondents are asked to rate a company’s reputation on 20 attributes that fall into six key reputation dimensions:   Social Responsibility, Emotional Appeal, Products and Services, Vision and Leadership, Financial Performance and Workplace Environment.

“The way we treat one another matters,” added Colleen Wegman.  “There are five values that guide us:  caring, high standards, make a difference, respect, empowerment.”

Methodology
The 2017 Harris Poll Reputation Quotient was conducted online in English, among 23,633 U.S. respondents from November 29 – December 16, 2016, with preliminary nominating waves of research conducted among 4,092 respondents from September 13 -15 and October 4 – 6, 2016. The Annual RQ study begins with a Nomination Phase, which is used to identify the companies with the most “visible” reputations. All respondents are asked, unaided, to name companies that stand out as having the best and worst reputations. Online nominations are summed to create a total number of nominations for each company. The final list of the 100 most visible companies in the U.S. is measured in the RQ Ratings Phase. In the ratings phase, respondents are randomly assigned to rate two of the companies with which they are “very” or “somewhat” familiar.  After the first company rating is completed, the respondent is given the option to rate the second company. Companies are rated on their reputation on 20 different attributes that comprise the Reputation Quotient instrument. The attributes are grouped into six different reputation dimensions: Emotional Appeal, Financial Performance, Products and Services, Social Responsibility, Vision and Leadership, and Workplace Environment.

Respondents for this survey were selected from among those who have agreed to participate in Harris Poll and sample partner surveys. The data have been weighted to reflect the composition of the adult population. Because the sample is based on those who agreed to participate in an online panel, no estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

About the Reputation Quotient
The Harris Poll Reputation Quotient (RQ), an established annual measure of the understanding of corporate reputation in America since 1999, identifies movement, trends and insights in a changing corporate reputation landscape. It quantifies reputation ratings for the 100 most visible companies in the U.S., as perceived by the general public.

About The Harris Poll
Over the last five decades, Harris Polls have become media staples. With comprehensive experience and precise technique in public opinion polling, along with a proven track record of uncovering consumers’ motivations and behaviors, The Harris Poll has gained strong brand recognition around the world. The Harris Poll offers a diverse portfolio of proprietary client solutions to transform relevant insights into actionable foresight for a wide range of industries including health care, technology, public affairs, energy, telecommunications, financial services, insurance, media, retail, restaurant, and consumer packaged goods.

About Wegmans
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 92-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts.  The family-owned company, founded in 1916, is recognized as an industry leader and innovator.  Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for nineteen consecutive years.  In 2016, Wegmans ranked #4 on the list.

Press Contact:
Jo Natale
Vice President of Media Relations
585-301-8009

Evelyn Carter
Syracuse Consumer Affairs Manager
315-546-1110

Michele Mehaffy
Buffalo Consumer Affairs Manager
716-685-8170

Source: Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.

Stokoe Farms to honor Wegmans’ 100th anniversary in its annual corn maze

Stokoe Farms to honor Wegmans’ 100th anniversary in its annual corn maze
Stokoe Farms to honor Wegmans’ 100th anniversary in its annual corn maze

 

SCOTTSVILLE, NY, 2016-Sep-10 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Stokoe Farms Pumpkin Patch & Harvest Fest will honor Wegmans’ 100th anniversary in its annual corn maze. The three-acre maze is the image of the heart-shaped “Wegmans Veggies” logo surrounded by a “corn”ucopia of vegetables.  Farm guests are welcome to explore the maze from September 17th through October 30th.

“Stokoe Farms is over 200 years old, so we know the hard work and dedication it takes to create such an enduring legacy,” said Suzanne Stokoe, sixth Generation Farmer.  “We wanted to honor Wegmans’ 100th anniversary for the accomplishment that it is.  The Wegman family has done a great deal for the Rochester community, and this is a fun way to recognize the family’s contribution and heritage.”

For the opening weekends of September 17-18 and September 24-25, Wegmans and Stokoe Farms are offering $2 off the regular $14 ticket price when customers use their Shoppers Club Card at any “That’s T.H.E Ticket” location found at all Wegmans service desks. Stokoe Farms is also donating $1 to Foodlink for every ticket purchased for the September 17-18 weekend.

“This has been an incredible year, celebrating our 100th anniversary with our customers and the community,” said Wegmans President Colleen Wegman, “We can’t thank Stokoe Farms enough for honoring us in this fun, unique way, and giving us the opportunity to continue celebrating with our customers this fall.”

Stokoe Farms is a Pumpkin Patch & Christmas tree farm located just 20 minutes south of the Rochester airport.  The farm welcomes guests to enjoy more than 35 activities including hay rides, bounce pillows, a picture maze with Maize-o-poly maze game, a straw fort, farm animals, a barnyard barrel train, a spider web, pedal karts and so much more.  Great fun for all ages, because…”The Best Traditions Begin Here.”

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 90-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, recognized as an industry leader and innovator, is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 19 consecutive years, ranking #4 in 2016.

Contact Information:  
Tracy Van Auker
Wegmans media relations coordinator
585-429-3826
tracy.vanauker@wegmans.com

Julie Izzo Niedzwick
Stokoe Farms marketing director
585-889-0770
julie@stokoefarms.com

Source: Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.

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Wegmans Employee Scholarship Program to award college tuition assistance to 1,736 new recipients for the upcoming academic year

ROCHESTER, NY, 2015-5-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wegmans Food Markets has announced that the Wegmans Employee Scholarship Program will award college tuition assistance to 1,736 new recipients for the upcoming academic year. Wegmans expects to pay out approximately $4.9 million in tuition assistance to both new and returning scholarship recipients during the 2015/2016 school year.

Click here to view the list of this year’s scholarship recipients organized by area and store.

Since the program began in 1984, more than 32,000 Wegmans employees have been awarded scholarships totaling $100 million.

“It is so rewarding to see our employees achieve their goals, and in many cases, build a career at Wegmans,” says Wegmans President Colleen Wegman. ”This program has made a profound impact on our own company and on the communities we serve.”

All stores will celebrate the scholarship recipients and 2015 graduates on Saturday, May 16, when free slices of graduation cake will be served at a time selected by each individual store. See store for details.

Part-time employee scholarship recipients are eligible to receive up to $1,500 a year for four years (a maximum of $6,000), and full-time employees can receive up to $2,200 a year for four years (up to $8,800 total). No limit is placed on the number of scholarships awarded each year and no restrictions are made on a student’s course of study. Recipients may choose any area of study from an accredited college and enter any field they desire upon graduation. Many scholarship winners, however, have stayed with Wegmans after college, continuing career growth within the company.

To receive a scholarship, Wegmans employees must meet work-performance criteria. Eligibility is also based on a minimum number of work hours over a specified time period. Scholarship applications are evaluated by a team from Wegmans.

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Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 85-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, founded in 1916, is recognized as an industry leader and innovator. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 18 consecutive years, ranking #7 in 2015. The company also ranked #1 for Corporate Reputation, among the 100 ‘most-visible companies’ nationwide in the 2014 Harris Poll Reputation Quotient ® study.

Contact Information:
Jo Natale, vice president of media relations 585-429-3627
Evelyn Carter, consumer affairs manager (Syracuse media only), 315-546-1110
Michele Mehaffy, consumer affairs manager (Buffalo media only), 716-685-8170