Wegmans Food Markets
Wegmans Food Markets
Best Companies rank: 4
Name: Chris Rush
Title: Part-time Grocery Buyer
Years with the company: 6

By the time Chris Rush graduates from St. John Fisher College this May with a degree in business, he will have been working at Wegmans for over six years. "I turned 15 on February 7, 2006," he says, "and I got hired March 6."

He got the job through a program called the Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection in his hometown of Rochester, N.Y. The mentoring and employment training program aims to give local high school students the tools they need to get on the college track.

Rush says many of his college friends have never had a job because their parents support them. "I had to do what I had to do," he says, "I lived in a single-parent household all my life. To me, having a job to help relieve a lot of pressure off my mother was an honor."

Wegmans offered him a position, and he has continued networking in the company ever since. Rush still works at Wegmans part time in the customer service department while he finishes school.

The next move at the company would be to become a "merchant in training," which he is interested in, since he likes the corporate culture at Wegmans, which advocates that happy employees make happy customers.

"They helped me out at lot. They don't know how much the job they offered me meant to me and my family."

By Shelley DuBois, writer-reporter @FortuneMagazine - Last updated January 20 2012: 6:55 AM ET
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