Three convenience-store chains received recognition for being top national workplaces of 2023: Kwik Trip (No. 24), MAPCO (No. 90) and Delta Sonic (No. 98).
The list, published annually by Energage, an employee survey and research firm, is determined by employee feedback and built on two decades of research, 27 million employee voices and 450 million data points.
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Kwik Trip, one of the biggest independently held c-store chains in the country, operates more than 800 stores in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin—and soon South Dakota—under the Kwik Trip and Kwik Star banners. It produces more than 80% of the products sold in its stores, supplied by its own bakery, commissary, dairy and distribution center.
Kwik Trip employs more than 34,000 coworkers.
MAPCO is an equal opportunity employer and offers all full- and part-time workers unmatched benefits as well as the flexibility to choose when and where they work, how and when they get paid.
“We continuously strive to foster a positive work culture at MAPCO and are honored to receive such recognition,” said Frederic Chaveyriat, CEO of MAPCO. “What makes this even more meaningful is that it comes from our team members. MAPCO prides itself on a work environment that feels like family for our team, which in turn delivers the outstanding customer service that our stores are known for.”
Additionally, MAPCO team members are offered opportunities to effect positive change in the communities where they live and work, according to the company. From youth athletic partnerships to donation programs benefiting organizations like the Boys & Girls Club and United Way, team members can contribute to furthering MAPCO's philanthropic mission of supporting youth physical, emotional and mental well-being.
In celebration of this announcement, MAPCO will be hosting a companywide national hiring day on Feb. 8.
Delta Sonic, Buffalo, New York, took No. 98 on the list.
The c-store chain defines its culture through caring for team members, creating customers for life, embracing change and promoting integrity.
Delta Sonic, with 32 car wash, gas station and c-store locations in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse, New York, Chicago, and Erie, Pennsylvania, employs nearly 3,000 people and operates e c-stores, car washes and auto maintenance facilities.
In regional awards, three other convenience-store chains were recognized.
Albany Capital District Top Workplaces: Stewart’s Shops, Ballston Spa, New York, Stewart’s Shops began as a family business and is still run by second and third generations of the Dake family. Stewart’s Shops is an essential part of each community they serve offering both strong community ties and company support.
- Stewart's Shops is No. 23 on CSP’s 2022 Top 202 ranking of U.S. c-store chains by number of company-owned retail outlets.
Stewart's Shops has extensive charitable contributions program and, together with the Dake Family, donates $9 million annually to nonprofits. It is one of the largest employers in New York state and is an employee and family-owned business with employees owning over 40% of the company through the ESOP plan. Along with health insurance and paid vacation, ESOP participants are offered paid maternity leave, discounted YMCA gym memberships and daycare, as well as a Make Your Own Scholarship program which provides college scholarships to Partners’ dependents.
Oklahoma Top Workplaces: The continued growth of OnCue Express, Stillwater, Oklahoma, in the Oklahoma and Texas convenience store market targets 100 new jobs each year. Employment at OnCue combines teamwork, community and advancement in a supportive environment that offers valuable benefits. The company aims for great service to customers and rewarding employment.
- OnCue Express is No. 92 on CSP’s 2022 Top 202 ranking of U.S. c-store chains by number of company-owned retail outlets.
Working at OnCue “is an opportunity that combines teamwork and community in a supportive environment that offers valuable benefits and training programs for career advancement,” the company said.
Greater Knoxville Area Top Workplaces: Pilot Co. is dedicated to, among other things, supporting a team member’s career aspirations, aiming to fulfill this mission with intent to make a better day for its team members and guests.
Pilot Co. is ranked No. 7 on Forbes’ list of America’s Largest Private Companies and has 28,000 team members and a commitment to giving back.