Convenience-store chains are attracting the attention of recent graduates as good sources of employment offering salary, benefits and career advancement opportunities. Three prominent c-store retailers claimed spots on Forbes magazine’s 2023 America’s Best Employers for New Grads List.
And several convenience chains ranked highly on Forbes’ lists for diversity and social impact.
Click through to see which chains made the lists …
America’s Best Employers for New Grads
Forbes’ annual list of America’s Best Employers for New Grads ranks the companies that young professionals say offer superior workplace opportunities. This year’s list includes Kwik Trip, Wawa and Sheetz.
To create the list, Forbes partnered with market research firm Statista and surveyed more than 28,000 young and early career professionals working for companies with at least 1,000 employees. It asked participants to rate their employer in areas such as reputation, salary and benefits; education and career advancement opportunities; working hours and atmosphere; quality of work; diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives; whether the company recognizes good performance; and whether they would recommend their employer to friends and family. It also asked respondents to evaluate other employers within their industry with positive or negative feedback. The surveys were anonymous.
The 300 companies with the highest scores made the final list. The c-store chains include:
- Kwik Trip/Kwik Star (No. 84)
La Crosse, Wisconsin-based Kwik Trip, which operates as Kwik Star in Iowa, is No. 11 on CSP’s 2023 Top 40 update to the 2022 Top 202 ranking of c-store chains by number of company-owned retail outlets. Watch for the full 2023 list in the June issue ofCSP magazine and atCSPDailyNews.com.
- Wawa (No. 231)
- Sheetz (No. 275)
Click here to view the full America’s Best Employers for New Grads list.
America’s Best Employers for Diversity
One c-store company stood out in terms of diversity. Murphy USA was the industry’s sole representative on Forbes’ list for diversity, according to the report.
Forbes partnered with market research firm Statista to create the sixth annual list of America’s Best Employers for Diversity. To determine the rankings, Statista surveyed more than 45,000 Americans working for businesses with at least 1,000 employees. It asked participants to anonymously rate their organizations based on criteria such as age, gender, ethnicity, disability and LGBTQ+ equality, as well as general diversity. It also asked respondents belonging to underrepresented groups to recommend businesses other than their own. In addition, Statista reviews each company’s diversity-related best practices—such as the presence of employee resource groups, the publication of diversity data and the percentage of women in board and executive roles—and incorporated them into the rankings.
The top 500 companies made the final list. It included:
- Murphy USA (No. 360)
Click here to view the full America’s Best Employers for Diversity list.
America’s Best Employers for Social Impact
The convenience-store industry made an especially good showing on Forbes’ list for social impact, with four chains securing positions among the 300 companies—Buc-ee’s, Wawa, Kwik Trip and QuikTrip.
To showcase the companies “doing well at doing good,” Forbes partnered with HundredX to create its first America’s Best Brands for Social Impact list, which derives from HundredX’s survey of more than 100,000 consumers. It ranked the 300 brands that respondents rated most highly in four categories: overall brand values and trust, social stances, sustainability and community support. It gathered nearly 4 million ratings across more than 2,000 unique brands.
The c-store chains included:
- Buc-ee’s (No. 33)
- Wawa (No. 132)
- Kwik Trip/Kwik Star (No. 167)
- QuikTrip (No. 287)
Click here to view the full America’s Best Employers for Social Impact list.