Careers & Employment at Vons

It’s hard to hear the name Vons and know exactly what they sell. Even the logo leaves a lot to the imagination. My first thought was a shoe store, and my second one was a department or clothing store. I don’t know, it seemed like a trendy name so I figured it had to be one of the two. Apparently I was wrong though, it’s a supermarket chain. Go figure.

So now that we’ve established what this place actually is, you may be interested to know how you can score yourself a Vons application.

I mean, who doesn’t want to work in a grocery store, am I right? Not even a grocery store, this is a supermarket! With so many different departments, career paths, and options, you’ll never have to work anywhere else.

Let’s find out where this company came from, what they stand for, and how you can start working with them in no time.

The Company’s Vision

Vons is a supermarket chain based out of Southern California and Southern Nevada. They are a division of Safeway actually which is also a great company to work for. The company headquarters are in Arcadia, California.

It operates under the name Vons and the name Pavilions. Now, normally this is the part where I go into their history, but I think I would shake things up this time around.

Why should you work here? What’s the vision the company has? Since Vons is a division of Safeway, they fall under those same principles. Namely, the company is very focused on showing appreciation to its employees and the hard work they do. This starts with competitive pay and benefits, but it goes beyond that.

Vons storefrontThe company is affects the quality of life in the citizens it serves, which is why they are known as an important part of each community.

They are focused on finding the balance between business and the environment. They take constant steps towards reducing their carbon footprint.

Their own line of products is made using natural resources which allows customers to do their part by purchasing those in-store brands.

Vons provides plenty of opportunities to grow and blossom in your career. They value diversity in all things; race, religion, and everything in between. In the company’s eyes, this is what makes you unique. The company offers numerous training programs and methods to further develop your skills as well.

A Brief History of the Company

The company started in 1906 when Charles Von der Ahe opened a 20-foot wide store that he called Von’s Groceteria. This first location was in downtown Los Angeles, California. By the time 1928 rolled around, he had 87 stores and sold the business to MacMarr Stores.

This parent company changed hands as well until the sons of the new owner took over and turned it into the Von’s Grocery Company.

This reinvigoration led to them opening a new line of supermarkets that pioneered the concepts of self-service, prepackaged produce, meat, and deli items. Expansion happened quickly and it became the 2nd largest supermarket chain in southern California, right behind Safeway.

The aforementioned company purchased Vons in 1988 by selling a number of their stores to them in exchange for a owner stake.

Soon after Safeway took control of the company and it’s been a divison of them ever since. Today, Vons has benefited a lot from the acquisition by Safeway. They carry high-quality deli items, meat, seafood, grocery items, and cheeses. A lot of their food is bought from local farmers as well.

Let’s examine how you can leverage this information and knowledge to apply for a position with Vons today.

Direct Competitors

There are a number of other supermarket chains that may interest you. I would recommend applying to this one, but you should also check out my article on Whole Foods for a company that also cares about giving back to the community and saving the environment.

Wegmans is also an impressive company with a great store layout. Finally, give Publix a shot, they are a really caring and fun company to work for.

Vons Application Online

You’re not going crazy, the online employment form is actually done through the Safeway Careers portal. Since Vons is owned by them, the one form is used for all of their subsidiaries as well.

The online process is very simple, just follow the step to fill out all the requested information. Now, there are some things to consider when applying. Von’s location in the southwest results in a very culturally diverse customer base.

What does this mean for you? Well, if you’re bilingual, specifically someone who speaks both Spanish and English, you’ll have a much easier time being hired here. It’s not required by any means but if you know both languages, or you’ve considered learning, this could be a great way to put yourself ahead of the pack.

There are numerous opportunities for entry-level job positions like cashier and clerk options.

Some other things that will come in handy is knowledge of the items below:

  • Organic goods
  • Food allergens
  • Brand names
  • General grocery knowledge
  • Prevalence in both the English and Spanish language

Salary Options and Benefits

Looking at an entry level position like cashier, it becomes obvious that Vons wasn’t kidding when they said their pay was competitive.

The aforementioned position has an average pay of around $12 per hour! Looking at an even more entry-level position like clerk still offers between minimum wage and $9 per hour on average.

Moving into higher level positions like manager shows some impressive salary options. For example, an assistant store manager can earn between $40,000 and $50,000 per year.

Store managers have it even better with options between $60,000 and $80,000. With raises and great performance, it’s not outside the realm of possibility for a store manager to make upwards of $100,000 per year.

As if these salary options weren’t enough, there are also a full suite of benefits for you to earn with tenure:

  • Flexible Schedules
  • Discounts on products
  • Complimentary nametags and uniforms
  • 401(k) retirement plans
  • Paid time off
  • Health care options
  • Prescription drug coverage
  • Life insurance
  • Employee assistance
  • Career education programs
  • Stock purchase plans

Final Thoughts

Ever since it was purchased by Safeway, Vons has been one of the best grocery stores out there.

With high-quality items, a diverse customer base, and plenty of locations in the southwest to choose from, there’s no reason not to fill out a Vons application today. Safeway is very proud of its ability to offer plenty of opportunities for upward movement in the company.

Take for example the executive vice president of Safeway, Larree Renda. On the front page of the careers landing there’s a quote from her that reads:
“I started over 30 years ago as a part-time clerk at Safeway. My career is proof of the opportunities we have to offer.”

Think about it, you could be her. You could start out at the bottom of the ladder and climb your way to the top.

I can count on one hand the number of companies where that’s feasibly possible, but this is most certainly one of them. Be sure to check out Safeway as well if you’re thinking about working for the parent company of Vons.

Thanks as always for reading, and know that you have my support and with dedication and perseverance, you will have this job in no time. Head online to the career page and apply today!