Big Y in the News
Headquartered in Springfield, MA, Big Y is one of the largest independently owned supermarket chains in New England. Proud to be family owned and operated, we operate almost 80 stores throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts with over 11,000 employees. Big Y has been named a 2015 Employer of Choice by the Employers Association of the Northeast. Founded in 1936 by brothers Paul and Gerald D'Amour, the store was named after an intersection in Chicopee, Massachusetts where two roads converge to form a "Y".
Big Y in the News contains excerpts from press releases that have been sent to local media.
Big Y in the News - 1,000 Jobs Open at Big Y
SPRINGFIELD, MA [November 18 2020] – Big Y has announced over 1,000 job openings in all areas of the company in response to their expansion and growth. These new positions include both full and part time options including management and support positions in every location throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut. Openings can be found at all Big Y markets, Fresh Acres Specialty Market, Table & Vine Fine Wines and Spirits, Big Y Express Gas and Convenience Stores, Big Y’s Fresh & Local Distribution Center and Big Y’s Store Support Center.
Supermarket openings include bakery, meat/seafood, food service and deli department managers and assistant department managers, overnight stocking clerks, and part time positions in all departments. Fresh and Local Distribution Center openings include selectors, porters and equipment operators. Big Y Express Gas and Convenience Stores have openings in positions including managers, assistant managers, head cashiers and clerks. Current Store Support Center positions include accounts payable manager, general liabilitly manager and openings in Information Resources and Technology. (See partial listing of openings.)
Big Y is committed to making a difference in their communities where employees are celebrated for who they are and have an opportunity to learn new skills and to share ideas. Big Y is proud to have been named a Best in State Employer and Best Employer For Diversity by Forbes Magazine for the past two years.
“Every day, our employees help us to deliver on our promise of connecting families for a better future,”
says Michael J. Galat, vice president of employee services. “We foster an environment of inclusion and belonging where
individuals are respected, valued and heard. Employees tell us how much they appreciate being part of a community that cares.”
Big Y’s commitment to supporting each of their 12,000 plus employees includes meaningful opportunities for career advancement throughout the company. They offer continuous training and incentives to ensure knowledgeable and caring employees who work together towards a common goal.
Other benefits include flexible work shifts to accommodate parents, retirees, seniors, high school and college students which has become even more important as everyone adjusts their schedules during this pandemic. “It is not unusual to support changing shifts to accommodate sports teams’ games and practices, exams, remote learning and family life events”, says Kecia Bossie, Big Y’s employment manager. “Big Y is the perfect working environment for students, retirees, caregivers and others seeking flexible shifts and excellent benefits.”
Big Y has already invested over $1 million dollars through their tuition assistance plan for qualifying full and part time student employees to further their education . Big Y’s annual scholarship program has awarded almost $5 million to over 6700 employees and their dependents. And, Big Y has a history of employing many veterans starting with Big Y’s co- founder, Gerry D’Amour who served in the military in World War II.
Other best-in-class benefits include:
401(k) with rich company match
Generous Paid Time Off
Competitive Healthcare Benefits including dental and vision coverage
Continuing Education Opportunties such as English as a Second Language and GED
Since March, Big Y has instituted stringent safety protocols throughout their company in order to protect the health and safety of their teams and customers. As an essential business, their safety protocols include 100% mask compliance and daily monitoring for all employees and vendors, capacity limits, plexiglass screens, travel reporting and guidelines, enhanced cleaning protocols, social distancing measures, increased testing practices and reporting mechanisms, along with training for best practices in all of these areas.