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Press Release

Nugget Markets Celebrates 17 Years on FORTUNE’s “Top 100 Companies to Work For” List

Davis, CA (April 11, 2022) – For 17 years and counting, Nugget Markets has once again claimed its title as one of the best places to work in the nation. Coming in at #95 on FORTUNE Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list in 2022, this local, family-owned grocer has been serving it associates, guests and communities since 1926.

“These last two years have been the most challenging in our 96-year history in the grocery business, and I am so proud of how our team has rallied together to always find a silver lining in whatever COVID challenge was thrown at them,” said Eric Stille, President and CEO of Nugget Markets. “As front-line workers, serving the public and bringing a sense of calm to our guests, they truly brought the ‘Nugget Spirit’ to life.  Every day they exemplified and leaned on our Core Values of: Family, Fun, Trust, RAVE (Respect, Appreciate, Value Everyone) and having a Positive Attitude. I could not be prouder of our team; they truly are amazing!”

Across Northern California, Nugget Markets stores are known for their tremendous team and dynamic culture centered on family and fun. As their mission statement says, “Our associates are our competitive edge—superior quality and great prices are just part of the bargain.”

Along with guest satisfaction and constant improvement, one of Nugget Markets’ company goals is to be a world-class employer. This shows in their 96-year history of no lay-offs ever, and their industry-leading benefits and wages, flexible work schedules, outstanding 401(k) plan with 98% participation and comprehensive healthcare for full and part-time associates with zero premiums for their coverage. Nugget Markets was also one of the first companies in the nation to offer its associates “thank you” bonus COVID pay during the pandemic, which continued uninterrupted and eventually became permanent in January of this year.

“Of all the 17 years that Nugget Markets has placed on Fortune’s ‘Top 100 Companies to Work For’ list, this year means the most!” said Mary Muller, Nugget Markets’ Director of Human Resources. “We are so proud of our associates and the way they faced the adversity of being short-staffed, while carefully adhering to all the precautions of an essential business during the pandemic, always staying true to the core values of our company culture. Throughout all the uncertainties, our associates never wavered in their commitment to providing our guests with cheerful, excellent service in a clean and safe environment. We are inspired by what our Nugget family has accomplished and the way they embrace each new day with positive energy and enthusiasm, stronger than ever!” 

For those looking to start a new career at one of the country’s best workplaces, Nugget Markets is now hiring with 120 job openings ranging from entry level roles to experienced chefs, bakers and more.

Family owned and operated since 1926, Nugget Markets is a full-line grocery store in Northern California that provides highest-quality perishables and organics, chef-prepared foods, specialty grocery items and conventional goods in a beautiful marketplace setting. The Nugget Market, Inc. family of stores includes 16 locations: 13 Nugget Markets in Northern California, Fork Lift by Nugget Markets in Cameron Park, Food 4 Less Woodland and Sonoma Market in Sonoma.

For more information about Nugget Markets’ ranking, read the Great Place to Work® review and FORTUNE review.


Great Place to Work determines the 100 Best Companies to Work For list using its proprietary For All methodology to evaluate and certify thousands of organizations in America’s largest ongoing annual workforce study, based on over 870,000 employee survey responses and data from companies representing more than 6.1 million employees, this year alone. 

The survey enables employees to share confidential quantitative and qualitative feedback about their organization’s culture by responding to 60 statements on a five-point scale and answering two open-ended questions. Collectively, these statements describe a great employee experience, defined by high levels of trust, respect, credibility, fairness, pride, and camaraderie. In addition, companies provide organizational data like size, location, industry, demographics, roles, and levels. 

Great Place to Work measures the differences in survey responses across demographic groups and roles within each organization to assess both the quality and consistency of the employee experience. Statements are weighted according to their relevance in describing the most important aspects of an equitable workplace. 

Each company also answers six essay questions that provide greater insight into how and why the organization is great for all people. Responses are rigorously evaluated and cross-reviewed according to Great Place to Work’s research-driven criteria. Survey data analysis and essay evaluation results are then factored into a combined score to compare and rank the companies that create the most consistently positive experience for all employees. Many companies survey every employee, far surpassing the minimum threshold of 5,000. While essay responses provide important context for rankings, only survey data can garner a list placement.

To be considered for the list, companies must be Great Place to Work-Certified™, have at least 1,000 US employees, and cannot be a government agency. Great Place to Work requires statistically significant survey results, reviews anomalies in responses, news, and financial performance, and investigates any employee reports of company incompliance with strict surveying rules to validate the integrity of the results and findings. Data is also normalized to compare companies fairly across sizes and industries.  

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