At Nugget Market, Inc., 91 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 1448 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 1.00. It was published on Sep 11, 2017. 41525 Visitors

What Employees Say

I am given the resources and equipment to do my job.
People celebrate special events around here.
Management is competent at running the business.
Management is honest and ethical in its business practices.
I am able to take time off from work when I think it's necessary.

What They Do

We asked Nugget Market, Inc. to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

A dynamic family grocery business. We have never had any layoffs and we value our associates as the most important part of our brand. One step into our stores and you immediately sense that your shopping trip will be special!

About this Company

Website: Industry: Retail
US Headquarters: Woodland, California, 95695 US Sites: 19
Major Locations: Woodland, California; Davis, California; West Sacramento, California; Roseville, California; El Dorado Hills, California; Sacramento, California; Vacaville, California; Cameron Park, California; Novato, California; Sonoma, California US Employees: 1,907
Corporate Structure: Private Founded: 1926

Innovative store format at Fork Lift by Nugget Markets

Perks and Programs

We asked Nugget Market, Inc. to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Family/Fun Culture: At Nugget Markets, you will find a culture that fosters camaraderie and a deep sense of family. Associates are encouraged to have fun with one another, along with their guests. If someone is having a bad day or is going through a traumatic event, all associates are empowered to help turn that person’s day around. A core value for this company is RAVE: Respect, Appreciate, Value, Everyone!
  • Outstanding Benefits: Nugget Markets is one of just a handful of Top 100 Companies that still pay 100% of the associates’ insurance premiums. Part-time associates are eligible for full-time benefits, and it only takes an average of 22 hours per week to qualify for comprehensive Medical, Dental, Prescription Drug and Vision care—the same benefits plan the CEO and his family enjoy! With a 4% 401K match and profit sharing, associates are set up nicely for retirement, and a long-term disability insurance policy and company-paid life insurance give added comfort.
  • Flexible Scheduling/Work-Life Balance: Year after year, a top benefit that comes out in the Great Place to Work® survey process is the care and desire that managers take to work around associates’ extracurricular activities and school schedules. Overtime is happily paid when needed, and only 41associates in the company work salaried positions. Associates can earn up to 5 weeks of paid vacation time, with an additional 56 hours of PTO available annually for work-life balance.
  • Recognition/Awards/10% Discount: Seems very simple, but the fact that this company goes out of its way to recognize associates for doing a great job goes a long way in building the company culture! Leaders are always looking for ways to praise in public. U Make Us Better Cards (acknowledging a job well done) are handed out by all associates, making recipients eligible for weekly drawings and cash prizes. “Düer” shirts are handed out at company gatherings, providing an ultimate sense of accomplishment. All associates enjoy 10% off their groceries.
  • Communication is Key: This company’s associates never stop improving their communication with one another, and monthly communication task force meetings set the foundation and drive. As part of the company-wide communication framework, electronic message boards display videos, photos, messages and public recognitions of associates. Associates are rewarded for “being in the know” about company messaging and have a chance of winning up to $500! 360-Degree Reviews, where all department leaders are reviewed by the associates they lead, are a key element for leadership growth and development.
  • Vacation/PTO payout: Although we encourage our associates to use their vacation pay to rejuvenate and maintain their work-life balance, and to use their PTO whenever they become ill or need to take time off for other personal reasons, associates can also just request the vacation/PTO pay in lieu of time off. When an unexpected expense comes up, our associates appreciate knowing they can use this benefit.
  • Annual Smokers Challenge: At the start of every year, we encourage all our company’s smokers to quit, cold turkey. As an incentive, we award each of them with $1,000 cash prizes after their first 6 months without smoking. To keep the prizes, they must remain smoke free through the end of the year.
  • Scholarships/Tuition Reimbursement: We firmly believe in education and offer several scholarships to help associates fund their schooling, including multiple $1,000 Gene and Joan Stille Education Scholarships (named after our company owners). We also reimburse associates for CPR/First Aid training and certification, as well as tuition costs for any courses/certifications that directly pertain to their job roles with our company.


50% Match of employee’s 401(k)/403b contribution up to 4% of salary100% Company-paid health coverage for employees
78% Company-paid health coverage for dependents 100% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers
22 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance
Taking Pride in Our Daily Bread


11 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 11 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
5 days Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment 5 days Paid sick days after one year of part-time employment


115 days Job-protected maternity leave (including FMLA/STD) 95 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take
60 days Job-protected paternity leave (including FMLA)30 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take
60 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents (including FMLA)*


  • Mental health care
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)

Community and Environmental Impact

$952,792 Philanthropic donations in last year Sustainability Coordinator Leads environmental impact team
Yes Sustainable commuting program Yes Recycling program
Yes Locally-sourced food program


  • Written policy prohibits discrimination based on (at a minimum) age, disability, race/ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender and sexual orientation

Leadership Diversity


Workforce Diversity

Having Fun is a Favorite Pastime!


Old-Fashioned Service with a Smile

How to Get Hired

We asked Nugget Market, Inc. for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

We look for people who have a positive attitude, are enthusiastic, helpful, and willing to provide great service. A happy person with a sense of humor is a plus, because we encourage our associates to have fun at work. Candidates must be personable and enjoy engaging with others, make direct eye contact and SMILE!

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

During the online application process, candidates have the opportunity to tell us more about themselves through our "All About You" section. In addition to describing what they hope to accomplish by working for Nugget Market, Inc. and how they would like to contribute to our company, they are able to let us know about outside-of-work interests and causes about which they are passionate. This helps us get to know them better, and we look for clear communication skills, including spelling and grammar.

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

Our goal is to find people who have a passion for delicious food. While we always hire people for entry-level positions, our current focus is on our Kitchen and Bakery departments, filling roles that require specialized skills, such as chefs, production cooks, cake decorators and bread bakers. At Nugget, our associates enjoy an excellent work-life balance and the opportunity to have a fulfilling career utilizing their talents!

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

Our application process is conveniently handled online, and to read about our company and apply, prospective candidates can simply go to: It is also helpful to visit our stores and observe our teams in action to get an idea of our energetic vibe and service-minded culture.

hiring Outlook

5% Job Growth 22 Average applicants per opening
18,475 Total job applicants 28% New hires by employee referrals
26% Openings filled by current employees 23% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
46% Voluntary turnover for part-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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