Ralphs Application & Careers

Ralphs is a supermarket chain with a long history, dating all the way back to 1873 when George Albert Ralphs opened his first store in Los Angeles, California.  It became a subsidiary of The Kroger Company in 1998.  To find out how to apply for Ralphs online, use the link below to submit a Ralphs application.

Ralphs now has stores all across Southern California selling produce, liquor and other groceries, as well as providing other services such as in the bakery and pharmacy.  It is the biggest subsidiary of The Kroger Company, which also owns branches of convenience stores, jewelry stores, drug stores and many other multi-departmental stores.

The company headquarters of The Kroger Company are in Cincinnati, Ohio and the corporate offices of Ralphs are based in Compton, California.  The stores themselves are not just any stores, but have been designed by renowned architects to set them apart from their competitors.  A former location in Los Angeles has even been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The chain is also known for being featured in the well-known 1998 film, The Big Lebowski.  It is a favorite hang out of Jeff Bridges’ character, the Dude.  So if it’s good enough for the Dude, then surely it’s a good enough place for you to start your career today.

Ralphs Careers

If you’re interested in job opportunities in the stores there a number of positions available.  These include Cashiers, Stock Associates, Courtesy Clerks, Meat Cutters, Grocery Clerks, Deli Clerks, Loss Prevention Specialists, Retail Clerks, Department Managers, Assistant Managers and Store Managers.  Many of these positions require little to no experience, although you will need leadership experience for managerial jobs.

Ralphs careers also include openings in their corporate offices.  The typical kinds of careers available are in the departments of Analysis, Human Resources, Accounting, Logistics and Distribution and Manufacturing.  For jobs in this part of the industry you will need a degree in a related area and generally 2 years experience in a similar role.

How old do you have to be to work at Ralphs?  For entry-level Ralphs jobs you must be 16 years or over.

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Ralphs stores are open daily from 6am to 1am; keep in mind that some positions will require you to work night shifts.

Employees in entry-level positions will be put through a comprehensive, paid training program and there are other opportunities for further training and advancement.  Many employees will also enjoy the benefits of health insurance programs, 401(k) retirement plans and employee stock purchase plans.  Other perks will include paid holidays and vacations.

Ralphs Job Descriptions

Cashier – The position of Cashier is a customer-facing one so you will need good communication skills.  Cashiers are responsible for scanning goods and processing transactions and there may be other duties including bagging and handling customers purchases.  Other daily duties will be assigned by the manager.  This is a minimum wage job with the pay usually starting at $10-12/hour.

Stock Associate – As a Stock Associate you will need to be comfortable with a large amount of lifting, carrying, climbing on ladders and packing, so you will need to be in fairly good physical condition.  You will be expected to work restocking shelves and checking inventory in the evenings and on overnight shifts.  The pay for this role starts at $10-12/hour.

Courtesy Clerk – In this role your responsibilities will be to work with cashiers and customers, usually bagging customers’ purchases, restocking items and other general duties.  You will be expected to carry out basic cleaning duties to make sure that cleanliness standards are met.  The typical pay for this job is around $8-9/hour.

Store Manager – As a Store Manager you will have oversight over all the operational duties of the store.  You will supervise staff hiring, training and management and make sure they are working to all acceptable standards.  Managers also have administrative duties over inventory and financial details.  The salary for a Store Manager is up to $90,000 a year.

Ralphs Interview Questions

After you submit your Ralphs application, give yourself the best chance by practicing some common interview questions.

Why do you want to work here?  It’s always a good idea to do some research on the company before your interview, so use this time to talk about the positive things you found out that made you want to apply for jobs at Ralphs in the first place.

What does customer service mean to you?  They’re obviously looking for a personal answer here, so think of the best customer service experiences you’ve had and why they impressed you, if you can give examples from your own previous employment that will help.

Why did you leave your last job? You won’t want to talk about anything particularly negative here, so if it is the case that you left your last job on bad terms then talk about what you learnt from the experience and what you hope to achieve going forward.

What are your career goals?  It’s good to be ambitious here but also realistic.  Set out steps for yourself and describe how you would go about achieving them.  Remember they’re looking for people who want to grow inside the company.

Do you have any leadership experience?  If this is your first job then you can use examples from other activities for example at school or college.  It’s important to make sure that your answers always relate back to the job description.

Advice For Application Process

To apply online for Ralphs jobs, search Ralphs jobs online or follow the links below.  For retail opportunities they list vacancies for all companies owned by Kroger.  Corporate and other roles for the company are advertised all together.  Fill in the online application form for your selected role to submit a Ralphs job application online.

If you prefer to make a direct application in person then you can take your resume down to your local store or request a free application from the manager.  There isn’t currently an option to download a printable application for Ralphs.  You can submit multiple applications for different stores and roles to increase your chances.

The entire application process may take between a few days to a couple of months depending on which locations are hiring.  At the interview you will also be asked to complete a background check and a drug test, and you must pass both of these to be offered a job.

Remember to dress smartly for the interview.  For store-based positions a full business suit probably isn’t necessary but you still need to be well presented.  It’s very important to be friendly towards your interviewer, be confident and maintain eye contact.  It’s often a good idea to follow up by phone or email after your interview.
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