This week, F&W sister brand Fortune unveiled its annual ranking of the 100 Best Companies to Work For. In a corresponding essay titled "Bag Boy Confidential: My 5 Days As a Publix Employee," journalist Christopher Tkaczyk goes behind-the-scenes as an "associate" to uncover how the Florida-based supermarket chain has managed to make the list nearly 20 years in a row.
And frankly—until he gets to the starting salary of $8/hour—Tkaczyk makes the job sound pretty great. The company and staff welcomed him as an embedded journalist, and he had pretty good luck with unknowing customers too, including an elderly Brooklyn native he managed to placate with some crusty bread.
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Here, a few highlights and fascinating details from the story: