Associate Testimonials


Gaye General Manager, Bakery Plant

I am very proud to say that I have worked for Publix since 1984! I was 17 years old and had just graduated from Auburndale High School when my uncle, who already worked for Publix, encouraged me to get a job at the Bakery Plant. I was just looking for something until I decided what I wanted to do with my life. Little did I know that my temporary job was the beginning of a fantastic and rewarding career.

I began as temporary Christmas help, and was hired fulltime as soon as I turned 18. I worked the night shift for several years and had the opportunity to become a Machine Operator on a variety of equipment. I eventually earned a promotion to Line Leader and then Foreman.

The time I spent working night shift was a challenge, but it also gave me my first glimpse of how dedicated Publix associates are. I was utterly amazed that people worked all night to bake and pack sweets and desserts for all the Publix stores!

After 10 years with this incredible company, I accepted the position of Department Manager. In May of 2013, I was honored with a promotion to the Bakery Plant General Manager, which is the position I currently hold. I started my career as temporary holiday help and now I am the General Manager so I am definitely living proof of the opportunities that Publix offers its associates. The first thing I tell my new associates at orientation is that with initiative, hard work and dedication, you can go anywhere you want in Publix.


Laura Research & Product Development Manager

I came to work for Publix in 1980 as part of the start-up team for the first dairy manufacturing plant in Lakeland. I considered it a privilege to join a company I had always admired. My first position was lab technician in the quality control department. Now I’m the research and development manager for our three dairy plants. This is the best job in the company since tasting ice cream is a regular part of my job!

I have a great deal of pride in the products we manufacture because they are the highest quality available to consumers. We strive to provide a wide variety of healthy and flavorful products for our customers.

There is a great sense of teamwork here. Publix people are genuinely interested in helping others succeed. The Publix management team encourages an open dialogue about ways to improve our work, our Publix products, and ourselves.

I am so very proud to be a part of the Publix family!