Wegmans came in second place on Fortune magazine's 75 Best Large Worplaces for Women list, with Publix coming in at No. 29 and Nugget Market at No. 74.
The list was determined by anonymous survey feedback representing more than 4.5 million U.S. employees. A majority of the data came from women employees who answered a 60-question Trust Index survey about their workplace, which was compared with whether or not these experiences were similar for men in the same workplaces.
The survey looked into factors such as whether people trust each other in a given workplace and are able to reach their full potential, regardless of gender, as well as how well women are represented in the workplace.
According to Fortune, the Trust Index survey results are "accurate to a 95% confidence level with a 5% margin of error."
The staff at Rochester, N.Y.-based Wegmans is made up of 54% women, with 47% of nonexecutive management and 26% of executive/manager positions being female.
Of the company, employees said it "gives you the opportunity to present new ideas, concepts or procedures and Wegmans will listen to your ideas and implement.”
Lakeland, Fla.-based Publix, which recently committed to raising workers' wages, has a staff of 49% women, including 36% in nonexecutive management and 22% in executive/manager positions. Publix employees said they feel that "management wants me to grow and succeed, not just in my work life but also personal. Also, everyone is always helpful to customers. Management is always there to listen if we have any concerns.”
At Woodland, Calif.-based Nugget, 47% of women in the company are women, with 46% of nonexecutive management and 25% of executive/manager positions. Employees said "this is the first workplace I have ever been a part of that coaches its employees in a positive way. Guidance and positive reinforcement is used rather than punishment and warnings.”