Forbes Ranks Tractor Supply a Top Employer for New Graduates for Second Year in a Row
May 26, 2021 at 16:18 PM EDT
Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ: TSCO), the largest rural lifestyle retailer in the United States, today announced that it has been included on Forbes’ 2021 “America’s Best Employers for New Graduates” list for the second year in a row.
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Tractor Supply Team Members at its Store Support Center in Brentwood, TN (Photo: Business Wire)
“Tractor Supply strives to be a place where all Team Members feel welcomed, can contribute and find success,” said Melissa Kersey, Tractor Supply’s Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer. “We know that our young professionals, especially, seek ample training, social connection and meaningful work that allows them to grow and develop both personally and professionally. We are thrilled to be recognized by Forbes for the second year in a row for our efforts to make Tractor Supply a great place for new graduates to work. With our Mission and Values at the forefront, we will continue to prioritize ways to support and engage all Team Members and advance our culture.”
Tractor Supply offers a wide range of programs and development opportunities across all stages of its Team Members’ careers.
Summer Internship Program: Since 2015, Tractor Supply has offered a summer internship program at the Company’s Store Support Center (HQ), giving college and recently graduated students the opportunity to gain work experience in their field of study. The internship program has continued throughout the COVID-19 pandemic with the 2020 and 2021 classes working remotely.
Graduate Development Program: The Company also offers Graduate Development Programs where new graduates can enter a 12-week rotational program to gain a holistic understanding of the relationship between key retail functions such as buying, marketing, pricing, supply chain and more. Both the internship program and graduate development programs have served as a pipeline for full-time positions.
Team Member Engagement Groups: Last year the Company launched a Young Professionals resource group focused on development, social and service opportunities for anyone identifying as earlier in their career. This Team Member Engagement Group is in addition to five other resource groups: African Americans on the R.I.S.E., Fuerte Juntos Hispanic Group, LGTBQ+ You Belong OUT Here, Veterans Group and Women Out Here. The resource groups, governed by the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council chaired by the Company’s President and CEO Hal Lawton, create communities for those within the targeted demographic and their allies to help make sure Tractor Supply is meeting the needs of all Team Members.
Continuing Education and Professional Development: Tractor Supply offers dozens of continuing education courses and leadership development opportunities. The Company also offers tuition reimbursement for approved degree programs.
The list for the “America’s Best Employers for New Graduates 2021” was conducted through an independent survey by Statista. They surveyed over 20,000 Americans with less than 10 years of professional experience working for businesses with at least 1,000 employees. All the surveys were anonymous, allowing participants to openly share their opinions. The respondents were asked to rate their employers on a variety of criteria, including safety of work environment, competitiveness of compensation, opportunities for advancement, effectiveness of diversity and inclusion efforts and company image. They then asked respondents how likely they would be to recommend their employer to others, and to nominate organizations outside of their own.
To learn more about a career at Tractor Supply, visit TractorSupply.jobs.
About Tractor Supply Company
Tractor Supply Company also owns and operates Petsense, a small-box pet specialty supply retailer focused on meeting the needs of pet owners, primarily in small and mid-size communities, and offering a variety of pet products and services. At March 27, 2021, the Company operated 177 Petsense stores in 23 states. For more information on Petsense, visit www.Petsense.com.