For those looking for a Distribution Center job, check out JC Penny. The Penny is a chain of American department stores headquartered in Plano, Texas. We will take a look at distribution center jobs and all the necessary information to consider if you wish to get employed at a JCPenney distribution center.
Company History -
The J.C Penney chain was founded by James Cash Penney. The earliest beginnings can be traced back to the early 20th century when James Cash Penney opened the Golden Rule store. The store was opened in the year 1902. By 1912, Penney had 34 stores. It was in the year 1913 that the company was incorporated under the new name J.C Penney Company. By the year 1917, the company had 175 stores in 22 states in the country. The company expanded rapidly throughout the 20th century. By the end of the first decade of the 20th century, the chain has stores in more than 1,100 locations across all the 50 states in the country.
Jobs available at JCPenney’s distribution centers -
JCPenney has positions as warehouse worker where you are required to process JCPenney’s orders for catalog merchandise. You will be responsible for checking and inspecting and ensuring that the items are in good condition and are sent in correct order to the customer. You will be moving merchandise from one place to another and packing/unpacking them. JCPenney offers flexible work hours and may include weekdays or weeknights as well as weekends due to department-specific needs.
You can also work as a Warehouse Specialist. As a Warehouse specialist, you will be required to perform tasks such as preparation and verification of merchandise. You will be required to assist with packing, unpacking, sorting and classifying of merchandise within the stockroom. You will also be moving merchandise manually, with a flatbed or with a hand truck as needed. You will be operating some hand-held computer devices such as scanners and ticket-making machines.
J.C Penney distribution centers are located in these states:
JCPenney also provides internships for college students. If you are a college student, you can go for an internship with JCPenney. Most of the positions for internship are for supply chain trainees. We’ll take a look at an example below.
Supply Chain leadership trainee: As a supply chain leadership trainee, you will be going through a 16-week training program after your graduation that will cover operational training, leadership development, job shadowing and much more. You will gain a good understanding of one area of responsibility. You will be learning to lead an hourly team and influence the supply chain network to do work efficiently and in fast-paced manner.
Note that almost all of these programs require you to have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Your major should be in Supply Chain/Logistics, Engineering, Operations or Business Administration. Other required skills are analytical and problem solving abilities.
Benefits offered by J.C Penney -
Full-Time benefits: The full-time benefits include health insurance (dental, medical, vision), Full-time term life insurance, Full-Time Disability, Spending Accounts, Accident Insurance, Critical Illness Insurance, time away from work, Hospitalization insurance.
Part-time benefits: The part-time benefits include health insurance (part-time dental, medical and vision), Critical illness insurance, Hospitalization insurance, part-time accidental death and dismemberment insurance.
Note : There are significant differences between part-time and full-time benefits. In order to check the entire benefits page and know the differences between the two, click on this link –
Applying for a job at JCPenney’s -
In this section, we’ll see the online application process for JCPenney distribution center jobs. So let’s go to their official website www.jcpenney.com. Once there, go to the bottom of the page and click on ‘Careers’ link right under the ‘Company information’ segment. This will take you to the official Careers page for JCPenney. You’ll see the page having two fields, one is for finding a job by keyword and the second is for entering your email address in order to stay updated on new job postings on the site. You can either just type a keyword, for example ‘warehouse’ and look into the relevant results or you can click on the link that says ‘click here to search for locations’ right on top of the search field asking for keyword. Once you click on that, you will be taken to a new page with the map of the States. This might be a better way to search as it gives you the ability to choose the state of your preference. You can even filter jobs by typing a keyword in the search field on top of the map. This will only show the job results corresponding to your search. Search for ‘warehouse’ for example, and click on one of the states where the warehouse jobs are available. You will then have to click on the location of the warehouse in the state, which will be marked on the map of the state. Clicking on that warehouse location will give you the list of however many positions are available in that particular location. Click on one of the results, which should take you to the job description and requirements page, and there you’ll see the ‘Apply Now’ button, clicking on which will let you apply online for that job.
In order to apply for Internships, click on the ‘Learn More’ button at the end of the page, under the section ‘calling all college students’. On the page now displayed, click on the link that says ‘click here to search for job opportunities’. This will show the list of all available internship programs, as you can see by scrolling down. You can click on a program that you are interested in and then apply for it the same way as we saw for the other jobs.
Here are some additional pointers to help you in getting a job at JCPenney:
- The average salary for a Supply Chain intern at JCPenney is $15.5/hr with the highest reported salary being $16/hr and the lowest being $15.
- Sample interview question – “Explain a situation at work that you could have handled better.”
- Sample interview question – “Tell me about a time when you failed at something.”
- Sample interview question – “Tell me about a time when you had to challenge manager’s authority. Why did that happen? What was the outcome?”
- Sample interview question – “Why did you choose J.C Penney?”
So that is all the information on distribution center jobs at J.C Penney. Overall, just 42% approve of the C.E.O Ronald B. Johnson, although a large number of employees are satisfied with their jobs with JC Penney.