Circle K Overview

Circle K Stores Inc. is a Canadian multinational chain of convenience stores. Founded in 1951 in El Paso, Texas, the company filed for bankruptcy protection in 1990 and went through several owners, before being acquired by its current owner, Alimentation Couche-Tard, in 2003.
The staff at Circle K come from unusually diverse demographic backgrounds. The company is 54.4% female and 37.7% ethnic minorities. Even though it has great demographic diversity, Circle K notably lacks in political diversity. It has an unusually high proportion of employees who are members of the Republican Party, at 68.2%. Despite having coworkers who agree with each other about politics, employees at Circle K tend to have relatively short tenures. Staff members usually stay with the company for 1.7 years. The average employee at Circle K makes $27,141 per year. In comparison, some of its highest paying competitors, like Aeropostale, Hy-Vee, and RadioShack, pay $41,745, $38,066, and $36,019, respectively.
Based in Arizona, Circle K is an industry leader with 40,000 employees and an annual revenue of $3.0B.

The Organization’s Mission

At Circle K, our mission is to be the best and most convenient place to shop, and work.

Perks of Working at Circle K

Circle K provides food solutions for everyone. They have fresh foods and beverages that people need on a daily basis. They have stores that are strategically located in various neighborhoods for the convenience of their customers.


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The Team At Circle K

Key People

    Karl Eller (founders)

    Jessica Ingwersen (Digital Marketing Manager)

    John Venuti (Marketing Director)

    Shawn Decker (HR Director)

    Richard Barcena (Marketing Manager)

    Jessica Lancaster (Digital Marketing ServicesManager)

    Fred Harvey (founders)

The Inside Scoop
Circle K has been in the convenience retailing industry for more than 60 years. They started when Fred Hervey purchased three Kay's Food Stores in El Paso, Texas. Today, the company has become one of the most successful when it comes to retailing.
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The Culture At Circle K

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Circle K has a collaborative, entrepreneurial culture, and our business reflects this spirit. We are looking for someone who wants to put his or her own fingerprints on the organization, and help contribute to the growth and direction of the company in a meaningful and personal way.
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Circle K Reviews

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Zippia UserApril 2020


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What Do You Like About Working There?

Close employment to my home. Show More

What DON'T You Like About Working There?

STARTING WAGE, CURRENT $2.50 EMERGENCY APPRECIATION PAY This amount isn't enough for compensation during this COVID-19 pandemic. HAZARDOUS ENVIRONMENT has not improved (WHERE ARE THE CLEAR BOUNDARY PARTITIONS so we (the employees) can increase the level of separation to help flatten the curve. HAZARD PAY SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN TOP OF BASE WAGE; EMERGENCY PAY. An increase in HAZARD pay of $20 will greatly boost morale and attendance. I am on the front line, no masks, nothing more than sanitizer and alcohol wipes. Over and over I interact with customers during close encounters and have nothing more to protect myself, or my family I return home too everyday. I don't know who to talk too, or who to message to show that other areas of the workforce are on the front line because commodities are essential to everyone, if it's not me it's someone else, I have been proactive in implementing CDC recommendations and I feel a serious wage increase needs to happen, or these frontline workers will stay home, CLAIM CORONA DID IT which will be leading to more people who aren't working and I believe K have earned it. My response is for myself based on what current WORKING CONDITIONS are and for the conditions of everyone who is on the frontlines as well. Increase my wage....!!!!! Show More
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Zippia UserMarch 2020


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What Do You Like About Working There?

the people that I work with are very funny and kind I love my boss they are very understanding Show More

What DON'T You Like About Working There?

Standing all day Show More

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Zippia UserMay 2019


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What Do You Like About Working There?

Seriously nadaa Show More

What DON'T You Like About Working There?

That it's a lying company Show More

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Not one thing at all Show More
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Zippia UserMarch 2019


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What Do You Like About Working There?

Nothing at all Show More

What DON'T You Like About Working There?

Because you get a 5 minute break every two hours, like that's gonna do anything. Oh you want time off? That sucks because the manager already has it off. No discounts no free drink. Nothing Show More

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Zippia UserJuly 2018


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What Do You Like About Working There?

Nothing this is the absolute worst company to ever work for. They abuse the handicap and discriminate against employees with Disability's. They are cruel and it's a hostile work environment. It's not what you know it's who you know. Different rules apply to different people. If they sleep with the boss they can do whatever they please. It's like a soap opera who is the company easy girl sleeping with this week. Vendor ( only married ones) or boss ( only married ones). They they get promoted. Don't know what they are doing. Go against the ADA. Show More

What DON'T You Like About Working There?

Upper management does not care about their employees. Work a job of 3 with no pay incentive. Show More

What Are Your Favorite Benefits/Perks?

The only thing that was good about working for Circle K was the 401k Show More
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Circle K Rankings

Circle K is ranked #10 on the Best Retail Companies to Work For in Arizona list. Zippia's Best Places to Work lists provide unbiased, data-based evaluations of companies. Rankings are based on government and proprietary data on salaries, company financial health, and employee diversity.

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Circle K Salaries

How much does Circle K pay?
The national average salary for a Circle K employee in the United States is $27,158 per year. Employees in the top 10 percent can make over $41,000 per year, while employees at the bottom 10 percent earn less than $17,000 per year.
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Circle K Salaries By Job Title

While Circle K employees earn an average yearly salary of $27,158, different roles can command different wages.

Some of the job titles with high salaries at Circle K are store manager, sales representative, assistant manager, and clerk.

A worker with the title store manager salary at Circle K can earn an average yearly salary of $40,309.

To get a better sense of the salaries at Circle K, other roles such as crew member and cashier can be considered as well. For comparison, the title crew member at Circle K earns $22,521 per year.

Circle K Careers

On average, employees at Circle K stay with the company for 1.7 years. Employees most commonly join Circle K after leaving Walmart. When they leave Circle K, they most frequently get their next job at Walmart.

Average Length of Employment
Wawa2.4 years
Sheetz2.0 years

Circle K

1.7 years
Speedway1.5 years
Top Employers Before Circle K
Walmart25.6 %
Wendy's5.4 %
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Top Employers After Circle K
Walmart29.3 %
Amazon5.0 %
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Circle K Employee Demographics

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Circle K Employees Education

Of the 40,000 employees at Circle K, 7.7% attended Arizona State University. Employees at Circle K most frequently majored in Business, and most employees’ highest level of education is a High School Diploma.

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Circle K Financial Performance

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Circle K Competitors

Some of the competitors of Circle K are Aeropostale, Hy-Vee, and RadioShack.

Employees at Aeropostale earn more than most of the competition, with an average yearly salary of $41,865.

Employees at Hy-Vee earn an average of $38,228 per year, and the employees at RadioShack earn an average salary of $35,891 per year.

Frequently Asked Questions about Circle K

How many Employees does Circle K have?

Circle K has 40,000 employees.

How much money does Circle K make?

Circle K generates $3.0B in revenue.

What industry is Circle K in?

Circle K is in the convenience store industry.

What is Circle K's mission?

Circle K's mission statement is "At Circle K, our mission is to be the best and most convenient place to shop, and work."

What type of company is Circle K?

Circle K is a private company.

Who are Circle K's competitors?

Circle K competitors include Speedway, Wawa, Sheetz, Casey's General Stores, B P West COAST Products, 7-Eleven, Family Dollar, Payless ShoeSource, Sally Beauty Holdings, Party City, Family Video, RadioShack, Bath & Body Works, Old Navy, Ace Hardware, Marshall's, The Children's Place, Hy-Vee, Aeropostale, Save-A-Lot.

Who works at Circle K?

Karl Eller (founders)

Jessica Ingwersen (Digital Marketing Manager)

John Venuti (Marketing Director)

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Where is Circle K's headquarters?

Circle K's headquarters is in Tempe, AZ.

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Updated May 18, 2020

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