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Working At Circle K

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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 $31,937 per year. Pay at Circle K is significantly lower than some of its highest paying competitors, like RaceTrac, RadioShack, and Dollar General, which pay $56,259, $54,760, and $54,390, 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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What do people say about Circle K


Zippia Official LogoZippia UserMay 2019

What Do You Like About Working There?

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Zippia Official LogoZippia UserMarch 2019

What Do You Like About Working There?

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Zippia Official LogoZippia UserJuly 2018

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
Zippia Official LogoReddit UserMarch 2015

What's the weirdest situation you've ever had to deal with on the job?

It was around 6 AM. It was really slow that morning, so I volunteered to take out the trash. That morning I found the strangest things I have ever found in the trash. First can I had to change had a full box of pizza on top. It was from the Little Caesars that was in the next shopping center. It was still warm and I think whoever put it there only ate one slice. But I found it in a gas station, so I didn't trust eating it. Next can I emptied had almost an entire milkshake in there, bought from the nearby Sonic. There were like four of them and they were barely touched. Like above, I didn't drink it. Besides, I found a cricket make a home in one of them. The last can was probably the most bizarre. Sitting inside a broken paint bucket, underneath two emptied 12-packs of Bud Light (glass bottles) were primed rifle rounds. They were never discharged and someone dropped like four of them in the same little bucket. All of this was found in one morning.
Zippia Official LogoReddit UserMarch 2015

As a customer service rep, how often do you get angry or unruly people, and how often do you face other obstacles, like people who can't vocalize what the problem is?

Surprisingly, at Circle K I've only had one truly bad customer. Even then, my coworkers and I agreed that he just needed some attention. I wasn't sure why he was so angry either; I was in the bathroom at the time. Last thing I heard was my boss telling him, "Good! I don't want to see you come back to the store!" The only real issue I've had were problems that I couldn't fix (mainly having to do with gas pumps or the car wash) or it would be a language barrier, usually with me being unable to speak Spanish and many people coming into my store being Mexican and not entirely that strong in English. However, at other jobs I've dealt with some angry people. Before being at Circle K I worked at both a Del Taco and at Arby's. Long story short, people are a lot less angry when they need coffee and gas than when they want food.
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Circle K Rankings

Circle K is ranked #7 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 $31,937 per year. Employees in the top 10 percent can make over $66,000 per year, while employees at the bottom 10 percent earn less than $15,000 per year.
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Circle K Salaries By Job Title

While Circle K employees earn an average yearly salary of $31,937, different roles can command different wages. Some of the job titles with high salaries at Circle K are Sales Associate, Assistant Store Manager, Customer Service Associate, and Assistant Manager. A worker with the title Sales Associate salary at Circle K can earn an average yearly salary of $53,076. 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 $23,558 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

Circle K

1.7 years
Speedway LLC1.5 years
Top Employers Before Circle K
Walmart23.9 %
Subway5.7 %
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Top Employers After Circle K
Walmart27.8 %
Amazon4.7 %
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Circle K Employee Political Affiliation


Employee Political Donations

John DykemaOwner
$10,000Republican Party
SAM SusserExecutive
$2,500Republican Party
Jane GoeckerAccountant
$2,200Republican Party
Rodney KlohaManager
$2,000Republican Party
Jimmy KittrellOwner
$1,500Republican Party
Gregory PenceExecutive
$1,000Republican Party
Tony KAS MikhaOwner
$750Republican Party
Wayne KacedanConstruction Manager
$750Republican Party
Brian HannaschPresident
$500Republican Party
David KingCustomer Service Trainer
$450Libertarian Party
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Circle K Financial Performance

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Circle K Competitors

Competitors of Circle K include RaceTrac, RadioShack, and Dollar General. Employees at RaceTrac earn more than most of the competition, with an average yearly salary of $56,259. Employees at RadioShack earn an average of $54,760 per year, and the employees at Dollar General earn an average salary of $54,390 per year.

Frequently Asked Questions about Circle K

When was Circle K founded?

Circle K was founded in 1951.

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 retailing 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 LLC, Wawa, Casey's General Stores, Sheetz, RaceTrac, B P West COAST Products LLC, 7-Eleven, Family Dollar, Dollar Tree, Blockbuster, Payless ShoeSource, Sally Beauty Holdings Inc., Dollar General, Cumberland Farms, Party City, Valero Energy, Sunoco, Family Video, Big Lots, RadioShack.

Who works at Circle K?

Karl Eller (founders)

Jessica Ingwersen (Digital Marketing Manager)

John Venuti (Marketing Director)

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