17 companies that are hiring during the coronavirus crisis

March 24, 2020, 4:44 PM UTC

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As the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic continues to spread, there are stories almost daily about businesses furloughing employees (or laying them off completely) as demand dries up. It’s a scary, seemingly endless flow of bad news. But there are plenty of companies looking to hire those displaced workers.

Well over a dozen national companies have announced substantial hiring plans. And while it might be a career shift for some, it will ensure a regular stream of income that can be a lifesaver for others.

Here’s a look at who’s hiring and what jobs they’re offering.


The largest convenience store chain is looking to add 20,000 jobs to meet increased demand, with jobs ranging from in-store positions to delivery jobs. Apply at careers.7‑Eleven.com


The grocery chain has nearly 5,000 open positions. Most are based in retail stores, but there are a handful of openings in specialized fields such as human resources, public relations, and IT. Apply here


Roughly 30,000 temporary jobs are being created at the grocery chain, which includes Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen, and Carrs. To help fill the roles, the company is working with hospitality and food service companies that have had to furlough workers.


The online retailer is looking to add 100,000 workers amid an “unprecedented” surge in demand due to the coronavirus. The bulk of those jobs are in warehouses and as delivery workers. (The company has also raised salaries by $2 per hour through April.) You can apply for the jobs on Amazon’s website.


Drugstores are seeing a surge in business during the coronavirus pandemic. CVS will hire 50,000 additional staffers to keep up with demand and is awarding bonuses of $150 to $500 to employees who work directly with patients. Roles include store associates, home delivery drivers, distribution center employees, and member/customer service professionals. Hiring will take place via virtual job fairs, virtual interviews, and virtual job tryouts.

Dollar General

As many as 50,000 (mostly temporary) jobs are being opened up to support the discount chain’s operations as COVID-19 continues to spread. The company has doubled its hiring rate and hopes to fill those jobs by the end of April. Apply on the company’s website.

Dollar Tree/Family Dollar

The value variety chains plan to bring another 25,000 full- and part-time associates on board to support in-store and distribution roles at over 15,000 locations. For a full list of available positions or to apply online, visit www.DollarTree.com/careers or www.FamilyDollar.com/careers.


The world’s largest pizza chain is looking to hire up to 10,000 employees in roles ranging from pizza makers to delivery drivers to customer service reps. It’s also looking for Class A CDL drivers to ensure its supply chains flow smoothly. Apply at jobs.dominos.com

GE Healthcare

With unprecedented demand for ventilators and other critical medical supplies, the health care company is expanding its manufacturing capacity and needs workers to staff it.


The company that fills grocery store orders plans to hire 300,000 full-service shoppers over the next three months, more than doubling its current workforce. Learn more at the company’s website.


The grocery chain says it has already hired 2,000 people since the pandemic began and it currently has more than 10,000 openings at its stores (which include Harris Teeter and Fred Meyer).  Apply on the company’s website.

Papa John’s

Even in a pandemic, people want pizza. The nation’s third-largest chain is hiring 20,000 people to help with deliveries and carry-out orders. To learn more or apply, visit jobs.papajohns.com or text JOBS to 47272.


The food and beverage giant plans to bring another 6,000 people on board in full-benefit positions in the coming months. It did not detail what those jobs would be. Apply at pepsicojobs.com/main.

Pizza Hut

There are over 30,000 open positions at the restaurant chain. The company has sped up the hiring process to the point where it says new drivers can be on the road within five hours. In addition to drivers, it’s looking for cooks, shift leaders, restaurant managers, and virtual call center agents. Apply at jobs.pizzahut.com.


The grocery chain is hiring “thousands” of workers to fill positions at its stores and distribution centers. Apply at www.publix.jobs.


The drug chain is looking to fill roughly 9,500 full- and part-time positions, ranging from customer service associates to pharmacy technicians to shift leads. Visit jobs.walgreens.com to apply.


Not to be outdone by Amazon, Walmart is adding 150,000 temporary positions, which will run (as of now) through the end of May. Many of the jobs, however, will convert to full-time positions, the company says. The company is looking for people to staff its stores, clubs, distribution centers, and fulfillment centers. And it has reached out to restaurant and hospitality industry groups to let people displaced from those fields use this as a bridge. To expedite things, the company has streamlined its hiring process from two weeks to 24 hours. Apply here.

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—Listen to Leadership Next, a Fortune podcast examining the evolving role of CEO
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