Benefits

We take care of you as if you were part of our family by providing benefits that give choice and flexibility for what matters most to you. We aim to deliver a competitive package that not only supports you but also your family. Benefits vary based on your employment status with the company.

Full-time employees are provided benefit options to support work-life and your need to take care of yourself and those close to you. These benefits are outlined below. Some exclusions apply for store Sales Associates.

Part-time employees enjoy many company benefits including the retirement plan, profit sharing, company note program, paid holidays, work/life services, EAP, Care Partners, and discounts.

Health Care

Health Expense Coverage

Medical, dental, prescription drug and vision expense coverage available to employees and eligible dependents.

Three medical plans administered by Aetna

All three plans cover the same medical services and provide choice based on how you pay for your healthcare - whether in lower deductibles or lower weekly premiums, the choice is yours.

Prescription drug coverage

For retail and mail-order pharmacies through OptumRX.

Voluntary Protection Plans

Critical Illness, Accident, and Hospitalization plans to provide you money to help offset medical and household expenses.

Vision coverage through EyeMed

Preventive care and eyewear coverage with discounts for additional purchases.

Dental coverage through Delta Dental of Michigan

Preventive, minor, and major restorative dental services covered, including orthodontia.

Well-being Support

Voluntary well-being initiatives and incentive programs—including health, nutrition, and smoking cessation support—to help employees and family members lead healthier lifestyles.

  • Pre-Tax Savings Accounts

    Savings accounts that enable you to take advantage of tax savings by paying for eligible healthcare and/or dependent care expenses on a pre-tax basis.

  • Profit Sharing

    Further build retirement savings by sharing in the company’s success.

  • Short- and Long-Term Disability

    Income protection for a non-work related illness or injury if you are unable to work.

  • Company Note Program

    Savings program for short-term financial goals that earns above average interest.

  • Life Insurance

    Coverage for employees, spouses and dependents that provides a payout upon death to ensure your loved ones are cared for financially.

  • Identity protection

    Service that monitors fraud and supports in identity restoration.

  • Retirement Savings Plan

    Excellent retirement plan for eligible employees administered by The Vanguard Group. Eligible employees can make pre-tax 401(k) Payroll Deferrals and/or after-tax Roth 401(k) contributions with no waiting period and receive a weekly Company Match of $1 match for $1 saved up to 4% of eligible compensation.

Financial Future

Pre-Tax Savings Accounts

Savings accounts that enable you to take advantage of tax savings by paying for eligible healthcare and/or dependent care expenses on a pre-tax basis.

Profit Sharing

Further build retirement savings by sharing in the company’s success.

Short- and Long-Term Disability

Income protection for a non-work related illness or injury if you are unable to work.

Company Note Program

Savings program for short-term financial goals that earns above average interest.

Life Insurance

Coverage for employees, spouses and dependents that provides a payout upon death to ensure your loved ones are cared for financially.

Identity protection

Service that monitors fraud and supports in identity restoration.

Retirement Savings Plan

Excellent retirement plan for eligible employees administered by The Vanguard Group. Eligible employees can make pre-tax 401(k) Payroll Deferrals and/or after-tax Roth 401(k) contributions with no waiting period and receive a weekly Company Match of $1 match for $1 saved up to 4% of eligible compensation.

  • Vacation Time

    Time provided to allow you to maintain a well-balanced life by taking time away from work to rest and relax.

  • Flex Time

    Hours are provided to be used for planned or unplanned time away for personal or sick reasons.

  • Paid Holidays

    Paid company observed holidays.

  • New Baby Week

    Paid time off for parents to welcome their new arrival for a birth or adoption of a child.

Time Off

Vacation Time

Time provided to allow you to maintain a well-balanced life by taking time away from work to rest and relax.

Flex Time

Hours are provided to be used for planned or unplanned time away for personal or sick reasons.

Paid Holidays

Paid company observed holidays.

New Baby Week

Paid time off for parents to welcome their new arrival for a birth or adoption of a child.

  • Adoption Assistance

    Reimbursement support for expenses involved in the adoption of a child.

  • Care Partners

    Trained and experienced Care Partners to extend care, concern and compassion when difficult times arise.

  • Tuition Reimbursement

    Reimbursement for tuition expenses when furthering your, your spouse’s or your child’s education.

  • Work/Life Services

    “Finders” for resources that affect life outside of work, including child/elder care, home repair, and legal help.

  • Employee Assistance Program

    Confidential help from Licensed Professional Counselors to support you through personal difficulties.

Family Support

Adoption Assistance

Reimbursement support for expenses involved in the adoption of a child.

Care Partners

Trained and experienced Care Partners to extend care, concern and compassion when difficult times arise.

Tuition Reimbursement

Reimbursement for tuition expenses when furthering your, your spouse’s or your child’s education.

Work/Life Services

“Finders” for resources that affect life outside of work, including child/elder care, home repair, and legal help.

Employee Assistance Program

Confidential help from Licensed Professional Counselors to support you through personal difficulties.

Discounts

Employee Discount Program

Group discounts through Beneplace offer savings on everything from entertainment to travel to home appliances and more.

Gordon Food Service Store Discount

10% off any purchase at Gordon Food Service Store locations (where available).

About & History

Since our 1897 founding, Gordon Food Service has grown to become the largest family-managed broadline foodservice distribution company in North America. While we’ve been growing pretty much continuously over these 120+ years, we’ve remained consistent at the core of what and who we are: passionately committed to customers and employees. Being part of Gordon Food Service means being part of something important, something bigger than oneself. Join us.

Cornerstone Values

Customer Is KingCustomer Is King
War Room MentalityWar Room Mentality
Rewards for PerformanceRewards for Performance
Philosophy of SharingPhilosophy of Sharing
Networking OrganizationNetworking Organization
IntegrityIntegrity
Everyone is ImportantEveryone is Important

Our Footsteps

We have the strength, stability, and vision to move ahead with purpose ... together as an energetic team.

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Generations 120 years

Culture

Ours is truly a people-focused culture, forged through camaraderie, teamwork, and inclusion. Our business model is one of servant leadership. We best serve the customer by serving with great care those who serve our customers. We are what we say we are. Be part of it.

We feel the culture when we work together, and when we serve together. As a team, we tackle our challenges, celebrate our successes, and have fun on the journey.

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Stewardship

We’re committed to continuous improvement and responsible growth—learn more about our initiatives and progress in our Annual Stewardship Report.

Stewardship Report
Ensure corporate sustainability
Ensure corporate sustainability
Minimize environmental impact
Minimize environmental impact
Promote social Responsibility
Promote social Responsibility

Diversity & Inclusion

We embrace diversity and leverage inclusion because we believe it strengthens our workforce, maximizing our ability to serve our customers and be a leader in our industry.

Guiding Principles

  • Leadership

    We are committed to finding and developing leaders who have the skills to serve a diverse workforce and customer markets.

  • Workplace

    We will develop and maintain a culture that supports diversity and inclusion as a priority, enhancing our ability to develop fresh ideas and grow a stronger business.

  • Workforce

    We will engage a highly skilled and performance-focused workforce that values results and relationships, and that increasingly reflects the markets we serve.

  • Suppliers

    We will actively seek suppliers that recognize how important it is to reflect, respect, and support the communities in which we serve.

  • Communication

    We will embrace diversity and inclusion as an integral component of our culture by utilizing our communication networks to educate and inform employees, customers, suppliers and the community.

  • Community

    Through involvement and action, we will serve our communities, reflect our corporate and social responsibilities, and live out our Cornerstone Values.

Leadership

We are committed to finding and developing leaders who have the skills to serve a diverse workforce and customer markets.

Workplace

We will develop and maintain a culture that supports diversity and inclusion as a priority, enhancing our ability to develop fresh ideas and grow a stronger business.

Workforce

We will engage a highly skilled and performance-focused workforce that values results and relationships, and that increasingly reflects the markets we serve.

Suppliers

We will actively seek suppliers that recognize how important it is to reflect, respect, and support the communities in which we serve.

Communication

We will embrace diversity and inclusion as an integral component of our culture by utilizing our communication networks to educate and inform employees, customers, suppliers and the community.

Community

Through involvement and action, we will serve our communities, reflect our corporate and social responsibilities, and live out our Cornerstone Values.

BE PART OF IT! DIVERSITY & INCLUSION ACTION TEAMS

Divisional Action Teams

These groups engage a broad range of employees in our home office and divisional operations to execute on our D&I strategy by celebrating diversity and help our leadership teams understand and pursue opportunities for a more inclusive work environment.

Veterans Action Team

Individuals in our Veteran Action Team have found a meaningful way to serve: supporting veterans and providing valuable feedback on how Gordon Food Service can best attract, develop, and retain service members as well as support their spouses, and family members.

Women@GFS Action Team

Gordon Food Service is committed to being a leader in the intentional engagement and development of women. These teams work to provide an inclusive network with tools and resources to attract, retain, and advance women at all levels of the company.

Partner Organizations

We are proud of the relationships we have forged—and continue to foster—as we strengthen our workforce and serve our communities.

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Veterans

It’s in our name: Service. The notion of service is at our very core at Gordon Food Service. We believe that veterans find a meaningful career home within our servant leadership–focused culture, and a broad range of job opportunities that suit specialized skills. It is our privilege to welcome service members, spouses, and families.

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