Fast-paced and always evolving, the Dot Foods warehouse is the perfect place to start or advance your career with North America’s largest food redistributor. Whether you bring years of professional warehouse experience to the table or none at all, you’ll learn everything you need to know to keep our facilities running smoothly and safely at all times (and all while making a pretty nice paycheck).

Now keep in mind that we are barely going to be able to scratch the surface here. Not every distribution center (DC) operates in exactly the same fashion, so be prepared to ask questions and absorb as much as you can prior to your start date and throughout your training. Also, obviously not every shift is available all of the time, but don’t let that deter you. A foot in the door is an invaluable step and once you’re in, your supervisors can help to get you into the role your heart is set on.

All that being said, here are some of the things to consider when applying for a Dot warehouse position:

Scheduling

One of the best parts about working in the warehouse is that you get to choose a schedule that works best for you. Generally, this means deciding between three 12-hour shifts per week or four 10-hour shifts per week (more commonly known as a “3×12” or “4×10” respectively). As our distribution centers operate 24/7, you’ll also want to decide if you want to pull day shifts or night shifts. A lot of workers with no overnight experience tend to be a little nervous about jumping into a brand new work/sleep/life schedule, but those who’ve given it a shot can attest that the benefits outweigh the drawbacks and that the scheduling is something you’ll get used to in no time whatsoever (plus, night shifts tend to pay a little more per hour as well!)

Environment

Each DC manages three different warehouse environments (also known as “temps”) in which our inventory is stored. Housing all non-refrigerated food and non-food products, the cavernous dry warehouse tends to get a little warmer in the summer months and a little cooler in the winter months, but t-shirts or hoodies are the general preferred attire.

The refrigerated warehouse is kept at right around 37 degrees Fahrenheit year-round; brisk, but not unmanageable by any means. Still, we’d suggest packing a jacket and possibly throwing on an extra layer just in case.

The frozen warehouse is kept at around -5 degrees year-round and all employees are required to wear a freezer suit and other company-provided protective gear at all times. Keep in mind that those in the frozen warehouse do tend to make more per hour than their refrigerated or dry warehouse counterparts.

Physical Demands

Obviously warehouse shifts will require you to be on your feet and active for extended periods of time, but rest assured you won’t need to deadlift any Atlas stones or toss any kegs 20 feet in the air (please don’t). Warehouse workers will be expected to lift, push, and pull many cases of product in a single shift, but the average weight of a case is right around 15 pounds. And just to be sure they’re up to the task, all prospective employees must pass a basic physical abilities test.

(NOTE: If the demands of a traditional warehouse might be too much, many distribution centers offer warehouse parcel handler positions which are far less exerting, require no heavy lifting, and do not involve the operation of heavy machinery. Parcel handlers are responsible for the packing, mailing, sorting, and labeling of shipped items.)

Safety

The warehouse is a giant, complex operation with a lot of fast-moving components that keep it running smoothly and efficiently. And with so many pieces moving simultaneously at all hours of the day, it is imperative that all workers have a safety-first mindset. Every employee must go through a rigorous and thorough training to ensure they can complete their jobs safely at all times. Make no mistake, NOTHING is more important that the safety and well-being of our employees.

In summary, if you’re a team player ready for an exciting challenge in a fast-paced work environment, the Dot warehouse might be just what you’re looking for! At Dot, we are all on the same team so it benefits all of us to make sure you are properly trained and given every opportunity to succeed in your new role. So if jumping into the warehouse seems like the perfect fit for you, feel free to apply and a member of our recruiting staff will be in touch.