With more states legalizing marijuana and recreational drug use on the rise, more employers are coming to terms with the fact that drug testing doesn’t always lead to finding the best job candidates. In fact, some studies have shown that fewer companies than ever are drug testing potential employees.
Still, many large companies still require mandatory drug tests, and it’s good to know if you’re applying or interviewing with businesses that drug test. Here’s a partial look at some of the most popular companies who continue to drug test applicants in 2018.
The online shopping powerhouse Amazon currently employs over 540,000 people worldwide. So those looking to join Amazon’s ever growing team should be aware: Amazon does drug test prospective employees.
Drug testing will be done by mouth swab, usually at a hiring event or orientation. Amazon tests for amphetamines, cannabis, methadone, morphine, barbiturates and more. Along with the drug test, employees also must pass a background check as a term of employment.
Kroger, founded in 1883, has long been the United States’ second largest grocer behind Walmart. Today it operates over 2,500 stores across 35 states and Washington, D.C. Kroger operates under many names, including some you may find familiar: Fry’s, King Soopers, Ralphs, Smith’s, etc.
If you are considering applying for a job at your local grocer you should be advised that Kroger does drug tests employees via mouth swab, usually before orientation. Reports from past employees state that an employee may be urine tested if they are involved in an accident or exhibit suspicious or impaired behavior.
Yum! Brands is a Kentucky based restaurant company that consists of fast food giants, KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell. In 2017, Yum! Brands earned almost six billion US dollars in worldwide revenue. 1.5 million people around the world work for the company.
It is widely reported by employees at store locations that they do not perform drug test prior to employment, although they may retain the right to randomly test employees in the case of accidents or suspected drug use.
The Home Depot
The Home Depot’s Low Price Guarantee has cemented its spot in customer’s minds a leader in home improvement, as well as one of the Top Ten Largest Retail Chains in the World. The Home Depot reportedly drug tests employees. The test is an oral swab and hiring is conditional upon the results. The Home Depot also reserves the right for random drug testing of all employees.
International Business Machines Corporation is one of the biggest technology and consulting companies in the world, employing around 380 thousand people globally. Those working in GBS, IBM’s consulting division, may be drug tested at the beginning of each project. This test however, is usually done at the request of the client on a specific contract and is not typical IBM policy.
Employees at the second largest fast-food chain in the world are not typically drug tested. To be hired there is no test, but management may request one if you’ve been injured on the job and claim worker’s compensation.
Berkshire Hathaway is Fortune 500 Company involved in the manufacturing, retail and service industries. Employing over 330,000 people across 60 subsidiary businesses, Berkshire Hathaway conducts pre-employment and random drug testing on all employees. Although most employees say they received a swab test, there are also reports of urine tests being used.
FedEx Corporation is projected to deliver 8.34 million packages on average daily in 2018. With that many packages filtering through the system, each and every one of FedEx’s 400,000 employees have an important job. Most reports state that package handlers are not typically subjected to pre-employment drug tests, but random tests may be conducted by management. Other positions, such as drivers, managers, and corporate employees, should not be surprised to receive a drug test via urine analysis. For some positions a DOT physical may be needed, which does require a five-panel drug test.
Founded in 1907, UPS has grown to deliver over 15.8 million packages every day. By most reports, United Parcel Service only drug tests its drivers and corporate employees, unless in the case of an on-site accident or suspected drug use. For some positions a DOT physical may be needed, which does require a five-panel drug test. However, there are conflicting reports on if this test is always administered. If you are considering a positon at UPS it may be wise to assume you will receive a drug test to be on the safe side.
Since the first store opened in 1901, the Target Corporation has made effort to be fully inclusive to people of all different backgrounds. The first major retailer to recognize same-sex partnerships, Target actively searches for employees of all races and genders. When it comes to drug testing, it seems to be the general consensus that Target policy no longer allows for the drug screening of most team members.
Some employees like those in the Pharmacy, managers and Asset Protection are more likely to be tested. All Target employees should be advised that urine testing can occur in the case of accident, injury or reasonable cause based on behavior.
Walgreens Boots Alliance
A report from August 2017 shows that 76% of Americans live within a five mile radius of a Walgreens or Duane Reade location. While serving over 8 million people daily, reports show that Walgreens Boots Alliance does screen all potential employees for drugs. Upon passing this initial test and a background check, an employee may be subjected to subsequent tests at a supervisor’s discretion.
General Electric employs a staggering 330,000 people worldwide, and there is no question here. All potential employees will be tested for drugs. A five-panel test is required per GE policy, and applicants who test positive will be rejected. Based on some reports, applicants should be prepared to take two tests, once after the initial interview and again during a physical as a part of training.
Operating across 35 states and Washington D.C., Albertsons is one of the top employers in the country. Those considering employment at Albertsons should be aware, the company conducts drug tests pre-employment via mouth swab. Most job candidates report that this is done at an initial interview and the results are typically processed instantly. Random tests via urine sample may be given if an employee is suspected of drug use, or if an accident or injury occurs at the workplace.
To be considered to be employed by a financial institution like Wells Fargo, a FBI background check must be passed by all perspective employees. Some reports state that most Wells Fargo applicants will not have to take a drug test as a condition of employment, while others say that all employees are subject to screening. If you are thinking about a position at Wells Fargo, you may not need a drug test. However it is not a bad idea to play it on the safe side and abstain from drug usage if you are concerned about a positive test.
One of the largest wireless networks in the world, AT&T has over 400 million mobile subscribers. Those interested in working at AT&T should know that all applicants will be subject to pre-employment drug screening.
The test is conducted via urine analysis at an off-site location by a third party. Employees may also be tested if a company motor vehicle is involved in an accident or a work injury occurs. There are some reports of hair follicle testing being used, but a urine analysis seems to be the norm.
Another top employer in the US, is cola producer PepsiCo. If you are considering applying at PepsiCo, you must pass a drug test prior to your date of hire. The test is a standard urine analysis.
Cognizant Technology Solution
IT giant Cognizant Energy Solutions was named in Fortune magazine’s list of “100 Fastest-Growing Companies” for ten consecutive years from 2003 to 2012, and they certainly lived up to the reputation with a $14.81 billion US in 2017. With growth that will only continue, it is important to know that Cognizant will drug test potential employees, along with a standard background check.
America’s favorite coffee shop is now a global powerhouse. Starbucks has more than 22,000 retail stores in 67 countries and by 2019 they plan to open 3,900 locations in China! Starbucks does not drug test employees at store locations or the corporate level.
However Starbucks’ Business Ethics and Compliance states that Starbucks holds strict standards concerning substance abuse. Employees are forbidden to use to possess illegal drugs or controlled substances anywhere on Starbucks property or while preforming a job related activity.
With over 244,400 professionals delivering services in audit, tax, consulting, financial advisory, risk advisory, and more, Deloitte is growing. Those looking to hop on board should know that like most other large consulting firms, Deloitte does not drug test employees before hiring them.
Certain clients often request it as a requirement to work on a specific project, but it is always a good idea to read any paperwork carefully, as employment contracts may state that employees are subject to random drug testing at Deloitte’s discretion.
J.P. Morgan Chase
JPMorgan Chase is one of the oldest financial institutions in the US, dating back 200 years. Today they are a leader in global finance. Per J.P. Morgan Chase policy, a drug test must be passed as a term of employment. This test is done via urine analysis at a local facility. Employees are also subject to random testing if it is suspecting they are using drugs.
Founded in 1946 in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, Lowe’s is the second-largest home improvement retailer in the US. Employing over 290,000 people across 2,370 stores, Lowe’s employees are subject to pre-employment and post-accident drug tests. These tests are conducted via mouth swab.
For over 40 years, TJX has been supplying name brand apparel and home fashion to US consumers at an affordable price at TJ Maxx, Marshalls and Home Goods. Do TJX stores drug test? The TJX Companies do seem to have a policy in place that allows for drug testing, but most former or current employees do not report having to take a drug screening prior to hiring.
Ernst & Young
Named by Forbes as one of the Best Management Consulting Firms for 2017, Ernst & Young has a revenue of over $31.4 billion. EY provides assurance, tax, consulting and advisory services through their 250,000 employees. Reports show that EY doesn’t require a drug test as a term of employment, but certain clients may request one prior to you working with them.
At UnitedHealth Group, over 285,000 people world-wide work together to help people live healthier lives. When it comes to their employees, standards are high. If you are considering a position with UnitedHealth Group and are wondering if they drug test, the verified response is yes, drug testing is standard.