Successful Release knows all too well the struggles of finding a job with a felony conviction. That is why we have made it our goal to answer questions like: Does UGI Corporation hire felons?
Why? Our team is made up of those who work with former offenders and those who are former felons.
That’s right! So we know first-hand the obstacles and headache that comes with the job hunt. That is why we try and help make the job search as easy as possible for you. As a matter of fact, we contacted UGI directly and asked about their hiring policy to do just that.
Here are some question we will be sinking our teeth into:
- What is their hiring policy?
- Does UGI Corporation hire people with misdemeanors?
- Does UGI Corporation do background checks?
- What is the recommended approach for applying?
So with all that in mind, let’s get started to see how to get a job at UGI Corporation with a felony.
Does UGI Corporation hire felons?
Official company policy for hiring felons
UGI told us that there was not a specific hiring policy for felons.
However, UGI is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants with past felony convictions should apply on their career page just like any other applicant.
Has UGI Corporation hired felons in the past?
Unfortunately, they didn’t give us an exact answer. Their Human Resources Coordinator simply said that she didn’t believe so.
Let’s continue to see how to get hired at UGI Corporation with a felony.
Does UGI Corporation hire people with misdemeanors?
It’s unclear if UGI hires individuals with misdemeanor convictions. We do know that UGI doesn’t ask about convictions on their application, so you should be treated like an average applicant.
Is UGI Corporation on the Ban the Box list?
Wouldn’t it be great if companies removed the question about prior convictions from their applications? Well, that is exactly what the Ban the Box campaign is striving to do. Their goal is to persuade employers to remove these questions to make it easier for a former felon to have a fair chance at employment.
Companies participating in the Fair Chance Business Pledge are committed to fair hiring practices for all, including people with criminal records.
Unfortunately, UGI was not found to be a company that supports either of these incentives. However, they don’t ask about any previous convictions on their application.
Does UGI Corporation have special programs for hiring felons?
No, UGI does not offer these programs. But does UGI Corporation hire felons anyway? See your odds below.
What are the odds of someone with a felony will get hired?
Regretfully, the odds of a former felon getting hired at UGI are low. We aren’t really sure if a felon would be hired here or not. Remember, it’s always possible a qualified former felon will get hired.
So, let’s continue on to see how to get a job at UGI Corporation with a felony.
What are some entry-level jobs?
There are many entry-level positions available. A few include: Data Processing Specialist, Administrative Sales Assistant and Welder. Each job requires certain skills and some don’t mention a drug screen or background check, while others do.
Here are some of the requirements for the jobs listed above.
- Data Processing Specialist — This position is basically data entry. Critical thinking skills, 35 WPM (words per minute typing speed) and knowledge of Microsoft Office are required.
- Administrative Sales Assistant — Basic office duties and knowledge of Microsoft Office are needed for this position. Professionalism and problem solving skills are required.
- Welder — This job offers a $5,000 signing bonus! The requirements needed are pipeline and pipe fitting abilities, as well as leadership experience.
Be sure to search their postings. They have a variety of jobs that each require different skills and experience.
How to get hired at UGI Corporation with a felony
According to UGI, you need to apply online like any other applicant. Start with making sure you have the skills required for the job you’re interested in. Then use our resume guide so you build an impressive resume.
It’s best to have your resume ready before beginning the application; after all, it’s the first thing they ask for!
UGI also asks for a cover letter when uploading you resume. Remember the importance of a cover letter is to grab their attention. A cover letter is a brief overview of your skills, experience and an explanation of why you feel you would be an asset to their company.
The interview stage will be next. When interviewing, it’s important that you arrive 10-15 minutes early. This allows time for paperwork they may need you to fill out, but also prevents you from being late. Follow these other tips for success:
- Make sure you are presentable and well-groomed.
- Smile! No one wants to hire someone who is scowling.
- When speaking, make sure you are using proper language and speaking clearly. Be ready to sell yourself and be prepared to discuss any conviction you have.
UGI looks for candidates with specific skills that pertain to the job. Always remember that you have unique skills that someone without a felony doesn’t possess. You were learning coping and surviving skills the entire time you were incarcerated. Use those skills, along with your other skills, to sell yourself and stand to out from all the other applicants.
Does UGI Corporation do background checks?
Yes, UGI makes it known there will be a background check. Here’s what we were told:
“A background check on new hires will be performed after the offer is extended.”
Something to keep in mind regarding background checks:
There are many states that now only look at an offense if it is less than seven years old. Here is a list of those states:
- New Hampshire
- New York
There are eight states that don’t consider court cases where you were found not guilty. Check these out:
- Indiana (limited check)
- New York
Unfortunately, there are some states that still look at everything. The following are those states:
- Indiana (extensive check)
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
UGI has only 26 reviews on glassdoor.com, with a rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars.
UGI received many high ratings from being a good place to work with a wide variety of benefits. They even offer pet insurance! However, their downfall seems to be the high turnover rate.
What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?
There are a few convictions that may may it difficult in obtaining a job with UGI. It will depend on the job chosen. For example:
- Theft, like identity theft
- Substance abuse, including a DUI
- Possession of a controlled substance
- Violent convictions, such as assault
Does UGI drug test?
Yes, it was made clear on a majority of job listings there would be a drug screen as well as a background check. However, there were a few listings that did not state this. As always, we suggest being prepared for a drug screen anyway.
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