Apply at one of these felon-friendly companies in Cincinnati today!

It is tough to find a job in this economy, period. For persons with a criminal record, a job can seem unattainable. Here is a list of felon-friendly companies in the Cincinnati area. Most companies like for the felony or offense to be three to seven years old. Some companies assess cases individually. Here is a list of felon-friendly companies that deal with the hiring of felons, on a case by case basis. 

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Ace Hardware

Advantage Resourcing



Baskin Robbins

Bed Bath & Beyond

Best Western

Buffalo Wild Wings


Cheeseman Transport

Chipotle Bar & Grill (4402 Montgomery Road, 45212)


City of Cincinnati

Dairy Queen (10091 Springfield Pike, 45246)

Dollar Tree

Dunlop Tires/Goodyear Tires

Dr. Pepper

Eastern Personnel

Embassy Suites Cincinnati

Family Dollar

Firestone Autocare

General Electric

Golden Corral


Hilton Hotel




Jack in the Box

Jake Sweeney

Jiffy Lube

Jimmy John’s

Just Right Construction (513-808-5515)

KDM Printing




Longhorn Steakhouse


Men’s Warehouse

Mesa Industries

Miami Valley Gaming

Miller Brewing Company

Nehemiah Manufacturing



Olive Garden

ORC International




PFS Corp



Red Lobster

Red Robin


Sara Lee

Seasons 52

Shell Oil


Sudden Change


Trader Joe’s


US Foods

Volunteers of America (513-639-3743)


Yard House

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Here are 5 tips for job searching with a felony. Although the companies listed above are known to hire felons, it is not guaranteed that all job opportunities listed are applicable. Check out their website, do the research and follow the application process like normal. A great place to start is to make an appointment with the Hamilton County Reentry Office. There, a specialist will help you with your resume, referral letters and job placement opportunities. 

Check out Jobs That Hire Felons,  Jobs for Felons, and Jail to Job for felon-friendly lists of national companies that hire felons and lists of the industry’s most accepting of offenders. is also a great blog to follow on the subject matter.

In some cases, it may be beneficial for offenders and felons to submit a letter of recommendation along with their resume. Successful Release gives tips on who a letter of recommendation can come from. Examples are religious leaders, prison staff, parole officers or former employers. The recommendation letter should highlight the best qualities of the applicant that relate to the job they are applying for, and how that person will be a good employee.

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Once you have secured an interview with a company, it is a good idea to research the company, what they do, and what matters to them. When preparing for your interview, here are some Interview tips for ex-offenders to help you prepare for possible tough questions that may be asked. It is also important to dress appropriately and per the dress code of the company for the interview. 

If there are any felon-friendly companies in the Greater Cincinnati Area that were not mentioned but would like to be named on our list, please contact The Voice of Black Cincinnati.


The Voice of Black Cincinnati is a media company designed to educate, recognize and create opportunities for African Americans in the region. Visit our homepage, explore other articles, subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook for local news, events, job postings, scholarships and a database of local Black-owned businesses.

Marissa Staples, Writer
The Voice of Black Cincinnati

Written by Crystal Kendrick

President of The Voice of Your Customer and founder of The Voice of Black Cincinnati.


    1. Hi My name is Robert I’m 47 years old. I am a felon who has no luck at all in getting a job. I’m about to go back to jail for child support. If people would give me a chance to prove to them that my past is my past. then maybe they would see who i really am. I need a job that will give that chance. To be honest i don’t know how much longer i can keep going. I need help. Is there anyone who can help me?

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