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CF Industries is a global leader in fertilizer manufacturing and distribution, the second largest nitrogen fertilizer producer in the world among public companies. CF Industries owns and operates world-scale nitrogen plants and serves agricultural and industrial customers through its best-in-class distribution system.
In 2010, CF Industries acquired Terra Industries Inc. Following this acquisition, CF Industries is positioned as a nitrogen bellwether in the global fertilizer industry and the premier nitrogen fertilizer manufacturer in North America.
Founded in 1946 as a fertilizer brokerage operation by a group of regional agricultural cooperatives, CF Industries grew by expanding its distribution capabilities and diversifying into fertilizer manufacturing. Through 2002, the company operated as a typical supply cooperative. However, in 2003, in response to changing market conditions, it adopted a new business model that established financial performance, rather than the traditional cooperative charge of providing an assured supply of product to its owners, as its principal objective.
In 2005, an Initial Public Offering completed the company’s transition and established CF Industries Holdings, Inc. as a public company. Its common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “CF.”
In September of 2006, the company established its new Corporate Vision and Corporate Values, identifying its long-term aspirations and driving values.
The company is headquartered in Deerfield, IL, a suburb of Chicago. Through its CF Industries, Inc. subsidiary, it operates seven nitrogen fertilizer manufacturing complexes in the central U.S. region and Canada; and a network of fertilizer distribution terminals and warehouses, located primarily in major grain-producing states in the U.S. Midwest. It also owns a 50 percent interest in KEYTRADE AG, a global fertilizer trading company headquartered in Switzerland, as well as 50% of joint ventures in the United Kingdom and The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. CF Industries, Inc. employs approximately 2400 people. CF Industries adheres to stringent security standards at all of its operations.
Total Rewards Benefits Program: US
Employees of CF Industries enjoy top-of-the-line benefit coverage at highly competitive prices. When you join CF Industries as an eligible employee, you will have access to these programs to support your health, financial security and retirement goals.
Health CareMedical, prescription drug, dental and vision coverage for employees and eligible dependents providing comprehensive coverage and complete coverage for most preventive care. Monthly employee contributions required.
DisabilityDisability plans provide a valuable source of financial protection in the event employees are ill or injured and unable to work. Short term and long term protection available.
Life InsurancePlans providing financial protection in the event of death for employees and their survivors
Saving for Retirement
Pension PlanPension Plan that pays benefits based on pay history and years of service – with benefits vesting after just three years.
401(k) Plan401(k) Plan provides employees with an effective vehicle to save for retirement. The company assists this savings with a contribution to match the employee’s contribution.
As an Employee
Time OffEmployees can enjoy paid holidays, personal days and vacation days each year, based on length of service. Family Medical Leaves of Absence are available for employees who exhibit the need to care for themselves or their dependents.
AssistanceEmployee Assistance Program provides confidential support, resources and information to help employees and family members address life’s issues.
WellnessWellness Stipend Program offering employees the opportunity for reimbursement of certain health-related items or programs. Employees also have the opportunity to participate in wellness related programs at their work location.
EducationReimbursement of qualifying expenses for eligible courses satisfactorily completed by employees.
Spending AcctsFlexible Spending Accounts offering employees the opportunity to set aside pre-tax funds for health or dependent care expenses
Voluntary BenefitsVoluntary Benefits Program offering employees the opportunity for special pricing on insurance for life, auto, home, income, identity protection and more.
This page is designed to provide an overview of the CF Industries’ U.S. benefits programs. Questions about the interpretation or application of programs are governed by the terms of the official documents. CF Industries reserves the right to modify or discontinue these benefits at its discretion.
Profile: Corporate Vision
We will be recognized as a leading global marketer, producer and supplier of high-quality, low-cost fertilizer products and services, creating sustained value for shareholders, customers and employees.
Profile: Corporate Values
We will conduct all of our activities to the highest standards of business and personal ethics.
Respect, Openness and Trust
We will treat one another with respect, we will communicate honestly and as openly as possible, and we will seek diverse perspectives and opinions. When we reach decisions, we will execute them as a unified team.
We are committed to being a reliable supplier, providing value to our customers by building long-term mutually rewarding relationships. We will earn their business each and every day.
Environmental Health and Safety Responsibility
We will operate to the highest EHS standards, investing in the protection of employees, the environment and the places in which we do business.
We strive to improve all of our business processes continuously.
We will maintain a capital structure consistent with prudent management of business risk and supportive of long-term growth.
We will recruit, train, motivate and lead our employees consistent with our values in order to achieve our shared goals. Authority and accountability will be spread as broadly as possible in the organization.
For much of its 65-plus year history, CF Industries was a company that few people outside of the agri-business community knew. From its founding in 1946 until 2005, it was a supply cooperative, owned by a small group of customers and selling the majority of its products to them.
That changed in 2005, when the company completed an initial public offering and its common stock began trading on the New York Stock Exchange.
Over its history, CF Industries has developed a strong, value-driven culture, codified in the company’s Vision and Values. But there’s more to those vision and value beliefs than just words on paper.
- Employee Safety: for years, CF Industries’ safety performance has been one of the best in the chemical industry, with incidence rates well below national averages. During 2011 our employees achieved a number of safety milestones, highlighted by our Frankfort, Indiana, terminal, which became the eighth CF Industries distribution facility to reach the mark of 15,000 workdays, or more than 41 years, without a lost time accident. Safety is more than awards and milestones at CF Industries. From a company standpoint, safety and operational readiness go hand-in-hand. From an employee perspective—and most importantly—safety means that CF Industries is committed to assuring that its employees go home every day the same way they came to work that morning: safe and healthy.
- Customer Service: owned by its customers until its 2005 Initial Public Offering, it’s understandable that customer service and operational readiness are cornerstones of CF Industries’ culture. The company’s facilities enjoy some of the plant nutrient industry’s highest “uptime” records, thanks to dedicated employees, state-of-the-art systems and technology, and a commitment to maintenance and modernization.
- Under-Promise and Over-Deliver: CF Industries is a bit on the conservative side, preferring to let its accomplishments, not predictions or proclamations, speak for the company.
- Community Involvement: we’re part of our communities. The programs we support, ranging from Classroom Mini-Grants at our distribution facilities to wetlands restoration at our Central Florida phosphate operations, all help cement the cooperative relationship between company and community.
- Comp & Benefits
- Work/Life Balance
- Senior Management
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
I have been working at CF Industries full-timePros
This is a great job and a great place to work. There is plenty of opportunity and support from management to develop and learn. The people are fantastic and everyone is eager to help out. I have yet to have a boring day and very few of them have been overly stressful and the schedule is flexible.Cons
Not a whole lot of cons in my job, especially when I compare them to previous jobs I have had at other companies. There is more than enough work for everyone and sometimes keeping track of everything becomes a task in itself. Sometimes the paperwork gets in the way of the operation.RecommendsPositive OutlookNo opinion of CEO
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Application Details
I applied online. The process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at CF Industries.Interview Details
Applied in February. Got a call back 3 weeks later to conduct a phone interview. Two weeks after that, I conducted four 1:1 interviews. Two weeks after that, I had a second round of four 1:1 interviews.
Overall, the entire process was great. Communication flowed easily between me, HR and the hiring manager and his staff. The interviews were much more focused on determining passion and personality traits. They also really focused on selling themselves to me. During the second round of interviews, the hiring manager bluntly said to me, “You’re very qualified for this position, but I’m worried that you don’t have the passion for this particular position and I would lose you within a year.” He was right – I wasn’t too into the position. The fact that he recognized is indicative of the strong professionalism and management style of this particular department.
I was ultimately unable to convince both them and myself that I was passionate for the company and position and did not receive an offer. However, they were very complimentary to my experiences and performance. The only major downside I had was their office. It’s in a typical boring suburban office park in Deerfield while I much more enjoy the bustle of Chicago’s Loop.Interview Questions
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CF Industries (NYSE: CF), a global leader in nitrogen fertilizer manufacturing and distribution, owns and operates world-scale nitrogen complexes and serves agricultural and industrial customers through its best-in-class distribution system.
The company is headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Through its CF Industries, Inc. subsidiary, it operates seven nitrogen fertilizer manufacturing complexes in the central U.S. region and Canada and a network of fertilizer distribution terminals and warehouses, located primarily in major grain-producing states...