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CF Industries – Why Work For Us?

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.

Financial Protection

  • Health Care

    Medical, 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.
  • Disability

    Disability 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 Insurance

    Plans providing financial protection in the event of death for employees and their survivors

Saving for Retirement

  • Pension Plan

    Pension Plan that pays benefits based on pay history and years of service – with benefits vesting after just three years.
  • 401(k) Plan

    401(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 Off

    Employees 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.
  • Assistance

    Employee Assistance Program provides confidential support, resources and information to help employees and family members address life’s issues.
  • Wellness

    Wellness 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.
  • Education

    Reimbursement of qualifying expenses for eligible courses satisfactorily completed by employees.
  • Spending Accts

    Flexible Spending Accounts offering employees the opportunity to set aside pre-tax funds for health or dependent care expenses
  • Voluntary Benefits

    Voluntary 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.

undefinedProfile: 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.

Customer Satisfaction

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.

Operational Excellence

We strive to improve all of our business processes continuously.

Financial Strength

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.

undefinedCorporate Culture

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.

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Yazoo City, MS
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    I have been working at CF Industries full-time


    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.


    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.

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    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at CF Industries.

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    Was contacted through a head hunter. It took about 3 months to get an interview. I lived out of town, so they flew me in for an all day interview with about 8 different people. It was very pleasant, and I didn't feel like I was being grilled all day long (though I was).

    The interview itself was fairly standard. They wanted to know about my background, my experiences, and my story. They didn't follow the STAR method or anything like that. Just two or three of us in a room talking.

    Negotiation Details
    It was all handled through the recruiter, which was really nice. Went back and forth on a few different points, but at no point did I feel like they were trying to take advantage of me.
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CF Industries Awards & Accolades

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100 Fastest Growing Companies, Fortune, 2013
Barron's 500, Barron's, 2012
50 Best Manufacturing Companies, IndustryWeek, 2013
100 Fastest Growing Companies (#6), Fortune, 2009
50 Best Manufacturing Companies, IndustryWeek, 2009
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    30+ days ago

    CF Industries Holdings, Inc. Reports Third Quarter Net Earnings of $130.9 Million

    5% Increase in Nitrogen Revenues; Higher Natural Gas and Other Highlighted Costs Impacted Period Results Year to Date Results Reflect Record Ammonia Shipments, Effective Hedging Program Positioned To Benefit from 90 Million Corn Acres Expected in 2015 and Attractive Long-Term Gas Prices DEERFIELD, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- CF Industries Holdings, Inc.


Additional Info

Headquarters Deerfield, IL
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1946
Type Company - Public (CF)
Industry Manufacturing
Revenue $5 to $10 billion (USD) per year

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... More

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