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  • Central Garden & Pet update
    15 days ago

    Casey White Receives Patriot Award in Support of Military Service. The Patriot Award is given to supervisors of deployed National Guard or Reserve soldiers for the supervisors’ support of their employees in times of military commitments. Casey White’s nomination, by Patrick McClellan, was in recognition of Casey’s support during Patrick’s time away from his family and position at Central in Dallas. This kind of dedication both abroad and back home is indicative of the commitment level in Central’s employees and the importance we place on our associates and military service.

  • Central Garden & Pet update
    30+ days ago

    Central wins Best in Show at Global Pet Expo! Central won the best in show for the aquatics category with the Aqueon JukeBox 5 Aquarium Kit. The Aqueon Jukebox 5 aquarium not only brings the enjoyment of having colorful fish in the home, but also delivers music and dancing water inside multi-colored and lighted speaker units. With the ability to connect to any music device with a 3.5mm AUX port, the compact 5 gallon unit incorporates QuietFlow filtration and the use of three USB ports. This aids to minimize cords for LED lighting, the dancing speakers and to charge a Smartphone or MP3.


Central Garden & Pet – Why Work For Us?

Brands That Bring the Family Together

Central Garden & Pet Company is a leading innovator, marketer and producer of quality branded products for consumer and professional use in the lawn and garden and pet supplies markets. For years, we have successfully helped consumers beautify their outdoor living spaces and promote healthy interaction with their pets.

The foundation of our success is our dedication to Innovation, Quality and Service.

Our vision is for Central to be a high-performing growth company that innovates, markets and produces quality branded products that are #1 or #2 in their respective categories.

At Central Garden & Pet, we know that the home is the heart of activity. For family and friends, humans and pets, our focus is to provide consumers with high-quality, innovative products that simplify and beautify outdoor living spaces and, create fun and healthy interaction with pets.

  • Listed on the NASDAQ National Market
  • Tickers: CENT and CENTA
  • Headquarters: Walnut Creek, California
  • President & CEO: John Ranelli

Founded in 1980 as a distribution company, through a combination of strategic acquisitions and internal investment, we have evolved our business into a portfolio of leading brands in the Lawn and Gardensupplies and the Pet supplies industries.

Our brands are consistently recognized by customers and industry peers alike for innovation and quality. Our award winning sales and logistics operations service all of the major retailers and have the ability to reach nearly every independent retailer nationwide.

We are driven to success. Retailers and consumers reward innovation, quality and service with loyalty and word-of-mouth praise. If you are one of the more than half of American households that participate in gardening or the 60% that own a pet, visit your local retailer and look for brands from Central Garden & Pet.


Values & Ethics

A Statement of Corporate Values and Ethics

"We are committed to maintaining a culture in which employees always act professionally and conduct business with high integrity and ethics. It is equally important to foster an environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity and have the opportunity to fulfill their potential."

Bill Brown


We have earned a reputation as an industry leader and progressive company that provides challenging and rewarding employment opportunities. Our objective is to foster a culture in which employees always act professionally and conduct business with high integrity and ethics. It is equally important to maintain an environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity and have the opportunity to fulfill their potential.

Our reputation as a company with strong corporate values is one of our most valuable assets. These values are only meaningful when the company understands and practices them every day. 

Central Garden & Pet Values

We expect all employees to:

  • Be honest, fair and trustworthy in all business activities and relationships.
  • Do the right thing and avoid even the appearance of any impropriety.
  • Obey the applicable laws and regulations governing our business conduct worldwide.
  • Treat people with dignity, respect, and value their contributions.
  • Sustain a culture through leadership at all levels, where ethical conduct is valued, recognized and practiced by all.
  • Strive to create a safe workplace and protect the environment.
  • Deliver on commitments, results, and quality to customers, suppliers, shareholders, and employees.

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  • After 3 months, still drinking through a fire hose here. There is a lot to learn in this great company.

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    I have been working at Central Garden & Pet full-time

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    This is a very diverse company with a lot opportunities to learn different business models. The people here are passionate about their business and eager to do the right thing for it. I feel I am fairly compensated and the Atlanta office is in a great part of town. There are opportunities to make a difference and people who are willing to do that. The on-boarding process was pretty good for me. My manager took a few days to walk me through systems, priorities, duties, and office politics.


    The only downside I see so far is that the company is over-reacting to a poor experience with a consultant by decentralizing and basically tearing apart everything they brought to the table. There also could be a bigger push to consolidate all businesses into same ERP.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out a way to identify and implement synergies while keeping the passion in the individual business units.

Central Garden & Pet Interviews

Updated Mar 9, 2015

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    Brand Manager Interview

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    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Central Garden & Pet (Phoenix, AZ) in December 2014.


    Very light fluffy human resource phone interview followed by a fairly intense phone interview with marketing director who seemed to check out fairly quickly but kept going through canned questions

    Interview Questions

    • Name an object in the room you are in and tell me what percentage of the market does it represent.   Answer Question

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Additional Info

Headquarters Walnut Creek, CA
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1980
Type Company - Public (CENTA)
Industry Manufacturing
Revenue $1 to $2 billion (USD) per year

Central Garden & Pet is happy to help with both pets and pests. The company is among the largest US manufacturers and distributors of lawn, garden, and pet supplies, providing its products to pet supplies retailers, home improvement centers, nurseries, and mass merchandisers from approximately 40 manufacturing plants and another 30 distribution centers throughout the US; it also has sales offices in the UK. Central Garden & Pet's proprietary brand lines include AMDRO fire ant bait, Four Paws animal products, Kaytee bird seed, Nylabone dog chews, Norcal pottery, Pennington... More

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