Central Garden & Pet – Why Work For Us?

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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.

FAST FACTS:
  • 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
Chairman


Forward

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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    Pros

    Great people. Very flexible. Able to create schedule around any issues you have. Etablished teams whom are very positive

    Cons

    Going in to on average 3 stores a day lifting fertilizer changer tiring but gives you a good workout. Having drama from Scott's

    Advice to Management

    Enjoy the flexibility and ability to make your employees happy. Happy employees equals productive employees which in turn nets in more profit


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    The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Central Garden & Pet.

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    The interview process was pretty standard. Interviewed with someone from HR first before interviewing with someone more involved in the role. The gal from HR was extremely nice, however she asked a lot of illegal questions (do you live alone, do you have a family you live with, do you rent or own a home etc.) that made me feel very uncomfortable and raised a red flag because HR should know better! I interviewed then with someone else within the company who seemed very involved in the role I was applying for. He was nice, but quickly seemed to become bored and disengaged in the interaction. He said they would get back to me by middle of the following week- which did not happen. I had an experience very similarly to another post below- I had contact information so I reached out to ask for an update etc. I got a rejection email from HR within a matter of just a couple of hours. Why tell an applicant a specific time to expect to hear from you and then not follow though- makes me wonder about the company as a whole. The whole process really left a bad taste in my mouth with how it was handled.

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Recent Updates
  • Central Garden & Pet update
    30+ days ago

    Central Garden & Pet announced financial results for its fiscal second quarter ended March 28, 2015. "Our second quarter results reflect the good progress we have made over the past two years in positioning Central for improved and sustainable performance," said John Ranelli, President & CEO of Central Garden & Pet. "Strong profit performance in several of our businesses in both our Garden and Pet segments this quarter more than offset the anticipated weakness in our wild bird feed business. We have now delivered three consecutive quarters of year-over-year earnings improvement."

  • Central Garden & Pet update
    30+ days ago

    Central Garden & Pet announced financial results for its fiscal second quarter ended March 28, 2015. "Our second quarter results reflect the good progress we have made over the past two years in positioning Central for improved and sustainable performance," said John Ranelli, President & CEO of Central Garden & Pet. "Strong profit performance in several of our businesses in both our Garden and Pet segments this quarter more than offset the anticipated weakness in our wild bird feed business. We have now delivered three consecutive quarters of year-over-year earnings improvement."

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Additional Info

Website www.central.com
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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