Central Garden & Pet

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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.

  • 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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    Diverse Organization with many avenues for growth and challenges with regards to Enterprise operations.


    Often too many IT projects going on at same time that can keep focus and deadlines from being achieved.

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Central Garden & Pet Interviews

Updated Nov 24, 2014
Updated Nov 24, 2014

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Phoenix, AZ
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    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Central Garden & Pet.

    Interview Details

    My interview process was the longest and most intensive I have ever had. I had a phone interview first with 2 top department executives. I was living in another state so I was flown in and I interviewed with 8 different managers or executives of various departments. I was flown in for a second round of interviews a couple weeks later. I interviewed with 5 more people. I interviewed with a total of 17 people. Then I completed a lengthy online application and personality test. Background and reference checks and finally the offer. It took about 6 weeks for the hiring process but I got my dream job combining my passion for horses and my marketing skills.

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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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