Nestlé Purina PetCare
We Believe Pets and People are Better Together
Nestlé Purina PetCare Company is a leader in the pet products industry, dedicated to improving the lives of cats and dogs through quality nutrition and care.
Innovation and inspiration fill the halls of every Nestlé Purina office. We are pioneers. Our processes are revolutionary. Our pursuit of excellence is persistent. We may be the world's largest food company, but a common passion for providing the best products in the world creates a sense of family.
Learn more about our diverse culture which will challenge you to push the limits of innovation, inspire the world, pioneer new brands, and revolutionize the bond between pets and the people who love them!
Vision & Values
We envision a day when there will be a Checkerboard in every involved pet owner's home. Our Vision represents the fulfillment of shared goals, and as a team, we move this Vision closer to becoming a reality every day. We're always looking for people who share our core values: the standards of behavior that we individually and collectively embrace and live by that unite us as a team.
The Five Talls
The "Five Talls" are used to reference Nestlé Purina's values as an organization. The term "Talls" has a rich history in the Purina culture, referencing Ralston Purina's originating values that date back to the company's founder, William H. Danforth. Mr. Danforth believed each person has not one, but four lives to live. A man's ingredients for life, he said, are a body, a mind, a personality, and character, and all four must grow in balance with each other. These values – Integrity, Passion, Expertise, and Performance – were known to Purina associates as "The Four Talls". The fifth "Tall", Innovation, was added in 2009 to demonstrate Nestlé Purina's commitment to value, expect, and promote curiosity and innovative thinking in our associates.
1 We Stand Tall With Integrity
We have a sterling reputation and conduct our business affairs with pride and dignity. We embrace change and we work to maintain the trust we have earned over our history by doing what we say we will do, every time.
2 We Stand Tall With Passion
We are excited about our role in enriching the lives of pets and the people who love them. We believe that each of us can make a positive impact, and we are passionate about providing the highest-quality products, services and solutions. We willingly accept challenges with a confidence that no undertaking is too big. We have a "can do" attitude and a passion for life.
3 We Stand Tall With Expertise
We are experts both in pet care and our individual disciplines. We enthusiastically gather, share and apply new ideas and information. We look for the best in people and take pride in helping others succeed. We resolve to create, accept and pass on great work.
4 We Stand Tall With Performance
We are relentlessly dedicated to being number one with customers and consumers, attacking obstacles until we prevail, outperforming our competitors and achieving our business goals. Our competitiveness is focused on external forces; internally, we work together, often in cross-functional teams to face challenges. We set lofty goals and strive to meet or exceed them.
5 We Stand Tall With Innovation
We value, expect, and promote curiosity and innovative thinking, along with calculated risk-taking, across all levels of the organization. We knock down barriers to progress – be they physical, intellectual or perceptual. We share a common vision for the future and a passion for creativity. We pursue a collective mission to create new, enriching possibilities for people and pets.
Focused on Our People
At Nestlé Purina, we value our people and place a strong emphasis on providing a variety of options that work best for them and their families.
Nestlé Purina offers medical, dental, and vision benefits packages to meet a variety of health needs. These packages include options for family and domestic partners. These packages also include life insurance, disability and employee assistance at no cost to the employee. We also offer a variety of cost-saving preventative programs through HealthWorks – our on campus associate health and wellness program.
Associates have the opportunity to save on a before-tax basis through convenient payroll deductions. Nestlé also offers employer matching contributions.
Nestlé Purina associates can also take advantage of the pension plan offered by the company.
Bonus Incentive Program*
Many Nestlé Purina associates are eligible for an annual bonus incentive program based on company performance.
Pet Adoption Program
Nestlé Purina provides $200 to any associate who adopts or becomes a pet owner to help with various costs and fees associated with bringing a pet into your home.
Rewards and Recognition
Associates are recognized for a variety of efforts and achievements, such as anniversary rewards, performance awards associated with our company's 5 Talls and many more.
Set aside pre-tax income for reimbursement of eligible dependent daycare and health care expenses not otherwise covered.
Associates can also take advantage of auto and home insurance, as well as prepaid legal services, which can be purchased at special rates.
Educational Reimbursement Program
Associates who to choose to go back to school can apply for assistance paying for tuition, books, and fees.
Infant Formula Program
Nestlé Purina associates with infants up to 12 months old may receive up to 32 store coupons for any type of Nestlé Infant Formula.
Adoption Assistance Program
Nestlé Purina helps associates with a portion of the cost of adoption.
Pets in the Workplace
All full-time and part-time Purina headquarter associates are encouraged to bring their pets to work with them daily.
*Some variances in program details may exist for individual employee groups. Check with local management for coverage details.
We'll Help You Focus on Your Future
At Nestlé Purina, we believe that an investment in people is an investment in our shared future. Working here, you'll discover that training, learning, and growth are central to how we operate. We focus on each associate and their individual career development goals. From tuition reimbursement to a host of training opportunities, you're encouraged to improve your skills and grow your future prospects.
Nestlé Purina offers a variety of experiential and on-the-job opportunities, as well as in-classroom, online, and external training courses to meet your changing needs. Whether you're looking for foundational courses within your first few years or advanced courses focusing on management and leadership, our Organization Development team has designed curriculum that is based on key competencies, tied to career goals, and focused on meeting each of your professional needs.
We recognize that there is more to performance than simply measuring results. That's why our managers take the time to provide performance evaluations and have development discussions that focus not only on the results an individual receives, but also how the person accomplishes their objectives. It is our goal that all associates pursue functional excellence, lifelong skill development and constant professional growth.
Diversity & Inclusion
Our belief that pets and people are better together drives us to build the strongest teams who enable us to produce the highest quality products. We recognize that in order to have the best products, we must openly embrace diversity of all types. And it's the diversity of thought that sparks our most innovative ideas and fosters our most strategic partnerships. We value our individual differences that, ultimately, bring us closer together to empower, inspire and impact the lives of others.
As an organization, we're committed to cultivating a culturally diverse and inclusive environment to maintain a competitive advantage in the marketplace. Nestlé Purina is continuously in pursuit of attracting and retaining great talent that comes to us from a variety of backgrounds. While we're proud to house a uniquely diverse body of associates within the halls of Nestlé Purina, there's one commonality we all share: the passion to enrich the lives of pets and the people who love them.
"Our company has to reflect our entire consumer base, and from that lens alone, it is vital that we have a diverse set of associates, in terms of their thinking, lifestyle, age, and socio-economic background – in addition to race and gender. Beyond that, we have and want to maintain Nestlé Purina as a best place to work. We cannot do that without creating an inclusive workplace, in which everyone feels able to contribute to the overall vision and performance of the organization. On these two important fronts, our work is never done."
Pat McGinnis, CEO
The diversity and inclusion programs and initiatives that the company participates in has helped Purina embrace diverse thoughts and ideas, helping the company look at things differently, which in return makes us a stronger company now and for the future.
- Fontez, Human Resources
Change starts from within. By being part of the Nestlé Purina Business Diversity Group, I have an opportunity to directly engage with new employees to create an inclusive workplace and also to look for innovative ways to interest people of diverse backgrounds to be excited to be part of our company and culture.
- Sandra, Section Leader – Feeding Behavior, Nestlé Purina PTC
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I have been working at Nestlé Purina PetCare full-time (more than 5 years)Pros
The culture is one of the best I have been a part of. I am proud of where I work. Compensation lacks versus competition but the working environment and people more than make-up for it.Cons
You are "on" all of the time and many times receive requests while on PTO or your manager sets precedent and emails during their time off.
I believe changes are needed and the decisions are clear to see in terms of structure but no one wants to rock the boat. We need leaders who are willing to make the right decisions for the business versus doing what has been done in the past or will cause the least waves.Advice to ManagementAdvice
I think diversity in leadership is needed to keep us from being complacent and thinking the same way. It is great to see people move up the ranks and with long tenure but it can also make things stale. I also think at times leadership is out of touch with the organization and there is lack of alignment of priorities.RecommendsNeutral OutlookNo opinion of CEO
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Getting an Interview
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I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at Nestlé Purina PetCare.Interview Details
Applied through university job posting portal. Then a phone interview with HR Recruiter that lasted about 30-45 minutes. The second round consisted of 3 back to back interviews with managers at their St. Louis Office. They paid for all the expenses of flying to and back from St. Louis. Each second round interview consisted of 4 behavioral questions and you had to have different stories for each interview. So in total you needed 12 different stories/ examples. All of the interviews were behavioral. There weren't any technical questions.Interview Questions
Reasons for Declining
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The company and people were great! I really wish I could have accepted the offer; however, I received another offer that was more in line with my career goals. I would definitely recommend this opportunity to everyone though.Declined OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
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