Central Garden & Pet
2.5 of 5 45 reviews
www.central.com Walnut Creek, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Jul 1, 2014

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Central Garden & Pet Chairman and CEO William E. Brown

William E. Brown

(25 ratings)

28% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    The company has been good to me

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Dallas, TX

    Prosopportunities for growth and promotion

    Consmy last promotion did not come with a pay increase

    Advice to Senior ManagementSeveral of the Central Garden & Pet companies are outstanding, particularly Life Sciences.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Indecisive Upper Management

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    ProsThe people. There are some really great people at this company with many years of industry knowledge

    ConsUpper management can't pick a plan and stick to it. Moreover they cant execute any of their plans with any accuracy, integrity or clarity. They have 'great' ideas that they execute poorly and instead of fixing them properly they resort to band-aids and knee jerk reactions to fix problems.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop doing things half baked. If you want to be a true CPG company then learn how to execute anything properly. It takes money to make money, so stop being cheap in the areas where the money is needed, and stop wasting money in other areas.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Changing for the worse

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsClose knit group of workers

    ConsVery disorganized and lacks processes

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    Love the People

    Warehouse (Current Employee)
    Algona, WA

    ProsIt is a very close knit group. The atmosphere is like a home away from home. Great beni's and great folks.

    ConsThe pay is not commensurate with the work done in many of the positions, especially compared to comparable jobs in the area. The policies are relaxed and the effort of work from many are a reflection of that.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRaise your pay and your standards for your employees. You will be able to weed out the ones that don't make the cut and gain the interest of a more desirable work force.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Strategy changed too often

    Director (Former Employee)
    Walnut Creek, CA

    ProsEntrepreneurial environment where you had lots of autonomy.

    ConsLittle process in marketing resulted in people reinventing everything all the time.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Get out while you can.

    TM (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsExpected to work hard and very little direction from supervisor. Although you will be spied on from time to time.

    ConsKeeping motivated when no one seems to care what you do as long as you are making money.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTeach, train and praise.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Poor micromanagement from the very top makes going to work painful.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsNone. But I must enter 5 words. There.

    ConsChairman makes every decision. Employees are not empowered at all. Everyone besides chairman is worker bee. Same comments as others - people have to work 10 times harder here than should be needed. Incompetence abounds. Certain people are valued and others are trampled upon. Morale is non-existent.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStudy leadership of successful companies. It looks nothing like this. Make a decision about what you want the company to be and stick to it.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Disorganized Chaos

    Merchandiser (Former Employee)

    Proseasy work, make your own schedule, common sense work, people in the stores are friendly

    Consno organization, no direction, low pay , even management doesn't know what is going on, crazy amount of paperwork for seasonal work

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet a list of products your merchandisers are supposed to take care of.

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    Nothing has changed since last review

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Boise, ID

    ProsNot many... other than making life long friends. Steady pay check that never changes in the amount you will get

    ConsEverything negative that's been posted is still the same. More than 75% of employees in this location are looking for other jobs. There is absolutely no advancement opportunities at this location. Low pay, high benefit premiums, no overtime, management still has no clue how the lower rung employees feel.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Ok Employer - takes more care of management then the worker bees

    Executive Administrative Assistant (Former Employee)
    Phoenix, AZ

    ProsWhen I started in 2004, it was a family owned company until CG&P bought it. It really was a family atmosphere!

    ConsCG&P Corporate buy out, getting rid of all the "old" employees in order to bring in their employees

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake care of your "worker bees" and not just management

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