Central Garden & Pet

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Central Garden & Pet Reviews

Updated September 8, 2014
Updated September 8, 2014
50 Reviews
2.5
50 Reviews
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Central Garden & Pet Chairman and CEO William E. Brown
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  1.  

    Stress free work, great management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Yard Driver  in  Mahwah, NJ
    Former Employee - Yard Driver in Mahwah, NJ

    I worked at Central Garden & Pet full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Was a great job, no stress

    Cons

    The cold winter was rough

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company that can get better!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Central Garden & Pet full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    They offer competitive pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Very little communication from corporate office in Walnut Creek regarding company performance, direction, etc.

    It is time for some of the tenured employees to move on or retire: they are stuck in the past.

    Unwilling to invest in technology that would improve the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate and listen to mid-level managers and employees frequently.

    Get consultant to help develop a long term company plan for success.

    Stop looking for the right leaders, groom current employees for future leadership positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Solid Job, Good People

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    As a field rep, you're in a different work environment every day, traveling from store to store, and you constantly meet and interact with new people. There's pretty much always something to do, and it can vary from week to week, day to day, or even store to store.

    They tend to promote from within, so many the higher-ups started out as field reps, and therefore are more understanding of the challenges you face, as well as quick to compliment on daily successes.

    In the vein of acknowledging successes, there are MANY incentive programs throughout the course of the year, rewarding DMs, Territory Mgrs, and reps alike with gas cards and visa gift cards.

    While you're expected to work an average of five eight-hour days (M-F) as a full-time rep, if you have commitments or if something unexpected comes up, they're extraordinarily accomodating as long as you can provide as much notice as possible, and find a way to make up the hours later in the week.

    Cons

    While they promote from within, it's a pretty narrow path to the top, unless you're willing to move a considerable distance (out-of-state)in order to be promoted. You can get stuck being a field rep for quite some time.

    Meritorial raises could be slightly better, and per diem should be adjusted to line up with cost-of-living/gas price increases.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue cultivating a great work culture in which everyone feels valued - that's a big plus.

    Communication from the top down could be better. A lot of things seem to slip through the cracks, resulting in quite a bit of scrambling to complete time-sensitive tasks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Disappointing

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operational Excellence  in  Walnut Creek, CA
    Former Employee - Operational Excellence in Walnut Creek, CA

    I worked at Central Garden & Pet full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Most of the employees are really great. Most want to do the right thing.

    Cons

    Senior management not willing to make the hard decisions to help company move forward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leverage your talented people and let them do what they know how to do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great people, but lacks direction

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Walnut Creek, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walnut Creek, CA

    I worked at Central Garden & Pet

    Pros

    Most of the people are really great and have a drive to make things better. I was paid well for what I did.

    Cons

    Exec Mgmt not taking necessary step to allow organization to grow. Still too many good ole boys running the show.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change is hard, but necessary. Allow your talented people to do what they do best.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    The company has been good to me

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Central Garden & Pet full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    opportunities for growth and promotion

    Cons

    my last promotion did not come with a pay increase

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Several of the Central Garden & Pet companies are outstanding, particularly Life Sciences.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Indecisive Upper Management

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Upper 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 ManagementAdvice

    Stop 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Changing for the worse

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Central Garden & Pet

    Pros

    Close knit group of workers

    Cons

    Very disorganized and lacks processes

  10.  

    Love the People

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Warehouse  in  Algona, WA
    Current Employee - Warehouse in Algona, WA

    I have been working at Central Garden & Pet full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Raise 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Strategy changed too often

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director  in  Walnut Creek, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Walnut Creek, CA

    I worked at Central Garden & Pet full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial environment where you had lots of autonomy.

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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