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CF Industries Overview

Deerfield, IL
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Public (CF)
Chemical Manufacturing
$5 to $10 billion (USD) per year
CF Industries, a global leader in nitrogen fertilizer manufacturing and distribution, owns and operates world-scale nitrogen complexes and serves agricultural and industrial customers through its best-in-class distribution system.

In 2005, an Initial Public ... Read more

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  • We’d like to thank our CF Industries engineering co-op students who have been working across our sites this summer. Continue your diligent studies and we look forward to having you back again at one of our CF Industries sites. We are proud of you!

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    Maintaining a safe work environment is the most important commitment we have to each other and everyone whose lives we touch. Our safety culture is defined by a "Do It Right" mentality in which the right way is the only way to conduct business.

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CF Industries – Why Work For Us?

CF Industries, a global leader in nitrogen fertilizer manufacturing and distribution, owns and operates world-scale nitrogen complexes and serves agricultural and industrial customers through its best-in-class distribution system.

Founded in 1946 as a fertilizer brokerage operation by a group of regional agricultural cooperatives, CF Industries grew by expanding its distribution capabilities and diversifying into fertilizer manufacturing. Through 2002, the company operated as a typical supply cooperative. However, in 2003, in response to changing market conditions, it adopted a new business model that established financial performance, rather than the traditional cooperative charge of providing an assured supply of product to its owners, as its principal objective.

In 2005, an Initial Public Offering completed the company’s transition and established CF Industries Holdings, Inc. as a public company. Its common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “CF.”

In September 2006, the company established its new Corporate Vision and Corporate Values, identifying its long-term aspirations and driving values.

In 2010, CF Industries acquired Terra Industries Inc. Following this acquisition, CF Industries solidified its position as a nitrogen bellwether in the global fertilizer industry and the premier nitrogen manufacturer in North America.

In 2015, CF Industries acquired the outstanding interests it did not already own in GrowHow UK Limited, adding two nitrogen complexes in the United Kingdom.

The company is headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Through its CF Industries, Inc. subsidiary, it operates nine nitrogen fertilizer manufacturing complexes in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom and a network of fertilizer distribution terminals and warehouses, located primarily in major grain-producing states in the U.S. Midwest. It also owns 50% of a joint venture in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. CF Industries, Inc. employs nearly 3,000 people. CF Industries adheres to stringent safety and environmental stewardship standards at all of its operations.


Total Rewards Benefits Program: US

Employees of CF Industries enjoy top-of-the-line benefit coverage at highly competitive prices. When you join CF Industries as an eligible employee, you will have access to these programs to support your health, financial security and retirement goals.

Financial Protection

  • Health Care

    Medical, prescription drug, dental and vision coverage for employees and eligible dependents providing comprehensive coverage and complete coverage for most preventive care. Monthly employee contributions required.
  • Disability

    Disability plans provide a valuable source of financial protection in the event employees are ill or injured and unable to work. Short term and long term protection available.
  • Life Insurance

    Plans providing financial protection in the event of death for employees and their survivors

Saving for Retirement

  • Pension Plan

    Pension Plan that pays benefits based on pay history and years of service – with benefits vesting after just three years.
  • 401(k) Plan

    401(k) Plan provides employees with an effective vehicle to save for retirement. The company assists this savings with a contribution to match the employee’s contribution.

As an Employee

  • Time Off

    Employees can enjoy paid holidays, personal days and vacation days each year, based on length of service. Family Medical Leaves of Absence are available for employees who exhibit the need to care for themselves or their dependents.
  • Assistance

    Employee Assistance Program provides confidential support, resources and information to help employees and family members address life’s issues.
  • Wellness

    Wellness Stipend Program offering employees the opportunity for reimbursement of certain health-related items or programs. Employees also have the opportunity to participate in wellness related programs at their work location.
  • Education

    Reimbursement of qualifying expenses for eligible courses satisfactorily completed by employees.
  • Spending Accts

    Flexible Spending Accounts offering employees the opportunity to set aside pre-tax funds for health or dependent care expenses
  • Voluntary Benefits

    Voluntary Benefits Program offering employees the opportunity for special pricing on insurance for life, auto, home, income, identity protection and more.

This page is designed to provide an overview of the CF Industries’ U.S. benefits programs. Questions about the interpretation or application of programs are governed by the terms of the official documents. CF Industries reserves the right to modify or discontinue these benefits at its discretion.

undefinedProfile: Corporate Vision

We will be recognized as a leading global marketer, producer and supplier of high-quality, low-cost fertilizer products and services, creating sustained value for shareholders, customers and employees.

Profile: Corporate Values

We do it right

  • We put safety first
  • We are ethical and compliant in our business dealings
  • We are stewards of the environment

We do it well

  • Our operations are productive and efficient
  • We are flexible to deliver the best solution
  • We focus on execution and results

We execute as a team

  • We collaborate and co-operate with colleagues and suppliers
  • We encourage people to challenge the norm and are open to new ideas
  • Our decisions are made on the basis of data and analysis
  • We work for the greater good of the team

We take a long-term view

  • We listen to and work with customers as a dependable, reliable partner
  • We are clear and honest in our dealings with all stakeholders
  • Our goal is outstanding financial performance

undefinedCorporate Culture

For much of its 65-plus year history, CF Industries was a company that few people outside of the agri-business community knew. From its founding in 1946 until 2005, it was a supply cooperative, owned by a small group of customers and selling the majority of its products to them.

That changed in 2005, when the company completed an initial public offering and its common stock began trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

Over its history, CF Industries has developed a strong, value-driven culture, codified in the company’s Vision and Values. But there’s more to those vision and value beliefs than just words on paper.

  • Employee Safety: for years, CF Industries’ safety performance has been one of the best in the chemical industry, with incidence rates well below national averages. During 2011 our employees achieved a number of safety milestones, highlighted by our Frankfort, Indiana, terminal, which became the eighth CF Industries distribution facility to reach the mark of 15,000 workdays, or more than 41 years, without a lost time accident. Safety is more than awards and milestones at CF Industries. From a company standpoint, safety and operational readiness go hand-in-hand. From an employee perspective—and most importantly—safety means that CF Industries is committed to assuring that its employees go home every day the same way they came to work that morning: safe and healthy.
  • Customer Service: owned by its customers until its 2005 Initial Public Offering, it’s understandable that customer service and operational readiness are cornerstones of CF Industries’ culture. The company’s facilities enjoy some of the plant nutrient industry’s highest “uptime” records, thanks to dedicated employees, state-of-the-art systems and technology, and a commitment to maintenance and modernization.
  • Under-Promise and Over-Deliver: CF Industries is a bit on the conservative side, preferring to let its accomplishments, not predictions or proclamations, speak for the company.
  • Community Involvement: we’re part of our communities. The programs we support, ranging from Classroom Mini-Grants at our distribution facilities to wetlands restoration at our Central Florida phosphate operations, all help cement the cooperative relationship between company and community.

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    Great atmosphere to work in


    Very big site, big learning curve

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CF Industries Interviews



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    I applied online. I interviewed at CF Industries (Deerfield, IL) in July 2017.


    Interviewing with AP Supervisor was not a good experience, but meeting with HR and Accounting Manager went well. AP Supervisor was not pleasant, I was told during the interview process that she was open for ideas on how to do things better but in the long run she is the boss and things will be done her way. A bit of a power trip if you ask me.

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    • Dumbest question ever the AP Supervisor asked me if I had a "meltdown" during the work day how would I handle..   1 Answer
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CF Industries Awards & Accolades

  • 100 Fastest Growing Companies, Fortune, 2013
  • Barron's 500, Barron's, 2012
  • 50 Best Manufacturing Companies, IndustryWeek, 2013
  • 100 Fastest Growing Companies(#6), Fortune, 2009
  • 50 Best Manufacturing Companies, IndustryWeek, 2009
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Veteran Hiring Commitment

Committed to helping America's military veterans find work

Pay Equality Pledge

Committed to paying equitably for equal work & experience

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