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Central Garden & Pet Overview

Walnut Creek, CA
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Public (CENTA)
Consumer Products Manufacturing
$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 ... Read more

Company Updates

  • Central has purchased General Pet Supply, a family-owned, Midwest-based distributor of pet food and supplies. Founded in 1959, General Pet is similar to our Pet Distribution business, and is focused on providing superior customer service for the pet specialty and veterinary markets. With over 350 employees, General Pet sells over 14,000 products from 120 different manufacturers through its 6 branches – Milwaukee, WI, Minneapolis, MN, Dayton, OH, St. Louis and Kansas City, MO, and Wichita, KS, with corporate offices in Milwaukee.

    The addition of General Pet is strategically important to Central. With the addition of the company, Central expands its geographic footprint giving us unparalleled distribution and growth capabilities in the pet industry. We enthusiastically welcome General Pet and its employees to the Central family and look forward to all the accomplishments we will celebrate together!

  • The combination of two recent acquisitions, Dallas Manufacturing Company (DMC) and K&H Manufacturing, has put Central Garden & Pet in the #1 share position of pet bedding, pet stairs, and cots. DMC, acquired in December 2015, has many long-standing relationships with key retailers supplying high-quality bed products at a great value. In April of 2017, Central added K&H, the largest producer of heated pet beds in the world.

    Pet bedding is the fifth largest segment of the $12 billion pet supplies market with favorable future growth projections making it an important segment for Central. To leverage the expertise of the two organizations within the segment, Central has created a new business unit called Central Pet Home Essentials, led by Cris Weekes, Senior Vice President/GM, Dallas Manufacturing and K&H.

    With the formation of the new business unit, we created a unique identity for the team and one that, as part of the Central family, looks towards the future to build a stronger presence in the larger categories in which we compete.

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Central Garden & Pet – Why Work For Us?

Hear what actual employees have to say about what motivates them, what the work-life balance is like, and advice they may have for a potential hire. 

At Central Garden & Pet we love our TEAM because Together Everyone Achieves More!

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Central Garden & Pet offers Total Rewards that support the well-being of employees and their families, help improve and maintain health, and keep life in balance. Eligibility for benefits varies and may be based on hours worked and location.


 You can choose between two Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) medical plans administered by Anthem: the core plan and the buy-up plan. If you live in Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, or Wisconsin you have access to the POS network.*  Both Anthem plans give you the option to go to any provider you choose—but will pay higher benefits when you go to a doctor or health care facility in the PPO network.  Prescription drug coverage is included when you enroll in medical coverage. *California employees may have Kaiser as an option, depending on location  


You have a choice of two PPO dental plans administered by Anthem: the core plan and the buy-up plan. You can go to any dentist you choose, but you can take advantage of the PPO’s discounted rates (and reduce your out-of-pocket costs) if you stay in the network.    


You have a choice of two vision plans administered by Vision Service Plan (VSP): the core plan and the buy-up plan. When you visit an in-network provider, eye exams are covered in full.  Through VSP, you are also provided free access to the TruHearing MemberPlus Program, for up to 50% savings on hearing aids and more.    


You can contribute up to $2,550 per year pretax into your Health Care Flexible Spending Account and use the money to pay your out-of-pocket medical, dental and vision expenses for you and your dependents, even if they are not covered by a Central medical plan.  The Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account is available to help you pay for child care or the care of a parent living in your home using pretax funds so you pay less to Uncle Sam. Another way to save money!  


   Condition Care

Free Health Improvement Program for those diagnosed with chronic conditions such as diabetes, asthma or heart failure. The nurse coaches can supplement your doctor’s care and provide additional tips on managing conditions and symptoms.  


A free 24-hour number with registered nurses is available to help you determine what to do when you or a family member is sick or hurt or to prepare a list of questions to bring to your next doctor’s appointment.  


If covered by an Anthem plan, you and any covered dependent can visit with a board-certified doctor online by video conference for non-emergency medical issues or questions (not   available in TX or AR). The doctor can even write a prescription if necessary without you leaving your home!    

   Wellness Portal 

This site is run through our wellness partner, EmpowerLinc, and was created with employees in mind to help them make positive lifestyle changes. It is full of resources to help you take responsibility for your health along with free one-on-one coaching. There are even a variety of health and wellness trackers to help you set a goal, track your progress and succeed.     

   Employee Assistance Program 

Our EAP offers access to counselors, financial advisors, attorneys or other professionals to help get you through a difficult time. This free, confidential service is available to all employees and family members even if not enrolled in Central’s benefits program.    


   Short Term Disability Coverage

Central covers the full cost of short-term disability benefits, which covers a portion of your income for up to 26 weeks while you recover from childbirth, surgery or another medical condition that prevents you from working.     

   Long Term Disability Coverage

Employees can also purchase long-term disability coverage that will kick in if you are not able to get back to work after your short-term benefits expire.     

   Life Insurance

Basic Life Insurance and Accidental Death & Dismemberment coverage is paid by Central, with the option to increase the amount of coverage for an additional cost. Coverage for children and spouses can also be purchased at the group rates.  

   Retirement Savings

Employees are eligible after just three months of employment to contribute to our 401k plan, which provides a company match of 25% up to the first 8% of your eligible pay.  


   Discounts and Other Perks

Receive discounts on countless attractions, events, travel, shopping, dining and services through Wild at Work, along with cell phone, computer and other product discounts. Some of our locations also offer discounts on Central Garden & Pet products! Gym discounts are offered through GlobalFit, along with discounts on Zumba classes, personal trainers, weight loss programs and more.


  Continuous learning is encouraged and provided on-demand through Degreed and other great resources. For those going back to school, financial assistance may be available.   


  Time off programs vary at different locations but are all designed to make sure you take time away from work to enjoy your life and your family. Full time employees receive paid vacation and paid holidays.   

Central is hiring and you could join the Central Team! 

Apply online today!

Search our positions and see all openings sorted by location. You may contact us at or 925-948-4000

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    Great team atmosphere, easy to talk to everyone, and very productive.


    Not always up to speed with Technology in terms of data.

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Central Garden & Pet Photos

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    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Central Garden & Pet.


    Easy phone and in-person interview. Phone call lasted about 20 minutes-the territory manager explained the position and asked basic questions. Was asked to meet at a local distributor where the territory manager explained what you'd do on a normal day.

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Central Garden & Pet Awards & Accolades

  • 1st Place "Best in Show" - Small Animal Category, Global Pet Expo, 2016
  • 3rd Place "Best in Show" - Aquatics Category, Global Pet Expo, 2016
  • 1st Place "Best in Show" - Reptile Category, Global Pet Expo, 2016
  • Honorable Mention - Achievement of the Year Category, The Reptile Report Marketplace, 2015
  • Editor's Choice Winner - Business of the Year Category, The Reptile Report Marketplace, 2015
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