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Central Garden & Pet Overview

Walnut Creek, CA
1001 to 5000 employees
1980
Company - Public (CENTA)
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 Garden & Pet is extremely proud to announce that we were awarded the Walmart Supplier of the Year award in the Lawn and Garden segment. Out of 12 awards that Walmart presented to their Lawn & Garden supplier base, Central garnered an incredible eight nominations. Additionally, Central was awarded the H3 award (Humble, Hustle, and Hungry) and the Innovation award, making the company the biggest winner of the day. With over 600 people in attendance, representing over 200 suppliers, the competition for this year’s awards appeared formidable. The Supplier of the Year award was based on overall performance across different categories such as sales, profitability, inventory management, people, innovation and private label. Central was proud to take home this award, which was voted on by Walmart’s buying staff. The H3 honor was awarded to four companies including Central. Lastly, the Innovation award was won for the development of the Expert Gardener Potting Soil Program, which substantially exceeded expectations.

  • Central's Pet Distribution business is growing! We are adding over 20 jobs at our Aurora, Colorado distribution facility, including warehouse associates and merchandisers. Check out the list of open positions and apply at http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQcuU.

    Career Center

    Search our positions by selecting a location below or select "Any" to see all openings sorted by location. If you are an individual with a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to complete any part of the application process, or are limited in the ability or unable to access or use this online application process and need an alternative method for applying, you may contact us at 925-948-4000 or recruiting@central.com for assistance.

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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'S BENEFITS AND PLANS

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.

MEDICAL INSURANCE

 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  

DENTAL INSURANCE

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.    

VISION INSURANCE

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.    

HEALTH CARE FSA & DEPENDENT CARE FSA 

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!  

YOUR HEALTH & WELLNESS

   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.  

   Nurseline

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.  

   LiveHealthOnline

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.    

INCOME PROTECTION

   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.  

FUN & FITNESS

   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.

YOUR DEVELOPMENT

  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

  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 recruiting@central.com or 925-948-4000



Central Garden & Pet Reviews

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    I have been working at Central Garden & Pet full-time (Less than a year)

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    Coworkers and general overall work atmosphere

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    I haven't experienced anything negative to date.

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Central Garden & Pet Photos

Central Garden & Pet photo of: George R with his dog Chloe
Central Garden & Pet photo of: Marilyn with her dog Lizzie
Central Garden & Pet photo of: Mike with Motown (From Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation)
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Central Garden & Pet photo of: Rodolfo with Wheels (From Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation)
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Central Garden & Pet Interviews

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    I applied online. I interviewed at Central Garden & Pet (Neptune, NJ) in July 2017.

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    The hiring process I think they did a great job, they did background check and did a urine sample. This helps me know that my coworkers are reliable and a safe work environment

    Interview Questions

    • Why do I want to be part of central garden and pet   1 Answer
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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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