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Central Garden & Pet Overview

Walnut Creek, CA
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Public (CENTA)
Consumer Products Manufacturing
$2 to $5 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!

  • Three for Free! Central Garden & Pet increases 401K company match and adds yearly profit sharing bonus! Central cares about their employees and wants to help them build their retirement savings. Beginning in 2019 employees who contribute at least 3% of their pay to their 401k account, will receive a 3% match. In addition, employees who are not on a bonus plan will receive yearly profit sharing deposits into their active 401k account!

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Central Garden & Pet – Why Work For Us?

Founded in 1980 as a distribution company through a combination of strategic acquisitions and internal investment, Central Garden & Pet has evolved our business into a portfolio of leading brands in the lawn and garden supplies and the pet supplies industries.

The foundation of our success is our dedication to innovation, quality, and service. Our strategy is to continue to strengthen and build our branded products portfolio for consumers, to be both effective and efficient for our retail partners, and to deliver superior returns for our shareholders.

Central’s brands are consistently recognized by customers and industry peers alike for innovation and quality. With our branded, private label and distribution businesses, Central Garden & Pet has over $1.8 billion in annual sales. Some of our most recognized brands are Altosid mosquito control products; Amdro insect and pest products; Aqueon aquarium products; Farnam horse care products; Kaytee products and food for pet birds, wild birds, and small animals; Nylabone dog chews and toys; Pennington lawn and garden products; Sevin garden and lawn products; and Starbar products for rural insect control.

Our award-winning sales and logistics operations service all of the major retailers and have the ability to reach nearly every independent retailer nationwide.

Central Garden & Pet Company is a leading innovator, marketer and producer of quality branded products for consumer and professional use in the lawn and garden and pet supplies markets. For years, we have successfully helped consumers beautify their outdoor living spaces and promote healthy interaction with their pets.

The foundation of our success is our dedication to Innovation, Quality and Service.

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


Central is hiring and you could join the Central Team! 


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.

Central Garden & Pet Reviews

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Central Garden & Pet President and CEO George Roeth
George Roeth
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    "Sharp, Thorough, Efficient"

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    Current Employee - Digital Marketing Manager in Walnut Creek, CA
    Current Employee - Digital Marketing Manager in Walnut Creek, CA
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    I have been working at Central Garden & Pet full-time (Less than a year)


    - Interview process was expedient, with an interview agenda routed in advance and great communication throughout.
     - Received a lovely welcome package at home after accepting offer.
     - On-boarding was efficient, with clear communication and easy-to-follow process of reviewing and completing assigned tasks.
     - Team was welcoming and supportive, with thoughtfully guided on-boarding meetings and access to all the necessary resources to get acclimated.
     - Management is smart, pragmatic and accessible. Projects are approached thoughtfully and timelines are measured and realistic, with contributors expected to be accountable for their work and


    - Commute from Oakley/Brentwood area has gotten a lot worse lately, making the drive unfortunately longer than anticipated.
     - Corporate Environment - Business Professional with casual Friday; would benefit from a more casual atmosphere.
     - Would love to see the company embrace a more flexible work from home policy with teams so distributed across the Country.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in digital and ecommerce resources and technology, and keep empowering the smart individual managers you have hired to successfully drive the business into the future of Garden & Pet commerce.

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Central Garden & Pet Photos

Central Garden & Pet photo of: George R with his dog Chloe
Central Garden & Pet photo of: CLS Leadership building bikes for kids
Central Garden & Pet photo of: Irwindale, CA Police Department feeds Avoderm to their K-9 Unit
Central Garden & Pet photo of: CLS Leadership Scooping Ice Cream!
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 Interviews



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    Anonymous Employee in Madison, GA
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    I applied online. I interviewed at Central Garden & Pet (Madison, GA) in June 2017.


    Very professional and in depth. I participated in a phone pre-screening interview with talent acquisition, phone interview with head of research, and final interview with upper management of the division in which I was applying for a position. All were conducted in a very professional manner with excellent questions to enable me to provide the detailed information on my background/experience.

    Interview Questions

    • What was the reason I wanted to leave my current employment to pursue this position?   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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