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Foster Farms Overview

Livingston, CA
10000+ employees
1939
Company - Private
Manufacturing
$2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
It doesn't matter if Henny Penny is having hot flashes, Foster Poultry Farms never uses hormones (nor does it inject salt water into its birds to plump them up). The company is a top US poultry processor. Vertically integrated, it takes chickens and turkeys from ... Read more

Company Updates

  • Our Livingston Plant Health and Safety Fair in full swing! Tons of raffle prizes, games, music, corn dogs and so much more! Employees are encouraged to come out to learn about benefits, resources, safety committees, a variety of local vendors, and employees can even get a free flu shot! Workplace safety is priority #1 at Foster Farms!

  • On August 31st, 2017 about 170 employees from varying departments across Foster Farms came out to participate in our First Annual Chicken Run(fun run). Employees had a choice of two distances, 1.5 or 2.5 miles A strong cheering section formed at the finish line to support finishers! All finishers earned a limited edition water bottle to commemorate the event, followed by a picnic lunch. This year’s event honored Foster Farms Livingston Fertilizer (KOPRO) Plant Manager, CPT. Nathan Miller, a dear friend and coworker who was killed tragically while cycling to work earlier this year. Nate served proudly as an officer in the United States Army and Reserves, was a loving husband and proud father; he is sorely missed. Nate left a lasting impact on all he interacted with here at Foster Farms, an Ironman triathlete, ultra-marathoner and passionate cyclist – this event was the perfect way to honor him! All participants got to “Run with Nate” in celebration of his life and contributions to Foster Farms! The event also served as a kick off for our new Foster Farms Veterans Club

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Foster Farms – Why Work For Us?


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Company Culture 

At heart, we're a family run company. Founded in 1939, we've grown from a small turkey farm outside Modesto, California into a multi-billion dollar, 12,000-employee company with operations in California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Arkansas, Alabama and Louisiana—and with a line of products that's sold globally. There's plenty of room for opportunity.

At Foster Farms, our core values guide everything we do. We offer excellentsalaries and benefits and support your efforts to further your education and advance within the corporation. We also recognize that our people have lives outside of work, so we pride ourselves on being family and community friendly.

If you're honest, hard working and conscientious, you'll find Foster Farms a perfect fit. Click here for our newest job openings.

No imitators. No impersonators. No imposters. Just real opportunity.

 Our People 

Foster Farms employees are part of a family organization. Many of our team members have worked at Foster Farms their entire careers. Others have arrived more recently, bringing with them a wide range of experiences and ideas. Regardless of their backgrounds, everyone comes together here to deliver on our promise of the freshest, tastiest poultry products. Our employees' collective enthusiasm, energy and commitment to the highest quality standards make Foster Farms what it is today—a growing, successful company with a passion for success.


Our Values

We work with great people. They're family to us, and we all strive to give our best every day. The hope is that our commitment to excellence, honesty, quality, service, and our people will shine through in everything we do.

Excellence

Our standards are high. We encourage a hands-on management style and require strict attention to detail. In both our people and our products, we're dedicated to excellence. It's a family tradition.

Honesty

We're honest people. It's important to us to treat our employees, suppliers, customers and the communities we call home with fairness and respect.

Quality

Quality can't be compromised. In fact, the expectations we set for ourselves far exceed government quality standards—our premium products are proof of our vigilance.

Service

Our customers and consumers expect exceptional quality and service. So we work hard to never let them down. It's our goal to be the most trusted poultry brand. From our farm to your home, we expect every encounter with Foster Farms to be a pleasant one.

Our People

Our people are our biggest asset. That's why we strive to provide them with an enjoyable atmosphere, a clear sense of individual direction and worth, as well as a feeling of accomplishment for a job well done.

Human Rights

Foster Farms believes that Human Rights are a worldwide corporate responsibility, and that all human beings are entitled to live and work with dignity. Although a U.S. based poultry producer, with limited international activity, Foster farms takes comprehensive steps to ensure at all levels of its supply chain that the vendors it does business with adhere to this principle, and are free of egregious violations, including the trafficking in human beings. These steps include:

  • Special training for Foster Farms Supply Chain Management to maintain on-going awareness of Human Rights issues and abuses, such as the trafficking in human beings. Additionally all members of the Foster Farms executive leadership receive training in Human Rights issues every two years.
  • Foster Farms requires that vendors provide certification of compliance with all applicable laws governing employment, and human rights, including the prohibition of human trafficking. Foster Farms reserves the right to require vendors to provide independent third party audited proof of compliance and certification, but does not directly conduct independent third party vendor audits. Foster Farms will promptly and thoroughly investigate any claims or indications that a supplier is engaging in the violation of human rights, including human trafficking.
  • Foster Farms' vigorous pursuit of this policy will result in termination of any supplier that fails to provide certification and any requisite proof of compliance, or in any other way fails to meet expectations regarding Human Rights.

Our Commitments

Being a good neighbor is very important to us. That's why we give back by supporting a wide variety of charitable, non-profit, educational and community projects.

Giving Spirit

undefinedOur spirit of giving is a long-standing Foster Family tradition. Inspired by the family's generosity, Foster employees established "Christmas Kids," a group that annually provide gifts and food baskets for local area families during the holidays. This group has expanded to provide assistance to Seniors' groups, as well as children, year-round.

But that's just the beginning. Our Kelso, Washington office runs special programs for the Pacific Northwest. Our team in Demopolis, Alabama is involved in local community outreach. And the Livingston Corporate office administers our California efforts, concentrated on Merced and Stanislaus Counties where the majority of Foster Farms' employees live and work.

Here are some of the causes we're involved in, both around the corner and across the globe:

Community Programs

  • American Cancer Society's "Relay For Life," "Daffodil Days" and R.O.C.K (Recreational Opportunities for Cancer Kids)
  • American Red Cross and Salvation Army natural disaster relief
  • Center for Human Services that provides social services to all ages
  • Community Recreational Opportunities for Children such as Little League, organized soccer, football, cheerleading, etc.
  • Donations of poultry products for countless community organizations to help fundraising efforts
  • High School Music, Science and Athletic programs
  • High School Sober Grad Nite Celebrations
  • High School Athletic programs
  • Hospice, CHERISH (a food program for the elderly)
  • Modesto Gospel Mission that ministers to street people
  • Modesto Police Department partnership that helps provide substance abuse training in Modesto City and County schools
  • Redwood Family Center that houses women and children
  • Various schools' outdoor education programs (camps away from home for several days)
  • 3-year pledge to the Empire pool project (youth recreation)
  • 10-year pledge to the Gallo Art Center building project in Modesto, California
  • 10-year pledge to the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California

Business & Education Partnerships

  • Annual scholarships to Merced Community College and Modesto Junior College
  • Endowed scholarships to area universities including: UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, California State University at Fresno, California State University at Stanislaus and Porterville Community College
  • Stanislaus Partners In Education that works to fill the gaps caused by State budget cuts
  • 5-year pledge to UC Merced for a Service Learning program

Non-Profit Support

  • We match employee contributions to special circumstance events, like the 2004 Tsunami in Asia.
  • Foster Farms participates in Capital Building projects with agencies including the Salvation Army in Turlock and in Modesto; the Ronald McDonald House in Fresno; Livingston Senior Elementary School and Livingston Child Development Center in Livingston.
  • We match employee giving dollar for dollar to ensure the success of our United Way campaign.
  • Foster Farms provides product donations to the Modesto, Turlock, Atwater, Merced and Fresno Salvation Armies for their holiday food programs.
  • Foster Farms donates product to Second Harvests across the country.

undefinedOur Culture Fosters Success

At Foster Farms, we pride ourselves on providing only the freshest, highest quality poultry products possible. But our success as an organization is driven by high quality people who bring their unique talents and passions to our family-like environment. We’re casual, friendly people; however, we still conduct our business as absolute professionals. Our company is rapidly growing and highly competitive, so we work at a fast pace and encourage an entrepreneurial “can-do” spirit. The bottom line is that we foster high achievement with low egos.

We offer excellent salaries and benefits and support our employees’ efforts to further their education and advance within the corporation. We also recognize that our people have lives outside of work, so we pride ourselves on being family and community friendly. It’s no wonder that we have been able to achieve an employee retention rate in excess of 90%. If you’re honest, hard working and conscientious, you’ll find Foster Farms a perfect fit.

To find an opportunity that fits your skills and experience, take a look at our current openings.

Foster Farms is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities, Females, Veterans and Disabled Individuals are encouraged to apply.

Internships

Overview

At Foster Farms, our internship programs give you an opportunity to complement your formal education with career-related experience. Our program engages you in projects or assignments that are closely related to your area of study.

In addition to working during school semesters or summer breaks, intern opportunities may include working during other school breaks or on a part-time basis while attending school.

In today’s business environment, you often need more than just a degree to be successful in your job search. The lengthening periods of formal education for many have changed the work and education pattern. Foster Farms encourages schools to better prepare students for the actual requirements of their first job.

Gaining work experience helps you make more informed career choices which can result in higher job satisfaction and higher productivity.

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    I worked at Foster Farms full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good Hours....Great Pay....Opportunity for promotions

    Cons

    Mandatory OT..Low Employee Morale..Not A lot of time off

    Advice to Management

    treat employees Better

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Foster Farms Photos

Foster Farms photo of: 2014 Foster Farms Bowl
Foster Farms photo of: CPT. Nathan Miller 1st Annual Fun Run
Foster Farms photo of: Get to that finish line! 1st Annual Fun Run
Foster Farms photo of: Picnic time! 1st Annual Fun Run
Foster Farms photo of: Photo finish! 1st Annual Fun Run
Foster Farms photo of: I made it! 1st Annual Fun Run
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Foster Farms Interviews

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    Packaging Engineer Co-Op Interview

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    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Foster Farms (Livingston, CA).

    Interview

    I started by sending in my resume to HR, who promptly responded. I had a phone interview with the packaging engineer supervisor and after was called in for in-person interviews and meetings. I had an in-person interview with one of the current packaging engineers and met with a purchasing manager and recruiting manager (who was my main point of contact for the entire applying and interviewing process).

    Overall, the interview process was smooth and accommodating. The process took longer than usual because I was applying for an opening months away.

    Interview Questions

    • Most technical questions were based off my resume. For example, I wrote "familiar with ASTM and ISTA standards", so they asked me "What do you know about ASTM and ISTA standards?"   Answer Question
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Foster Farms Awards & Accolades

  • America's Largest Private Companies, Forbes, 2009
  • America's Largest Private Companies, Forbes, 2008

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