Mission: Sargento is a family-owned cheese company dedicated to enhancing long-term stakeholder value. Sustained by an insatiable winning spirit, we are guided by our faith in God. Our central purpose is to be the best at responding to customer and consumer needs for cheese ...
Sargento Foods® Inc. is a family-owned company comprising three business divisions: Consumer Products, Food Service and Food Ingredients. The company employs more than 1,500 people at four Wisconsin facilities: Plymouth, Kiel, Hilbert and Elkhart Lake.
The Consumer Products Division is a leading national packager and marketer of natural shredded, sliced, snack and specialty cheeses sold under the Sargento Foods® brand.
The Food Service Division is a producer of custom cheese products that are tailor-made to the specifications of many national restaurant chains. These products include natural sliced and shredded natural cheeses and breaded appetizers.
The Food Ingredients Division is known for innovation and leadership in cheese-based products, sauces, frozen extruded products, premium-quality home meal solutions and custom cheese ingredients, delivering value-added products, and formulation and packaging solutions. It has manufacturing capabilities in three facilities in Wisconsin. The plants have a variety of certifications including kosher and USDA meat.
At Sargento Foods®, we believe in a concept of ownership that goes beyond our stockholders to include the other important contributors to our success. We include as stakeholders not only our stockholders, but also our employees, customers, community, and suppliers. Although clearly different from that of a stockholder they each have a meaningful stake in our company. Because of this, we recognize the importance of evaluating the impact of our decisions on each of our stakeholders.
Sargento Foods® is a family-owned cheese company dedicated to enhancing long-term stakeholder value. Sustained by an insatiable winning spirit, we are guided by our faith in God. Our central purpose is to be the best at responding to customer and consumer needs for cheese, cheese-based, and other culinary solutions. We will achieve this goal by exceeding expectations for innovation, service, quality, value, taste, and convenience. We share the results of our success with those that contribute to that success.
Learn more about our Corporate Culture.
A Foundation of Trust, Honesty and Fairness.
When Leonard Gentine Sr. founded Sargento in 1953, he also laid the foundation for a corporate culture that defines how we interact with others. Leonard taught his employees and his children that success was contingent upon working with good people and treating them the way you would like to be treated – with trust, honesty and fairness.
We have invested considerable time in defining our culture, and we ask every employee to help us maintain and enhance the Sargento spirit. This is how we will continue Leonard’s legacy and become an even greater company without losing sight of the principles and values that guided Leonard and should guide our actions every day.
Competitive Pay and Benefits
Grounded in our corporate culture, Sargento provides a compensation and benefit package on par or better than those found in other organizations. As a privately-held and owned company, we are free to appeal to the interests of our employees and not to the whims of stockholders found in publicly-traded companies.
I have been working at Sargento full-time (More than a year)
Extremely family oriented. Truly lives their mission statement. Humble leadership, almost to a fault. Largest United Way contributor without being even close to the largest organization in the community.
Very cautious, slow to act. Extremely tenured, meaning little opportunity for advancement compared to competitors. Focused on innovation but extremely risk averse makes for some frequent road blocks.
Advice to Management
Treasure tenured knowledge but don't forget to embrace new talent too.
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Sargento in August 2016.
I scheduled a phone interview with them shortly after applying. The interview went well. They asked a lot of questions both about my work history and personality. Overall it was difficult but standard interview questions. On the downside I never heard back from them after the phone interview was over.
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