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Scotts Miracle-Gro Overview

Marysville, OH
5001 to 10000 employees
Company - Public (SMG)
Consumer Products Manufacturing
$5 to $10 billion (USD) per year

Working at Scotts Miracle-Gro

ScottsMiracle-Gro (SMG) is one of the world's largest makers and marketers of lawn, garden, and outdoor living products.

ScottsMiracle-Gro has helped to grow the more than $5.4 billion global consumer lawn and garden market by staying ... Read more

Mission: Our mission is to help consumers around the world by providing them with innovative solutions to create beautiful and healthy lawns and gardens. We will be responsible stewards of our planet. We will provide a dynamic workplace for our associates to succeed and grow their ... Read more

Company Updates

  • We’re excited to partner with schools and help students learn about sustainability through hydroponic gardening.

    #CSR #community #ServingCommunity #SocialGood

    School planting early seeds in central Ohio students about sustainability

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - Franklin County and Columbus leaders have been working to encourage environmentally-friendly efforts since adopting the Local Food Action Plan in 2016. Currently, neighborhoods throughout Central Ohio are moving forward in their own efforts to teach sustainability early.

  • Much has been written on corporate social responsibility but how does a company implement this throughout their organization?

    For an inside look at our approach to social responsibility, be sure to check out the recent podcast on Purpose 360. In this audio podcast with Jim King, our SVP of Corporate Affairs and President of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation, you’ll get an inside look at how we partner with the consumer, environmental organizations and local communities.

    Purpose 360 - ScottsMiracle-Gro

    Jim King of ScottsMiracle-Gro shares insights on how the company cultivates its social purpose to create a healthier environment, help kids get their hands dirty in gardens across the country, and build a more purposeful organization.

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Scotts Miracle-Gro – Why Work For Us?


At ScottsMiracle-Gro we think people are like the right place you will grow and flourish. Are you an advocate of making the world a more beautiful place by inspiring others, championing new ideas and being intellectually curious? Are you not afraid to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty?  If so, then we want you as part of our Scotts family...the world's largest marketer of branded consumer lawn and garden care products!

In the U.S., Scotts®, Miracle-Gro®, Ortho®, and Tomcat® brands are market-leading in their categories, as is the consumer Roundup® brand, which is marketed in North America and most of Europe exclusively by Scotts. Outside of North America, the Company has various popular brands, including Miracle-Gro®, Evergreen®, KB®, Fertiligene®, Celaflor® and Substral®. Our brands are sold through the world’s leading home improvement retailers and mass merchandisers. Other key channels include large hardware chain stores, independent hardware stores, garden centers, nurseries, greenhouses and food and drug stores.

A career at ScottsMiracle-Gro offers you the opportunity to take this historic company to the next level of performance, with a competitive package of pay, benefits, and recognition.

Regardless of the role, ScottsMiracle-Gro associates have a hand in positively influencing the lawn and garden experience, thus fulfilling the company's vision to help people of all ages express themselves on their own piece of the Earth.


LiveTotal Health is more than a benefits program. It’s a way of life, backed by the company’s commitment and investment in programs, resources, and tools to help associates live long and healthy lives. Many of the LiveTotal Health offerings are available to dependents, too. Among our LiveTotal Health offerings* are:

Our Physical Health Programs

  • Medical & Prescription Drugs Plan
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Tobacco Cessation Assistance Programs and Reimbursement
  • Weight Watchers® Reimbursement
  • Fitness Club Reimbursement

Our Financial Health Programs

  • Retirement Savings Plan — 401(k) Plan (with 7% company matching contribution)
  • Discounted Stock Purchase Plan
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Basic Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance
  • Business Travel Accident Insurance
  • Voluntary Life Insurance
  • Voluntary Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance
  • Disability Programs
  • A Credit Union also serves U.S. associates

Our Personal Health Programs

  • Vacation & Holidays
  • Adoption Assistance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Mental Health/Substance Abuse Benefits
  • Paid Time Off for Volunteerism
Finally, we also offer associates a flexible work benefit. The premise of the benefit is simple: work is what you do, the results you get, and not where you sit. The benefit reflects our strong commitment to helping associates and their families live healthier, more productive lives. Workplace flexibility also supports the development of a stronger, more engaged workforce.

ScottsMiracle-Gro has been recognized for our comprehensive and leading-edge approach to focusing on total health. Some examples of awards we’ve received are:

  • Healthiest Employers of Central Ohio, Columbus Business First
  • Fit Friendly Company, Platinum Level, American Heart Association
  • Best Adoption Friendly Workplace, Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
  • Patriot Award, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, Department of Defense
  • Healthy Ohio Breastfeeding Friendly Employer

One Team, One Goal

There are few companies with a heritage as rich as ours. ScottsMiracle-Gro progressed from a small seed grower in 1868 to a leading lawn care business with the merger of Miracle-Gro in 1995. Over the years, thousands of dedicated associates built ScottsMiracle-Gro to an international marketer of industry-leading brands. We believe every associate and every job is important to our success.

We come to work every day so that we can help people of all ages express themselves on their own piece of the Earth.

Our Cultural Attributes:

How We Act: Passionate. Respectful. Ethical.

Who We Are: Accountable. Empowered. Collaborative. Flexible.

How We Gro: Innovative. Entrepreneurial. Diversity of Thought.

We must...

  • Possess a deep understanding of our consumer and instill a love of gardening in every generation.
  • Be stewards of our brands.  They are the core of our business.
  • Provide consumers with innovative and sustainable products that make gardening easier, more accessible and more enjoyable. 
  • Invest heavily in advertising because we know it works.
  • Out-innovate, out-market, out-sell and outperform the competition. 
  • Be the lowest cost manufacturer in our industry.
  • Develop confident and decisive leaders.
  • Understand the facts of our business, but not let imperfect information paralyze us.
  • Nurture effective long-term partnerships with our retailers with strong service and products, including private label. 
  • Recognize that every associate, every job is important to our success.  

Where Our Roots Are

Just as we are a leader in the lawn and garden industry, we strive to be leaders in the communities we live and work in. Our company has added value to numerous community-based initiatives across North America and Europe. Our associates directly engage in community improvement projects.

Give Back to Gro

Our community engagement activities focus on enhancing the environment through the support of public green spaces and gardens. We are also committed to helping underserved youth by providing educational opportunities that promote self-reliance. Finally, we support health and wellness initiatives as part of our corporate culture.

Whether it is a financial or product contribution, associate time and energy, or simply lending our scientific and marketing expertise to a project, we continually seek out ways to have a positive impact on the lives of our neighbors.


We are supporting the creation of more than 1,000 community gardens and green spaces in the markets we serve. We’re finding neighborhoods in need of green spaces, schools in need of places to play, and communities in need of beautification and revitalization.

Associate Volunteerism

Associates are heavily involved in the neighborhoods where they live and work, which has created a culture of community service at the company. This culture stems from Horace Hagedorn, the founder of Miracle-Gro, and his conviction that, “You can’t keep taking away from the earth. You must give something back.”

The Give Back To Gro Associate Community Service Program provides eligible associates two paid days off a year to volunteer their time with local non-profit organizations. The program encourages associates to engage in their local communities and to serve as goodwill ambassadors for the company. The Associate Volunteer Council, comprised of associate volunteers across the company who have a strong passion for community service, coordinate meaningful volunteer experiences for fellow associates each year.

Work We Support

Environment: Like all living things, plants need water, nutrients, and some care in order to grow and thrive. As water scarcity grows in certain regions, and as activities on land increasingly affect the quality of our waterways, we will continue to focus our efforts on water issues.

  • Environmental Research: We have provided a grant to fund independent research conducted by the Ocean Research & Conservation Association (ORCA) focused on Florida’s Indian River Lagoon which has been plagued by harmful algae blooms. The research will map point and non-point sources of nutrients flowing into the Lagoon to help focus public and private investments on the highest priority actions that might improve and protect water and wildlife in the lagoon.
  • Environmental Restoration & Education: For the third straight year, we will support a unique environmental restoration program that Tampa Bay Watch has established with Tampa-area middle and high schools, called Bay Grasses and Classes. In the program, students will tend native plant nurseries on school grounds and transfer the plants they grow to designated restoration sites within the Tampa Bay estuary. The restoration plantings help clean the Bay by filtering nutrients, while the students learn real-world environmental and agronomic education principles that will help them become the next generation of stewards for Florida’s waterways.

Youth Education: Too often children in urban areas do not have access to green spaces where they can experience biology, chemistry, ecology and other natural science lessons first-hand. As importantly, children in underserved communities are not always exposed to potential careers in these fields, and are missing opportunities to excel in professional fields because they simply are not aware that they exist. We seek out programs to support that are changing these dynamics.

  • U.S. Botanic Garden’s National Garden: ScottsMiracle-Gro and the National Garden have created the Hands On Plant Science (HOPS) program, that brings students from the Washington, D.C. public school system to the U.S. Botanic Garden for horticulture and plant science classes that our associates teach throughout the summer months.
  • Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens: Our long-standing partnership with the Conservatory has focused on community garden education, development, and access. Columbus, Ohio public school students are regularly participating in classes and events at the four-acre ScottsMiracle-Gro Community Garden Campus, which serves as a national center for community gardening education and practices. In addition to teaching the “how-to’s” of starting and maintaining a community garden, the Conservatory hosts specialized classes at the Campus such as culinary trainings on how to creatively cook the fruits and vegetables grown in a garden.

Health and Wellness: For many years, our company has emphasized personal health initiatives for our associates. In 2005, our decision to move towards a tobacco-free workforce was controversial. Today, it is commonplace. Through our support of cessation programs, tobacco use among our associates has decreased from 28% to only 6% of our associates, which has undoubtedly improved the health and extended the life of our associates. We continue to support initiatives that can help our associates improve their health, and raise funds for medical research and treatment at the same time.

  • American Heart Association (AHA): The AHA’s Heart Walk raises awareness and funding for heart disease research and prevention, while enabling thousands of participants an opportunity to participate in a heart-healthy walk. For the past six years, we have received AHA’s Fit Friendly Platinum-Status for our focus on associate wellness, and we have routinely been a leader in fundraising support for the Central Ohio Heart Walk. In fact, one of our associates led the entire region in fundraising for the 2015 event, putting together over $100,000 in contributions!
  • Pelotonia/The James Cancer Center at Ohio State University: An annual bicycle riding event dedicated to raising cancer research funding, Pelotonia enables participants to improve their health through the event itself (choice of 25, 50, 75, and 100 mile routes) and the associated training for the event. While our company has directly supported the event, perhaps more importantly, we offer a dollar-for-dollar fundraising match to our associates who choose to ride. This has lowered the fundraising threshold for our associates to participate, growing our “Peloton” to over 100 associates annually.

Responsible Stewards of Our Planet

Doing the right thing is at our core. ScottsMiracle-Gro is committed to conducting its business according to high legal and ethical standards. Every day, we become a better business and organization by listening to those around us. We particularly value the viewpoints of those who care about the environment. From innovating products to planning community involvement programs, we team up with experts and organizations that can help us be more effective in protecting the environment, educating others on being good stewards of the earth and improving the communities in which we live and work.

Inclusion & Engagement

In an increasingly competitive global marketplace, we can only succeed when our employees reflect the diversity of our consumers. Scotts Miracle-Gro is committed to creating a work environment where diversity in all forms is respected and valued. Diversity is part of who we are, and aspire to be, as a company. Each of our associates is unique and brings a wide array of personal experiences and points of view.

Through our commitment, ScottsMiracle-Gro brings together individuals from different backgrounds and cultures to build a strong culture of different talents, perspectives, and career experiences. The following are a few examples of how we bring opportunities that celebrate and embrace diversity to our associates.

The mission of Scotts Black Employees Network (SBEN) is to help empower African-American associates to reach their highest level of performance by providing professional development and career advancement opportunities.’

The mission of Scotts Veterans Network (SVN) is to recruit, develop, connect, empower and retrain veterans to enhance their professional development and success at Scotts.

Scotts Womens Network (SWN) is dedicated to maximizing women’s career potential and leadership skills for the advancement of professional women and to strengthen leadership diversity.

Scotts Young Professionals (SYP) was formed to connect, grow and guide the next generation of leaders by fostering innovation, engagement and new ways of thinking.

Partnerships with local and national groups such as Ohio Diversity Council and the National Diversity Council, Ohio Women's Bar Association (OWBA), and Women for Economic Leadership Development (WELD) help us to continue to advance our efforts.

Military & Veterans

ScottsMiracle-Gro is a proud supporter of our military veterans and maintains outstanding programs that support our active reserve and guard associates. We recognize that newly transitioning veterans face challenges when entering the civilian workplace and we are actively working to provide support and guidance to veterans seeking employment with ScottsMiracle-Gro.

Your military experience sets you apart. You are dedicated, hard-working and you get the job done. You’ve proven it.

Veterans working at ScottsMiracle-Gro find that our culture bears many similarities to the armed forces; our CEO James Hagedorn is a USAF veteran who has built a culture of winning at ScottsMiracle-Gro. We value that experience and we are equally dedicated to working with you to make the transition from your military career to a civilian career a successful and rewarding one. Whether you are an Officer or an Enlisted service member, ScottsMiracle-Gro has opportunities where you can apply your skills and gain new ones. If you want to work for a global leader in the lawn and garden market and build your civilian career then ScottsMiracle-Gro is the company for you.

ScottsMiracle-Gro is a company of diverse, talented people, and we are committed to creating an environment where all employees are included, are treated with dignity and respect and are in a position to contribute to our success. 

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    Family feel, provides a lot of opportunity to work on meaningful projects and freedom to operate.


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Scotts Miracle-Gro Photos

Scotts Miracle-Gro photo of: The park setting of the corporate main campus
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Scotts Miracle-Gro photo of: Employee gardens and the fitness center
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Scotts Miracle-Gro Interviews



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    I applied through other source. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Scotts Miracle-Gro (Charlotte, NC) in August 2015.


    bring you back in a room and ask you a bunch of random questions, ask do you know what scotts does, ask if you can pass drug test and goes over alot of company policies and benefits. Then you're hired

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Scotts Miracle-Gro Awards & Accolades

  • Fortune 500, Fortune, 2015

Pledges & Certifications

Veteran Hiring Commitment

Committed to helping America's military veterans find work

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

Pledge to Thrive

Taking steps to prioritize employee well-being

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