A cool dozen
In the not-so-glamorous meat and poultry industry, The NATIONAL PROVISIONER reveals what makes 12 companies among the best employers.
Meat and poultry processing companies in The NATIONAL PROVISIONER’s “Top-Meat-and-Poultry-Companies-to-Work-for-and-Why” report were assessed on such criteria as corporate culture; career development opportunities, including training, continuing education, and tuition reimbursement; benefits, including health insurance, stock options, and 401(k)s; internal communication; employee rewards and recognition; corporate reputation; employee feedback; and financial health. Surveys were sent to 2,500 companies nationwide to solicit nominees, 12 of which are highlighted in this report. There’s no ranking, as NP’s list of “Top Meat and Poultry Companies to Work for and Why” is not definitive. Rather, it is intended to showcase 12 companies devoted to achieving employee satisfaction, and the retention and attraction techniques that have been most effective for them.
|Stock Purchase Plan|
|Company Matched Retirement Plan|
|Unmatched Retirement Savings Plan|
|Part-time Employee Benefits|
|Wellness Programs, Health Screenings|
|COMPANY||No. Of |
|Bar-S Foods, Phoenix, AZ||1,500||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4|
|Cargill Meat Solutions, Wichita, KS||32,000||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4|
|Carolina Turkeys, Mt. Olive, NC||2,350||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4|
|Johnsonville Sausage LLC, Kohler, WI||1,100||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4|
|Oscar Mayer Foods, Madison, WI||60,000 |
|Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., Pittsburg, TX||40,000||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4|
|Premium Standard Farms, Kansas City, MO||4,400||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4|
|RMH Foods LLC, Morton, IL||75||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4|
|Sara Lee Foods, Cincinnati, OH||10,000||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4|
|Swift & Company Greeley, CO||17,000||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4|
|Tyson Foods Inc., Springdale, AR||110,000||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4|
|West Liberty Foods, West Liberty, IA||1,000+||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4||4|
A. Bar-S has a clear, well-communicated vision, and is directed by strong leadership. The company is financially sound. Employees are given every opportunity to succeed and advance. Employee retention is a priority. Every effort is made to provide competitive pay and benefits. The company shares its success with all employees. This is summarized best in our mission: “We will make Bar-S the premier company in the processed meat industry. Premier in the eyes of our customers, suppliers, and teammates.”
co-leader of Cargill Meat Solutions
701 Emerson Road, Suite 500
St. Louis, Missouri 63141
Phone: (314) 997-5959
Fax: (314) 997-1405
to Work for and Why?” report.
welfare, customer satisfaction,
and food safety are our top
priorities. Our management behavior
will build an atmosphere of trust, respect, and involvement with each other to accomplish our corporate objectives.
chief executive officer, Carolina Turkeys
chief executive officer, Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation
majority stockholder and chairman of the board, so there is a strong sense of “family” that still exists today, even though we are a large public corporation.
operations, Milan, MO and Jere Null is
vice president of operations, Clinton, NC
- We are honest, ethical, legal, and credible.We have a true commitment to worker safety, food safety, animal welfare, the environment, and social responsibility.Our customer always comes first.Rewards are tied to performance, and we benchmark to world-class standards.We believe in empowerment and accountability.We believe in treating each individual with respect.We are national in scope and regional in focus.
- Gainsharing demonstrates our commitment to empowerment and accountability. Our Gainsharing team in each plant establishes specific, measurable targets for worker safety, food safety, and efficiency. The company enjoys improved productivity, and our employees are rewarded with a bonus paid each month the targets are met.
- Our commitment to social responsibility is demonstrated in our Employer Assisted Housing (EAH) program. The EAH program provides a forgivable loan of up to $5,000 to our employees; for each year of employment, 20 percent of the loan is forgiven.
- Honesty and integrity will be our foundation.
- Teamwork “is” the way we will work.
- Respect and dignity will be given not earned.
- Work, fun, and reward will be our culture.
- Proactive support of employees’ growth, development, and well-being.
- Teamwork that focuses on shared objectives.
- Open, honest communication is a cornerstone for building trust.
- Respect — showing in both word and deed that your employees are critical to your company’s success.
of human resources, Tyson Foods
- Promotional opportunities (all jobs are posted internally).
- Tuition reimbursement for job-related education.
- 401(k) programs with a company match.
- Stock purchase programs with a company match.
- Competitive wages.
- Profit sharing (bonuses).
- Currently in the process of building individual
development plans for management team members.
- (Two to four days depending on the plant) for hourly team members.
- Follow-ups after orientation (30-, 60-, and 90-day reviews) for hourly team members.
- Communication meeting at the plants.
- Retention meetings at the plants.
- Employee Retention Committee at the plants.