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Walnut Creek, CA (US)
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Public (CENTA)
Consumer Products Manufacturing
$2 to $5 billion (CAD) per year

Spectrum Brands, Scotts Miracle-Gro, Newell Brands

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

Central Garden & Pet Reviews

  • "The worst company I ever worked for."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Walnut Creek, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Walnut Creek, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Central Garden & Pet full-time (More than a year)


    Commute. Not much over time work.


    The only reason people with skills and experience work there is for the short commute.
    Walnut Creek office is such a small office. The company became big by acquisitions. in the past several years. Therefore, those who are in upper management positions are "small company minded" people.
    Favoritism and gossiping are everywhere. You will be sick of it if you have a decent mind. People with skills are looking for a new job in their first year.

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Central Garden & Pet Photos

Central Garden & Pet photo of: Tim Cofer, CEO, with Toby
Central Garden & Pet photo of: Corporate Halloween 2019
Central Garden & Pet photo of: CSC Halloween 2019
Central Garden & Pet photo of: Corporate Halloween 2019
Central Garden & Pet photo of: SunPet Halloween 2019
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Central Garden & Pet Interviews



Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview




  1. Helpful (4)  

    Business Development Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview


    Initially all seemed well and professional. An initial screen with the HR Recruiter, followed by a a phone interview with the hiring manager. I was given a timeline for re-contact.
    Emailed both of them w/separate "thank you" emails, and followed up with the hiring manager discussing one of the pain points they had mentioned.
    I have never heard back from either; not even a courtesy email saying they had moved on.
    Its very easy for companies to forget that candidates are also interviewing them, and while a "no" would be disappointing, at least the communication is professional and appreciated. To fail to follow up at all, or even acknowledge a candidate YOU reached out to is unprofessional and says a lot about a company.
    They clearly also forget that candidates can be customers, or in this case now *former* customers who will be sure to tell the garden club and dog training contacts about the kind of company Central Garden and Pet is and encourage everyone to shop their competitors.

    Interview Questions

    • One of the questions was around an area that has no known solution.   1 Answer
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Company Updates

  • Central welcomes new CEO, Tim Cofer! Tim joined Central Garden & Pet on October 14, 2019 as Central’s CEO. Prior to joining Central, Tim has had over 30 years of business leadership experience across general management, corporate strategy, marketing, sales, R&D and innovation in the consumer products industry. Tim previously worked for over 25 years at Mondelēz International, where he held a variety of executive positions, including most recently serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Growth Officer. He also held leadership roles in key Kraft Foods U.S. businesses as President, Oscar Mayer Foods and President, Kraft Pizza Company.Tim also led two international high growth regions while at Mondelez, Asia Pacific/Middle East/Africa and Europe.Tim earned a BA in economics and political science from St. Olaf College and received his MBA from the University of Minnesota. Tim is pictured with his beloved dog, Toby.

  • Kudos to our Garden team at Pennington seed! Central Garden & Pet's Pennington Seed has won the Walmart Supplier of the Year Award for the 11th year!

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Central Garden & Pet Awards & Accolades

  • 1st Place "Best in Show" - Small Animal Category, Global Pet Expo, 2016
  • 1st Place "Best in Show" - Reptile Category, Global Pet Expo, 2016
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