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Culture at Nestlé Purina

Nestlé Purina’s Story

We Stand Taller because we dare to make every day better. To give it our all. To put our name on the work we do. Doing the right things right. Making our work matter. Why? Because we care. We're inspired by the words of our founder, William H. Danforth, who believed that integrity, passion, expertise and performance are the keys to Standing Taller and making good lives better. Today, we carry on the legacy, passionately enriching the lives of pets and the people who love them. #WeStandTaller, do you? 

Our People
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Our most important resource and best asset is our people. We embody a wide spectrum of diverse individuals with unique personalities, skillsets, and interests. What unites us? Our passion for pets and the belief that pets, and people are better together. Learn more about some of our Nestlé Purina Family.

Our People Make Our Culture

Our most important resource and best asset is our people. We embody a wide spectrum of diverse individuals with unique personalities, skillsets, and interests. What unites us? Our passion for pets and the belief that pets and people are better together. Learn more about some of our Nestlé Purina Family. 

Meet Annette

“The best talent around the world is looking for a company that best reflects growth and diversity in its people and its approach. Purina's vision is to foster an environment of inclusion that empowers ALL associates to bring their best to work.” 

ANNETTE Director and Head of Diversity 
Inclusion & Gender Balance 

Meet Gail

“I'm part of our Pilot Plant and love working with the project leaders and R&D Team. Nestlé Purina is such a great place to work; it's the only place I know that lets you bring your pet with you to work – that's pretty awesome!” 

GAIL Senior Pilot Plant Technician 

Meet Betty

“I transferred from China to St. Louis to be a Sourcing Specialist – I buy raw material for our products. We see the big picture of our product lines and our company's overall business direction. Being that we are involved in all of our brand projects, we are at the frontier of product development.” 

BETTY Category Procurement Buyer 

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Meet Jerry

“As a lawyer at Purina, it's all about solving real problems for real people - people you truly know. There's a lot of professional satisfaction in that. #petfoodlawyer” 

JERRY Senior Counsel 

Meet Cheryl

“I love my job, the people I work with, and the passion we as a company have about pets and people in our community.” 

CHERYL Executive Administrative Assistant 
Public Relations 

Meet Cortney

“What's unique about our Sales Team is that we're both a high-performing organization and a great place to work. I really enjoy doing analysis and telling the story of what's driving our pet care business.” 

CORTNEY Business Analyst, Sales 

Meet Jessica

“Digital Marketing at Nestlé Purina means direct access to the best digital marketing platforms and tools. We have constant exposure to new/emerging digital media types, but at the same time, we stay laser-focused on performance and what's working best for Purina.” 

JESSICA Manager 
Center of Excellence 

Meet Stephen

“Our Market Development Organization (MDO) is unique because of its positioning within the organization. As a free-standing, demand-generating function, we work across almost every business unit, but primarily marketing and sales, to discover and enable new business/innovation opportunities. Simply put, we are the 'business amplifier'.” 

STEPHEN Senior Manager 
Category Experience Design 

Meet Rhianna

“Before Purina, I worked as a waitress waiting tables at a local restaurant in Arizona. I'm not sure exactly what inspired me to apply to Purina, but it changed my life. I'm proud. I work with the best people in the industry and I'm so appreciative of the support I've received from my colleagues and the management team.” 

RHIANNA Team Leader 
Manufacturing Production 

Meet Mazzin

“Before accepting my current role as an Assistant Production Manager at our Davenport, Iowa factory, I was a Process Engineer for our R&D group and worked on a lot of exciting projects. What separates R&D here from R&D teams at other companies is our culture. You have to be part of our Nestlé Purina Family to understand it.” 

MAZZIN Leader 
Manufacturing Excellence 

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We Pay it Forward
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PetCare Pride Day

Each year, we celebrate PetCare Pride Day, a day of community service and volunteering at our St. Louis Headquarters and at factory cities across the country. Some of the day's activities include: building dog and cat beds, preparing ready-to-eat meals for the homeless and making fleece blankets to donate to area children's hospitals and local animal shelters.

United Way

We contribute more than $1.1 million to the United Way of Greater St. Louis each year. The funds are used by nearly 200 agencies in 16 counties in Missouri and Illinois to provide community services. Similar campaigns at our various manufacturing locations are also helping to improve their communities.

Nurturing a Better Environment

We've been making high-quality and nutritious pet products for more than 90 years. We're passionate about pets and the people who love them. That's why we're continuously working to use the earth's resources more efficiently and to further improve our impact on the environment.


Youth Education

For more than 30 years, we have funded and facilitated the Pet Advocates and Career Exploration (PACE) Program, designed to educate urban youth in St. Louis City about the workplace and to empower them to be more engaged within their communities. The 15-month program specifically focuses on community issues surrounding animal welfare and careers related to pets. The teens involved in the program develop leadership, career and life skills that will help them to be successful as future professionals, community leaders and animal welfare advocates. 

Awards & Recognition

We are frequently recognized by local, national and international organizations for our positive work environment, focus on our associates and career opportunities. To us, each award is a true testament to the culture here, and shows the company not only has a passion for pets, but also strives to improve the quality of associates' lives at work. We're proud of everyone who continues to make us a leader in the pet care industry. Here is a sampling of some of the awards we are proud to have received: 

Best Employers: Excellence in Health & Well-Being

Nestlé in the U.S. has again received the Best Employers: Excellence in Health & Well-Being Gold Award recognizing innovative, comprehensive and culturally-aware workplace wellbeing initiatives. 

2020 American Heart Association Workplace Health Achievement

The American Heart Association Workplace Health Achievement Index recognizes organizations with gold designation for creating a work environment built on science-based policies and programs and investing in the health of their workforce. 

2018 Glassdoor Best Places to Work

Nestlé Purina has proudly ranked within the Top 10 again this year on Glassdoor's 2017 'Best Places to Work' list — an Employees' Choice Award. We are the highest-ranking Consumer Packaged Goods(CPG) company on this award-winning list. The winners are based on feedback provided by our own associates who elected to post an anonymous review on our Glassdoor page. We are honored to accept this award for another year, and truly proud of our track record of being a place where people love to work and choose to stay.

2021 Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality

Together we celebrate an exceptional accomplishment of achieving a 100% score on the 2021 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices relating to LGBTQ workplace equality. This award is administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

Ducks Unlimited Proud Partner

We're honored to receive the Ducks Unlimited Corporate Conservation Achievement Award at this year’s first-ever virtual Ducks Unlimited National Convention. The award recognizes corporations from the U.S., Canada or Mexico that have made remarkable contributions to wetland conservation and environmental stewardship in North America. 

Field to Market Collaboration of the Year

Recognizing outstanding collaboration and cross-sector partnership in advancing continuous improvement in sustainable agriculture at the field and landscape level, this year’s Collaboration of the Year Award honors ten Field to Market members involved in the Rice Stewardship Partnership—USA Rice Federation, Ducks Unlimited, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service,, The Mosaic Company and the Mosaic Foundation, Nestlé Purina PetCare Company, RiceTec, BASF, Corteva Agriscience and Riceland Foods, Inc. 

Representing unparalleled collaboration that spans the entire rice industry, the Rice Stewardship Partnership supports rice farmers in pursuing continuous improvement in water quality, water quantity and waterfowl habitat protection. By coordinating efforts through all six rice producing states—Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Texas—this collaboration brings together partners from each of Field to Market’s five membership sectors to provide conservation services and farmer support that enable participating growers to conserve critical natural resources. 

2017 WorldatWork Seal of Distinction

We're very proud and humbled to accept the Seal of Distinction Award in 2016 from the WorldatWork non-profit organization, which measures the overall strength of organizations' work-life portfolio and success in creating positive work environments. 

collegegrad Top 500 Intern Employer

As an organization with a strong college recruitment program, we are very proud to be recognized as a 'Top Intern Employer' by, a highly-ranked entry-level job site and the leader in the field of entry-level job search since 1995. 

entry-level-employer Top 500 Entry Level Employer

As an organization with a strong college recruitment program, we are very proud to be recognized as a 'Top Entry Level Employer' by, a highly-ranked entry-level job site and the leader in the field of entry-level job search since 1995. 

Corporate Health Champion

Nestlé Purina was awarded the American Diabetes Association designation of Corporate Health Champion. This award recognizes companies that meet "healthy living criteria" across three areas: (1) Nutrition and Weight Management (2) Physical Activity (3) Organizational Well-Being. 

Advocate St. Louis

Nestlé Purina was honored to be showcased at the 43rd annual OCA (Asian Pacific American Advocates) Fundraising Youth Scholarship Gala receiving the "Champion of Diversity" Award. This award is due to the incredible partnership Nestlé Purina has with OCA to build a stronger, more diverse St. Louis. 

Top Black Collegian Top 100 Employer

Nestlé Purina was named as one of the Top 100 Employers of the Class of 2010 by The Black Collegian, and again as one of the Top 100 Employers of the Class of 2011, 2012 and 2013 by Diversity Employers Magazine. This award was given based on employer's projected entry-level hires and the majors these employers are recruiting. 

Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award

This award recognizes organizations that show consistent excellence in the areas of leadership, customer and market focus, strategic planning, process management, measurement, analysis and knowledge management, workforce focus, and results. In 2010, Nestlé Purina was the first consumer packaged goods and pet food company to ever receive the Award. 

The Starkloff Disability Institute

Nestlé Purina is proud to have been named a Role Model Company by the Starkloff Disability Institute. Most recently, our Chief Human Resources Officer, Steve Degnan, received recognition from Starkloff for 'Outstanding Leadership in the Next Big Step'. The Next Big Step is an initiative for Role Model Companies to help find disabled job candidates whom they can hire, retain and promote. The Starkloff Institute as a whole is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting full participation of people with disabilities within society. Nestlé Purina is a proud supporter and advocate for this Institute and its larger mission. 

Nestlé Purina Named a 'Best Place to Work' for LGBT Equality

It's abundantly clear that the world is making tremendous strides in diversity and inclusion — making it a priority to celebrate the mix of differences and similarities between each other. 

Diversity and Inclusion Buddy Program at Nestlé Purina

Of employees who leave their jobs voluntarily, 40 percent do so in the first 3-6 months, according to Work-Force Insights by Equifax. The first few months on the job are when a new employee connects with the company and its values... 

Ensuring Our Benefits are as Inclusive as Our Culture

As a major employer, we can play a huge role in ensuring an inclusive culture. One such way is by providing perks and benefits that support a diverse workforce. For example, we’ve been recognized by the Human Rights Campaign as a Best Places to Work for LGBTQ equality, and consistently score 100% on their Corporate Equality Index. Continue reading to learn more about our inclusive benefits.