100%associates who are eligible for company health benefits
100%full-time associates who are eligible for company 401(k) match and bonus plans
95%associates who work full time
87%participation rate in Perdue Health Improvement Program
$0co-pay for doctor visits at on-site wellness centers
52.65%turnover rate versus 44.9% goal
1.74OSHA total recordable incident rate (27% increase)
We're proud to take care of our team members by offering:
Paid Time Off
Medical, Dental & Vision Coverage
Life & Disability Insurance
401(k) Savings Options
Tuition & Education Reimbursement
Health Improvement Program (HIP)
In 2018, we brought our leaders and managers together for the company’s first Diversity and Inclusion Forum, which included a keynote address by Marley Dias, the 13-year-old teen activist whose #1000BlackGirlBooks social media campaign went viral in 2015.
Perdue Farms was named one of the “Best Employers for Diversity” by Forbes for 2019. This recognition of our journey toward a more diverse workforce and inclusive workplace is a result of the commitment of our associates and leadership team. We celebrate the unique talents and rich backgrounds of our associates that reflect the values and commitments of our company.
In 2018, the Joint Industry Safety and Health Council recognized Perdue with two dozen workplace awards for consistently implementing innovative and effective workplace safety and health processes and systems. Twenty-four Perdue facilities in nine states, including 17 food-producing plants, received awards.
Award consideration was based on injury statistics over three years and an independent panel of judges’ evaluations of written applications.
Perdue HealthWorks®, dedicated to helping associates and dependents become as healthy as possible and to offering the best medical care possible through Perdue Wellness Centers and the Perdue Health Improvement Program (HIP), received several awards for workplace health in 2018.
Through the combination of Wellness Centers that serve as on-site doctor's offices and our voluntary company-wide Health Improvement Program, we’re investing in the health and well-being of our associates.
Our network of 20 Wellness Centers, located at most of our major facilities, enables associates participating in our health coverage plan to see a doctor or other health care provider on-site without losing time away from work and with no co-pay.
Most Perdue Wellness Centers include fully equipped on-site doctor’s offices staffed by health care providers from the community. Services provided include primary care treatment for illnesses and injuries, physicals, ongoing treatment for chronic issues, OB/GYN services, prenatal care and pediatric care.
Associates and their eligible dependents can schedule appointments during their shifts, which means they still get paid for that time, and associates participating in our insurance program pay nothing.
We’re committed to creating opportunities for our associates to grow, personally and professionally. In 2018, Perdue launched a company-wide program to enable associates to earn an accredited high school diploma through a partnership with the Penn Foster Online High School Diploma program. There’s no cost to associates.
We are committed to involving our associates in creating a safe, secure, inclusive, productive and healthy work environment with competitive wages and benefits, and to complying with all applicable laws and regulations. This includes:
Our safety programs create a culture of safety at our operations and position our workplaces as among the safest in the manufacturing sector, with key OSHA metrics better than the manufacturing sector as a whole, and among the best among poultry companies.
Perdue is committed to treating all associates with dignity and respect and has a strong policy against any form of discrimination, harassment or abuse. This includes discrimination or harassment based on race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or religious beliefs. Any individual found guilty of this type of conduct would be dealt with severely, up to and including termination of employment.
We take pride in the diversity of our workforce and the manner in which our facilities attract and bring together people from different racial, ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds.
In 2014, we committed to moving beyond diversity by taking a more active role in creating an inclusionary workplace. We now have our Inclusion Council, composed of diverse associates representing different areas of the company, providing direct input to the senior management team. In 2017, Perdue’s vice president of human resource services assumed additional responsibility as Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, and Perdue Farms is signatory to CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion.
Further, as a government contractor/subcontractor, we annually write Affirmative Action Plans for each unit within the company and as part of that exercise, we thoroughly analyze all company practices to ensure discrimination does not exist. Perdue encourages diversity through targeted recruiting strategies.
As part of our Equal Employment Opportunity Policy, we reaffirm our commitment to recruit, hire, train, promote and administer all personnel actions without regard to color, religion, age, sex, gender identity, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, status as a qualified individual with a disability or any other characteristic protected by law.
We prefer to take a team approach to management, and the Perdue Continuous Improvement Process encourages associate involvement and engagement by seeking their input, experience and insights to help us improve our processes, increase efficiencies and reduce waste. Committees such as Safety Teams, Diversity and Inclusion Teams, Green Teams, and teams focused on food safety and quality include both hourly and salaried associates working together.
We hold associate roundtables on a regular basis, in which associates can bring up any topic they wish to discuss. A rotating schedule ensures we include almost all of our hourly associates during the year.
We provide all associates with several mechanisms to air their grievances or concerns.
We strive for an environment in which a union would have nothing to offer our associates. We believe that when and if problems arise, they are best worked out with honest and frank discussions in an atmosphere of mutual trust, respect and cooperation directly between management and associates.