Associates

We Believe in Being A Responsible Employer, Investing in Our Associates’ Growth, Safety and Well-Being

of associates work full time

of associates are eligible for company health coverage (after a probationary period)

of full-time associates are eligible for company 401(k) match

of full-time associates are eligible for bonus plans (associates employed for full fiscal year)

co-pay for doctor visits at on-site Wellness Centers

participation in Perdue Health Improvement Program

turnover rate versus 49.3% goal

OSHA Total Recordable Incident rate

Wages, Benefits and Compliance

We're proud to take care of our team members by offering:

Paid Time Off

Paid Time Off

Medical, Dental and Vision

Medical, Dental & Vision Coverage

Insurance

Life & Disability Insurance

Savings Options

401(k) Savings Options

Education Reimbursement

Tuition & Education Reimbursement

Health Improvement Program

Health Improvement Program (HIP)

Perdue Stewardship Updates

Eliminating Co-pays at Our Wellness Centers Is an Investment in Associate Health and Well-Being

In November 2017, we opened our 16th Wellness Center at our Salisbury, Md., plant. We now have Wellness Centers at most of our major locations, with a long-term commitment to add them to the remaining major facilities (which were part of acquisitions in 2011 and 2015).

Eliminating Co-pays at Our Wellness Centers Is an Investment in Associate Health and Well-Being

Effective January 1, 2018, we eliminated the $15 co-pay for associates participating in our health coverage plan to see a doctor or other healthcare provider at our on-site Wellness Centers. Most Perdue Wellness Centers include fully equipped on-site doctor’s offices staffed by healthcare providers from the community. These Wellness Center services provide primary care treatment for illnesses and injuries, physicals, ongoing treatment for chronic issues, OB/GYN services, prenatal care and pediatric care.

Associates can schedule appointments during their shifts, which means they still get paid for that time, and associates participating in our insurance program pay nothing.

Moving Beyond Diversity to Inclusion

Diversity Day events at our operations publicly celebrate the different cultures within our workforce.

Moving Beyond Diversity to Inclusion

In 2017, Perdue Farms announced that our Vice President of Human Resources was assuming additional responsibility as the company’s first Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. The responsibilities for this role include providing leadership and guidance related to diversity and inclusion across the entire organization.

Our CEO, Randy Day, became a signatory to CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion, committing to the organization’s goals and efforts.

Investing in Associate Training and Education

Perdue associates in one of the training rooms at the new Perdue Learning University in Salisbury, Md.

Investing in Associate Training and Education

As part of our commitment to investing in our associates' growth and supporting continuous learning, Perdue Farms invested more than $1.2 million to open our new Perdue Learning University, a facility located in the resurging Salisbury, Md., downtown district, to provide continuous learning and development opportunities for associates.

The facility houses training for associates throughout the company and will host an estimated 10,000 visitors per year. The 5,000-foot space provides a variety of flexible training and community meeting spaces that can function independently or together. The facility is equipped with integrated smart boards and the latest in audiovisual resources.

Continuing Leadership in Safety

Safety teams, including hourly associates, help us promote and ensure workplace safety.

Continuing Leadership in Safety

In 2017, the Joint Industry Safety and Health Council recognized Perdue with more awards than any other poultry company for consistently implementing innovative and effective workplace safety and health processes and systems. Twenty-five Perdue facilities in 11 states, including 11 of the company’s 16 food-producing plants, received awards.

Award consideration was based on injury statistics over three years and an independent panel of judges' evaluation of written applications.

Associates receive annual, no-cost health assessments and personalized health improvement goals, along with $0 co-pay for doctor’s visits at our on-site Wellness Centers.

Filling a Two-Part Prescription for Health and Wellness

Our voluntary Perdue Health Improvement Program (HIP) provides free annual wellness screenings and supports associates in their efforts to eliminate lifestyle risk factors and manage controllable diseases through one-on-one counseling, health education and workplace programs.

 

Through the combination of HIP and Wellness Centers—on-site doctor’s offices—we’re able to help associates identify and manage health risks—including diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels—or reduce risks from smoking, weight, diet or lack of exercise.

 

Our emphasis is on creating a culture of wellness, in which improvements in the health of our associates measure our success.

Engaging and Rewarding Our Associates

  • We continued to strengthen associate engagement, which contributed to a two-point improvement in our associate satisfaction survey results.
  • In 2017, we paid a profit-sharing bonus to all eligible full-time associates, and we will do so again in 2018—the fourth year in a row.
  • We increased hourly production compensation. Our total hourly compensation, including benefits, exceeds $17, and our average hourly production rate is 172% of the federal minimum wage.

Continuously Improving Associate Safety

By creating a culture of safety at our worksites, we have a safety record far better than the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) results for the manufacturing sector as a whole.

  • We employ a full Corporate Safety and Security staff, have safety and security managers in each facility, and have safety teams—consisting of both hourly and management associates—that constantly monitor safety procedures. We continuously review and make improvements to our safety policies and procedures.
  • We provide new associate and ongoing safety training, including training for new procedures and equipment to ensure ongoing safety.
  • Our sites have and continue to maintain safe line speeds.
  • We continue to evaluate new technology to reduce risk exposures on our production lines. This includes adjustable workstations. Our safety teams provide input on ergonomics. As evidence of our program’s success, in 2016, OSHA recognized Perdue as a leader in ergonomic improvements.
  • Job rotation is required and monitored.
  • Proper reporting of all safety incidents, including near misses, is addressed during orientation and team meetings throughout the year.

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