The culture is amazing. An awareness of people, pride, and progress is evident in every employee.
It used to be one could only get a job with Sargento Foods, if they knew someone or if one were related to an employee. This mentality is hard to shake, even though it's necessary to look beyond family and friends in order for this great company to continue to compete with the big fish.
Embracing employees as family is evident everywhere. The wonderful people this company has managed to attract is the number one thing that really makes this company shine above all others in the county.
Sargento unfortunately does fall prey to tiny fiefdoms made up of long-term employees who are resistant to new processes and employees, which they may not see are necessary in order for the company to scale; this is the downside of having a major player's HQ located in a very rural area where the pool is small and widening the talent-recruiting net is a necessity.
love of family, open, trusting and friendly CEO
Long-term employees allowed to hold back newer employees from advancement or success.