At Smithfield’s Hog Production Division, learning and growing your career is an on-going process. Employees learn on-the-job through a variety of influences including training, hands-on work experience, and professional development opportunities. Identifying your strengths, weaknesses and areas for development will help you determine your career path.
Using Smithfield’s Hog Production Division’s tuition reimbursement program to realize your dream:
Shelli joined Smithfield’s Hog Production Division as an administrative assistant. Working full time, she took advantage of the company’s tuition reimbursement program to pursue her college degree, majoring in both Information Technology and Accounting. Today, Shelli has a vital role in our Information Technology department as a systems programmer.
From entry level to management:
Kerry, Shaun and Troy joined Smithfield’s Hog Production Division’s Circle 4 Farms on the same day, more than 19 years ago, as herd technicians. Today, Shaun manages multiplication farms and boar studs, supporting more than 300,000 sows; Kerry is the manager of the wean-to-finish operation, producing more than a million market hogs per year; and Troy manages marketing and logistics as well as all transportation functions related to production support in Utah.
Growing a career horizontally:
Scott joined Smithfield’s Hog Production Division eighteen years ago as a feed mill shift supervisor. His hard work has resulted in several promotions, first to warehouse manager, then to transportation manager, broadening his role to include logistics. Today, Scott is responsible for the transportation and marketing functions for a quarter of Smithfield’s Hog Production Division’s production in the United States.
Learning from experience:
After graduating from a commercial truck driving school in 2007, Brian joined Smithfield’s Hog Production Division’s Transportation department, hauling feeder pigs to finishing sites. After gaining experience in transportation, he later served as a back-up dispatcher. With some cross-training, Brian had the opportunity to become the supervisor of a truck wash facility. Using his knowledge and experience, Brian was later made supervisor of market hog transportation. Today, he is the area manager, responsible for 72 drivers, 2 dispatchers, 2 truck wash facilities, and a maintenance garage.
Hard work and dedication provided opportunities for these employees to succeed and advance in their careers.