Our goals at Johnsonville aren’t small. We believe we have a moral responsibility to become the Best Company in the World. The rewards of working here aren’t small either, and they aren’t limited to pay and bonuses.
We’ve kept true to our authentic, people-oriented roots even as we’ve prospered and grown to be a global business. We’re guided by a set of principles and values we call The Johnsonville Way. This sets us apart, and makes Johnsonville a great place to work.
We celebrate Bratsgiving on August 16 of every year with a brat fry and we think you should too! Patty won the prize for the best hat with her rendition of a sizzling Johnsonville brat in a Sheboygan hard roll. It took 14 hours of determination, 4 skeins of yarn and a bit of inspiration from a Twinkie Chan pattern. Way to Go Patty!
Other companies use their people to build a business, but at Johnsonville we use our business to build our people. Learning is essential for us to thrive. Our award-winning BLAST class (Building Leaders and Superlative Teams) is a hands-on, nine-month leadership development program where participants develop leadership skills and solutions to real Johnsonville problems. BLAST has both helped achieve Johnsonville’s goal of filling 70% of coaching roles internally and yielded significant business outcomes.
When you strive to become the best, people notice. Johnsonville is thrilled to be recognized for our culture and the accomplishments of our Members.
We're a certified Great Place to Work, according to the experts (who happen to be our very own members!). They love the challenges and rewards that come with working at Johnsonville.
The Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation recognized Johnsonville as one of the fastest growing employers in Sheboygan County.
“Johnsonville is the quintessential Sheboygan County success story. Develop great products, world class marketing and cutting-edge research and development,” the local economic group’s chair Dave Aldag said.
Johnsonville was featured for our commitment to our people and community when a fire destroyed our facility in Watertown, Wisconsin – the workplace of 120 Members. All through the yearlong rebuild, we retained these Members and paid them full wages and bonuses for doing volunteer work and completing educational courses.
Johnsonville was recognized by the Better Business Bureau of Wisconsin for our excellent reputation, customer service, ethical practices and Member training in ethical behavior.
Johnsonville was honored by the Association for Talent Development with an Excellence in Practice Award for our BLAST (Building Leaders and Superlative Teams) Leadership Program, where our Members learn and develop coaching and leadership skills.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel named Johnsonville Sausage a Top Workplace, based on feedback from our Members. Johnsonville was judged to be a standout in areas like work-life balance, successful employee retention, and the exceptional motivation, health and happiness of the people who work here.
However much we grow, we will never outgrow the small-town values that made us who we are today. At Johnsonville, we cherish our ties to our friends, family, neighbors and each other. We believe in people helping people. We’re actively and visibly involved in our communities.
Making a big difference can also be big fun. The world’s largest grill, our Big Taste Grill travels the country to partner with communities and nonprofit organizations for fundraising events. We help raise millions for a multitude of worthy causes – all while serving up delicious Johnsonville Brats, fresh off the grill!
When you give your time to a worthy cause, Johnsonville supports your effort through two corporate giving programs:
As an extension of our corporate mission to help people develop their talents, Johnsonville donates tens of thousands of dollars to Member-nominated organizations that help “build” and prepare people to strengthen their communities.
Johnsonville’s amazing bonus program, Great Performance Share (GPS) reflects the guiding principle, “We Work as a Team, We Win as a Team.” Members know that each job within the company (including their own!) is critical to our success. The GPS program inspires all members to feel that their work is more than just a job. Through the GPS program, all part-time and full-time Members are eligible to receive a monthly bonus based on their personal performance and the performance and profitability of the company. GPS rewards our members for achieving these goals using a balanced scorecard, encouraging members to always act in the best interests of the company, and providing a platform to discuss business results on a monthly basis. Johnsonville bonuses are higher than the market, paying out approximately 200 percent of bonus targets to our Members each year since 2000.
Johnsonville’s outstanding package of benefits also includes wellness programs, featuring a state-of-the-art fitness center, walking path and on-site fitness classes.
Strengthening our communities is an extension of our corporate mission, which requires each of us to fully develop our talents and potential. We proudly help the people in our communities reach their full potential through community giving programs.
In addition, the company supports many other local and national programs, including the United Way, Juvenile Diabetes Research and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
We even offer paid Service Time Off for our Members to volunteer in the community.
We offer non-traditional work arrangements to fit individual member needs.
We want our workforce to be as diverse as the customers and consumers we serve. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to become great and reach their full potential as a Johnsonville Member.
At Johnsonville, we have several tools to help our members fully develop their God-given talents.
Personal Development Comittment
Every Johnsonville member is committed to learn, stretch and grow every day. To help keep members accountable and track their development progress, all members work with their coach to complete a Personal Development Commitment (PDC).
The online Career Resource Center, accessible through the Johnsonville portal, has several tools and tips for career success. Through this website, members can:
Johnsonville's Organizational Development & Learning team has three certified career coaches who have completed an intensive Global Career Development Facilitator course. These coaches are available to meet with members and talk about their career aspirations and map out a development plan to fit their goals and personality.
In addition to the abundant learning opportunities in the workplace, we also offer tuition reimbursement.