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Our Culture

It’s the Way That We Are

The Johnsonville Way is what makes Johnsonville the very special (and successful) company it is. To help you understand, we wrote a brief story booklet about The Johnsonville Way and how it came to be, based on an interview with Johnsonville Owner Ralph C. Stayer. Explore below to learn more. Find out whether The Johnsonville Way is a good fit for your ideals, your values … the way you’d like to work and make a difference in the world.

We Work as a Team,
We Win as a Team
We're in this TOGETHER. We help each other SUCCEED and we celebrate great performance, because ultimately that success belongs to all of us. Working as a team and winning as a team are essential to
The Johnsonville Way
We Help Our Customers
Become Great
SERVING others is the way we become great. And it is how we serve customers that sets Johnsonville apart. We GO BEYOND what's expected. We help customers when they need our HELP, even in ways that may not seem to be in our own best interest in the short term, because we put our customers' needs first.
We Learn for Life
Business throws us CHALLENGES that are completely unexpected. Sometimes we must say "I accept this challenge" before we have any idea of how we are going to do it. But those are the kinds of "stretching" challenges that GIVE US the most OPPORTUNITY to grow-and you'll find plenty of them at Johnsonville.
We Coach
Because We Care
A coach will not give you the answers, but will ask questions to HELP YOU DISCOVER the answers. A world-class coach has the ability to help someone become the best they can be. They do this by loving coaching above all the other things they do. They live this so well that people ABSOLUTELY BELIEVE that helping them SUCCEED is the coach's greatest joy.
We Work
to Delight Our Consumers
When consumers choose us, we look for ways to prove to them that they made the right choice. This makes it more likely they’ll come back to choose us again and that other consumers will want to choose us as well.
We Live Up
to Our Promises
At Johnsonville, each of us is PERSONALLY ACCOUNTABLE to our fellow Members. We set goals and develop plans we share with each other-these are a form of PROMISE WE MAKE to each other.
We Live
The Johnsonville Way
Living The Johnsonville Way requires the absolute best from all of us and we won’t ever fully reach it, but that is The Johnsonville Way. It is a never-ending process of becoming the best that you can be.


Doing what is ethical, honest, and "right," even when no one is watching.


Showing genuine concern, compassion and empathy for others through words and actions; at times going out of your way or your comfort zone to do so.


Having such a strong personal commitment to customer success, to keeping your promises, and to taking responsibility for your actions, that you will do what is needed, easy or not.


An action that shows you have noticed or recognized the contribution of another person or team.


Communication that is frank, open, sincere and respectful; straight talk.


Being open to your shortcomings, not feeling or acting superior, and seeing others as your teachers—no matter what their role.


To show consideration for someone else as a person and to treat him or her as you would want to be treated, at all times.


Developing new or improved products, services, processes and ideas that make us even more valuable to our customers.


Knowing that we have each other’s support and best interests at heart, in everything we say and do; being able to count on each other, always.

Our Supporting Values
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The Johnsonville Way

Members and leaders share what The Johnsonville Way means to them. Our culture is what sets us apart and makes Johnsonville a top workplace.