CAB certified as a 'Great Place to Work'

CAB certified as a 'Great Place to Work'
Abbie Burnett

Ellie Horst, left, Kaitlyn Hinds, Danielle Matter and Amanda Barstow were among the employees at Certified Angus Beef who recently celebrated the company's certification as a Great Place to Work.


At Certified Angus Beef, based in Wooster, company culture has always been a top priority, a core tenant that grew more important during the pandemic as business shifted and the entire Wooster-based staff went remote.

“We believe if we take care of our people, they will take care of the brand,” said Sherry Leggett, CAB director of people and culture. “One of our greatest strengths as a team is camaraderie and collaboration. As each person’s job and the world around us changed, we grew together.”

The company has been back in the office since late summer 2020 and recently celebrated earning certification as a Great Place to Work. The Great Place to Work organization recognizes companies that have superior employee satisfaction and have built high-trust corporate atmospheres. An independent Trust Index survey by the firm shows 95% of employees identify Certified Angus Beef as a great place to work. U.S. companies average 59%.

The certification is based on an independent, anonymous survey of what current employees said about their experience working for the brand. Employees also shared high marks — 98% or higher — for feeling welcome when joining the company, celebrating special events and receiving unique benefits. They also identified leadership as honest and ethical in business practices.

The culture at the global premium beef brand is built on heartland values combined with innovative benefits. For team members at Certified Angus Beef, there’s internal support for employee nutrition, medical care, financial education, personal leadership coaching and bonuses for healthy living. Both personal and professional milestones are celebrated across the team, creating a positive, balanced and productive workplace that captures the heart of business, where people are the most important resource.

That’s essential for a company providing quality beef and growing the livelihood of its stakeholders from family farmers to chefs.

“Every day when we interact with each other, we’re making a difference internally, and that extends to our customers worldwide,” CAB President John Stika said. “This certification signifies to those looking in at our team that we really do care about doing business in a way that values relationships and values people.”

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