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Culture

We believe in the power of our people

We care about cultivating a corporate culture that emphasizes a family-approach to business. We focus on four areas to guide and direct our operations: Integrity, Approach, Vision and Community. In fact, every year an individual is nominated by fellow teammates for an internal award that recognizes who best represents our corporate values. This helps us foster a friendly atmosphere that makes pioneering spirits feel right at home.

2017 Al Swerdlik "We Care" Award Winner

I truly enjoy the sincere appreciation I receive from not only my boss but also the people I work with. A heartfelt “thanks” goes a long way to improving my attitude and productivity.

Ewelina | Sales Coordinator | Teammate since 2011

2016 Al Swerdlik "We Care" Award Winner

I value learning and there are many opportunities to learn at Oil-Dri if you engage. Oil-Dri is a team oriented environment where questioning is encouraged and developmental goals are highlighted. Throughout my career with Oil-Dri I have had many opportunities to obtain knowledge and learn new skills.

Wendy | Sales and Marketing | Teammate since 1999

2015 Al Swerdlik "We Care" Award Winner

Being a long time employee I give more than what is required because I care about the people, the company, It’s values and its success. The people and culture at Oil-Dri are what is most important to me.

Denise | Sales and Marketing | Teammate since 1987

2014 Al Swerdlik "We Care" Award Winner

Being safe makes me give more than required…there is a bonus that safety plays a part of and that makes me strive to do more.

Horace | Operations and Engineering | Teammate since 2008

Integrity

What makes Oil-Dri different is the emphasis we put on honesty, ethics, diversity and compassion. Everything we do, we do with integrity, while keeping those values at the forefront of our minds. We support healthy lifestyles by offsetting gym membership fees and implementing a no-tobacco policy. We also encourage a strong work–life balance that enables team members to build a thriving career and still be present for their children’s sporting events and dinner with their families.

 

Approach

Our approach is centered on collaboration, communication, and transparency. We believe in the value of an open and accessible corporate structure and culture that starts at the top. Our President & CEO knows almost all of our teammates by name and is passionate about his open-door policy. While we have numerous teams with varying roles and responsibilities, we are aware of the value that each one adds to our success and no team works in a silo. Each quarter we develop a corporate newsletter that is sent to all of our team members. We also host an annual Global Sales Meeting to unite our team face to face.

Vision

As a family-controlled and family-operated organization, each decision we make is done with future generations in mind. Like Aesop’s fable, “The Tortoise and the Hare,” we focus on the long-term goal. We don’t make any decisions that will compromise the company’s vision for the future. Since the beginning, our corporate team has consisted of many members from the same family. In fact, at one point, sixty-five families were represented by two or more team members at Oil-Dri. This is a true endorsement of our close-knit community and a proud point of difference. Whether you have been here for one year or thirty years, you are considered part of the family.

Community

We believe in giving back. For over 75 years, Oil-Dri, its founding family, and all of our teammates have worked hard to support organizations that further education, healthcare, and social services in the communities where we live and work. We are dedicated to continuing to contribute financial aid, physical support, and technical expertise wherever possible.

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