Why Work at Smithfield Foods?

We are committed to meeting our employees’ needs, addressing their concerns, and helping them enjoy long careers with our company.


We Share Core Values for Success

With respect to values, it's a seamless transition from military life to work at Smithfield.

We're Doing More for Our Veterans

Smithfield has a long history of supporting military families through volunteerism, food and charitable donations and partnerships. In the past five years, we have donated over $2.5 million to Operation Homefront through our Eckrich brand. With two new initiatives, we’re working to do even more.

Military veterans understand the value of purposeful work, and approximately 1,400 of them play a daily role in advancing Smithfield's success. Through our Operation 4,000 initiative, we plan to increase the number of veterans in our U.S. workforce to 4,000 by the end of 2020.


Smithfield Foundation

First established in 2002, the Smithfield Foundation is a nonprofit organization that acts as the philanthropic wing of our company. Since its inception, the Smithfield Foundation has been proud to provide educational scholarships to the dependent children and grandchildren of our full-time and retired employees. These scholarships are now available at the following 11 colleges and universities: Fayetteville State, Iowa State, Johnson and Wales, Norfolk State, NC State, North Carolina A&T, Paul D. Camp Community College, University of Missouri, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Virginia Tech, and Virginia Union. Through 2016, the Smithfield Foundation awarded 553 annual scholarships worth more than $3.3 million.




Smithfield constantly seeks innovative solutions for working smarter, serving customers better, and creating new revenue streams. We look to every single person across the company to contribute. We are committed to driving change in our industry. Innovation includes everything from how we develop brands and manufacture products to how we package, ship, and store them.


Talent Development

Our Smithfield Leadership Institute and Emerging Leaders programs target employees with management potential, helping to prepare them for new roles with greater levels of responsibility. Every year, we also conduct our Top Gun Leadership Program, a 12-month commitment to strengthen and develop high-performance leaders through formal classroom training with case studies, executive briefings, and team projects.
We offer our Manufacturing Excellence: Understanding Yields, Labor, and Quality Program to help frontline managers understand the business operations of the company, including hands-on instruction about yields, margins, and cost efficiencies, as well as meat science and meat processing techniques.


Operational Excellence

Our pursuit of excellence is unrelenting in all we do. We tirelessly seek out opportunities to improve the way we do business and realize the full potential of our company. We work to the best of our ability and constantly look for ways to make Smithfield a better company. We will be known in the industry for our quality and service.


Competitive wages and benefit programs vary according to facility, location, and position. In 2016, the average hourly wage for all Smithfield business segments was $20.32—nearly three times the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. Hourly positions are hired locally whenever possible.
Comprehensive health insurance and benefits packages are offered to employees in recognition of the value employees bring to the company. These include 401(k) and pension plans, life insurance, and vision and dental care. Smithfield has made more than $580 million in voluntary pension contributions over the last three years. With these contributions, the pension plan is more than 90 percent funded.


Kayla Baumfalk -- Crete, Nebraska

Jurmon Baker -- 


Kansas City, Missouri

John Fineran -- Schleswig, Iowa