"A company in and of itself is little more than buildings, machinery, and product, but it gets its life, its dynamic qualities from its most important and vital assets, its people!"
- Arthur Wolcott, Founder
Seneca's highly qualified and dedicated employees are key to our leadership position in the industry. We strive to attract and maintain a workforce that enriches our team and supports our commitment to customers and the community.
We employ more than 3,000 year-round and up to 10,000 seasonally in diverse growing regions, supporting our business at many levels. We have employees involved with agricultural research, seed production, and growing relationships with farmers in the field. Our employees on the plant floor are dedicated individuals, working in areas such as quality assurance, maintenance, distribution, and operations management. Our corporate employees also have many different roles that strategically support the business.
At Seneca, we invest in our employees at every step in their careers, with the goal of maximizing their potential and ensuring they remain focused on the long term. We provide apprenticeships and internships that broaden skills and offer practical work experience. We also strive to continually reinforce our fundamental beliefs and help contribute positively to the greater community.
Employee Training and Development
Because we hold everyone to high standards, we do our best to support and inspire through our educational programming. We have developed programs to empower everyone with the skills to make a difference.
Two key programs are GROWS (Get Rid of Waste Systematically) and SAVES (Seneca Adding Value Employee System):
GROWS is a nomination-based development training program designed to expand each participant’s knowledge and view of Seneca and foster a culture where employees think openly about problems.
Training includes the application of a methodical process for problem and solution analysis. This program strives to promote a deeper understanding of the value and impact of leadership, teamwork, communication, and continuous improvement.
The selected employees are encouraged to embrace life-long learning as a means of overcoming a natural resistance to change and as a gateway to reaching their full potential.
SAVES supports Seneca's "Process Excellence" roadmap by providing an action oriented process improvement plan founded on systematic lean problem solving, disciplined waste elimination, superior cost management and iterative continuous improvements across the organization.
SAVES is committed to supporting the professional development and personal growth of Seneca's employees by providing education, training and direct coaching on the application of lean tools and methodologies. SAVES fosters Seneca as a learning organization by promoting reflection, self-assessment and learning from our experiences.
Seneca always maintains the highest standards for protecting the worker and the environment. We offer a variety of programs to our employees and provide opportunities to improve their health and wellness. A few examples include:
- Weight Watchers and LifeBalance - helping employees manage personal and work issues
- Quit for Life - helping employees become tobacco free
- Better Myhealth Incentive (BMI) Challenge - allowing payroll deduction "credits" against employees' health care costs based on a personal goal system
- Changing Shape - highlighting notable wellness accomplishments made by employees in our company newsletter
- Wellness Wednesdays - a weekly email blast on various wellness topics
In addition to regular health insurance, our employees can actually get paid to be healthy through a program called Healthy Rewards. How would you like to get paid for eating fruits and vegetables, walking regularly, and participating in other physical activities? Our employees do.
We strive to maintain the safest workplace possible for our employees, visitors, and contractors. We believe that the success of a good sound safety environment begins with our employees. We promote and encourage safety involvement at all levels of the company where employees can come together to help identify and resolve hazards. We provide the necessary safety knowledge through in-depth training and enactment of Seneca's HERO (Health Environment Risk Observation) where we achieve close to 100% participation.
We conduct annual safety audits at all locations to ensure compliance with Seneca and OSHA safety standards. Reports are written on the findings that identify the strengths and weaknesses of our safety program. In addition, Seneca is partnered with outside risk management services to achieve optimal compliance and management of a safe working environment. As a result, we continuously outperform national averages for recordable and lost time injuries.