Tyson Foods Raising Expectations in Waterloo, Iowa
Tyson Foods’ pork plant in Waterloo provides a place for you to grow your career and expand your possibilities.
Sponsored by: Tyson Foods
At Tyson Foods’ Waterloo, Iowa, pork plant, every day a diverse team of nearly 3,000 employees, speaking more than 12 different languages come together to produce a variety of pork products to help to feed the world. To feed a changing world, it takes an incredible team. From the frontline operations team members to those in engineering, finance, HR and health and food safety, everyone plays an important part in Tyson’s success. And in return, the company understands the importance of meeting team members where they are and supporting them by providing the necessary tools and stability they need to be successful, such as on-boarding and regular training; a safe workplace; competitive compensation and benefits; and life-skills training and education opportunities.
“We’re proud to be a part of the Waterloo community and strive to be a preferred employer within the Cedar Valley,” says Rick Petersen, Waterloo pork plant manager.
“Providing equity and opportunity is a commitment we make to every single team member,” Petersen continues. “It’s a priority for us that they have the tools and resources needed to be successful, such as on-boarding and regular training, a safe workplace, competitive wages and benefits, and life-skills training and access to educational opportunities.”
Tyson Foods is committed to helping team members achieve their goals, both on the job and in their personal lives.
The company offers a variety of educational services for employees to attain high school equivalent, associate, undergraduate and master’s degrees, career certificates, and literacy and technology fundamentals – all for free.
The company’s educational offerings are helping Amela Murtic achieve her dreams. An 18-year employee of Tyson Foods, Murtic is a Bosnian interpreter and administrative assistant in the human resources office. She was awarded a scholarship by the company.
“For the majority of my Tyson career, I have been in the same position,” Murtic explains. “Two years ago, I decided to go back to school and utilize the educational assistance programs that Tyson offers. One of those programs is a $3,000 per semester scholarship.
“As a recipient of this scholarship, I am on the road to achieving my personal goal of pursuing a higher education,” she adds. “Tyson has many different programs for team members to grow personally and professionally. I am proud to work for a company that invests in their team members.”