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The best decision I ever made: Meet Kristen R.

By Church & Dwight

Employee Stories

Since 1846 we’ve been committed to providing products consumers can count on - for now and for years to come - all around the world. Our power brands such as Arm & Hammer™️, Xtra™️ and Waterpik®️ and are household names, relied upon by millions of customers. As we’ve grown, we’ve been sure to build our culture around the tenants of courage, determination and team spirit. We’re united by our small company feel and inspired by opportunities to make our mark.

But what’s it like to work for Church & Dwight? How does it feel to roll up your sleeves and be right at the heart of the action, in the thick of things, making our company tick?

Over a number of interviews with key players in our businesses, we hope to give you a little insight into what they do, where they operate and why they enjoy coming to work every day. Each of them add tremendous value to Church & Dwight.

We spoke with Kristen R., who works in Plant Operations. Kristen is also one of our newer employees, having only been with us for a year, but what a year it’s been!

Her main responsibilities are the scheduling of our lines, including baking soda and cat deodorizer, and she makes sure we get everything we need to get our products off the production line and onto our customers’ shelves. It’s fast-paced, with real responsibility and job satisfaction.

Better work-life balance

Kristen’s arrival to the C&D team came after a decision to leave her prior industry after 35 years.

Since making the leap to vastly improve her work-life balance, we asked Kristen what surprised her the most when she joined us.

“The people here are laid back. It's so much different than the other industry I worked in, and so friendly and patient. I worked in another industry for 35 years, and it was demanding, you get called on holidays, weekends, after hours throughout the night. And that's not what I wanted. Joining Church & Dwight is the best decision I've ever made.”

We then spoke about what things she’d miss about working at C&D if she had to leave tomorrow. The answer was unsurprising, as it now seems like a common answer to this question when we asked other team members across the country.

“Well, definitely the people. I love the people I work with. They're so friendly and so helpful and even though it's only been a year, they're like my  family. I love the job. I love what I do. I can make a difference here.

Listened to and empowered

Kristen’s colleagues are clearly very important to her, so we asked her if it was like that across the board, if she felt she was given the autonomy and authority to carry out her duties and if her decisions were respected when it came to solving any challenges that she may have faced. We were pleased to get an enthusiastic and positive response.

“People here listen. I’ve changed a couple of things; everyone has their own scheduling style and so I changed from what the previous person did, and everyone was ok with it.”

Kristen is also a big fan of the level of teamwork that is present within the ranks of C&D and the support network that is omnipresent whenever and whoever needs it, with everyone at every level willing to help out to get the job done and to be there for each other when it matters most.

At C&D, our team members are just that, members of a team and we think, quite rightly, that from time to time everyone should get a pat on the back or a simple thank you just to let them know we appreciate them. This was something that Kristen couldn’t quite believe.

“We have monthly giveaways where we are constantly getting something from the company, and during this pandemic, the bonuses they’d give us were just amazing.”

It became apparent from our conversation that Kristen had really made the best decision for herself and her family when joining us at C&D and for that we say thank you to her. We’re as glad as she is that she made the career change.

Ready to join us? 

If you’re motivated by working hard and earning a living, then a career in Plant Operations can provide you with the opportunity to work on a variety of different machines and products. We’re an open and upfront place so you’ll have the authority and respect to solve challenges and make a real contribution.

With an annual bonus, paid time off, retirement plans, medical, dental insurance and tuition reimbursement, everyone is taken care of and rewarded for their hard work. If you are a strong team player, you’ll thrive in this company

Learn more about our company, our culture, and the latest career opportunities at https://careers.churchdwight.com/jobs/