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I started at Purina in 1963…

October 2016

The company has changed a lot throughout the past 50 years. Donna Harper would know. She started working for Purina in 1963.

Donna, Specialist, Change and Release, GLOBE Technology Solutions, started her journey with Ralston Purina in the fall of 1963. Fresh out of high school and living just across the Mississippi River in Granite City, Illinois, she applied at Purina because of its reputation.

"Ralston Purina had a family feeling," Donna says.

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A Look at a 47-Year Career at Purina — written by a retiree

August 2016

Kristine Stein | former Regulatory Specialist II | Retired March 31, 2016

Forty-seven years ago during my senior year in high school, I applied for a job at Ralston Purina. I was so excited to find out that I made the cut for an interview! It was my first one, and I naturally wanted everything to be perfect. Upon arriving at The Square, my girlfriend and I went to the ladies room when she noticed that I had a spot of grease on the back of my skirt! I was totally mortified and was scrubbing it furiously with hand soap and water when, out of the corner of my eye, I saw a woman walk over to the sink and quietly exit. I know she heard the despair in my voice but said nothing as she exited. The stain was relentless – it didn't come out! Later, I met with Maggie Kiefer in the Personnel Department. She was a very pleasant woman and chatted with me about my skills and goals. At the conclusion of the one-hour interview, she told me not to worry about that grease spot on my skirt, and I would be hired based on my skills and vision for the future. Yes, Maggie was the lady that I saw out of the corner of my eye. We both laughed about that moment, and I knew then that Purina was special and was where I wanted to work!

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Life is a Glorious Adventure

June 2016

Amanda Pirtle | Employment Branding Specialist, Human Resources

Four years ago when I joined Purina as a Talent Sourcing Intern within the HR department, the new Digital Acceleration Team (DAT) program had just been created. The program was designed as a hub of digital excellence at the Nestlé HQ in Vevey, Switzerland comprised of associates from around the world. I have always had a desire to work and live abroad. So when I heard about this new program with a focus on digital marketing, I went straight to my manager to learn more...

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Inspiration to Hear the World Differently

May 2016

Neeti K. | Design Strategist | Marketing (iEGG)

While chatting with two women at a checkout line in South Pasadena one afternoon in 2009, I noticed one of them had a mild speech impediment and was "listening," by reading our lips. On further inquiry, I learned that she was born deaf, but had been diagnosed early, and could communicate with ease...

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MEET: Dan K.

April 2016

Position Title: Business Solutions Lead - GLOBE | IS/IT

What is your favorite part about working at Purina?

Nestlé is a company made up of wonderfully talented people that fosters a culture of learning, continuous improvement and endless opportunity. If you are willing to spread your wings, work hard and manage your career proactively, you can literally work anywhere in the Nestlé World...

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16 Career Tips for 2016

March 2016

From pledging to cleaning out your closets to promising to follow a regimented workout routine, January 1 leads people to make all kinds of resolutions. Why not use this surge of motivation to super-charge your career? Here are '16 Career Tips for 2016' from our Talent Sourcing Team...

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Nestlé USA and Purina Join How2Recycle Program

February 2016

Hopping on the sustainability bandwagon is no new endeavor. In fact, you should see the strides we've made over the years in reducing our own carbon footprint. We've also jumped on the opportunity to partner with How2Recycle, a project of GreenBlue's Sustainable Packaging Coalition® (SPC). This membership-based group brings together businesses, educational institutions and government agencies to collectively broaden the understanding of packaging sustainability and develop meaningful improvements for packaging solutions...

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Preparing for your Phone Interview

February 2016

It's easy to overlook the importance of a preliminary interview. Like many other employers, your preliminary interview with us is over the phone. Maximize your impression on one of our recruiters with these tips to move forward to the next step of the process...

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