MT. STERLING, ILL. – Dot Foods, Inc., North America’s largest food industry redistributor, is proud to announce that the company has earned the Great Place To Work Certification™ for the third consecutive year. Dot has partnered with Great Place To Work (GPTW), the global leader in workplace culture, since 2021 to conduct their annual employee survey and assess employee experience.
“Dot’s culture is centered around employee feedback, continuous improvement, and innovation, so the annual employee survey is always an important time of the year for us,” said Dot Foods CEO Dick Tracy. “The roots of our culture started with Mom and Dad when they founded the company in 1960. Dad always said that business success starts with the employee—if you have a happy employee, they’ll treat your business partners well. If your business partners are treated well, they’ll keep coming back for more. Since then, we have continued to prioritize culture and heavily rely on employee feedback to foster a positive employee experience. We are proud of the culture we have built here at Dot.”
"Great Place To Work Certification is a highly coveted achievement that requires consistent and intentional dedication to the overall employee experience," says Sarah Lewis-Kulin, the Vice President of Global Recognition at Great Place To Work. She emphasizes that Certification is the sole official recognition earned by the real-time feedback of employees regarding their company culture. “By successfully earning this recognition, it is evident that Dot Foods stands out as one of the top companies to work for, providing a great workplace environment for its employees."
Over the span of three weeks this summer, 6,700 employees across the United States and Canada had the opportunity to complete the survey. This year, Dot increased employee participation in the survey by 6%. Dot’s 2023 score of 74% marks a continued pattern of improvement—a 4% increase over their 2021 score and 2% increase over 2022.
Plus, when respondents were directly asked if they considered Dot to be a great place to work, 78% responded yes.
Dot entered 2023 with a strong corporate action plan to improve areas of the employee experience where they received the most feedback from employees in 2022. The action plan included pursuing a more consistent employee experience, demonstrating all-in leadership at every level, and enhancing employee well-being. Dot saw increases across all their focus areas in 2023, along with improvements in every single focus area outlined by Great Place To Work.
“We’re a data-driven company, so the information we gather by partnering with Great Place To Work is invaluable,” said Mandi Clark, Dot’s vice president of Human Resources. “It helps us gauge where we stand with our employees and what areas of opportunities we should be prioritizing. We have already started digging into this year’s feedback and will be sorting it into corporate, location, and departmental action plans. I’m excited to see what progress we’ll make this year thanks to employees sharing their candid thoughts with us.”
According to Great Place To Work research, job seekers are 4.5 times more likely to find a great boss at a Certified great workplace. Additionally, employees at Certified workplaces are 93% more likely to look forward to coming to work, and are twice as likely to be paid fairly, earn a fair share of the company’s profits and have a fair chance at promotion.
Founded in 1960 and headquartered in Mt. Sterling, Illinois, Dot Foods is North America’s largest food industry redistributor, serving all 50 states and more than 55 countries with a product offering of 125,000 items.
About Dot Foods and Dot Transportation
Dot Foods, Inc. carries 125,000 products from 1,020 food industry manufacturers making it the largest food industry redistributor in North America. Through Dot Transportation, Inc., an affiliate of Dot Foods, the company distributes foodservice, convenience, retail, and vending products to distributors in all 50 states and more than 55 countries. Dot Foods operates 12 U. S. distribution centers, which are located in Bullhead City, Arizona; Modesto, California; Bear, Delaware; Vidalia, Georgia; Burley, Idaho; Mt. Sterling, Illinois; University Park, Illinois; Cambridge City, Indiana; Williamsport, Maryland; Liverpool, New York; Ardmore, Oklahoma; and Dyersburg, Tennessee. Dot’s 13th U.S. location is currently under construction in Manchester, Tennessee. Dot Foods’ Canadian operations are located in Ingersoll, Ontario and Calgary, Alberta. For information, visit DotFoods.com.