Yes. Butterball Farms tells us that this is done when a job is offered to a candidate.
This is a quote from the application form:
“The Company has my permission to . . . [contact] references I have listed, or any other sources, concerning my prior employment, personal information or credit standing . . . without prior written notice to me.”
Below is critical research showing what shows up in a background check in each state:
You only need to be concerned about the last seven years of your record in these states:
- New Hampshire*
- New York*
(* sometimes certain pay or salary brackets require one.)
What’s more, if you live in the following states, don’t worry about any not guilty verdicts because they won’t be included in a background check:
- Indiana (limited check)
- New York
Having said that, be warned that in most states your entire record will be reviewed. Here are the states where this happens:
- Indiana (extensive check)
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
There aren’t many reviews for Butterball Farms online. For example, Glassdoor has only one employee review! It rates Butterball Farms 3 out of 5 stars. The review describes the company as a “good entry-level employer to learn from . . . [that makes an] effort to hire people who would have a hard time finding a job (felony, didn’t speak English, etc.). Pay was a little low, but there were bonuses.”
Indeed has 15 reviews that give the company 3.9 out of 5. Pros mentioned included: clean environment, easy place to work, bonus checks and learned different skills. Some people said there were no cons. Others listed these cons: low pay, machines need updated and few opportunities to move up.
However, Butterball Farms has won some awards that you should know about. They were a 2019 winner of West Michigan Best and Brightest Companies to Work for award. This award “identifies and honors companies that deliver exceptional human resource practices and an impressive commitment to their employees. Organizations are assessed based on categories such as communication, work-life balance, employee education, diversity, recognition, retention and more.”
And that’s not all! Butterball Farms also was one of the 2018 winners of the Best and Brightest Companies to Work for in the Nation award.
What felonies Butterball Farms will not hire
The company didn’t give us a list, and they are pretty open about their hiring policies, so it will be situational rather than broad strokes.
What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?
Does your criminal background include offenses involving drugs or alcohol or violence? Then it might impact how to get hired a Butterball Farms. Here’s why:
- Drug and alcohol offenses — These might suggest that you have a substance abuse problem. Convince the hiring manager that you’ll show up to work on time and not under the influence of any substance.
- Assault and related offenses — There’s no place for violence in the workplace. You must demonstrate that you can get along with your co-workers.
Does Butterball Farms hire sex offenders?
We’re not sure on this one, actually! While they’re open to hiring people with most types of felonies, they may pause here. Let us know!
Does Butterball Farms drug test?
We’re not sure. There’s no information that we can find to confirm that they do. But, the application says they are a drug-free workplace so expect that you might be tested.
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