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Does Monsanto Hire Felons in 2021?

By Last update November 26, 2019
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Farming is a way of life for many, and working the land can help you get your life back on track. It would be no surprise if you’ve wondered: Does Monsanto hire felons?

Monsanto is famous for their seed and farming products, among other things. If you’d like to get involved with an agribusiness, we’ll help you get a job at Monsanto with a felony. Why? Because the staff at Relaunch Pad have been in your shoes and know it’s difficult finding work with a criminal record. That’s why we directly contact companies and ask them if they hire former felons. We also answer these questions, and more:

  • Does Monsanto hire people with misdemeanors?
  • How do I apply?
  • Does Monsanto do background checks?
  • Will my felony disqualify me?

Now, let’s take a look at how to get hired at Monsanto with a conviction.

Does Monsanto hire felons?

when does Monsanto hire felons

Official company policy for hiring felons

Unfortunately, we’ve been unable to contact Monsanto thus far. Our team searched their website for any information regarding their policy on hiring felons and came up empty. We also looked to Bayer, Monsanto’s parent company, and were unable to find anything =there, either. However, we will continue our efforts.

Has Monsanto hired felons in the past?

We aren’t sure if Monsanto has hired felons in the past. Our sources don’t say for sure, either way.

Does Monsanto hire people with misdemeanors?

Since we don’t have a company statement and because our sources are conflicted, we simply can’t answer this question at this time.

Is Monsanto on the Ban the Box list?

First of all, are you curious as to what the Ban the Box is? Well, it’s an initiative that was passed in 2004 to eliminate the question on applications asking if you’ve been convicted of a crime. It’s a collective effort to give ex-offenders a fighting chance.

Along with this program is the Fair Chance Business Pledge. The Pledge encourages employers to hire based on talents, skills and employment background rather than criminal history.

Monsanto doesn’t participate in the Ban the Box program, but they have signed the Fair Chance Business Pledge.

We also took the time to fill out a few of their job applications to see if they ask about criminal history. While the online application is done by Monsanto’s parent company Bayer, and each application is different from one position to another, the ones we looked at didn’t ask about prior convictions.

Does Monsanto have special programs for hiring felons?

Regrettably, they don’t offer these types of programs.

What are the odds that someone with a felony will get hired?

uncertain likelihood of being hired

Relaunch Pad gives your odds of getting hired at Monsanto with a felony as uncertain. We just don’t have enough information to make a decision either way.  However, we do know they’ve signed the Fair Chance Business Pledge and they don’t ask about convictions on their application. So, if your charges are for something minor, you might have a chance at an entry level position.

What are some entry-level jobs?

They have entry-level jobs in both te office and production. An administrative assistant is an example of their office entry-level positions. This will include data entry and assisting other departments where needed. Production positions consist of seed techs and assembly/packaging jobs where you’ll be working in the field or warehousing plant.

It’s good to start off in one of these positions, especially if you have a conviction on your record. They give you a chance to prove yourself and earn promotions within the company.

How to get hired at Monsanto with a felony

You’ve decided to get a job at Monsanto, but aren’t sure how to go about it with a felony on your record. That’s what we’re here for. We’ll walk you through your resume and application as well as the interview process.

The first thing you’ll want to do is search the Job Search Portal for the desired position in your country and location. From there, you’ll need to fill out their online application, complete with a resume.

Pro tip: They look for college degrees or those who’d like to intern while still attending school!

List your previous work history related to the position you’re applying for. Make mention of any skills or talents you have related to the job and where you picked them up. They’ll want to know if you are self-taught, have prior work experience or even if you learned your skills in prison.

Monsanto also suggests including relevant references that can be verified.

Need extra help or a boost of confidence? Successful Release has a resume guide specifically designed for felons. Click here!

If you’re lucky, you’ll have to do an interview. Here’s what Monsanto has to say about their interview process:

“Our goal is to learn about you as an employee and as a person, and to determine if we can work well together. We kindly request that you arrive on time and be prepared for our conversation so we can all enjoy a relaxed atmosphere in the interview. Think about all your skills and experiences that qualify you for the position in question, and be ready to talk about how you achieved these throughout your academic, professional, and personal life.”

So, it’s important to be on time, even early, if possible, and really sell your experiences, skills, and talents. It’s also the time to be honest and upfront about your past. You don’t want them to find out during a background check and it cost you your job.

Does Monsanto do background checks?

Yes, Monsanto does perform background checks during the hiring process.

Here’s what you need to know about background checks:

Not all background checks are the same — it depends on the state you live in. For example, if you live in one of these states, they only go back seven years:

  • California
  • Colorado*
  • Kansas*
  • Maryland*
  • Massachusetts
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire*
  • New York*
  • Texas*
  • Washington*

(* sometimes certain pay or salary bracket positions require one.)

And the states on this list don’t look at anything where you were found not guilty:

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Hawaii
  • Indiana (limited check)
  • Kentucky
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • New York

However, be aware if you live in these states. They can and will see your entire record, including those not guilty verdicts.

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • DC
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Indiana (extensive check)
  • Iowa
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Company ratings

We took to the internet to bring you Bayer’s ratings, since they are Monsanto’s parent company. According to glassdoor.com, Bayer has 3.9 out of 5 stars. 83% of the employees, past and present, would recommend this job to a friend and 64% approve of the CEO. The biggest downfalls of the company are that it can be difficult to move to full-time because of scarce openings and that many “entry-level” positions require a Master’s or PhD degree.

What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?

Does Monsanto hire felons? We aren’t sure, but there are some felonies that’ll hurt your chances more than others. For example, since you could potentially be working with heavy equipment and product, drug- or alcohol-related crimes and theft could cause a problem. You’ll be working with a diverse background of co-workers, so any violent charges might also pose a risk.

Does Monsanto drug test?

Sources say Monsanto will drug test during the hiring process, so be prepared.

Have you applied for a job or worked here? Share your experiences!

Here’s your chance to help others. Did you use this article to get a job at Monsanto with a felony? Why not tell us about it? We’d love to hear all the details. It’s also a great opportunity to contribute to our community.

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Leah Mailcoat
Reentry Educator

Leah is a Reentry Educator with The Relaunch Pad. A recovering addict and mother of three, her two oldest adult children are dealing with their own addictions and problems, one being recently released from prison and the other is currently incarcerated. Her goal is to give hope to not only her own children, but to others in similar situations.