Grow with us

Pet Food Manufacturing Careers at Barrett

Barrett is a family-owned and -operated pet food manufacturing company experiencing incredible growth in our Brainerd, MN, and Little Falls, MN communities. To keep up with the rapid pace of our expansion, we are hiring for a variety of positions at both our locations! 

We are passionate about offering our employees opportunities to grow with us in every position, level, and department. From the supportive, family feel of our culture to our regular employee appreciation events and free pet food, you’ll love working with Barrett.

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Our Benefits

We believe in caring for our employees the way we would members of our own family. We offer our full-time team members a competitive salary and benefits package that includes:

  • Employer-Paid Medical Insurance
  • Dental & Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Disability
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Paid Holidays
  • 401K with Company Match
  • Referral & Retention Bonuses
  • Free pet food!

We are still growing, I still love it here, and I am not going anywhere.

“It has been fun to see Barrett’s growth from only a couple of people and one building to over 400 and three buildings! My story with Barrett started when I got a call from a friend 14 years ago asking if I could lend her a hand sorting pet food. After that, Sarah Barrett would call to see if I would help and I was always willing to do what she needed. When I first started, I was fascinated with all the ingredients that went into the product including blueberries, apples, carrots, cranberries, etc. I was also always excited to take some food home for my own dogs and cats to sample! Back then, we ran a lot of trials and what we did not use was given to the local humane society. The Barretts also like to do things outside of work with the team, and I love to cook for the team, so it works out for us both. We are still growing, I still love it here, and I am not going anywhere.”

 Mary, Meat Room Manager

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There is no place better!

“I have been coming to work since I was a pup! There is no place better, it smells delicious, I get a ton of love, and get to play with my friends. One time, I even went with to a job fair and I recruited more candidates than my mom did.”

– Zues Woitalla, Tail Wagger


Family is very important to them.

“I like how the Barretts treat you like family. If you have something come up with your family they are very understanding because they have kids of their own, and family is very important to them. It is interesting to watch from where we started to where we are today from the product we put out, to the people, to the building. When I started in 2015, there were 3 machines in packaging, 1 wrapper, and only 5 of us. We used to assemble boxes, so we had them for the next day, because we did not have a boxer at that time. We were that small. Today, everything is updated and runs faster so we are able to get a lot of product out. Everything was really manual back then compared to what it is today. Even though we have grown, it is still really close knit, and typically when you grow not everyone is still this close. Everyone here seems to work together, and everyone is still like family.”

– Stacy, Packaging Lead

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Ryan always gives us treats!

“My favorite part of the workday is when 2nd shift shows up and I am in the dog park because Ryan always gives us treats. I always wait in my spot to make sure he sees me first and I get the most.”

– Finn Feiler, Taste Tester


If you are looking for a great place to work, this is the place to be.

“I started on November 7th, 2016, in the maintenance department where we had 4 packaging lines and 1 extruder. I worked a year in maintenance and learned the machines, helped out in safety, and then I was asked to become the Packaging Manager in 2018. We now have 7 lines in Brainerd and 7 in Little Falls that I helped design by doing research and continual learning. I realized I really enjoyed designing and programming equipment, so I am now the Senior Process Engineer. I could not be prouder to have grown with the company and strive to be the best for Barrett Petfood. Something I really like now is hearing automation feedback from the packaging team and teaching them how to program their lines to make them the best they can be and see what they can do. If you are looking for a great place to work, this is the place to be.”

– Chuck, Senior Process Engineer


It’s over and above and in the top 2 places I have ever worked...

“I have been familiar with Barrett for a while because I used to deliver fertilizer up to the farm on 25. It’s over and above and in the top 2 places I have ever worked due to it being such a family atmosphere.”

-Bruce, Warehouse Material Handler

Join our team

Start your career at Barrett!

Ready to work with a positive, relationship-driven team in a world-class pet food kitchen? Apply for one of our open jobs today!