Based in West Chicago, Illinois, The Jel Sert Company employs over 1,000 passionate people who share our mission of making high quality, high value food and beverage products that help families and friends gather together to make lasting memories. We believe that our company’s continued success is dependent on our ability to attract incredible talent, which is why we invest in the professional development of our employees and work hard to help each exceed his or her potential. The Jel Sert Company is seeking candidates who take pride in their work and are looking to contribute their unique ideas, skills, experience, and passion to our company. If you are looking for a privately held, innovative, results driven organization that rewards and values creativity, professionalism, teamwork, honesty, and longevity then follow the link above to apply at The Jel Sert Company.
The Jel Sert Company opened its arms for me in 2010. Since then, I am so proud to be part of the Jel Sert family. I started as a QA Lab Technician on 3rd Shift and right away noticed that I was among hard working employees. The fact that every department works hard every day looking for ways to improve inspired me to learn more about this wonderful company. My superiors gave me all the necessary tools to expand my knowledge and cross train in other areas of my department. Jel Sert gave me the support by allowing me to take part in internal and external training which helped me achieve the dream of becoming the QC Supervisor. Jel Sert is my second family that has watched me mature, gain knowledge, and be a better person every day.
Jel Sert offers the best of both worlds to an employee. They are privately owned with incredible longevity AND have a vision for continued growth in the future. They really care about work-life balance, and manufacture high quality, fun products in a safe, clean manufacturing environment. I like knowing I work for a company that cares about its employees and customers.
I have been working for Jel Sert for 9 years, two of those years as a packer. I am thankful for a company that opens doors to opportunities. I was able to advance in my career here as a line lead. In this position, I have learned a lot about the products that we make. One of my greatest enjoyments is knowing that our products cater to very small consumers…our children. This gives me the motivation to continue being responsible and hard-working at my job. At Jel Sert, we produce freezer bars that are truly very delicious and it is nice knowing that I was a part of their production process.
I’ve been with Jel Sert for 9 years and one of the best things about being here is that if you have an idea for an improvement, management will listen. If your idea is justified, you get to implement it. It’s really a “what’s best for Jel Sert” mentality that doesn’t shut down ideas to remove roadblocks and headaches. Jel Sert is always looking for ways to improve and they recognize that their employees know the process and have good ideas.
I started working at Jel Sert in 2011. They offered me the opportunity to be part of the team. Currently, I am working in the Shipping Department. It is a very positive work environment. If you are willing and wanting to learn, Jel Sert offers you the opportunity to grow.
I love my job…well, all the positions I have held at Jel Sert! This is the first company that I truly look forward to getting up in the morning and going to. Within the span of almost four years, I have held four positions here. I have participated in many different departments and met a ton of amazing, fun people. When I walk into work every day, I am greeted by people who are a joy to work with and who feel the same as I do. Jel Sert fosters an environment in which one can truly grow. Training, educational assistance and the opportunity for advancement are very important to me and Jel Sert has provided this and more. I started as a Quality Assurance Tech. I am now a Formulation Scientist and am nearly finished with a Master’s Degree with the aid of the tuition assistance benefit. The best part is that I feel like I am being paid to play. Don’t get me wrong, there is hard work to do here, but it is well worth the effort to be able to grow and work for such a fun, family oriented and charitable company. One of the things I love about my company is the charitable work we do in which employees can also participate in. It’s a great way to give back and make a difference.
The Jel Sert Company offers a great work environment to learn and grow. I joined The Jel Sert Company in 2007 as a Local Area Network Administrator (LAN). As the LAN Administrator, I got to see firsthand how we virtualize our server room and desktops. I now oversee the computer operations group. One of the things I enjoy about working here is the opportunity to learn and apply new emerging technologies.
Check out our opportunities within our Corporate, Corporate Manufacturing and Manufacturing divisions below.
- Accounting & Finance
- Customer Service
- Human Resources
- Information & Technology
- Materials Management
- Research & Development
- Sales & Marketing
- Facility Maintenance
- Machine Technicians
- Quality Assurance
- Fork Lift Drivers
- General Laborer
- Machine Operators
Rewards & Recognition
- Health Maintenance Organization (HMO)
- Preferred Provider Organization (PPO)
- Consumer Driven Health Plan (CDHP) with Health Savings Account (HSA)
Dental & Vision Insurance
- Dental Insurance - PDP Plus Network
- Vision Insurance
- 401K Plan
- Basic Life/AD&D Insurance
- Voluntary Term Life/AD&D Insurance
- Short Term Disability Plan
- Long Term Disability Plan
- Aflac Supplemental Insurance
Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) When selecting an HMO, you will need to choose and register with your current carrier a Primary Care Physician (PCP) from a list of network providers. If you require a specialist, outpatient procedure, or hospitalization, your registered PCP must refer you. This ensures you remain within your HMO network. There aren’t out-of-network benefits with an HMO.
Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) You have the flexibility to see any doctor or visit any hospital of your choice, however, you will pay significantly less money out of your pocket if you use a doctor or hospital that is in the network. For most doctor visits and specialist visits, you simply pay a copayment at the time of service. Preventative care services are generally covered at 100%, with no cost share to you. You have a great deal of flexibility and choice with a PPO, and can manage your out-of-pocket costs by remaining in network.
Consumer Driven Health Plan (CDHP) with Health Savings Account (HSA) Preventative care services are covered at 100% as long as your physician bills your visit as preventative. For other services, including routine office visits, procedures, lab work, prescription drugs, etc., no benefits will be paid until you have met your annual deductible. The HSA is a bank account paired with your BCBS Major Medical coverage that allows you to save money on a tax-free basis to pay your deductible and other out-of-pocket medical expenses. Qualified medical expenses that can be paid using this account include doctor visits, prescription drugs, chiropractic treatment, acupuncture, adult braces, and dental and vision expenses. You own the money in your HSA account and it is yours to keep – even when you change plans or retire. The funds can roll over from year to year and you do not pay tax on withdrawals used for qualified medical expenses.
Dental Insurance – PDP Plus Network You have the flexibility to use any dentist of your choice, however, you can manage your out-of-pocket costs by remaining in-network. Negotiated fees extend to all in-network services—even to non-covered services like cosmetics and adult orthodontia—and to services provided after the annual benefit maximum has been exceeded. Out-of-Network fees are based on the schedule of maximum allowances.
Vision Insurance The vision insurance plan provides reimbursement for vision related services (eye exams, glasses, contact lenses, etc.), however, you can manage your out-of-pocket costs by utilizing in-network vision providers. Vision insurance is automatically given to employees, at no additional cost, that sign up for our medical insurance.
401K Plan New employees are eligible to enroll in Jel Sert’s 401k plan on the first of the month following 30 days of employment. The 401(k) plan is a pre-tax retirement savings vehicle that is built on contributions from you and Jel Sert. Jel Sert will match .50 cents for every dollar you contribute of the first 6%, however employees can invest up to 60% of their pay (depending on annual IRS and required plan limits). Vesting begins after 2 years of service and is fully reached after 6 years of service.
Basic Life/AD&D Insurance Your designated beneficiary will receive a benefit to help ease their financial burden if you die from a covered accident or illness. Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) provides an additional benefit if you die or become dismembered due to a specifically covered accident. Plan Details:
- Basic Group Term Life Insurance equal to 1x your basic annual earnings, plus $50,000; Maximum Benefit = $450,000
- Basic AD&D Insurance benefit amount is 100% of the life amount
Voluntary Term Life/AD&D Insurance Plan details:
- Employee coverage in $10,000 increments; Maximum of $500,000, not to exceed 7 times salary; $150,000 Guarantee issue for 7/1/2016 enrollment.
- Spousal coverage in $5,000 increments; Maximum of $250,000, not to exceed 50% of employee amount; $30,000 Guarantee Issue for 7/1/2016 enrollment.
- Coverage for child(ren) available; $10,000 per child from age 6 months to 19yrs old (25 if full time student)
- Employee pays 100% of the insurance premium
Short Term Disability Plan If you become ill or suffer an injury that prevents you from working, this form of disability insurance replaces a portion of your income for a defined maximum period of time. Plan Details:
- Benefits pays up to 75% of pre-disability earnings depending on length of service with Jel Sert
- No insurance premium cost to employees
Long Term Disability Plan If you become ill or suffer an injury that prevents you from returning to work for an extended period of time, this program will replace a portion of your income for a defined period of time. Plan Details:
- LTD benefits pays up to 66.67% of pre-disability earnings to a maximum of $10,000 per month
- No insurance premium cost to employees
Aflac Supplemental Insurance If you wish to purchase additional lines of insurance coverage, Jel Sert offers a range of Aflac plans to help you with unexpected expenses. Program Details:
- Provides coverage and security to help maintain your everyday life in case of illness or injury
- Benefits help you pay for the many out-of-pocket expenses as well as your daily/monthly household expenses you may incur when you are sick or hurt
- Benefits are pre-determined and paid regardless of any other insurance you have
- Employees pay 100% of the insurance premium
- Tuition Reimbursement
- Onsite Training
- Offsite Training
- Cross Training
- Individual Development Plan
Tuition Reimbursement If you wish to start or continue your education for the benefit of your career, you can receive reimbursement for classes that improve your ability to perform your present job and prepare you for advancement opportunities within the company. Program Overview:
- Reimbursement benefit is contingent upon the grade that you receive.
- Reimbursement is limited to $5,000 per calendar year
- Course(s) must be offered through an accredited educational institution.
Onsite Training Jel Sert realizes the value of bringing training onsite. Learning in a group environment boosts individual and team knowledge, refines processes and provides an excellent team-building opportunity for our employees. Our onsite training programs provides expert instructors and tailored training programs, unique to Jel Sert’s policies and procedures. Onsite training offers employees the capacity to further build up their aptitudes and extend their expert learning while saving valuable time and maintaining productivity.
Offsite Training Jel Sert is committed to investing in our employees. With the option to attend offsite training, seminars, and/or conferences, this allows for further individual development resulting in the development and capabilities of Jel Sert. Employees see firsthand how truly valued they are as a team member through the companies support of their development. Employees can be more focused and therefore learn better when they are away from the office. They will not be distracted by ringing phones, or be tempted to check their emails throughout the day. There is the opportunity to network with others to find out what works best for them, what has given others the best results, or get clarity that our systems, procedures and/or policies are efficient.
Cross Training Cross training adds value to the business, but also to the employee. When an employee has been given the opportunity to cross train and takes on additional responsibilities, it is a result of management believing the employees growth potential and professional development goals. Cross training employees allows Jel Sert to be prepared for situations in which an employee needs to jump in and assist in order to keep the business running as usual.
Individual Development Plan An individual development plan assists employees in career and personal development. It allows employees to reach short and long term career goals and improve their current job performance. Employees are strongly encouraged to share their individual development plans with their manager in efforts to gain their support while working toward obtaining new skills intended for a future position. Jel Sert is committed to providing employees with development opportunities as we are invested in your long term success and advancement within the organization.
- Health Club Membership Reimbursement
- Corporate Walking Program & Challenge
- Employee Assistance Program
- Annual Onsite Flu Shots
- Quarterly Onsite Blood Donation Drive
Health Club Membership Reimbursement To promote employee health and wellness, Jel Sert supports and encourage all Corporate employees to enhance their quality of their life through a continual process of lifestyle improvement and balanced living by offering our health club membership reimbursement program. Jel Sert will reimburse employees up to one-half (1/2) of the employee’s eligible fees, of an individual monthly health club membership, up to a maximum amount of $30.00 per month provided the employee follows the guidelines. Other wellness programs will be evaluated for reimbursement under this benefit on a case by case basis. Other wellness programs may include programs such as weight loss programs, yoga classes, smoking cessation programs, and other similar programs that support a healthy lifestyle. Programs must be preapproved by the Human Resources Department prior to enrollment.
Corporate Walking Program & Challenge Walking programs are organized seasonally based upon expressed interest. With our program, each Friday at noon, employees have the opportunity to walk a designated course within our community. Additionally, participating employees are treated to healthy snacks throughout the course of the program. Walking challenges are team based in which groups of employees are competing for the most steps within a designated timeframe in order to win a donation to their favorite charity on behalf of Jel Sert!
Employee Assistance Program Our Employee Assistance Program is in place to provide employees with assistance for personal problems (e.g. martial, financial, emotional problems, family issues, substance/alcohol abuse, etc.) that they may be adversely affecting their performance on the job and/or personal life. These problems do not have to be caused by workplace issues. The EAP includes a wide array of services such as behavioral health, work-life, health and wellness programs, basic legal assistance and referrals, financial guidance and much more.
Annual Onsite Flu Shots Jel Sert offers an annual onsite FREE flu shot clinic to all employees. This is a voluntary option that is offered to all employees on a designated date each November. The only requirement is for employees to sign up prior to the event! Who would not want to get paid while taking a few minutes to help prevent the flu!
Quarterly Onsite Blood Donation Drive What better way to make a difference in someone’s life than donating your blood! Jel Sert hosts quarterly onsite blood drives in which employees “stay on the clock” while donating! Jel Sert averages around 20 donors per quarter, saving 60 lives per quarter or 240 lives per year!!
Lunch-n-Learns Jel Sert has occasionally offered employees an opportunity to bring a brown bag lunch to an onsite wellness training or presentation over their lunch hour. This allows employees the opportunity to either learn how to take advantage of the benefit plan offerings, learn about specific health topics, or even healthy life style choices.
- Northern Illinois Food Bank
- Quarterly Blood Drives
- Employee Sponsored Fundraisers
- Donation Drives For Disaster Relief
- Local Programs
- Charitable Partnerships
Northern Illinois Food Bank (NIFB) Jel Sert employees are committed to giving back! Employee have the opportunity to volunteer at NIFB on designated dates with their coworkers. This gives employees the opportunity to engage with coworkers in which they don’t have a chance to while helping the food bank inspect, sort or package food before it’s distributed to our hungry neighbors. Jel Sert has also hosted food drives onsite and virtually!
What better way to make a difference in someone’s life than donating your blood! Jel Sert hosts quarterly onsite blood drives in which employees “stay on the clock” while donating! Jel Sert averages around 20 donors per quarter, saving 60 lives per quarter or 240 lives per year!
Employee Sponsored Fundraisers Jel Sert gives our employees the opportunity to raise funds for organizations close to their heart through virtual fundraisers. You chose the organization and the employees receive casual days in return for their donation.
Donation Drives for Disaster Relief Anyone can be effected by a natural disaster and whether those communities are local, national, or international, Jel Sert employees are committed to giving back to the community! We encourage employees to help support victims of natural disasters by donating to disaster relief organizations. Jel Sert has pledged to match employee donations raised through our company sponsored fundraisers to help those in need.
Local Programs In efforts to increase students and parents interest in manufacturing, Jel Sert has formed programs with local schools, community colleges, businesses, chambers, and branches of government. Jel Sert has partnered with West Chicago Community High School and College of DuPage to provide local students with the required skills and knowledge necessary as they prepare to enter the manufacturing workforce.
- Personal/Sick Days
- Paid Holidays
- Working Remotely
- Casual Days
- Discounts on Products
- Local Metra Station
Vacation All employees will accrue vacation time from the first day of their employment. Vacation is accrued between January 1st and December 31st. Employees can utilize vacation time through the first Monday following the New Year’s holiday however; any unused vacation time that is not utilized by this time will be forfeited. Vacation time is based upon years of service. The minimum amount of vacation time is up to two (2) weeks and the maximum amount of vacation time can go up to five (5) weeks.
Personal/Sick Days Personal days are to be used to attend to personal business matters. Hourly employees receive 3 paid personal days per calendar year*; Salaried employees receive personal days at the discretion of their department head. Sick days are to be used when you cannot work due to a non-work related illness or injury. Hourly employees receive 5 paid sick days per calendar year*; Salaried employees receive sick days at the discretion of their department head. The only exception to this benefit applies to salaried employees working out of California. CA employees should contact HR for further information. *Personal and Sick Days not utilized by December 31st will be forfeited.
Paid Holidays Jel Sert observes the following holidays:
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- The Friday after Thanksgiving
- Christmas Eve
- Christmas Day
- New Year’s Eve
- New Year’s Day
Flextime In order to recognize the varied and changing personal needs of Jel Sert staff and the flexible work-styles present in today’s workplace, we are pleased to offer a plan for flexible working hours to corporate office employees. Please note, this policy does not apply to members of management. Flextime at Jel Sert is a work schedule with time of arrival and departure that differs from the standard office hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or department hours of operation. All employees are expected to be at work during the standard office/department hours unless approval is granted for a flexible work schedule.
Working Remotely Even though the opportunity to work remotely does not apply to all positions, Jel Sert understands that that trends are clearly moving towards embracing flexible work as a way of doing business, rather than doing business the same old way.
Dress Code/Casual Days While we respect your individuality, your neat appearance is important to our ability to maintain a professional atmosphere and leave a favorable impression with our customers and visitors. Jel Sert strives to be known as an organization where employees enjoy their work environment while achieving extraordinary results. In order to provide an enjoyable work environment, a Business Casual Dress Policy is in place as our dress code Monday through Thursday for corporate office employees with casual days every Friday. This standard of dress invites employees to leave their customary business attire at home and wear business casual attire to the office.
Discount on Products Jel Sert employees are able to purchase our products at a reduced cost. It’s as easy as putting your order in by Tuesday morning and receiving it on Thursday!
Local Metra Train Station Jel Sert is three blocks away from Metra’s Union Pacific/West Line in West Chicago. The quick scenic walk to our facility is safe and well lit.
- Service Awards
- Referral Bonus
- Annual Performance Evaluations
- Safety Awards & Recognition
- Employee Recognition Program
- Monthly Employee Luncheons
Service Awards Service Awards are just one way Jel Sert recognizes our employees and how important they are to the organization. When reaching milestone years, Jel Sert celebrates the achievement and the loyalty one has given to the company throughout their years of service.
Candidate Referral Bonus Our employees are our most valuable resource. Employees are encouraged and will be rewarded for a candidate referral provided the candidate is qualified and hired for an open corporate position.
Annual Performance Evaluations We seek to attract and retain highly competent and motivated employees. We believe that sound salary administration is vital to accomplishing this objective. Your salary is based on a number of factors including, but not limited to, the relative contribution of your performance, your experience, skill, ability, efficiency, knowledge, education, training, communication skills, attitude, leadership, dependability, teamwork, effort, attendance record, safety record, and disciplinary record, as well as market conditions, and the Company’s economic situation and needs. Employees generally will have their performance evaluated at the end of the fiscal year. The review date is subject to change. A performance appraisal does not guarantee an increase in pay. Rather, it is conducted for the purpose of assessing work performance and progress.
Safety Awards & Recognition Jel Sert believes our employees are our greatest asset and we will continue to do our part to provide employees with a work environment that is safe and free from potential safety hazards. We are proud of the actions our employees have taken to support our safety initiative. Jel Sert takes pride in the safety achievements that have been accomplished over the years! Jel Sert continues to reinforce safety policies and practices, educate and encourage employee involvement within our safety program. We are committed to our employees and continue to recognize and award employees for their continued safety accomplishments.
Employee Recognition Program Giving our employees the opportunity to let other know their work is valued and appreciated gives a sense of ownership and belonging to the team! Jel Sert has implemented our employee recognition program to give employees the opportunity to recognize their fellow employees for the work and actions that support Jel Sert’s objectives and principals.
Monthly Employee Luncheons Employees are invited to our monthly luncheons to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, new hires, and much more! This gives employees the opportunity to engage with individuals outside of their team, eat with the owners, and hear updates on what is going on within Jel Sert!
It is the policy of The Jel Sert Company to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all colleagues and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, pregnancy/childbirth, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability or perceived disability, genetic information, citizenship, veteran or military status, marital or domestic partner status, or any other category protected by federal, state and/or local laws.
Application Accommodation Information
Jel Sert is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to enable all applicants with disabilities, handicaps, or applicants affected by pregnancy, child birth, or medical conditions related to pregnancy or child birth provided the individual is otherwise qualified to perform the essential functions of the job. Please tell us if you require a reasonable accommodation to search or apply for a position by calling our accommodation hotline at (630) 876-4940. Please leave a message and a member of our HR department will call you back within two (2) business days. Please note that if you are calling for any reason other than to request an accommodation to search or apply for a job, such as calling to check on the status of your application, your call WILL NOT be returned. Examples of reasonable accommodations may include but are not limited to; making a change to the application process or procedures, providing documents in an alternative format, using a sign language interpreter, or using specialized equipment. If you need any assistance in reading this page please click here. The Jel Sert Company is a Federal Contractor.