We’re changing the future of food through technology and innovation. Your future starts here.

About Us

Headquartered in Dakota Dunes, South Dakota, empirical is the world’s leading manufacturer of lean ground beef. Our family owned business was established in 1981. We do things no one else does as we lead innovation in the food industry. From continuous research to tech development, we’re obsessed with finding the best way to produce food.

empirical isn’t a gigantic corporation. Instead, we are a smart, tight-knit and strategic company of doers. We hire quality people who develop fulfilling careers that make a significant impact on our world.

empirical has unique career opportunities in a variety of fields for those who want to challenge themselves and be part of a team working on innovative technologies. empirical offers an environment where hard work is recognized and rewarded.

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Rewards & Benefits

Your Health

  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Short & Long Term Disability
  • Flex Spending
  • And more...

Your Finances

  • Competitive Salary / Wage
  • 401(K) Profit Sharing Plan with Company Matching Contribution
  • Student Loan Assistance Program
  • Opportunities for Career Advancement

Your Time

  • Company Paid Holidays
  • Vacation Time
  • Sick Time

What Our Team Says

You’re not going to get any better experience than you do at empirical. There’s so many opportunities within the job and all the people – great friendships that I have, mentors, and people I look up to. I like it a lot.”

- Wyatt, Electromechanical Technician

“empirical is a great place to work and offers opportunities to grow within the company. If you want to make it a career, the sky’s the limit. I’m a case study myself – I’ve been promoted four times in the 12 years I’ve been here. They believe in you, they see something in you, and they draw it out from you, too. It’s become a career and I’m very grateful for the opportunity that I had.”

- John, Assistant Production Superintendent

“I didn’t expect to be where I am. I thought this was going to be one job I’m going to do and hopefully get better financial stability – that’s what I was looking for. I never expected to have these opportunities and grow in the company.”

- Zonia, Production Supervisor

“If you have a go-to attitude around here, there is no where to go but up. That’s one of the great things about empirical.”

- Fernando, QA Supervisor