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ADM Reviews

Updated November 5, 2014
Updated November 5, 2014
161 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance is resonable for level of responsibility - (in 9 reviews)

  • Good benefits, good 401k options (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Work / life balance depends on your position (in 7 reviews)

  • The new corporate location (Chicago, IL) is only limited to upper management at the moment (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good money, horrible management

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    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Jackson, TN
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Jackson, TN

    I worked at ADM full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    paid really well and lots of over time

    Cons

    Management sucks. Strong lack of morals and ethics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get it together. Don't befriend those weak workers and fire the good workers. You'll end up fired for a crew that doesn't produce.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to gain experience but very controlling management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ADM full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are a lot of opportunities to get involved in interesting projects. The pay is good but not outstanding. There are a lot of folks with experience that are willing to help you develop yourself.

    Cons

    Management is fearful and often values membership in the old boys club more than results. They hold a lot of good people back because they are afraid of giving up control of ideas or the process. They will actively interfere with implementing ideas that are cost effective because they are afraid it might make them look bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Results need to count for something. You need to eliminate managers that do not do anything more than pick on people with minor issues that deliver results. It is almost too late to undo the damage that has been done as there are very few experienced engineers left. Managers need to bring something to the table other than intimidation. I have been kept out of conference calls with management on large capital projects that I designed. How the hell does that make anyone feel like sticking around?

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Hopeful for change but not seeing it

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ADM

    Pros

    Decent pay. All the hours you can handle. There are some really good people working here. Definitely not going to be let go.

    Cons

    Nobody gets fired for any reason as long as they show up. This makes the work harder for the ones that try to pick up the slack for the ones just collecting a pay check (hourly and salary). The good employees get fed up and leave. Meanwhile management won't trim the fat because nobody else wants the job, and they won't find anyone until the facility gets rid of the poor workers and replaces them. It's a vicious cycle that is quickly turning into a tight spiral downward. Hopefully when this place inevitably crash lands, someone will be able to pick up the pieces and make something decent out of them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay a little more attention to the individual plants, and not just when the key performance indicators tell you to.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good pay, terrible management. Money isn't everything, unless you're ADM, of course.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Hazle Township, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Hazle Township, PA

    I have been working at ADM full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Better than average pay. Even entry level laborers earn a respectable wage. Good group of coworkers and floor level supervisors. Not always necessary to "run your butt off" to keep up with workload. Good 401k investment options.

    Cons

    Upper level management has literally no regard or respect for the workers, and is shameless in demonstrating their disdain. Sounds extreme, but it truly borders on sociopathic. Workers cafeteria has elementary school style and size lunch tables. When complaints were lodged, response from plant superintendent was that they didn't want you in there for long, so they're not going to make it comfortable. Management cafe is another story, however. Reward for hitting a safety goal in most places may be a sweatshirt or coffee mug... we once got a candy cane and a packet of hot cocoa mix, because it was near the holidays. Employee drops unconscious in the entry hallway, is forced to leave via ambulance...and then is charged a day on his attendance record for leaving. Working environment is 120°F or more in much of the plant. Work schedule is impossible to live your life around. Full production scheduled on major holidays including Thanksgiving and Christmas, all while equipment sat idle for weeks prior. And unless you have an engineering degree (brains optional), don't even bother suggesting an improvement to the process. If it ever gets implemented at all, it will only be months or years after your suggestion, and after an engineer has reintroduced the idea as his own and taken credit for it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you're going to drink Kool-Aid, try to sip rather than chug. Also, no need to use a crazy straw.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Friendly people as long as you are not a woman trying to advance in your career.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, NE
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, NE

    I worked at ADM full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    All of the positions start out as challenging and they really look after their people but only when it comes to safety.

    Cons

    For a company with a woman as the leader they are very chauvinist.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company reminds me of the current American economy with the lower class pay being vastly separated from the upper class who continually give themselves million dollar bonuses. Re-evaluate the pay and give equal opportunities to women.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    this Company Needs Help

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Director in Decatur, IL
    Current Employee - Tax Director in Decatur, IL

    I have been working at ADM full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good salary, some good co-workers (some really bad!)

    Cons

    Brutal hours 70-80 hour weeks, nearly impossible to deal with management; statements such as "work is you ONLY priority" statements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    ADM needs a new ceo, the current one isn't capable of understanding this complected company, all former upper management are gone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Decent pay but not worth the time

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    Former Employee - Operations Superintentendent in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Operations Superintentendent in Memphis, TN

    I worked at ADM full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very good company to work. Higher pay scale than most in the industry. Very focused on safety

    Cons

    Seems like safety is the only thing they care about. Took to much time away from daily during all parts of the year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please help middle management do there job and cut out a bunch of the safety stuff. Pretty soon a employee will have to write a air quality permit to go to the bathroom. Way to much of the CYA attitude throughout the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Really did not enjoy it.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ADM

    Pros

    You get paid a bit.

    Cons

    Not a fan of them

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Soul killing but you'll be kept physically safe.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Decatur, IL
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Decatur, IL

    I worked at ADM full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Wonderful co-workers. Safety is the top priority and every effort is made to ensure the safety of their employees - even if it makes a job more difficult. ADM does provide any necessary PPE and will try to get you the tools you need to complete a job safely. They do offer some good benefits packages and the position is a great way to gain experience so you can move on to a non soul-hurting job.

    Cons

    Constant overtime, working around 50 hours a week is a slow week. Many of the policies are senseless and there is a good chance of having something held against you as a reason to not be given a raise, which is something that comes up only once a year. The lab is on a rotating swing shift that should give you 40 hours a week and once a month, a four day weekend. However due to staffing issues and a high turnover there is an endless amount of overtime and having 4-7 12 hour days is normal. The work is easy, but due to a the amount of work you are expected to complete it can be stressful if you are the type of person who wants to finish all their assigned work.

    Many of the employees complain, when they first start with the company. After working there for a while employees become complacent and stop complaining to management as no changes are actually implemented. Management does claim they will try to improve conditions but have been saying that for years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to your employees and implement some suggestions. Try to hire some more employees to reduce the workload. Encourage your employees by offering some incentives for being leaders in the lab.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Pushed towards areas of work not interested in.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Engineer
    Current Employee - Production Engineer

    I have been working at ADM full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Willing to move people around to different areas.

    Cons

    No-work life balance. No career paths other than production.

    Doesn't Recommend

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