ADM Reviews

Updated September 3, 2014
Updated September 3, 2014
139 Reviews
3.1
139 Reviews
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ADM Chairman, President, and CEO Pat Woertz
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance is resonable for level of responsibility - (in 7 reviews)

  • The people are great to work with very few exceptions (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Get you to accept salary position, then work you long hours (in 9 reviews)

  • Work / life balance depends on your position (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    It's a different place

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at ADM

    Pros

    As a global company, you get exposure to a lot of new and exciting projects. Even putting out fires can be fun given the extreme variety of issues that can crop up.

    Cons

    There no longer seems to be any value seen in those employees that have a long service record with the company. The company has also become a PowerPoint company with even the simplest questions requiring a PPT deck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that employees with a long service record can still add value.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    R&D summer intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ADM as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    -Boss was cool
    -Learned and implemented valuable techniques involving common chemical engineering software
    -Got to visit production facilities and interact with project leaders and engineers on site.

    Cons

    -I would have liked to have more work to do; I got bored often
    -Upper management can be unrealistic when deciding whether or not to kill projects. Some projects have been ongoing that looked bad from the start
    -AMD is not a chemical company so the work did not line up with my career goals as a ChemE

  3.  

    Merchandiser 1

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Merchandiser  in  Decatur, IL
    Current Employee - Merchandiser in Decatur, IL

    I have been working at ADM full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Tons of experience - few companies give new hires books to trade
    People want to help you learn
    Dynamic workplace
    Chicago is up and coming
    Senior management in your departments were very accessible and always looking to help mentor

    Cons

    The nature of the job is inflexible
    Old tech systems
    Old school buddy-buddy work place
    Excel reliance
    Decatur, IL / small town locations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Modernize the workplace. Find a great location for a new office to attract and retain young merchandisers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Controller

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Controller
    Current Employee - Controller

    I have been working at ADM full-time

    Pros

    Company is a solid and secure work place, with great benefits (incl. company pension plan).

    Cons

    Compensation is not market competitive, especially in ADM's finance team. Lot's of corporate red tape and inefficient decision making.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People are ADM's key to success, and you preach that you want to attract world class people. Please practice what you preach and make your people feel appreciated by paying competitive salaries.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A lot of promises not kept

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ADM

    Pros

    Good benefits, good 401k options

    Cons

    Employee retention is non existent

  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Growing company with culture problems

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Lots of independence. Ability to learn on the job. Excellent upper management.

    Cons

    Little chance of advancement without an 'inside' connection. Rampant nepotism.
    Cavalier attitude towards compliance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Middle management is extremely resistant to the excellent changes being brought about by upper management. Little if anything trickles down to the lower levels.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Boring

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales  in  Decatur, IL
    Current Employee - Sales in Decatur, IL

    I have been working at ADM for more than a year

    Pros

    It pays the bills if you need

    Cons

    Corporate atmosphere. Needs more excitement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Interact with the employees. They need more motivation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Consulting on data warehouse

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant  in  Decatur, IL
    Former Employee - Consultant in Decatur, IL

    I worked at ADM as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Less Bureaucracy on IT projects and less unnecessary tasks and people involved when assigned to a specific project with a specific goal.

    Cons

    Old buildings and dumpy locations for buildings. Also located in a small shrinking city with not much going for it. I heard their HQ will be relocated to a major city, though. Pay was less than most companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Make sure you have a path to merchandising!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ADM

    Pros

    Acceptable salary. Career advancement. Higher education compensation. Corporate holidays and benefits. Acceptable of overtime. Wage increase anually. Large company. Billion dollar idea challenge.

    Cons

    Two jobs at once- grain accounting clerical side & weighmaster. Nepotism. Given little training. Good old boy mentality (improving). Small vacation time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let your commercial & plant managers call more of the shots - they see problems first hand. Invest your money in better dumping systems, rail shakers, & loadout systems for all locations - don't skimp on these valuable investments, even if it means many of the higher managers take pay cuts to finance these endeavours. Your ROIC will skyrocket.

    Create local challenges for each plant; similiar to the billion dollar challenge - you'll be suprised at the feedback you'll recieve from first hand plant workers. Their information would solve major plant issues.

    Don't skimp on raises- instead of giving a 5.6% or 2.7% raise, give your employee 6% or 3% raise. You're trying to keep talent, not push it away...

    I would be very suprised if an upper manager actually reads this review, but if he/she did I guarentee they will come out of this with great ideas to generate change.

    -10F04YA6 coloc...

    Best.

  11.  

    An overall good company but is behind in technology.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, always very busy.

    Cons

    Middle management is out of touch with local units, doesn't seem to care about anything but making profit. Technology is behind in times. You can never complete a job, you always behind.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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