ADM Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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  1. Contract work

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Decatur, IL
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Decatur, IL

    I worked at ADM as a contractor (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Free parking, nice cafeteria at HQ, free coffee and ice tea

    Cons

    Not recruiting top talent in the area, think outside hires are always better

    Advice to Management

    promote within

  2. Operator

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    Former Employee - Operator in Columbus, NE
    Former Employee - Operator in Columbus, NE

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Fellow employees are cool and easy to work with. You get a $250 boot/clothing allowance to use yearly. Very much safety first. Give out as many different gloves, safety glasses, etc as you want.

    Cons

    Mid level management is lacking. They could pay more for what we do, but want to stay equal to other places in Columbus, instead of paying really well.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the grunts doing the work, not pushing pencils.

  3. Great experience with decent advancement opportunities

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Decatur, IL
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Decatur, IL

    I worked at ADM

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    one of the pros is that this company is an agricultural processing company and stability is known in this industry. Great and friendly staff have always accompanied me in every role I was in.

    Cons

    At a facility level there was not much personal growth or development opportunities unless you were mobile.

    Advice to Management

    My advice would be for management to work with employees more at all levels and promote development opportunities.

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    This was a good company.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Prefer Not to Answer in Decatur, IL
    Former Employee - Prefer Not to Answer in Decatur, IL

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This is a large international company, which provides good experience for their employees. Plenty of personal growth. Sad to leave.

    Cons

    Down sizing and not replacing personnel that leave. Work life balance was not the greatest, but I did enjoy working there.

  6. Great out of the gate....

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, good starting salary.

    Cons

    The pay for performance program is a joke. You can do the minimum or be an all-star and it will be 0.5% difference in raise, which won't be more than 4%. The bonus program is also a joke.

  7. Good experience, could be better

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Operations Manager Intern in Ottawa, IL
    Former Intern - Operations Manager Intern in Ottawa, IL

    I worked at ADM as an intern (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you want to learn and work hard you are given the oppertunity.
    Decent wages for internship plus they pay for housing.

    Cons

    Soft program. They don't challenge you.

  8. Very insightful

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Commodity Merchandising Intern in Valdosta, GA
    Current Intern - Commodity Merchandising Intern in Valdosta, GA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Coworkers are very helpful and friendly, they were always willing to lend a hand.

    Cons

    The training was not up to par, a lot of the learning you have to do on your own.

    Advice to Management

    Take interns on a plant tour the first day.

  9. Great entry into a globally recognized organization but limited on career growth and development

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

    I worked at ADM full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent benefits, 401K, FSA, healthcare etc. Salary is acceptable. Lots of opportunities to demonstrate your work and to proof your skills from the Billion Dollar challenge. Company/Corporate values are promoted from within to encourage cross functional teamwork among colleagues and management. One good example is the heavy emphasis on SAFETY beyond manufacturing facilities and operation sites.

    Cons

    Headquarter location (Decatur, IL) is not ideal for new colleagues to settle long term. The new corporate location (Chicago, IL) is only limited to upper management at the moment. Other locations are situated in smaller communities throughout the Midwest due to the commodity driven market (supply and demand logistics).

    Advice to Management

    It is important to Recognize, Respect, and Retain employees with talents to encourage continuous improvement among different business functions. I recommend to showcase employees with outstanding performance in areas of safety, environmental, quality, cost, and production.

  10. Good company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientist in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Cedar Rapids, IA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - time given to do the job is good. And people are very helpful. You can have a good work life balance.

    Cons

    - slow working environment and not much encouragement given. You cannot advance much in your career. The location of work is terrible.

    Advice to Management

    nothing

  11. Intern Experience

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Internal Audit Intern in Decatur, IL
    Former Intern - Internal Audit Intern in Decatur, IL

    I worked at ADM as an intern (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people all around, very helpful in developing your skills and fantastic perks. Pay was reasonable considering they also provided housing as an intern. Well developed program that exposes you to a variety of areas of the company. If you take the initiative and prove your abilities then they are willing to let you do a lot. Great learning experience.

    Cons

    Goals and training were not always clear. Some evaluation methods were poor indicators of performance. Underperforming individuals were not held accountable for their lack of productivity, lack of skills, and lack of desire to better their skills. I saw one full time employee spend 25+ hours online shopping, taking long lunches while I was waiting for reviews on my work. Relocating to Decatur is also an unfortunate requirement.

    Some people in the department were known for how inappropriate they were. Early on in my intern ship I was exposed to wildly inappropriate conversations that made me felt uncomfortable. As an intern I did not feel comfortable making a formal complaint.

    Advice to Management

    Work on developing the skills of under performers rather than letting the work flow onto to others desks. Coworkers should be happy to help - not happy to do the work for them.

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