ADM Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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ADM President and CEO Juan R. Luciano
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  • Work life balance is resonable for level of responsibility - (in 9 reviews)

  • 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 (in 11 reviews)

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

  • Upper management can be unrealistic when deciding whether or not to kill projects (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Good company with unusual schedule.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operator in Valdosta, GA
    Current Employee - Operator in Valdosta, GA

    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

    Good pay. Excellent benefits. Great insurance. Easy job. A lot of opportunity for advancement for motivated individuals. Management is good and supports you generally.

    Cons

    It is a swing shift schedule. Shift changes every week. There is no time to adjust to a shift. There is no succession planning. If an employee quits there is required overtime to fill in that spot until a new hire is made. Takes about 2 months.

    Advice to Management

    Build a talent pool to pull from and get replacement employees sooner. Explore new schedules and change the swing shift system to a 4 on 4 off type of schedule.


  2. Industrial Construction Electrician / Maintenance Electrician J.E. Merrit Constructors

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Industrial Installation/Maintenance Electrician in Loves Park, IL
    Former Employee - Industrial Installation/Maintenance Electrician in Loves Park, IL

    I worked at ADM (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    You can learn every area and classification you will need anywhere here in all fields. As an Electrician, (Construction & Maintenance), I have worked in non explosive, highly explosive & very corrosive areas throughout the plant. ADM is a very Safety Oriented Company that strives to continuously improve and educate all employees Contractors included.This is by a high standard of accountability to the company and for ones self by taking the time for employees to become aware of hazards in the areas they are working in. All of this is to ensure everyone goes home safely at the end of the day to their families and loved ones. They are also doing an amazing job with all the new construction over the years to make working conditions cleaner & safer for everyone whether an employee, visitor or a client. House Keeping is at the top of the list as well. Every job I have ever worked at since working at ADM I can say without hesitation I carried & carry all I have learned from ADM to all of them and all past employers and present are grateful to you. I would like to personally Thank Ron Wilson for making me do nothing but put parts away for my first 3 weeks, and telling me that in life the one thing No One can ever take from you is knowledge and knowledge becomes Wisdom only when you use it so remain teachable. Also that one learns even more when he is willing to teach others. Thanks ADM for all you taught me!!!!

    Cons

    Cons there are not to many except for your belief in Zero accidents. I believe 98 maybe 99% of all accidents can be prevented and that most are human error. Unfortunately things do break and what can happen will happen. I have seen people targeted after an incident that wasn't even a lost time accident and fired just afterwards for something not related supposedly. It has the reputation now so people are afraid to report anything because they know what will come next. I have never had to sign a paper anywhere that I have ever worked that stated I could not hold them liable if an accident occurred and if I did not sign it I would not be hired. Though I know the ADM is 100 % safer than when I first worked there that does not give me confidence that this is a safe place to work at. I think accountability by deniability shows a lack of integrity. Myself I personally think that anyone who deals with workmans comp is in for a world of hurt for they care nothing for the victim whether one seeks legal action or not. If one does seek legal action beware because it will follow that individual. If one is careful and follows your instructions to the T and are self-disciplined to consciously be aware of where they are, identifying thoroughly on safety sheets all existing hazards in that area & appropriate course of action to removing hazards or appropriate PPE while focused to job at hand, their odds of going home without incident is a strong 99%. Safety is a team effort so strive for perfection but be realistic that 1 to 2 % cannot be prevented. I am sorry but the smell isn't all that pleasant but I did get use to it.

    Advice to Management

    Contractors are people to & Attitude reflects leadership.


  3. Great Place for Engineers to start career

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

    I worked at ADM

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Provides many opportunities for development of engineering talent. Good benefits and great name recognition in the industry.

    Cons

    Be prepared to work in remote locations far flung from major metro areas. Despite strong emphasis on workplace safety and environment, it is still a work in progress.


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  5. IP Telephony Engineer

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

    I have been working at ADM full-time

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

    Pros

    Great work environment
    Friendly co-workers
    Room for advancement
    Training opportunities
    Flexible work-life balance

    Cons

    Location in Decatur is less than satisfactory
    Upper management vision is off. They have the right mindset but execution is lacking

    Advice to Management

    Don't make rash decisions, seek advice from those below you to see their take on areas that need improvement before making decisions


  6. Great opportunity to use international skills plus old-boy network

    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Decatur, IL
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Decatur, IL

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

    Pros

    I loved working there for the international opportunities it presented. I was able to use my foreign language skills, and meet interesting people. Most of the people I worked with were lovely.

    Cons

    Although it has been years now since I've worked there, I was uncomfortable with the sexism. At the time, I was in my mid-twenties and received numerous sexual comments from male co-workers. This often occurred in front of others, and nothing was ever done about it. I never pursued any action because I never felt threatened by it, but it was uncomfortable and inappropriate nonetheless.

    Advice to Management

    I would advise working towards an environment that is positive towards women and also minorities. Decatur is such a small town that I know it's hard to foster a tolerant and inclusive environment, but I do feel it is possible to improve.


  7. Lots of amazing global development opportunities, if you're willing to put in long hours

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

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

    Pros

    The employees are hard-working, innovative, creative and good-hearted.

    Cons

    Managers and Supervisors don't know how to coach or give constructive feedback.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace the leadership training ADM offers - training IS part of your job description to get better!


  8. Good place

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

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

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

    Pros

    Medical benefits. They care about the safety of their workers.

    Cons

    The bean counters in the office will cut employees from one part of the company if a segment completely unrelated is not doing well. (Chocolate sales down, soybean workers get cut)

    Advice to Management

    Let your workers build relationships. Sales, especially in agriculture is about people & relationships- not always your bottom dollar.


  9. Adm employee

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Maintenance Tech in New Braunfels, TX
    Current Employee - Maintenance Tech in New Braunfels, TX

    I have been working at ADM

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

    Pros

    Nice people to work with

    Cons

    none really it is a great place

    Advice to Management

    nothing keep up The great work


  10. Many opportunities for career development.

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    global company with many businesses, good advancement opportunities, lots of responsibility at a young age, above average compensation for managers.

    Cons

    antiquated IT systems, too many below average performers are allowed to continue to turn in below average work performance year after year

    Advice to Management

    get back to basics forget the fluff


  11. Really nice company to grow with

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

    I have been working at ADM

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of extremely intelligent people working at the Lab and usually you can find someone with expertise in almost anything you could be working on.

    Cons

    Raises are kind of arbitrary and really depend on how much your Group leaders want to push for you when they all get together to determine the ladder.

    Advice to Management

    There should be a way to review management so they are getting feedback on their performance. Ensure supervisors and management are mentoring young engineers.



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