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Updated January 24, 2015
Updated January 24, 2015
171 Reviews
3.1
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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 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Has its ups and downs

    • 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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, job security

    Cons

    Management could really use some more time in the plant and less time behind computers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, but a little behind the curve in the technology space.

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

    I have been working at ADM full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people and a small company feel even though there are 30,000 employees. Management has the company on the right track and actually has vision, which is a big plus.

    Cons

    Salaries can be a bit low, but then again the cost of living in most areas where ADM has facilities is quite low.
    It's a big company and has never been too focused on IT, which is/can be a major issue in the present day.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall ADM is a good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Marshall, MN
    Former Employee - Intern in Marshall, MN

    I worked at ADM

    Pros

    ADM expects a lot out of employees but ask compensates well

    Cons

    sometimes harsh environments to work in

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep more people involved through corporate

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall great family type work environment with excellent conpensation as well as advancement opportunities.

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

    I worked at ADM

    Pros

    Pay, environment, advancement, safety above all

    Cons

    Fast paced, no heating or cooling so you're typically at the mercy of whatever the temperature is that day

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Great summer internship experience.

    Former Employee - Summer, Construction Department in Clinton, IA
    Former Employee - Summer, Construction Department in Clinton, IA

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

    Pros

    I held a summer internship in the construction department in the Clinton, IA plant. Great experience - I had friendly, supportive supervisors and coworkers who gave me lots of opportunities to observe construction and have hands-on learning experiences.

    Cons

    I worked there a few years ago, and there seemed to be some trouble at the time keeping employees long-term and making them feel valued. The department was undergoing some changes to address that issue, so positive changes may have happened since.

    Recommends
  7.  

    ADM is a very large cooperation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Deckboss in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Deckboss in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    I worked for the Barge Division in St. Louis Mo. The actual company itself is pretty decent. I really do not have much to say in the way of pro's although.

    Cons

    The Cons are easy. I would have to work 30day off and 30days off, as my schedule. 6hrs on 6hrs off are common as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to hire people who want to work in the first place.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    ADM Corn Processing

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

    I have been working at ADM full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunity to learn and grow. Team driven environment. Great focus on safety over production. Overall a good place to work.

    Cons

    Work/Life balance can get skewed if you follow the recommended work hours for salaried folks. Could do better to motivate and keep employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Grain Terminal Operations Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Grian Terminal Operations in Toledo, OH
    Former Employee - Grian Terminal Operations in Toledo, OH

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

    Pros

    worked with some great people, they paid for housing and for my relocation

    Cons

    hourly employees were sometimes unwilling to contribute or help get you adjusted to working in a new facility

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Plenty of opportunities for a hard worker

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and 401k match, as much responsibility as you can handle, opportunities for interesting work assignments if you are willing to travel and work hard

    Cons

    Poor work life balance, unrealistic expectations for paperwork on production side for current staffing, average to below average salaries

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Place To Start Your Grain Trading Career

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

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

    Pros

    - Very hands on work, learn as you go
    - Access to market movers. "Why did soybeans go up 10 today or why did the spread firm 3?" Answer: "Because we did X and Y".
    - Plenty of experienced people to help answer questions and lead the way
    - Plenty of opportunities to move around the country and world, see new places, meet new people
    -Benefits such has health and 401k matching are great, probably some of the best around
    - ADM is very respected in the agribusiness world, always gets good remarks from the competition and customers
    -Moving packages are generous, covers the cost of moving and then some
    -Starting salary as a merchandiser can be bleh, but if you do well, several raises will come your way over the next couple of years.

    Cons

    Really, only cons are salary, hours, and technology. Salary is OK, one can definitely be comfortable with what is earned, but still lags behind the industry standard. You could argue though that this lower salary is traded for job security. Other firms if you don't do well, you get canned. Here, you would stay on and get several chances before being fired.

    The other con is hours, and I mean the sense that if it's dead in the office, you're still expected to stick around. With technology today, much of your job can be done outside of the office. However, it seems there's still the attitude that if you're not in the office, you're not working.

    Finally, technology. The systems we use to track contracts, contacts, A/R, everything is decades old. And I mean decades. Information is not easy to access. Even the simplest things like looking up a contract balance can be a daunting task if you don't have the right permissions or know what commands to type. However, this is a known problem in the company, and millions of dollars are being spent to get us updated. By the time this gets rolled out though, the tech will likely be outdated. I won't hold my breathe.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing to really add here. It would be nice if Pat would show her face every once in awhile. (I've never seen her on the trading floor. In fact, I don't think I've ever seen her in the Decatur office.) However, it's understood that ADM is heading more towards a value-added business, and not just grain handlers, so would make sense to spend time with that unit.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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