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ADM Reviews

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014
152 Reviews
3.0
152 Reviews
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ADM Chairman, President, and CEO Pat Woertz
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94 Ratings

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Pros
  • Work life balance is resonable for level of responsibility - (in 8 reviews)

  • Good benefits, good 401k options (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • low pay long hours junk equipment poor maintenance (in 9 reviews)

  • upper management and executives were out of touch with the real world (in 9 reviews)

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    Grain Terminal Operations Intern

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    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 an 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
  2.  

    Plenty of opportunities for a hard worker

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    • 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Place To Start Your Grain Trading Career

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    • 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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    A good company to work for. The company is expanding and has potential.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good experience with an opportunity make a difference.

    Cons

    Too many inbred managers, lacking the knowledge of how other companies may do things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    offer more career paths to employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    No job is safe

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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

    Pros

    Benefits, employees and local employer

    Cons

    No job is safe of elimination

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Trading Floor Clerk, Broker's Assistant

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    Former Employee - Broker's Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Broker's Assistant in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Stable and secure employment (in the days before electronic trading reigned supreme) great benefits and a diverse work environment

    Cons

    Not much motivation to exceed expectations, or for promotion

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great Company, Good People, Great Start

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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

    Good environment, good pay, good culture

    Cons

    Big company, benefits, leadership, balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Intern

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

    I have been working at ADM

    Pros

    numerous opportunities to grow in the company all around the world

    Cons

    Work / life balance depends on your position

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Greet working environment, a lot of focus of safety and doing the job properly.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ADM

    Pros

    Safe working environment, professional atmosphere.

    Cons

    Some of the training wasn't very relevant to my particular job. Gets hot in the summer in work clothing.

  11.  

    Great employer that encourages all employees to gain new career opportunities within the company.

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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

    Many advancement opportunities. Upper management willing to listen to what you want out of the job and your goals for the future. There are a lot of different ingredient plants across the country so if you decide you don't like a certain ingredient theres plenty to choose from.

    Cons

    Difficult to find employment in the Research and Corporate field, not as many opportunities lie in the plants.

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