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Cargill Reviews

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Cargill Chairman, President, and CEO Greg Page
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Pros
  • They offer a flexible work environment for easier work life balance (in 34 reviews)

  • Great people and team mates making a friendly work environment (in 25 reviews)


Cons
  • Poor work/life balance; people are getting burned out after start-up (in 33 reviews)

  • IT is seen as overhead and the business units do not feel IT is responsive (in 29 reviews)

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  1.  

    Could be a great company

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    Former Employee - Production Manager
    Former Employee - Production Manager

    I worked at Cargill

    Pros

    Pay and people are great. Even being a union plant most of the people want to do the right thing.

    Cons

    Management has no idea on how to operate a plant efficiently. They brought all new management and they ran it in the ground. While I was there we had two record years...those days are long gone. Always wanting people to move.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people with proven track records. Not people who know they are not qualified.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Undervalued and under appreciated

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior IT Technical Analyst in Hopkins, MN
    Current Employee - Senior IT Technical Analyst in Hopkins, MN

    I have been working at Cargill full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The best thing about working here is the average workers. Cargill hires some great people that are intelligent, loyal, and great all-around people to work with - the unfortunate aspect is Cargill under values them.

    The company overall is a large contributor the community and seems to have strong ethical values.

    Cons

    Recently the company decided to outsource 900 jobs to a third party provider, they've yet to learn that some of the issues that they desire to fix with these actions isn't going to work. This has been tried in smaller scales before and resulted in worse service for the businesses. There is constant changes and attempts to fix the issues, the only thing consistent has been the leadership staff, anyone else see the problem here?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Particularly for senior leadership, it's time to recognize your own mistakes and failures and accept responsibility for your actions. Have enough honor and pride to hold yourselves to the same level of expectations that you'd expect from subordinates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    No growth, slow moving corporate environment with slow innovation in technology

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    Former Employee - Biotechnologist in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Biotechnologist in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    stability, slow paced, low expectations

    Cons

    low salary, low transparency, promotions are not performance based

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    revamp technology to be a priority rather than a show piece

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Awful- unreliable company. Don't work here!!!!! They will lay you off instantaneously or ask you to relocate.

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    Current Employee - Inventory Planner in Gainesville, GA
    Current Employee - Inventory Planner in Gainesville, GA

    I have been working at Cargill full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Don't need to work hard

    Cons

    Pay. Getting laid off after three weeks of being there. Never told any of this during the interview process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be kinder to your employees and let them know before they accept the position that there to get laid off. Karma will bite you soon and hope you lose your job one day too mgt.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Cargill: women get run over by the male promotion chain

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Better job security than most.

    Cons

    The male (and particularly white male) promotion train runs strong. Just look at the announcements. Apparently nourishing the world is something only men know how to do. They talk about wanting to thrive as a business and in the community. You can't thrive at the expense of others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing more to say, they aren't paying attention.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    bad pay, bad benefits, bad managers, bad strategy, bad support, and bad safety in their plants

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Cargill full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Learning experience with old timers at the plant

    Cons

    Lack of responsibility at the management level

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being so afraid of each other - keep it honest!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    This company is run by people that have been at the company far too long.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Hopkins, MN
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Hopkins, MN

    I have been working at Cargill full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance is good

    Cons

    Not good environment for new people joining the company
    Company controlled by people that have been with the company for 25+ years
    Poor raises and bonus pay outs
    US Minorities are treated poorly. Young people are treated poorly
    They fire new people and minorities for no reason
    Work does not get executed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do an early retirement and get rid of the people that have been with the company forever

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pathetic management

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Hopkins, MN
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Hopkins, MN

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

    Pros

    very good products. high quality.

    Cons

    bureaucratic. management does not make decisions. management does not stand up for employees. poor payers. management lies to its employees. the worse is animal nutrition division. fake and dishonest managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get rid of some of the managers that are not sincere and honest

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 10 people found this helpful  

    Insular Environment, Sycophants Rewarded, Tenure Valued Above all Else

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Townshipin Cities, MN
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Townshipin Cities, MN

    I worked at Cargill

    Pros

    Large organization; very longstanding presence. Global operations - so potential opportunity to experience work in various portions of the globe.

    Cons

    Tenure is valued FAR more than anything else. Many senior leaders have been in their roles for many, many years - a result of their having been promoted well beyond their capabilities. However, the Cargill culture is that "If you've been with the company 20+ years, you MUST be a good guy..." Conversely, if you've come from outside the company, your talents, efforts, actual results (should anyone bother to notice those) are discounted. After all, if you've not been there a couple of decades, you're simply assumed to be clueless.

    I've worked for a number of multi-billion-dollar public companies - and Cargill, or at least the portion of it that I experienced, has by far the weakest, most insecure, least professional, and most inbred management team of all.

    I cannot, in good conscience, recommend Cargill as an employer. Join at your own risk!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to recognize, and to value, actual performance. Sycophants and long-tenured mediocrities are only going to take the organization so far. While recognition of actual capabilities and performance will require some insight, effort, and competence on your part, the organization will benefit.

    You've suffered a significant talent flight in recent years.....ever wonder why that is?

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    HORRIBLE experience. Workload unbearable and unrealistic.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Strategic Sourcing Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Strategic Sourcing Manager in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Cargill

    Pros

    The salary was phenomenal.
    The travel was amazing. Was a super generous company, but now due to company's poor performance, they have "hunkered down," where these fringe benefits go away.

    Cons

    I did the job of 3 people. It is truly impossible to be "caught up," and everything is always urgent and pressing. Too many competing priorities creates a stressful environment. Not only that, but you have too many managers as you report to your business unit manager and then to other managers of business units you support/service on a dotted line basis.

    Would definitely never recommend this company to anyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I accepted the position at Cargill because I loved their 4 pillars - with the top one being Employee Engagement and Profit being the last or 4th. I don't understand how in such a short time, this whole pillar concept flipped upside down with no regard to employee engagement. Now, it's just about the profits. What Cargill once stood for - employee engagement - has gone away. Now, Cargill is just another company just like any other. I believe that Cargill was among the top 100 places to work recently b/c of the employee engagement concept. I think that will quickly change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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