Cargill Reviews

Updated August 29, 2014
Updated August 29, 2014
482 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • They offer a flexible work environment for easier work life balance (in 32 reviews)

  • Great people and team mates making a friendly work environment (in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • Poor work/life balance; people are getting burned out after start-up (in 27 reviews)

  • IT is seen as overhead and the business units do not feel IT is responsive (in 28 reviews)

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  1.  

    Not sold on the Cargill way

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    Former Employee - Production Supervisor II  in  Sidney, OH
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor II in Sidney, OH

    I worked at Cargill full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Very large organizational structure, many different business units, very diverse job opportunities. Large growth in many areas

    Cons

    To many husbands/wife teams, not in same area but still with influence on jobs and projects. To many "chemical engineers" with no people skills. No movement to different business units. No flexability on people issues, not a very diverse work force.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from site, and not always from outside plant. Do not use sites as promotions for people that have need a promotion or have done a "good job". Get a training dept established again, quit placing all other job functions on indidvual persons.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Company has grown into a bureaucracy where politics trumps performance

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cargill full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Job security, huge balance sheet, private company able to focus on the long-term

    Cons

    Far too many employees that would likely not cut it at other companies due to underperformance remain employed and in some cases in positions with significant responsibility, often stagnating earnings in business units particularly the energy platform which has lost many key senior traders in the past 2 years which had been large contributors to earnings over the past decade.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good company if starting your career, terrible if you are coming in mid career

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager  in  Hopkins, MN
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Hopkins, MN

    I have been working at Cargill full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pays well, better work life balance day to day

    Cons

    If you are an experienced hire be prepared to be treated like you don't know anything- by everyone! Cargill culture is very old fashioned, white male dominated and hierarchical.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please start working on being inclusive. I am not talking about race or gender only, I am talking about being open to conversation and ideas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good benefits and flexible in the IT areas

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    Current Employee - Senior IT Technical Analyst  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior IT Technical Analyst in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    good benefits, higher end for holiday and vacation days, unlimited sick days, flexible about telecommuting and core work hours, 401k match with Cargill stock, private company so normally provides greater job security, global and diverse company, lots of internal jobs to apply for.

    Cons

    If you are in the IT field, Cargill has starting outsourcing. Cargill also pays on the lower end for IT jobs. Cargill treats IT like an expense, never spending money to stay current. Upper Management seems to continually make poor decisions in the direction for global IT services, which eventually lead to the outsourcing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use IT to help grow your business. spend some money in IT. Outsourcing will fail every time because you will not have invested, engaged employees like you used to.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    The inmates are running the asylum

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    Current Employee - Production Technician  in  Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Production Technician in Dayton, OH

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

    Pros

    The benefits are decent, and the pay is reasonable for the knowledge required to operate one of the technician positions.

    Cons

    Management has decided to take a hands-off approach to dealing with personnel. Bad employees will take "issues" to management and talk-down and defame other employees in attempts to promote themselves and get others in trouble. For the most part, management does not look into these statements, choosing rather to take them to be true. On the occasions when management is aware of real problems, they tend to push them under the rug. Management has stated that the quality issues are the concern of management, and that personnel issues should be dealt with among the technicians. Worst 24-7-365 schedule ever conceived, and the union chooses to fight to keep it for fear of losing overtime opportunities. Almost no opportunity for production employees to enter administrative or supervisory positions - employees can apply, but rarely are they considered.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Force your managers to deal with the problem employees, and to become involved enough to realize who the real problem employees are.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Poor Management !!!

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    Former Employee - Production Technician  in  Poinciana, FL
    Former Employee - Production Technician in Poinciana, FL

    I worked at Cargill full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The compensation and benefits that are offered.

    Cons

    They preach this culture of the green book but management applies / follows what is convenient while not accepting any responsibilities.
    Poor production planning and maintenance protocol, creating daily frustration and employee " burn out " from extensive long hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should practice what you preach... INTEGRITY!
    Everyone should be held accountable for their actions no matter their position... not showing favoritism with certain employees / certain situations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Not for me

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    Former Employee - Operator
    Former Employee - Operator

    I worked at Cargill full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Training, decent benefits, good start off point for entry level

    Cons

    compensation lacking, office culture can be unpleasant (dependent of location), very structured (not much room for individuality), not much say in where you advance to

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more forward with employees regarding compensation and promotion opportunities. Allow your employees to grow and develop in the path they want. Improve salary and compensation packages.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    About to make a very big mistake

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cargill

    Pros

    none to speak of at this time

    Cons

    outsourcing everything with meaning leaving the company with no mid range salaries

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Change Consultant

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    Former Employee - Change Management Consultant  in  Minnetonka, MN
    Former Employee - Change Management Consultant in Minnetonka, MN

    I worked at Cargill full-time

    Pros

    Pay was very competitive, benefits were very good, growth opportunities were strong as well. Lots of very smart people. There are a lot of opportunities to travel internationally.

    Cons

    Leadership and culture were very difficult. Great company to start your career - not a good place to come in mid career. I always got the sense that my experiences prior to joining Cargill didn't matter because I didn't have them at Cargill. Experienced hires were always treated as "second class" citizens.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open your minds to what others from outside the organization have to bring to the table. Almost all of the leaders grew up with Cargill and have never been "outside the family". Very narrow focus. Just because you're Cargill doesn't make you right.

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

    Human Resource Processionals - Stay Away

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Wayzata, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wayzata, MN

    I worked at Cargill full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There is the potential to gain a great deal of experience given the size and many jobs available. It is also an ideal company to start your career. I would not recommend this company for seasoned HR or L&D professionals.

    Cons

    For seasoned HR or L&D professionals, it is a dead end unless you are in the "clique". They take care of each other and there is this select group that continues to receive all of the opportunities. It is quite dysfunctional. While they speak a lot about "development" they do not practice what they preach. The rest of us are never given a second thought. I am a seasoned HR professional that thought I had a lot to offer this company. It was apparent after a few years that it did not matter because I was not in the "clique".

    Within my team, I was told that I was the most professional and accountable. There was one person who had a chronic problem with LOAs and another that was placed on a PIP. We had a manager that was young and just serving her two years so that she could move on to her next promotion. She did move on and the manager that was to oversee our work, gave us little or no time as he was having an affair with a colleague.

    I worked hard to find a new role within HR and L&D, but I was not successful. My job was eliminated while the rest of the dysfunction in my HR team remained. I started my job at Cargill feeling so pumped and excited. I left the company feeling quite diminished.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look outside of your own needs and your own circle of relationships and give other internal candidates a chance to show you what they can do - even if they have not had "direct" experience for that very job.

    Please be thoughtful before you decide to eliminate a job. I don't think some of you have any idea how it alters a life.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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