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Cargill Reviews

Updated Jul 25, 2014
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3.3 457 reviews

84% Approve of the CEO

Cargill Chairman, President, and CEO Greg Page

Greg Page

(301 ratings)

68% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • They offer a flexible work environment for easier work life balance (in 31 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 27 reviews)

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    Company has grown into a bureaucracy where politics trumps performance

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsFar 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Human Resources Manager (Current Employee) Hopkins, MN

    ProsPays well, better work life balance day to day

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good benefits and flexible in the IT areas

    Senior IT Technical Analyst (Current Employee) Minneapolis, MN

    Prosgood 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.

    ConsIf 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 Senior ManagementUse 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The inmates are running the asylum

    Production Technician (Current Employee) Dayton, OH

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not for me

    Operator (Former Employee)

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

    Conscompensation 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 Senior Managementbe 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    About to make a very big mistake

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosnone to speak of at this time

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Change Management Consultant (Former Employee) Minnetonka, MN

    ProsPay 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.

    ConsLeadership 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 Senior ManagementOpen 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Human Resource Processionals - Stay Away

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Wayzata, MN

    ProsThere 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.

    ConsFor 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 Senior ManagementLook 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Disappointed

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Wayzata, MN

    Pros- Focus on community giving
    - Opportunity to work on global projects
    - Hard working people that really care about customers and doing the right thing

    Cons- Lack of accountability of poor performers, especially at the leadership level
    - Little respect for mid-career talent
    - Too many decisions being made with the bottom line in mind; no regard for employees

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop paying employees at the lowest percentile. Hold your leaders and their supervisors accountable. A BU functional leader should not have an engagement score below 45% with more than 100% turnover and still be in their position a year later. Would not recommend for certain functions (i.e., communications, marketing, HR).

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    WAS a good place to work...

    IT Analyst (Current Employee) Hopkins, MN

    ProsStrong financially. Training opportunities were always available.

    ConsThey clearly lost courage and vision by outsourcing IT to TCS. Not the place to work if your contributions are in the IT field. They do not look to IT any longer as a means to create value or competitive advantage.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen more to your employees and lead with courage. Instead of listening to consultants wanting only to profit from your ignorance.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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