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Cargill Reviews

Updated November 17, 2014
Updated November 17, 2014
520 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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. 1 person found this helpful  

    They hire people to be PC not expertise

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    Former Employee - AEI Tech in Hammond, IN
    Former Employee - AEI Tech in Hammond, IN

    I worked at Cargill full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very little, no leadership from management

    Cons

    To many young engineers trying to redesign the wheel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to experienced employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    Pros

    Global company.
    Good experience gained to leave and find a better job.

    Cons

    Third party managed services.
    Lack of compassion and respect for IT. IT is just viewed as a commodity.
    Exceptionally poor financial results and hideous bonus'.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Begin putting together a plan to bring IT Infrastucture back in-house. You will need it by 2019 if not earlier.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Cargill has changed

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    Current Employee - IT Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Big large international company, diversified and has been around for a long time. Known to the commodities market for many years.

    Cons

    Almost brand new senior leadership. Too much changes and profitability is declining. Worklife balance is not good as there are too many conference calls

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think strategy not just focus on shared services outsourcing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    A lot of "playing the game" in the corporate ranks

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    A lot of different businesses under one company means you have a lot to choose from
    Lengthy tenure of employees
    Promote within
    Employee purchase of salt is sometimes offered

    Cons

    Businesses do not communicate or work together so it is very difficult to move to another business
    A lot of back-stabbing, mostly directed to newer employees. Once you have a 3-5 years it starts to slow, but you still need to play the game for a few more years until your ideas or new ways of doing things are accepted.
    Multiple levels of leadership means unless you have it in with a VP or GM, you need to make sure your work is well known
    Promoting within has led to inbreeding of ideas and ways to do things
    Very low pay relative to other companies nationally

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut layers to your leadership. Too many leaders leave them fighting for resources and a lot of politics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 (less than an 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
  7. 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 (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
  8. 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 (more than an 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
  9.  

    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 (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
  10. 2 people 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 (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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

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