Cargill Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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Cargill President & CEO David W. MacLennan
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Pros
  • multicultural world wide private work life balance (in 34 reviews)

  • Great people to work along side and learn from (in 25 reviews)

Cons
  • the work life balance is extrememly difficult (in 33 reviews)

  • Higher than acceptable costs are less likely from having too many people than from having people duplicating work across the multiple business units (in 29 reviews)

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  1. Poor Locations, declining culture, but great work experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cargill full-time

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

    Pros

    High employee turnover creates opportunities for advancement not available elsewhere

    Large focus on career development

    Cons

    High turnover can also be frustrating in that there's very little knowledge or experience left to maintain plant operations or complete projects

    Rural work locations are unfavorable to most people

    Lots of red tape.

    Very political.

    Advice to Management

    The priority needs to be employee retention. Experienced employees probably spend 1/3 of their time training new employees that will leave in a year or two anyway. The setup is incredibly inefficient.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Horrible Inclusion and Diversity

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

    I have been working at Cargill

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

    Pros

    Great industries, stable company. Because there are so many business units you have the ability to have many roles and careers.

    Cons

    Below market pay, not a inclusive environment. Strong North/South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa culture, does not embrace people from other locations.

    Advice to Management

    I&D needs to be held accountable across levels


  3. Helpful (5)

    Not what it used to be

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager
    Former Employee - Program Manager

    I worked at Cargill full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Large company, so lots of opportunities.

    Good things to learn in the right BU's, but it only goes so far. See my comments in the Cons.

    I was normally on the higher end of the performers based upon my reviews, so I was moved into decent roles. So I may have had it better than some, but still saw the shortcomings as well.

    I gave the company a 3 because I was put into some good groups and learned some great things while I was there. That being said, almost everyone I worked with in those groups (especially the high performers) have long since moved on to better things.

    Cons

    Pay is low for many positions. Moving into a similar role at a tiny company, I saw a large increase in pay. All jobs since have paid much better (upwards of 40% higher than the same role at Cargill in some instances).

    Cargill used to be known for stability, which offset the pay concerns. However, the last half of my tenure there showed that all of that changed. High bars were set on company performance based on pre-recession numbers. During the recession the company started a poorly planned corporate wide project with a very high burn rate, then started cutting people afterwards because the lofty financial goals were not met. That job cut was poorly handled and those of us left had to get by with some of the best talent gone. Job cuts since show a trend for caring less and less about the employee as a person and lack of accountability of decision makers regarding WHY job cuts are now "needed".

    WAY too much time wasted in the company on trendy corp initiatives, like safety committees in the office settings (in the plants this is much more needed) that had to really stretch to find something to do, like one group asking employees on the safety committee to play traffic cop and write fake tickets to people seen driving too fast in the ramp. Waste of valuable time. Too many committees in general. Makes you wonder how some of the people ever got their actual jobs done.

    This is probably more big company in general, but for young folks with technical backgrounds, staying too long at a company like this really sets you behind the pace. You can learn so much more at a smaller, faster paced company. There are great things to learn at Cargill (and moreso if you stay strictly on the business or finance side) but you can only go so long and feel like you are stretching your boundaries and furthering your career. Felt like I gained back 10 years of knowledge the first year out.

    People placed into roles WAY too much based upon who they are and who they know. Too many "managers" have to be told how to handle situations by the people they manage. IT management is full of this. A few strong ones, many, many more that are not fit for that level of leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Change. Too many managers in positions they should not be in. Too much old school thinking going on that is holding the company back. Focus on putting people in roles that actually fit their strengths rather than trying to mold people into the roles you think they should be in. More management (especially in IT) needs to actually be accountable and act as real leaders.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Make sure to negotiate your base pay.

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Purchasing in Fargo, ND
    Former Employee - Purchasing in Fargo, ND

    I worked at Cargill full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Nice people to work with. You get lots of holidays and a flexible work environment. Lots of social hours to get to know others

    Cons

    Where to start. There are always secrets from upper management who has no clue what you do every day. Plus the raise was an insult. You get to see the mean of what everyone is paid then they tell you your at the end because it's a new job. Management keeps telling you that you will get a raise but I only got one a year.

    Another thing I hated was how management had no clue what I did for my job. They alway asked and when we were in meeting with other people they would act like they knew what was going on then ask me about it later. saving management is important to this company even if they have no clue how to do the job when your gone. We had slackers on the team but they were BFF with management because they were good at making them selfs looks good.

    Advice to Management

    Learn what your employees are doing. Feel out the kiss butts!


  6. Cargill Production Technician Review

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Technician in Eddyville, IA
    Former Employee - Production Technician in Eddyville, IA

    I worked at Cargill full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. The people I worked with were great.

    Cons

    Swing shifts can be a pro or a con depending on your personality. For me, they were a con.

    Advice to Management

    More job specific classroom training to supplement OJT.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Cargill Malt (Spiritwood, North Dakota)

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Plant Production Operator in Spiritwood, ND
    Former Employee - Plant Production Operator in Spiritwood, ND

    I worked at Cargill full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Unlimited overtime available to almost anybody involved in the production process. Benefits package is quite nice as well. (401k, Health insurance, HSA, Flex Spending)

    Cons

    Horrible work/life balance, vastly understaffed, high turnover, harsh work environment

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the 6 on, 2 off schedule that takes advantage of your hard working people if you are making them work such long hours.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Continuous Improvement

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cargill full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Cargill is looking at the future to stay ahead of competitors.
    They are big on employee development.
    Very customer oriented

    Cons

    New leadership is looking into consolidating functions.
    Benefits are good.


  9. Customer Service

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great Company! Lots of advancement as long as you are in MN.

    Cons

    Turning very global, moving jobs to other countries. Not consider outsourcing by management because they are Cargill employees too. But you know what they say....perception is 9/10's of the law....when you are in the US and dial a number to do business with what you think is a local company and the person on the other end has such a heavy accent that you have trouble understanding.....not convinced that American jobs are lost.

    Advice to Management

    Remember your roots and how you grew to be the sleeping giant that you are.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Plant Manager

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Plant Manager in Orland Park, IL
    Former Employee - Plant Manager in Orland Park, IL

    I worked at Cargill (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people and strong advancement opportunity

    Cons

    Locations are generally non-urban and relocation can be frequent in order to advance


  11. Great pay, flexible, but lack of culture

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Cargill as a contractor (Less than a year)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very good pay rate for contractors, pretty flexible with hours (core hours 9am-3pm).

    Cons

    They have a lot of contractors in Minneapolis but treat them like outsiders. We don't expect to be "part of the team" all the time, but when a company segregates 40% of its employees, it can be hard to get projects accomplished.

    Advice to Management

    Understand that you don't need to hold contractors hands, but if you want us to stay for the full 2 years, you should treat us like we exist and incorporate us into the company culture.



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