Cargill Reviews

Updated April 22, 2015
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  1. Supply Chain

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cargill

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great people and lots of opportunities

    Cons

    pay is well below industry

  2. The Ethical Giant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cargill

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Always something to learn when you come into work. In my area, we don't deep-dive into any one portion of the company, so I got a cool survey of nearly everything the company has to offer. Strong company values and looking to improve corporate responsibility footprint.

    Cons

    This is a company for people who are later in their career. There is a focus on development, but I think it's lacking. Slow to move on anything. Compensation just okay.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focusing on values and look to outside our walls to improve. Work harder to tell the Cargill story.

  3. Great company

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

    I have been working at Cargill

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunities for advancement if you are willing to relocate.

    Cons

    Constantly changing strategies. Expectations of their employees is not reasonable at times. Work and life balance is lacking. Motto is to retain good talent, but that is not followed at all locations.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people doing the day to day work and bad decisions can be avoided.

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  5. Overall good company but proceed with caution on some BU's.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cargill

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Many good employees, willing to offer training, low-cost benefits a plus and the CEO, Board of Directors and family members are very active in keeping the company on the right track.

    Cons

    Not all BU's understand diversity in the workplace. Business Unit's do not encourage career changes outside of their own BU. Many of the core BU's that Cargill was built on still have the "Good Ole Boy Club" mentality and feel to them. Doesn't not pay employees what they are worth until the employee has offers from other companies. Doesn't always walk the talk it preaches to employees.

    Advice to Management

    Training from the top down needs to occur to understand micro-inequities and diversity throughout the BU's that they lead and the leaders that are under them. The employees hear what is being said from the Corp Leaders but it is not passed down or followed as it moves down the org chart to lower management and employees.

  6. I'm a contractor, so take this with a grain of salt.

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Cargill as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The HR team at Cargill is fantastic, and talent recruiting is great.
    The schedule is flexible - as long as you get in all of your work, you don't need to be here 8-5.

    Cons

    I'm a contractor, so feel like a second class employee.
    They're outsourcing most of their recruiting and HR - so I wouldn't look for a job in either of those fields here.

  7. Good experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cargill

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good experience, learn lots, great commodities learning

    Cons

    Poor locations, development can be on your own

  8. Cargill job review

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cargill

    Pros

    job is relatively secure and stable

    Cons

    not a good place for career growth

  9. OK

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cargill

    Pros

    Pretty Good Money for the work

    Cons

    Tons of Hours and terrible schedule

    Advice to Management

    Manage time better

  10. Generally good, but very slow and resistant to change

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cargill

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people were generally very nice, the company is doing some really cool things and the work-life balance is unbeatable

    Cons

    Pay is low, don't try to hold on to/promote young talent

  11. Great opportunities but top management still in the past

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    Current Employee - Senior Communications in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Communications in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Cargill (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Diversity of business
    Global reach
    Stability
    Great for acquiring experience in a variety of areas
    Ethics
    Strong values

    Cons

    Slow
    A lot of 25+ years top management professionals are elitists and micromanage (I believe they feel threatened)
    A lot of talk about being nimble not so much in reality
    A tendency to keep things as they are
    Few women in leadership positions

    Advice to Management

    Train your leadership (director level and above) better. I have been with the company for 17 years and have been steadily growing, so this is not a disgruntled employee review, just an honest one. I found that a lot of them still abide by the "old school rules" and this is not a compliment. There's a strong tendency to micromanage and hold information, decision making is extremely slow and leaders are hesitant and averse to change. At the position I am right now all they talk about is their retirement. Very hard to keep engaged.

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