Cargill Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
470 Reviews

3.3
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Cargill Chairman, President, and CEO Greg Page
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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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  1.  

    Great Opportunities Within Limited Area

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cargill

    Pros

    Close-knit and professional team.
    Great trainers (non-dedicated position - so they are taking time out of their day to help)
    Opportunity to learn a wide spectrum of skills.

    Cons

    Work is very regionally dependent for such a large company. If you want to work in the corporate side, you will likely have to be okay working in MN.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    An excellent company with strong values and allot of opportunity for advancement.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cargill full-time

    Pros

    High level of trust and responsibility early on with plenty of chances to advance.

    Cons

    Much more difficult to move up if you are not willing to relocate rather frequently.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    good company

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    Current Employee - Trader  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Trader in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Private company, no earnings pressure, doesn't lay off often
    Requires employees to have good work ethic
    Great work environment, lots of fun with coworkers
    Managers know what they are doing

    Cons

    Compensation is not very competitive
    IT is out sourced, can create some headaches
    Cafe a bit small

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More competitive compensation,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    All the Pluses and Minuses of Being a Part of a Family

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    Former Employee - Team Leader In OE  in  Wayzata, MN
    Former Employee - Team Leader In OE in Wayzata, MN

    I worked at Cargill full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Cargill has a lot of heart, including a company culture of warmth, belonging, spirit of service and ethics. You feel that you are part of a community that has embraced you. Within that circle of support you can have as much challenge and freedom to act as you want.

    Cons

    Cargill's strengths are also its weaknesses at times. You are either "in" or "out", and the strong ties that make up the company culture also create a set of unwritten rules and an informal network of information that can be hard to decipher. You can have all the challenge you want, but make very sure you deliver exceptional results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember to walk the talk when it comes to appreciating and including a diverse set of personalities, thinking styles and skills.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Moral and Ethical

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Wayzata, MN
    Current Employee - Analyst in Wayzata, MN

    I have been working at Cargill as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Lots of mobility
    Plenty of oppurtunity to grow

    Cons

    summer is a false representation of the frozen desolate tundra know as minnesota

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I had great time met lots of smart and diverse individuals who were very frank and open with me. In fact I met no one who had a negative mantra or told me a broken way was a Cargill way...you know like you would hear at the Post Office for example. So I think perhaps working longer than the summer I could find something. but I had a great time.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    The work is extremely diverse

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    Current Employee - Production Engineer  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Production Engineer in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    Good Career advancement opportunities

    Cons

    Must be willing to relocate

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Cargill is a great place to work, could use more donuts.

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst  in  Minnetonka, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Minnetonka, MN

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

    Pros

    Be sure to be very pro healthy foods at the office. People take the company culture about feeding the world very seriously.

    Cons

    Again the issue is they buy into the hype more than is warranted. We're going to run out of usable water a lot faster than we run out of usable food.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good work, but could be a bit more realistic about expectations for performance. Might be worth using peer and subordinate evaluation methods.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    good place to work

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    Current Employee - Sales Agronomist  in  Alma, NE
    Current Employee - Sales Agronomist in Alma, NE

    I have been working at Cargill full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    the company offers good pay along with excellent benefits.

    Cons

    corporate hassle, annual meetings scheduled at inconvenient times of the year.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good first job in Quality Assurance

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    Current Employee - QM Chemist  in  Eddyville, IA
    Current Employee - QM Chemist in Eddyville, IA

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

    Pros

    exposure to large scale manufacturing, food safety, and quality control work in labs. Easy to get along with technicians that run the plant, the engineers aren't as sociable though. Solid experience in chemistry and food and beverage industry. Many jobs available in many business units. Resources to learn about other manufacturing plants in the facility.

    Cons

    Eddyville, IA is in out in the country. Des Moines is the closest city (1 hour away). Not easy to get promoted unless you plan to live your life at work and stay here in the area. Job can get repetative. Pay raises do not really happen. No paid overtime. Shift schedule including nights.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Full of Type-A personalities that can be overwhelming at times

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    Former Employee - Feed and Nutrition  in  Boise, ID
    Former Employee - Feed and Nutrition in Boise, ID

    I worked at Cargill as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great resources for research, technology, financial security, and social network. Treated me like I was a full-time employee and wasn't afraid to give me responsibilities.

    Cons

    A lot of the people were type-A personalities and could overwhelm me with their drive and focus. While those are great people to work with, they can push you too hard and let you fail if you didn't work your hardest in every single task.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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