General Mills Reviews in Minnesota

Updated July 26, 2014
Updated July 26, 2014
607 Reviews
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Pros
  • Work-life balance depends on position and location and department management (in 115 reviews)

  • Great benefits (but decreasing), good teamwork, great training opportunities (in 42 reviews)


Cons
  • Be prepared for a poor work-life balance if working in a plant production facility (in 52 reviews)

  • Slow decision making, progression in one's career can seem very slow and formulaic (in 15 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Everyone is stressed out, company is challenged by society's movement away from packaged food.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Golden Valley, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Golden Valley, MN

    I have been working at General Mills full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pension, half day Fridays in the summer, strong brands, excellent campus in Golden Valley

    Cons

    Less autonomy than in the past. Work is less rewarding. Have committed to shareholders that General Mills will achieve profit targets through cost cutting. General Mills has strong enough brands where they should have top line growth rather than squeezing the middle of the income statement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell products that people want.

    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very corporate and Minnesota-nice (not in a good way)

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Golden Valley, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Golden Valley, MN

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

    Pros

    There are worse things a company could make...

    Cons

    Hard work and dedication are absolutely no guarantee for job security or advancement. If you want to get ahead, you must schmooze with the right people and spend less time doing actual work (but take credit as if you were responsible for any successes).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look around and think about all the really, really good people who have left in the last few years...isn't it time to make a cultural and reward system / career advancement change that will have a positive impact?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    Worst year of my life.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Marketing Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Associate Marketing Manager in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at General Mills full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Looks good on resume for other employers

    Cons

    - Being an AMM is like being lowest on the food chain
    - VERY political!
    - You can't have any kind of meeting without an extensive powerpoint deck that your manager made you stay up all weekend working on, only to pick apart ten times
    - Passive aggressive culture where nobody can give honest opinion
    - Unrealistic amount of work given to one person
    - Location - Minneapolis is a nightmare of cold weather and cold people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let new ideas and opinions flow through the company. Stop letting VPs micro manage ideas to death.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Awful

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Golden Valley, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Golden Valley, MN

    I worked at General Mills as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    I think like all companies. I am sure there are good areas and bad areas. Good projects and bad projects. I just happened to work with a weak Project Manager who on top of that is managing a big team remotely.

    Cons

    Working with a weak Project Manager who manages remotely. He could not control his team well, does not know what is going on. His judgment is based on listening to who he is close to or who he is Facebook friends with like one of the Oracle programmers. The project was failing from the get go. The PM needed an escape goat or a miracle worker to save this project. Naturally, he could not point to himself as the cause of the project failure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think Management need to be more aware. How could bad PM's continue to work there?

  6.  

    GM Looks Great from the Outside!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research and Development in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Research and Development in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    The inital flourish of saying you work for GM quickly leaves a bitter taste in your mouth when you realize that the company will never credit hard work.

    Cons

    Research and Development is clearly the skid mark of GM - and they make it known. The compensation is horrible for the amount of work that you do, don't even think about getting a promotion it will take you at least 4 years. At least.
    The managers...I honestly don't even know where to start with that. Every one is out for themselves in this company. I can't help but laugh a little at some of the "great" perks that others are mentioning, clearly they work(ed) at headquarters. I worked at one of the technical centers and we never got anything, except a memo telling us not to drill holes in the wall because of the Asbestos problem - thanks!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Way to political

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supervision in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Supervision in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at General Mills full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Some of the brightest people I have worked with.

    Cons

    Waaaay to political. Managers will have their peers attempt at setting you up, just to see if you support your boss or not. Some are very savvy and it's an easy trap to fall into. If you want to excel, have your ideas respected, don't want to play little political games and want to speak your mind, don't work here. And God help you if you're a Conservative. These folks, especially as of late and their backing of same sex marriage with ostracize you in a second if you don't play the "divwersity" game. I made the mistake of saying I'm not for diversity. Diversity gets no one anywhere, just gives the company warm fuzzy's and a great review in the paper. I'm for individual accomplishment and achievement, not advancement because of diversity, which is funny. This company, like all others, toes the line saying "we don't discriminate by gender, race, sexual orientation" blah blah, but exactly how discriminatory is it to promote someone BECAUSE of those factors and that person isn't qualified. Glad I left...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit playing games, provide a path, knock off the PC crap.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    current employee

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymousr in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymousr in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Still a decent place to work. Decent salary pay, good benefit and good employees.

    Cons

    General Mills is changing its corporate values culture. By outsourced many US jobs to India, company start cutting US jobs, lay off people. The Management is getting meaner and disrespectful, and company seems encourage it. The company is trying to cut cost from every corner, squeezing employees to an large open workplace called "Fusing". No dedicated working environment, no privacy. I have been working in this company many years, I am sorry to see the company is going to wrong direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up. GMI is going downward. The outsourcing US job and disrespectful management is hurting company's success. GMI either have to change the direction, or change the management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Promotions for Minorities are Horrible

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Challenging assignments
    Good pay
    A culture of community involvement

    Cons

    African Americans are not promoted and leave at a high rate. This is caused by lack of promotion, lack of development, and plain ole' bad management of people.

    ITQ is horrible for the advancement for African Americans.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is not 1965. Fix your management and promote some African Americans. Give people feedback. Stop checking the box.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Bad place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Golden Valley, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Golden Valley, MN

    I worked at General Mills as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Strong sense of community within the company. Employees often stay with General Mills for many years. Opportunities for advancement within the organization.

    Cons

    Very poor communication about expectations to new employees. No coaching or assistance provided to new employees. I was dismissed from my position due to "misconduct." I received no warnings or communications from management that my job performance was unsatisfactory. I received no explanation as to what kind of "misconduct" led to my dismissal. The feedback I received from my supervisors regarding my job performance was always positive. I was never given any guidance on areas of my work performance that could be improved, nor was there ever any indication that I was not meeting the expectations of my job duties.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A company that does not communicate to its workers when they are not meeting expectations is a company not worth working for. If an employee is performing unsatisfactorily, inform him/her so that the problem can be addressed and corrected. It is a failure of the management of a company when an employee and the company have vastly different perspectives on how well that individual is performing his/her job. General Mills is unwilling or unable to provide its workers with constructive, accurate feedback. I would not recommend General Mills as an employer to anyone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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