General Mills Reviews in Minnesota

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
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Pros
  • Modest people, job security and healthy work life balance are some of the advantages (in 104 reviews)

  • General Mills offers several great benefits (in 41 reviews)


Cons
  • Found that there were very short breaks, sometime also a poor work-life balance (in 49 reviews)

  • Career path movement in their sales organization can be difficult (in 14 reviews)

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  1.  

    Needs to Act Boldly

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    People, Brands, Resources and focus on doing the right thing!

    Cons

    Cover offs, limited decision making without 10+ meetings

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Act Boldly

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Respectable but not necessarily inspirational

    Former Employee - Senior Scientist I  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist I in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Very good benefits, flexible working conditions, good learning opportunities. Very seasoned and passionate experts work at this company which greatly enhance the development of more junior employees.

    Cons

    Slow decision making, progression in one's career can seem very slow and formulaic. Engagement across all levels is not necessarily consistent. Salary for existing employees does not keep up with new hires.

  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good career opportunities if you can tolerate their complex strategy, politics, and life in Minnesota

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Planning Manager  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Business Planning Manager in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at General Mills full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - People at General Mills are Type-A personalities, so you'll be surrounded by a lot of smart, ambitious folks
    - The sales track brings people in at the ground level and has a clearly-defined path to move them upward throughout different roles
    - While you are essentially required to relocate, the company compensates you very well for doing so
    - GMI is a top-echelon foods company so your position with customers will be more prominent than a smaller player and it certainly bolsters your resume
    - Benefits are good

    Cons

    - Highly political corporate environment
    - Their go-to-market and trade strategy is so complex that it will take most people years to understand their business model, which can be very frustrating
    - External/experienced hires will more than likely feel lost at General Mills
    - All roads lead to Minneapolis
    - You will relocate or you'll be forced out
    - Pay is sub-standard to the rest of the industry
    - Very slow to respond to competition

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Simplify your trade strategy
    - Figure out what to do with external hires or don't hire them
    - Upper-management needs to get to know their people better
    - Stop the political nonsense at corporate and let people speak their minds candidly

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great training, but many are more focused on internal relationships than actually winning in market

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Breadth of portfolio and geographies served
    On site gym, health care, store, caribou
    Training, rotational program

    Cons

    Culture is so consensus driven it can't move very fast

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start hiring externally, lay people off sooner when it isn't an ideal fit

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great exposure, but very cookie-cutter with low salaries

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Logistics Planner  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Logistics Planner in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of people that are great to work with and it is very exciting to work on brands that people recognize and have personal connections to. If you're looking for a company to have a set career track, then this is the right company for you. It is a very conservative, slow-to-innovation Fortune 500 company with lots of project management opportunities.

    Cons

    If you're looking to branch out and make your own career choices, this is not the company for you. GMI is very conservative and super risk-averse... translation: things never change (even if they say they "want" things to change). The culture is definitely home-grown Minnesotan and definitely has a functional-silo mentality. Forget all of the things they tell you about "Supply Chain Innovation", this is a pure Marketing company- plain and simple... translation: you need to market yourself. GMI is very big on promoting from within to the "favorites" despite actual deliverables. GMI is also big on meetings before meetings before meetings before meetings because the consensus process takes FOREVER.

    Also, they might have had work-life balance in the past. However, I typically work 50-70+ hrs/week while making $10k less than market value with ZERO overtime and minimal internal recognition. One big issue is regarding location. If the company asks you to move and you say no for whatever reason, you are put on a "list" that potentially prohibits upward mobilty. Oh and did I mention that you're expected to move every 1-2 years? Yea... not the best situation.

    Overall, GMI used to be a great company, but is definitely not up to par for young, innovative career professionals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - increase base salaries: have a more robust compensation package for the amount of work we do (i.e. if we are going to burn out, we might as well get paid well!)

    - truly execute against corporate goals to "act bold & move quickly": take greater calculated risks on projects, corporate culture and recruitment strategies (i.e. too much nepotism!)

    - more " atta boys/girls": in lieu of increased compensation packages, at least reward those key players who ACTUALLY deliver at/above goal through recognition (i.e. a "good job well done" email goes a long way to improve employee morale)

    - increase diversity: not just regarding ethnicity, but employees who do not have the EXACT same perspective and mentality to foster new and innovative ideas to 1) win the market QUICKLY & 2) retain young professionals since so many have left in the past 2 years (i.e. it's cheaper to retain an employee than fire & hire anew)

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

    Contract employee

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    Former Employee - Food Labeling Specialist  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Food Labeling Specialist in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at General Mills as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    It's essentially a brand name to have on your resume. Lots of people there have many years of experience and are very bright. Good learning experience and a good way to discover the "corporate" lifestyle.

    Cons

    As a contractor you most likely will not be include in employee meetings, gatherings, emails, etc. Location was in the 'burbs. Has the "Minnesota Nice" atmosphere. Sometimes you feel like another number in a cubicle.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work if you're in the right arera

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Consultant  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Staff Consultant in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at General Mills full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Flexible work arrangements (if you have the right manager); "country club" atmosphere - fitness center, Caribou, D'Amico, Aveda Salon, Company Store, Concierge, Auto Service Center, etc. all on campus. There is an annual bonus for most.

    Cons

    Lots of managers and not a lot of doers anymore. Doers end up working far more hours. Low morale among certain groups. No longer feel like a valued employee. No budgets for training or employee celebrations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value the employees who are working hard to make General Mills a successful and growing company. Listen to their needs. Value ongoing training, not just free in-house sponsored training.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Planning Manager  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Business Planning Manager in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at General Mills full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    They are flexible with work-life balance. Their manager of people mantra is "Good to Great" and they really do stand behind that, offering managers various training classes. They have very good benefits and they pay is in-line with the competition.

    Cons

    Career path movement in their sales organization can be difficult. You really have to network continually and be on top of your career path at all times to continue moving up in the organization. HR is not very helpful for the most part, they seem to be very political and not really on your side.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 9 people found this helpful  

    For some the Glass is Half Empty, for others Half Full

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Associate  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Marketing Associate in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at General Mills full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    + You work with very talented, passionate and very smart people
    + The campus is lovely. Lots of in house amenities: a convenience store, dry cleaning, gym, cafeteria, coffee shop.
    + You work on some of the most recognized brands in market
    + Benefits and pay for marketers is good
    + Tons of focus on personal and professional investment. People development is a high priority to the organization
    + Focus on collaboration
    +Minneapolis is a great place to live. Just buy a good coat and car starter.
    + Highly ethical company

    Cons

    - If you are like me and love trends and being on the forefront of innovation; then General Mills is not the place for you. Too slow to innovate. Too much focus on mass market consumer vs. up and coming niche opportunities. Example: GMI totally missed the ball on Greek yogurt. They are currently "missing the ball" on many other nutrition opportunity areas.

    - Way to much focus on managing up, self promotion, "who you know", rather than on focusing on high quality work. To move up and be in good standing you have to set coffee time with the movers and shakers within the organization. That means that the real work needs to get done after hours. In the same light, too much focus on extracurriculars that do not add value to the business but add time and stress to employees day to day.

    - Work Life balance can go both ways. Depends on what function you are in and who your manager is . Marketers work late into evenings and on weekends. Some bosses send Friday evening requests for Monday am deliverables. I did have other managers who would respect time after 5:00pm and during weekend. But there are more managers of the former than later style.

    - Diversity is a myth. Though the company does focus and cater to hiring minorities, these are expected to fit a personality mold that is very Minnesotan. Communication styles of other cultures, which tends to be passionate and verbose get "corrected" with main point style that may seem un-natural to the culture. If you don't master the style and culture you are out. General Mills then, is not a diverse company. It seems like everybody is a cookie cutter image of one another. I would often refer to is as Stepford Wives Syndrome.

    - Minnesota Nice - conversations between managers and employees are often sugar coated. The language that General Mills uses to communicate with employees when it comes to performance is very political. Managers communicating low performance can state it in a very positive light. You need to know how to translate the language or better yet, the company needs to be more honest and direct with employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get with the times.
    The biggest risk to the company is not taking risks. Though General Mills touts they are not afraid of failing and taking risks actions speak louder than words and they play it too safe. Truly embrace diversity not just from a multicultural background but from a personality and belief system background.
     Type A's aren't better at decision, specially in the light of the new millennial generation.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    It is bitter sweet

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at General Mills full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Many amenities, enjoy perks provided when meeting goals, Have resources to get things done, which is a huge plus. Good about communication to employees.

    Cons

    Very high school like in its culture - many clicks, people not always honest to your face, highly competitive, work life balance talked about but not really supported...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust that your employees know what they are doing and have the necessary expertise. Support them when they show initiative.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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