General Mills Reviews

Updated April 22, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    it used to be a great place to work ... now two mass layoffs in 3 years or people quietly counseled out the door

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at General Mills full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great perks and competitive pay

    Cons

    When change and decision speed needed, equivalent to course correcting the Titanic

    Advice to Management

    Move faster, act decisively, shed off under performing businesses

  2. Helpful (2)

    I used to love this company and working here. Now...............

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    Current Employee - Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Manager in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    This was a great company that cared about it's people. We were all working towards one common goal. People collaborated and moved things forward.

    Cons

    Over the past 3-5 years the culture of this company went to hell. The entire company is floundering and misaligned on priorities. Leadership made decisions about what the organization should look like assuming that mid-level management can change their ways and work together to rewire. Basically they need to accept no for an answer. Yea - that's no happening and leadership is too chicken to step in and make some unpopular decisions

    Advice to Management

    Step in and take over. This company is floundering and can't figure out which way is up. The "elite" leaders you've chosen aren't getting the job done. If you want this company to survive you need to take the reins.

  3. Great Development Experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Planner in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Planner in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at General Mills

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Mostly great managers who develop you if you take advantage of it.
    Terrific environment to continually improve yourself and take on new challenges.

    Cons

    Some departments still "stuck" in doing things for the sake of doing them the same way, every day
    Most managers good at workflex, some are not - they should standardize that.

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  5. Helpful (3)

    Good Company, but limited career movement

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Category Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Category Manager in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great company for working mothers! Many of the managers are truly interested in developing you. If you are on the career path when you are recruited, it's easy to get to a manager level.

    Cons

    HR is very poor and do not like to get involved (other than listening). Very poor upward mobility past first level management (in Sales). Relocation is a requirement, which if you have a family, can be difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Things are done the way they always have been, and it's hard to change that even though you preach that you encourage.

  6. Helpful (3)

    Great brands, lots of solid people, results and leadership at the middle management levels should matter more

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    • Senior Management
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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 (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    people, people, people are the top three positives of General Mills (at WHQ, plants, sales offices and international locations)

    Cons

    advancement / retention decisions more based on internal network than value creation and delivery of results; diversity of work and leadership / management styles does not seem to be a consideration

    Advice to Management

    Act boldly, move quickly and invest in leadership training for middle managers through VPs. Strong, positive leaders at the manager, director and vp-level who can develop people and make sound and timely decisions will accelerate the turn around of the company. Thanks.

  7. Its a great place to work if you are looking for stability and work life balance.

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

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

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

    Pros

    They strive to maintain certain values like gender neutrality. Perks are great- flexible work time, onsite daycare and management that understands and supports work life balance.

    Cons

    Slow moving company with respect to changes in way the work should get done, new metrics etc. Enforcing change is very difficult and involves taking lot of consensus for simple changes...
    Benchmarks are set low, so if you are an aggressive game changer; you may feel out of the place driving anything. May get tagged as a cultural misfit.

    Advice to Management

    Keep yourself flexible, listen to young employees and adapt changes if they are beneficial. Don't promote slumber.

  8. great learning ground

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    great training; amazing campus with all the amenities (dry cleaner, company store, hair salon)

    Cons

    big corporate feel; slower progression

  9. Helpful (7)

    A one time great, employee first company that has lost itself.

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people, good marketing budgets, and great family location in MN.

    Cons

    Politically charged matrix, slow to change, and losing it appeal as being an employee first company. Slow to move forward with today's work environment of flexibility.

    Advice to Management

    Remember what WAS good about General Mills and start doing it again.

  10. Overall great company

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

    I have been working at General Mills full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Love the people and the training program.

    Cons

    Hate the minnesota nice culture and the below average salary.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent about giving feedback.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Nourishing Lives

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Integrated Marketing Communications Planner in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Integrated Marketing Communications Planner in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    * People, culture
    * Challenging projects
    * Great managers, employee development

    Cons

    * Packaged foods industry
    * Employee advancement

    Advice to Management

    NA

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