General Mills Reviews in Minnesota

Updated September 25, 2014
Updated September 25, 2014
592 Reviews
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Pros
  • Modest people, job security and healthy work life balance are some of the advantages (in 113 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)

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

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very competitive

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Integrated Marketing Communications  in  Golden Valley, MN
    Current Employee - Integrated Marketing Communications in Golden Valley, MN

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

    Pros

    Great brands, great training for marketing. Established processes in place. Exceptionally smart and talented people all around you.

    Cons

    Extremely competitive, to the point of it being self defeating. People aren't set up to succeed, and expected to make it all happen - that's their way of cultivating their idea of the 'best' people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good ride while it lasted

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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 for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great learning experience. Great pay and benefits.

    Cons

    To much selling internally: You have to work on only one project and advertise to 5 in upper management to get ahead versus working 5 projects and reporting to one upper manager. Long term this will not benefit the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many HR type programs and networking issues in the matrix are getting in the way of project work and slowing/preventing work from getting done.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great for a long term career.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Golden Valley, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Golden Valley, MN

    I have been working at General Mills full-time

    Pros

    The people you work with are second to none and what keeps me there. Great training for new managers, and above average benefits.

    Cons

    While benefits are excellent, pay lags market average from what I've seen. It's also a very consensus driven company which can sometimes slow down decision making and leave you feeling like you can't always act quickly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Outstanding company to work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Director in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Highly talented people, strong culture and competitive compensation.

    Cons

    Low turnover slows advancement.Change can be difficult for organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think differently about the business to unlock growth.

    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Company, Smart People

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

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

    Pros

    An amazing company with loads of opportunity for training and advancement. Perks are amazing, especially at the main HQ in Minneapolis. People are smart and professional.

    Cons

    Can be very clique-y, especially if you are not hired in as part of university recruiting. Would not say they are thought leaders in marketing or advertising, though they are trying to ramp up innovation. Very large company means it takes time to turn the ship. Not uber flexible. Not risk takers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have a lot of smart and talented sponges...let them soak up the newest ideas and activate against ideas that may not be fully vetted. No risk, no reward.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    GM is good company to work at, taking a proper care of the employees work, lunch and exercising.

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    Former Employee - Oracle Contractor  in  Golden Valley, MN
    Former Employee - Oracle Contractor in Golden Valley, MN

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

    Pros

    Can work at different places and still be accessible to everybody
    Team work is mixed with independent mode of work in customized proportion.
    Lots of eating places, small stores, expositions to drop stress.

    Cons

    More of project inclined than functional, GM does not provide good skills for Oracle Data warehousing, but rather trying to reuse Oracle transactional programming for the DW situation leading to confusion.
    Light environment lets mediocrity to flourish.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give some training to Oracle contractors of the SAP using Oracle as back end environment.
    Allow contractors to use exercise machines.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Company -Great People -Poor lay-off strategy

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

    I have been working at General Mills full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You work with some of the smartest and generally good natured people that you'll ever work with. It's a great campus with great perks.

    Cons

    Sometimes it felt like the leadership team was either incompetent or hiding something. Also, the HR department definitely does not live by GMI's "integrity" policy. -I got laid off while on maternity leave, something they said the would "never do, Not at GMI" -BS, they did and I'm not the only one. Also, it's a highly political environment so mind your p's and q's.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on developing your talent and less on managing up.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great foundational training and surrounded by top talent, but career progression an issue

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

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

    Pros

    1) Great brands
    2) Working with Top talent
    3) Excellent cross-functional partners
    4) Great people, which leads to a very positive culture

    Cons

    1) Professional growth - limited upward mobility, but believe it might be getting better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on people with leadership qualities and actual management ability vs. just those that have proven they can "get things done" in the past. You have lost many great leaders because there is too much emphasis specifically on previous performance vs. looking forward. Losing these leaders leads to a degradation of culture and eventually a less diverse management team.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Productive, Fast-Paced

    Former Employee - IT Desktop Support  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - IT Desktop Support in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at General Mills as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Some of the best aspects were the good overtime hours, intelligent and motivated co workers, and the upbeat office culture that was very family oriented. Spent a lot of time outside work building relationships.

    Cons

    Found that there were very short breaks, sometime also a poor work-life balance. Also noticed that there seemed to be a very high turnover rate and many rules that felt very suffocating at times and made career building and hiring difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company values are well-placed, and the emphasis on out of the workplace bonding and volunteering added a lot to the overall culture and work relationships.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    GMI a great place to work!

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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 5 years

    Pros

    Great people, Great Brands, Large Projects & Scope of work, Dedicated Leadership, Smart & Passionate employees, We can really make a difference, Great benefits!

    Cons

    Duplicate work, LONG - mulitple meetings to complete a task, very conservative approach to all projects, a bit of rework and or clunky systems, we seem to always be reactive vs. proactive. We take too long to make a decision - we need to work quickly and make changes on the fly. Change could and should happen every 3-6 months - we need to keep up with the ever changing world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Embrace moving quickly, Streamlining processes, allow your vendors to work better for and with you, try to take outside advise - vs. make our vendors and team work "our process" - we need project leads to be experts in the projects they are leading - and we need them to be nimble. We often times, start with a solid end result in mind and then muddy it up with ALL the hoops we mandate.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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