General Mills Reviews

Updated April 12, 2015
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  1. Good experience but very impersonal

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    Former Employee - Operations/Engineering in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Operations/Engineering in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Large company, ability to move to different functions if desired.

    Cons

    After couple of year you are pigeon holed into a specific role

  2. Great work-life balance, friendly people, but slow-moving company with a lot of politics

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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 (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great work life balance
    Friendly people
    Very smart top level management
    Competitive pay
    Tons of amenities (if at HQ)
    Great benefits

    Cons

    a lot of politics take place at General Mills
    Must be very PC at this company
    Decisions have to be approved by too many people

    Advice to Management

    Catalyst was necessary, but yet to see the fruits of this change. Take a page from our (nimble) smaller competitors and truly act boldly to move quickly.

  3. SAP Basis administrator

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    Current Employee - SAP Basis in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - SAP Basis in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very knowledgable and respected team across IT. The company has been running SAP for over 30 years and has very mature staff and processes.

    Cons

    There is a lot of weekend work and long hours but the great collaborative team makes it worthwhile.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work.

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  5. Helpful (4)

    Generally a good place to work

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

    I worked at General Mills

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

    Pros

    General Mills offers good benefits and good pay. It has a strong history of success. Nice vacation benefits including optional extra time off without pay. Decent medical benefits. They continue to grow with a lot of group coming from acquisitions and international growth.

    Cons

    Company has gone through 2 rounds of lay-offs in the last 2 -3 years. The 2014 lay-offs included many high level people with lots of seniority. General Mills used to be a place where if you worked hard and did a good job for the company, you could stay until retirement - the employees felt loyal to the company without question. That is no longer the case for many know that you can now be cut just years before you reach comfortable retirement after a long employment there.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Great company, tough business environment

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

    I worked at General Mills

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

    Pros

    Compensation, focus on personal development, corporate campus, community involvement, good people

    Cons

    Pace of career progression, business growth, organizational turmoil

  7. Helpful (2)

    Great Employees, Could use better upper management

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    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 (more than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Allowed a lot of freedom in direction I wanted to take my work. Wonderful teams and good bottom level managers.

    Cons

    They lost the culture of the 80's and 90's that made it such a great place to work. Lots of perks but workloads are heavy. Used to be too many layers of management that have recently been cut so perhaps that might make things better.

    Advice to Management

    Cut your own salaries.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Great company with significant challenges ahead

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    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager 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

    Some of the smartest people, extremely strong pay and compensation and a highly ethical culture.

    Cons

    Challenging business environment, difficult to progress in your career to higher levels and the workload, especially with all the restructures and lay-offs, can be extreme.

  9. Accountant

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    Current Employee - Accountant in Golden Valley, MN
    Current Employee - Accountant in Golden Valley, MN

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Company to work for.

    Cons

    Politics can be a road block for driving results.

    Advice to Management

    Work Like balance is great, benefits have been slowly declining.

  10. Great work/life balance, but advancement and recognition are dependent on your team

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Golden Valley, MN
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Golden Valley, MN

    I have been working at General Mills

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

    Pros

    General Mills offers a great work/life balance. I never feel pressured to work long hours. In IT, you sometimes have to work odd hours to accomodate business users but that is often mitigated by comp time.

    The atmosphere is great. I love the people I work with.

    If you work at the world headquarters, there are many conveniences on campus: a credit union, gym, cafeteria, company store, and gas station / mechanic.

    Cons

    The company makes promises that it sometimes fails to keep. For example, college hires go through a rotation process (three jobs in five years). I, and many people I know, have had their rotations cut short or been forced into particular roles due to reorganizations.

    Some teams are not receptive to new ideas. In particular, I have noted a very strong tendency to "do things the way we always have" regardless of whether that way is any good to begin with.

    Recent layoffs are a drag.

    Depending on the team you work on, you may not have an opportunity to do very impactful work or be recognized for it.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on aggregating top talent across the organization. Be more proactive in addressing performance issues. Underperformers can stick around for a long time because the company won't cut them.

  11. Helpful (6)

    Lots of good but change needed

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

    I have been working at General Mills

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

    Pros

    Very smart people usually focused on what's best for General Mills; flexible work location and hours; engaging, challenging projects.

    Cons

    Career advancement (promotion) is extremely slow, especially after the lowest levels; not enough diversity, though the company does voice and in some cases demonstrate a commitment to it.

    Advice to Management

    The CEO is virtually invisible to anyone below the executive level. Need to bring in someone with fresher ideas and someone who is willing to stand up in front of everyone and take ownership for bad news as well as good.

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