General Mills Reviews

Updated June 19, 2015
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General Mills Chairman and CEO Ken Powell
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Pros
  • work life balance is not frown upon (in 118 reviews)

  • Great benefits and onsite amenities (in 43 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance tilting towards work (in 53 reviews)

  • Overly complex and slow organizational structure makes decision making very difficult (in 17 reviews)

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  1. If you want to work hard with smart people

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

    I have been working at General Mills

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    super smart people, dedicated to development , interesting challenges and food is fun

    Cons

    long hours , since recent changes some jobs are very large


  2. Great Company!

    Current Employee - Financial Analyst I in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst I in Minneapolis, 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

    People are wonderful and development is great. There is a continuous rotational program creating great general business managers and providing a wide array of experiences.

    Cons

    Finance is a matrixed organization with can drive complexities in accomplishing work. Lots of meetings before the meetings.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the work they are doing to drive a more lean and flexible business. They are definitely on the right track to success.


  3. R&D Scientist 1

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

    I have been working at General Mills

    Pros

    Work life balance is very good

    Cons

    Opportunities for advancement can be few and far between


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  5. Great Place for Career

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

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Focus on internal / personal development and promotion Strong resources to equip better decision making

    Cons

    Slower growth has driven less opportunity for advancement Size and conservatism sometimes makes a less nimble player


  6. Helpful (1)

    Employer of choice, but struggling through change

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Well managed, Midwestern values, work/life balance, really smart talented work force. Great consumer brands.

    Cons

    Big food is struggling to keep up with changing consumer tastes, which means stalled business growth, struggling profitability, layoffs and cost cutting.

    Advice to Management

    Give employees reasons to believe in GMI's future.


  7. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. Good experience but very impersonal

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  9. SAP Basis administrator

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. Helpful (5)

    Generally a good place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great company, tough business environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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



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