General Mills Reviews in Minnesota

Updated September 13, 2014
Updated September 13, 2014
590 Reviews
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Pros
  • Modest people, job security and healthy work life balance are some of the advantages (in 112 reviews)

  • Great benefits (but decreasing), good teamwork, great training opportunities (in 43 reviews)


Cons
  • Be prepared for a poor work-life balance if working in a plant production facility (in 51 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Great work life balance

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Intern in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Challenging and lots of learning. Lots of personal growth opportunities, great compensation and decent benefits. Awesome time-off policies

    Cons

    Very corporate, everybody is "minnesota nice", which gets a little old.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more innovative. If you want to compete with the quickly growing start-up food companies, you have to be less caught in the way things have always been done.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Treats employees very well, with great culture, ethics, and drive to succeed

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Service Desk Analyst  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Service Desk Analyst in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at General Mills full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits, 401k, vacations, flexibility, and everyone walks around with a smile and is ready to have endless conversations.

    Cons

    You must show drive and willingness to learn to progress

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More in class training would be beneficial

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    I was a financial analyst in the finance leader development program.

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    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst  in  Golden Valley, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Golden Valley, MN

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

    Pros

    The culture is amazing. They really care about their people. Great work life balance, great salary and benefits. Summer hours, on-site doctor and other amenities. Challenging work but you are surrounded by brilliant people.

    Cons

    There are a lot of meetings. It is hard to get everything done with the amount of meetings there are. Once you get to an SFA level it is hard to get into the manager level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company l!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    On the cutting edge of technology, benefits, incentives and there is always something fun fun going on!

    Cons

    Often difficult to move up or move around, once pegged as an "Admin" found it challenging to move into other types of jobs not categorized to be 'admin jobs".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your people well and they will do well for you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst I  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst I in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at General Mills as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    They care about the employee and developing the employee and balancing work and life.

    Cons

    None really. Only that if you're a software engineer, this is more of an application development shop and the pay is less than at other places. However, it's such a nice place, and there is very few layoffs here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great marketing company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consumer Insights Associate  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Consumer Insights Associate in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Marketing capabilities and learning, facilities, benefits

    Cons

    Location (Minneapolis), management style too conservative

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Place to Work

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

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

    Pros

    "Generous Mills" - Cares about it's employees and focused on developing leaders.
    Cross functional teams are best in class - highly talented and engaged
    Lots of flexibility available if you can figure out who to ask and make it happen

    Cons

    Career progression often based on tenure - not a lot of visibility to how to "make it to the top"
    Conservative company focused on delivering consistent shareholder value - aka - tendency to be risk-averse which can be frustrating

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on promoting talent, not tenure
    Empower the fresh young talent chomping at the bit post MBA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Exciting opportunities and never a dull moment

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 a year

    Pros

    General Mills offers several perks including generous vacation, 401k matching, and extras like a gym and salon at the office. The pay is very competitive and the company truly values its employees. They go out of their way to make sure you are happy at work and outside of work, too. Managers are highly competent and there are lots of opportunities for advancement or cross-functional moves.

    Cons

    It is very "corporate"! Lots of forms to fill out and just general bureaucracy, which is not so bad if you are Type A. Let's face it, if you get hired, you are probably pretty Type A.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    opportunity for a growing career

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    Current Employee - R&D Technician  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - R&D Technician in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at General Mills full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    work flex, family oriented, strong foundation of values: always doing the right thing

    Cons

    fast paced industry with new standards, always changing and growing, cannot get comfortable

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    respectable, hard working, very results based

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Extremely positive experience at Gen Mills. Never been happier.

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    Current Employee - Business Management Associate  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Business Management Associate in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at General Mills full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Superior values and commitment to employee happiness and success.

    Cons

    None that I can see so far.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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