General Mills

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General Mills Reviews

Updated January 20, 2015
Updated January 20, 2015
670 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • You can have a good work life balance if you make it a priority (in 118 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 53 reviews)

  • Slow decision making, progression in one's career can seem very slow and formulaic (in 17 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Poor Work Environment and Declining Sales

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Mills

    Pros

    Good Compensation for executives
    Quality Brands
    Smart People to work with

    Cons

    Management is now delivering on commitments to shareholders or employees. The business is declining and instead of working to revitalize business they are cutting people, reducing quality and slashing budgets. This is not a company to join.

    During last round of layoffs, employees had 5-10 minute meetings where they were fired and told to leave the office the same day and not come back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop making cosmetic changes and fix your business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    General Mills Response

    Jan 26, 2015Recruiting Communication Specialist

    General Mills has always led decisions making with the employees best interest in mind, we are sorry that you do not feel that was the case in the recent restructure situation. Your feedback has been ... More

  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Roller Coaster Ride

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager

    I have been working at General Mills full-time

    Pros

    My experience at General Mills....Competitive base salary, competitive bonus, company car for sales employees, limited amount of travel, every day is different

    Cons

    Poor work - life balance, high number of weak managers, company only cares about young mobile employees, constant layoffs and restructuring the last few years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to learn to take care of your employees field based employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    General Mills Response

    Jan 26, 2015Recruiting Communication Specialist

    General Mills has always led decisions making with the employees best interest in mind, we are sorry that you do not feel that is the case in your situation. Your feedback has been heard and will be ... More

  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    Horrible place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Marketing Manager
    Current Employee - Associate Marketing Manager

    I have been working at General Mills

    Pros

    Looks good on resume, classic cpg training

    Cons

    Highly political, poor executive leadership, recent layoffs, the company is in a state of chaos, no work life balance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 9 people found this helpful  

    Pain everyday, don't do it!

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

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

    Pros

    Guessing the place could have been nice during the processed food glory days.

    Cons

    Over-matrixed to the max. This place doesn't allow for anything to get done. Why not meet for coffee three times prior to discussing the real work?...Especially during a time when old school food companies are being disrupted by smarter, leaner and more nimble food start-ups.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Catalyst aka Change demonstrated loyalty to those that have been with the company twenty years. If you are serious about wanting to change, perhaps keeping some of the new experienced hires that know what the world looks like outside the mills would be helpful. If you are truly "consumer first" you may want to note that consumers aren't into processed foods, sugar or cereal anymore...and care a lot about GMOs and product transparency.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    General Mills heading in the wrong direction

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great brands and great people with a rich history. Headquarters campus features lots of amenities. Ability to advance and experience multiple roles.

    Cons

    A new policy in the sales organization requires employees to move anywhere/anytime with virtually no input. Kids are hired out of college and put into roles well beyond their skill sets/ability level. Kids are hired in 'classes' and moved along after a year in role - regardless of performance - terrible employees get passed along to other teams b/c no one wants to deal with them. Employees hired from the outside with experience are treated as outsiders and there are even separate policies dedicated for advancement, etc. Multiple layoffs within the last few years as well as cost cutting measures across the board signal that General Mills is in trouble.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Letting HR drive policies for the sales organization (the part of the company that actually brings in the money) is a disastrous decision and will continue to drive away your best people.

  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Give and take relationship. I gave, they took.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production in Lodi, CA
    Current Employee - Production in Lodi, CA

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

    Pros

    The union drove financial stability. Unique balance of quality co-workers whom were more deserving of a better quality of life than what big brother was willing to give.

    Cons

    Power trip and narcissistic attitude. This goes double for management. The insults to intelligence and willingness to sacrifice an employee for the sake of recognition is disgusting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick it. You couldn't buy a clue let alone a degree. Thanks for destroying hundreds of middle class opportunities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Top Heavy Organization.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

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

    Pros

    Outstanding benefits and engagement of cultural diversity. Tremendously thoughtful planning and continuous improvement program. Stakeholders have realized valuable returns on their investments.

    Cons

    Too many staffing cuts within these chellenging economic times makes for poor morale. Cuts should.come from the top, not the middle or bottom tier. GMI totes work life balance, but in order to succeed, you must sacrifice said balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend money like it was your own. Spend far less money on alcohol, business class travel, fancy dinners and extravagant hotels and those Project Refuels snd Project Catalysts would never have to happen. Value added bonus would be that your employees will respect you a whole lot more and morale would go way up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Everyone is stressed out, company is challenged by society's movement away from packaged food.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Golden Valley, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Golden Valley, MN

    I have been working at General Mills full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pension, half day Fridays in the summer, strong brands, excellent campus in Golden Valley

    Cons

    Less autonomy than in the past. Work is less rewarding. Have committed to shareholders that General Mills will achieve profit targets through cost cutting. General Mills has strong enough brands where they should have top line growth rather than squeezing the middle of the income statement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell products that people want.

    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very corporate and Minnesota-nice (not in a good way)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Golden Valley, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Golden Valley, MN

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

    Pros

    There are worse things a company could make...

    Cons

    Hard work and dedication are absolutely no guarantee for job security or advancement. If you want to get ahead, you must schmooze with the right people and spend less time doing actual work (but take credit as if you were responsible for any successes).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look around and think about all the really, really good people who have left in the last few years...isn't it time to make a cultural and reward system / career advancement change that will have a positive impact?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Maintenance Mechanic

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cereal Maintenance Technician in Carson, CA
    Former Employee - Cereal Maintenance Technician in Carson, CA

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

    Pros

    Nice workers and clean! Don"t know what herd work is

    Cons

    Mangaers dont let you work! too too picky

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    let your workers work! and do the job right

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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