General Mills

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General Mills Reviews

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
637 Reviews
3.6
637 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  

    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
  2. 6 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 an 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
  3. 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 an 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.

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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Give and take relationship. I gave, they took.

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    • 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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Top Heavy Organization.

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    • 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Maintenance Mechanic

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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 an 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
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Worst year of my life.

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

    I have been working at General Mills full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Looks good on resume for other employers

    Cons

    - Being an AMM is like being lowest on the food chain
    - VERY political!
    - You can't have any kind of meeting without an extensive powerpoint deck that your manager made you stay up all weekend working on, only to pick apart ten times
    - Passive aggressive culture where nobody can give honest opinion
    - Unrealistic amount of work given to one person
    - Location - Minneapolis is a nightmare of cold weather and cold people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let new ideas and opinions flow through the company. Stop letting VPs micro manage ideas to death.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good for what it is.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production in Joplin, MO
    Former Employee - Production in Joplin, MO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, wages as compared to local community.
    Bonus program as it was.

    Cons

    6-7 day work weeks if you want to make any money. 3 weeks vacation really only good if you have seniority.
    Management seems above employees, lots of fake smiles and fake caring.
    Production is priority. (even though it is said otherwise).
    RTF= Run to Failure. That is how maintenance is handled many times.
    They do not listen to employee complaints. Even those pointing out critical and potentially damaging ones.
    When you have audits, it nice to get a call first or have it scheduled, cause you would never pass a surprise visit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get off your high horse and do some actual work every now and then
    Make some surprise walks on a regular basis. Not just one time a month, you would be surprised what you see and hear.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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