General Mills Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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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. administrative assistant

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good benefits and corporate brand

    Cons

    Unpredictable and not stable management

    Advice to Management

    Listen to all areas when making decisions


  2. Helpful (4)

    Courageous Leadership Needed

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Business Partner in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Human Resources Business Partner in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company has provided a great opportunity to grow HR expertise in change management, talent development and org strategy.

    Cons

    Senior leaders need to drive change but there is no real action underway that gives confidence we will win. Few advancement opportunities will be available near term due to recent cuts, which is not motivating.

    Advice to Management

    Lead. Be courageous to make the changes on the senior team that will lead us to growth.


  3. General Mills

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    Former Employee - Logistics Forklift Driver in Murfreesboro, TN
    Former Employee - Logistics Forklift Driver in Murfreesboro, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Okay job positions, good place for overtime. The plant in Murfreesboro is currently expanding. Equal opportunity to work.

    Cons

    Not good enough communication with in management. Alot of changes with how you work and how to get things done. Rarely know when and if you will be off for weekends or holidays.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Good Company but Tons of Change

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Work/Life Balance - Competitive Benefits - Company Car (Sales) - Tons of Free Food Samples

    Cons

    - Not Competitive on Pay - Numerous Restructurings/Layoffs (including the loss of tons of great middle management employees)

    Advice to Management

    Good company overall, but culture needs to be more direct/transparent and need to improve salary offerings in the CPG industry in order to attract new talent.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Good campus, outdated strategy

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Impressive headquarters with doctor, gym, credit union, cafeteria and even a gas station on campus. Mostly good people. Career advancement opportunities for driven individuals.

    Cons

    Big company with big headaches. Trying to become global player comes with a fair share of growing pains. Uninspired innovation. Lack of a clear strategy based on current market trends is heavily impacting the future of the company.

    Advice to Management

    The company stopped being a leader in the market place a long time ago and it is trying to catch up to smaller companies that took the risk and are now seeing the dividends.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Unstable environment

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at General Mills (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good salary and excellent benefits at all levels.

    Cons

    Leadership not consistent with objectives across the org.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Good Marketing Experience

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at General Mills full-time

    Pros

    - good education on the fundamentals of brand management - opportunity to rotate between different brands - strong cross-functional partners - strong performance rewarded well

    Cons

    - the recent re-organization and lay-offs have left many people jaded. Overall climate / culture is not strong. While there are initiatives underway to get things back on track, GMI is not the happiest company right now. Certainly see things changing, but it will take a while.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure there is a continued focus on people and culture. Listen to employees - what they are looking for. Try to get to the true root causes - have a frank conversation across functions, and try to look through the "Minnesota Nice" mentality that people have in this state.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Decent plane to work, but you are a number

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Technician in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Technician in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, summer hours, flexible dress code, great people, fun events

    Cons

    No loyalty, corporate america, very competitive

    Advice to Management

    Instead of putting employees against each other and creating animosity, have a re-evaluation strategy. People should be getting compensated based on performance rather than title. There is a glass ceiling, HR makes up rules as they go.


  10. Global Consumer Insights Associate Intern

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    Current Intern - Global Consumer Insights Associate in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Intern - Global Consumer Insights Associate in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at General Mills as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    General Mills has a strong culture that values teamwork, diversity and alignment. Working at the MGO (aka headquarters) affords one many amenities, including a free gym, on site gas station and auto shop, and a spacious cafeteria. Managers are interested in your personal success. The internship program provides ample opportunities for networking with company leaders, with much built in support from designated "sponsors" and "mentors." I received an offer an I am strongly considering returning.

    Cons

    Let's face it, "big food" is facing fundamental challenges: rapidly changing consumer habits and distrust of large food manufacturers. Industry health is the first mark against General Mills. Second, career advancement is tedious at the company. There is little room for upward advancement unless you stay for years. It takes an average of 5+ years to earn promotion to manager, and even at that point, it's possible you may get to manage people if that is important to you.

    Advice to Management

    Innovate faster! Make bold moves unless you want to go the way of Kraft an Heinz.


  11. Current Direction

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Historically great place to work - ethical culture, strong work ethic.

    Cons

    Recent, constant layoffs have hurt culture and resulting work ethic.

    Advice to Management

    You will damage the long term morale, work ethic and breakthrough results if employees are always looking over their shoulder for the next set of layoffs.



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