General Mills Reviews

Updated October 3, 2014
Updated October 3, 2014
602 Reviews
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Pros
  • Work-life balance depends on position and location and department management (in 115 reviews)

  • Great benefits (but decreasing), good teamwork, great training opportunities (in 42 reviews)


Cons
  • Be prepared for a poor work-life balance if working in a plant production facility (in 52 reviews)

  • Slow decision making, progression in one's career can seem very slow and formulaic (in 15 reviews)

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    For those who fit in, this can be a great place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist I in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist I in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at General Mills full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people are what makes this company great - smartest in the business and friendly. Good perks if in Minneapolis, especially if at main office. Pay is generally good. Work-life balance depends on position and location and department management. Good medical, dental, 401k, other benefits.

    Cons

    If you don't fit the work style and behavior, you will be miserable. Meetings before meetings, passive aggressive, being up-front is not appreciated, and you can never have an off day. It's all relationship based, so it's tough if you're an introvert and need time to think or recharge. If you work internationally, in marketing or in a professional position at a plant, you will not have any work-life balance. Company is entrenched in being a big corporation and cannot get small, innovative ideas into the market because they won't make enough money to meet the market expectations. No CEO wants to be the one to reduce or quit paying dividends, so it's all about what "the street" thinks of the company. Company is slow to make decisions and risk-averse. If you can manage up and are identified as a "driver", you can do no wrong. If management doesn't think you fit that mold, you will never promote. It's hard to break into social circles outside of work if you didn't grow up or live here before.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out how to get smaller, innovative ideas into the market and how to work with them to let them succeed, and let the iconic brands bring in the big $ for now. Be open to, and value, diverse work styles and personalities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Used to be known as a good, stable company to work for....

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Mills full-time

    Pros

    The best part of General Mills is the work-flex program that allows individuals to tend to their personal issues without having to "clock in" so to speak everyday or even track vacation hours. The mentality is that as long as work gets don't, General Mills does not seems to mind how it gets done. This company USED to have a good culture but now with the 2nd round of layoffs in 3 years, corporate executives do not seem to care for it.

    Cons

    Now that you have had 2 round of layoffs in 3 years General Mills needs to seriously needs to consider what that means for the employees that are left in the company. In the first layoffs in 2012 company culture was hurt and, despite management saying there would be not impact work workload, workload increases. Jobs were downgraded to lower levers even thought the work didn't change. As we face the seconds rounds of layoffs currently, I hope General Mills increases the benefits and comp of those who are left or else they will leave the company themselves. Keep in mind join General Mills for the 1) culture and 2) job stability and now the company doesn't have either to pitch.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation and Benfits of the remaining employees needs to increase with lack of company culture and benefits remaining.

    Marketing Salaries should be a source of HMM (they have not driven anything for the company in the last 3 years).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Respectable but not necessarily inspirational

    Former Employee - Senior Scientist I in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist I in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Very good benefits, flexible working conditions, good learning opportunities. Very seasoned and passionate experts work at this company which greatly enhance the development of more junior employees.

    Cons

    Slow decision making, progression in one's career can seem very slow and formulaic. Engagement across all levels is not necessarily consistent. Salary for existing employees does not keep up with new hires.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Needs to Act Boldly

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    People, Brands, Resources and focus on doing the right thing!

    Cons

    Cover offs, limited decision making without 10+ meetings

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Act Boldly

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good career opportunities if you can tolerate their complex strategy, politics, and life in Minnesota

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Planning Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Business Planning Manager in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    - People at General Mills are Type-A personalities, so you'll be surrounded by a lot of smart, ambitious folks
    - The sales track brings people in at the ground level and has a clearly-defined path to move them upward throughout different roles
    - While you are essentially required to relocate, the company compensates you very well for doing so
    - GMI is a top-echelon foods company so your position with customers will be more prominent than a smaller player and it certainly bolsters your resume
    - Benefits are good

    Cons

    - Highly political corporate environment
    - Their go-to-market and trade strategy is so complex that it will take most people years to understand their business model, which can be very frustrating
    - External/experienced hires will more than likely feel lost at General Mills
    - All roads lead to Minneapolis
    - You will relocate or you'll be forced out
    - Pay is sub-standard to the rest of the industry
    - Very slow to respond to competition

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Simplify your trade strategy
    - Figure out what to do with external hires or don't hire them
    - Upper-management needs to get to know their people better
    - Stop the political nonsense at corporate and let people speak their minds candidly

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Ole Boy Mentality

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - RSR
    Current Employee - RSR

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

    Pros

    The benefits are the car, gas card, health insurance, etc, Also, summer hours, 1/2 day on Friday then off for the weekend starting from May 31 to Sept 1st.

    Cons

    No leadership in field sales. Everyone is out to get someone...You better make friends with one person that you can trust, because there are no morals, standards or ethics in this company. It is the "good ole boy's club" or as we say in the south, the bubba Club! In the corporate offices in Minnesota, totally different world, than outside sales.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire managers that continue to embrace different ideas, that welcome new and innovative styles of selling, and who will stand up and take the blame instead of laying it elswhere

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great training, but many are more focused on internal relationships than actually winning in market

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Breadth of portfolio and geographies served
    On site gym, health care, store, caribou
    Training, rotational program

    Cons

    Culture is so consensus driven it can't move very fast

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start hiring externally, lay people off sooner when it isn't an ideal fit

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

    Strategies don't align with reality

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Manager in Houston, TX

    I worked at General Mills full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work day, fair pay, good people

    Cons

    Corporate has no grasp on reality - need to get out of ivory tower and find out what's really happening instead of relying on reports and recent grads who have never stepped into grocery store

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start innovation instead of waiting 5 years to see what consumers want - too late to the table on every trend

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great exposure, but very cookie-cutter with low salaries

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

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of people that are great to work with and it is very exciting to work on brands that people recognize and have personal connections to. If you're looking for a company to have a set career track, then this is the right company for you. It is a very conservative, slow-to-innovation Fortune 500 company with lots of project management opportunities.

    Cons

    If you're looking to branch out and make your own career choices, this is not the company for you. GMI is very conservative and super risk-averse... translation: things never change (even if they say they "want" things to change). The culture is definitely home-grown Minnesotan and definitely has a functional-silo mentality. Forget all of the things they tell you about "Supply Chain Innovation", this is a pure Marketing company- plain and simple... translation: you need to market yourself. GMI is very big on promoting from within to the "favorites" despite actual deliverables. GMI is also big on meetings before meetings before meetings before meetings because the consensus process takes FOREVER.

    Also, they might have had work-life balance in the past. However, I typically work 50-70+ hrs/week while making $10k less than market value with ZERO overtime and minimal internal recognition. One big issue is regarding location. If the company asks you to move and you say no for whatever reason, you are put on a "list" that potentially prohibits upward mobilty. Oh and did I mention that you're expected to move every 1-2 years? Yea... not the best situation.

    Overall, GMI used to be a great company, but is definitely not up to par for young, innovative career professionals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - increase base salaries: have a more robust compensation package for the amount of work we do (i.e. if we are going to burn out, we might as well get paid well!)

    - truly execute against corporate goals to "act bold & move quickly": take greater calculated risks on projects, corporate culture and recruitment strategies (i.e. too much nepotism!)

    - more " atta boys/girls": in lieu of increased compensation packages, at least reward those key players who ACTUALLY deliver at/above goal through recognition (i.e. a "good job well done" email goes a long way to improve employee morale)

    - increase diversity: not just regarding ethnicity, but employees who do not have the EXACT same perspective and mentality to foster new and innovative ideas to 1) win the market QUICKLY & 2) retain young professionals since so many have left in the past 2 years (i.e. it's cheaper to retain an employee than fire & hire anew)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Contract employee

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Food Labeling Specialist in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Food Labeling Specialist in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at General Mills as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    It's essentially a brand name to have on your resume. Lots of people there have many years of experience and are very bright. Good learning experience and a good way to discover the "corporate" lifestyle.

    Cons

    As a contractor you most likely will not be include in employee meetings, gatherings, emails, etc. Location was in the 'burbs. Has the "Minnesota Nice" atmosphere. Sometimes you feel like another number in a cubicle.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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