General Mills

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General Mills Reviews

Updated Jun 24, 2014
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3.9 563 reviews

94% Approve of the CEO

General Mills Chairman and CEO Ken Powell

Ken Powell

(426 ratings)

85% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Modest people, job security and healthy work life balance are some of the advantages(in 104 reviews)

  • General Mills offers several great benefits(in 41 reviews)


Cons
  • Found that there were very short breaks, sometime also a poor work-life balance(in 49 reviews)

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

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    Great exposure, but very cookie-cutter with low salaries

    Logistics Planner (Current Employee) Minneapolis, MN

    ProsThere 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.

    ConsIf 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 Senior Management- 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)

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Losing good people

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat culture; the values of the company are great. On site perks are nice - but not free.

    ConsLot of really good people are starting to leave. HR needs to focus in talent retention across ALL levels

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on employees

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great benefits, but reduced recently. HR rules the company.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsI worked at General Mills for 9 years in Sales. The training and employee development are outstanding. The benefits are great-- vacation, pension, salaries are somewhat not competitive though due to other benefits. Great brands to represent.

    ConsBenefits have been reduced lately-- no pension for new hires. You are required to move frequently and no longer have as much influence on where you will end up next. Most importantly I noticed they are taking the emphasis on diversity to a new level and hiring less qualified people over more qualified people and it impacts morale negatively on high performing employees. I warn against working at the Kroger Business Center. I worked in several locations for GMI and it was by far the most challenging culture of any office I worked in.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReconsider overemphasis on diversity. Discouraging to highly qualified, high performing employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Contract employee

    Food Labeling Specialist (Former Employee) Minneapolis, MN

    ProsIt'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.

    ConsAs 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Typical Desk Job

    Logistics Planner At A Plant (Current Employee)

    ProsGeneral Mills is a reliable company that never bounces a paycheck.

    ConsYou sit all day. There is no breaks. On the job learning is a far cry unless you can decipher screen shots of e-mail threads.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate better training material, and allow more freedom for movement of employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to work if you're in the right arera

    Staff Consultant (Former Employee) Minneapolis, MN

    ProsFlexible work arrangements (if you have the right manager); "country club" atmosphere - fitness center, Caribou, D'Amico, Aveda Salon, Company Store, Concierge, Auto Service Center, etc. all on campus. There is an annual bonus for most.

    ConsLots of managers and not a lot of doers anymore. Doers end up working far more hours. Low morale among certain groups. No longer feel like a valued employee. No budgets for training or employee celebrations.

    Advice to Senior ManagementValue the employees who are working hard to make General Mills a successful and growing company. Listen to their needs. Value ongoing training, not just free in-house sponsored training.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company, but not for outside hires

    Business Category Manager (Current Employee) Cincinnati, OH

    ProsGeneral Mills is a company that wants to take care of their employees and help them grow professionally. For a new grad, it is a great company that will give you the opportunity to do every role within the company. The company's skill in writing the story and making your presentation professional are second to none.

    ConsGeneral Mills is used to bringing employees in right out of college and grooming them through their career. The company does not often hire outside of their employees and it shows. They do not want to grow in how they do business by learning from others and they discount your previous work experience. The Kroger team in Cincinnati is a very interesting team. They are extremely independent, meaning the sales team works with the sales team, category management by themselves and shopper marketing by themselves. No one works together. Also the Kroger team does not offer any work life balance. They wait last minute for requests and expect you to finish it "yesterday".
    General Mills has instituted a new policy on promotions. It is now a blind promotion. You are expected to be mobile and if you are not, they will ask you to leave the company. You do not get to choose what role you have next or where you move. They expect you to change roles every 12-18 months. If you are an experienced hire and have roots, this is not the company for you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive control back to your employees so that they have a say in their future.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Solid company with great values.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsTraining and very talented individuals. Core values

    ConsPeer group differing in effort and devotion. Continuing experience without relocation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOutline plans for the future and inform people.

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    Lots of potential for everyone that works here, encouraging atmosphere

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Atlanta, GA

    ProsGreat salary and benefits, work life balance is getting better

    ConsChange is very slow if at all. Extremely conservative

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work!

    Business Planning Manager (Former Employee) Minneapolis, MN

    ProsThey are flexible with work-life balance. Their manager of people mantra is "Good to Great" and they really do stand behind that, offering managers various training classes. They have very good benefits and they pay is in-line with the competition.

    ConsCareer path movement in their sales organization can be difficult. You really have to network continually and be on top of your career path at all times to continue moving up in the organization. HR is not very helpful for the most part, they seem to be very political and not really on your side.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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