General Mills Reviews

Updated October 13, 2014
Updated October 13, 2014
602 Reviews
3.7
602 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Great career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Warehouse Manager in Hannibal, MO
    Current Employee - Warehouse Manager in Hannibal, MO

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

    Pros

    Very great advancement potential. Compensation. Benefits.

    Cons

    Long hours. Very lean staffing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good Place to Work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Mills

    Pros

    great community of people to work with

    Cons

    No real problems working here

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    General Mills is a good place to work

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

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

    Pros

    - great culture and work life balance. stable company
    - supportive management team
    - rewarding projects to work on where I felt I could make an impact. variety of projects
    - positive interaction with front line employees

    Cons

    - many opportunities for process improvement
    - dealing with a unionized workforce requires strong people skills

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue looking beyond marketing to other areas of the company for process improvements, and hire and reward talent in other functions like operations, engineering, logistics, procurement, etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great work life balance

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

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

    Pros

    Challenging and lots of learning. Lots of personal growth opportunities, great compensation and decent benefits. Awesome time-off policies

    Cons

    Very corporate, everybody is "minnesota nice", which gets a little old.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more innovative. If you want to compete with the quickly growing start-up food companies, you have to be less caught in the way things have always been done.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Treats employees very well, with great culture, ethics, and drive to succeed

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, 401k, vacations, flexibility, and everyone walks around with a smile and is ready to have endless conversations.

    Cons

    You must show drive and willingness to learn to progress

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More in class training would be beneficial

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Project Engineering Co-op

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

    I worked at General Mills

    Pros

    Great work/life balance and company culture. I was able to work with contractors, technicians, and senior leadership to execute a wide variety of capital projects.

    Cons

    The co-op program lacks organization since it does not receive the same funding/programming as the corporately driven/funded internship program.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the co-op program on par with the internship program. Co-ops feel inferior because they don't get as much of an experience as the interns from a training/networking standpoint.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Best CPG Company to work for!

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

    I worked at General Mills full-time

    Pros

    Great people, high level of integrity, will always do the right thing, good benefits, flexible work systems, strong performance management, individual development program, great mentoring programs, global opportunities, strong manufacturing leadership.

    Cons

    Slow to get things done, creativity is limited, company needs to focus on sales and marketing changes. Culture of meetings, meeting before the meeting, during the meeting and after the meeting needs to change. Slow decision making.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to look at all parts of the company for redundancy, eliminate waste (time and resource waste) not just material waste.

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

    Production Union Worker

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Warehouse in Sharonville, OH
    Current Employee - Warehouse in Sharonville, OH

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

    Pros

    Great family of friends, good benefits

    Cons

    Not enough growth in the plant , Long hours and less days off

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the people, they run the process and know it well

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    I was a financial analyst in the finance leader development program.

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

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

    Pros

    The culture is amazing. They really care about their people. Great work life balance, great salary and benefits. Summer hours, on-site doctor and other amenities. Challenging work but you are surrounded by brilliant people.

    Cons

    There are a lot of meetings. It is hard to get everything done with the amount of meetings there are. Once you get to an SFA level it is hard to get into the manager level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Excellent people, programs. A good place to work.

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

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

    Pros

    When I got to the plant, everyone was helpful, friendly and welcoming. I enjoy the office culture, people are very open, willing to help or put you in the right direction. It has been a very collaborative environment, and a great place to get to know people professionally. If you need an expert, there's always someone in the company that you can look up, contact, and throw time on their calendar to talk things through.

    Cons

    Some positions in manufacturing locations will require you to be on call all day and accessible by phone.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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