General Mills

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General Mills Reviews

Updated February 25, 2015
Updated February 25, 2015
205 Reviews
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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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    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Management Communications in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Intern - Management Communications in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at General Mills as an intern

    Pros

    Free food
    Work on great brands

    Cons

    Located in minneapolis
    Most employees are 35+ years old

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more offices across the nation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Had a wonderful experience working for General Mills. Keep s employees Trained & They stress safety.

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    Current Employee - Operator in Lodi, CA
    Current Employee - Operator in Lodi, CA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, Wage. I have learned so much working here. They allowed me to be a trainer of new employees. Encourage employee involvement..

    Cons

    I would say the only thing would be shift work in the production area.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    The best human resource position I had in my career.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Mills

    Pros

    Excellent culture, values and pay. Strong emphasis on development.

    Cons

    Our plant closed and we were not in a position to relocate. Due to lack of facilities on the coast, I left the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to develop employees to get the best out of them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Benefits are great.
    Many Opportunities to advance.
    Very good work life balance

    Cons

    There is a wide variety of standards.
    Not very agile

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more agile.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    General Mill is an Awsome places to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Mills

    Pros

    The only company that has 14 African American leads on the board

    Cons

    work life balance. its very not to be wraped up in the daily issues with out taking them home with you

  7.  

    Great Work/Life Balance

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Mills

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    Rising through the ranks can be challenging

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be sure ton include the experienced for higher level positions rather than the current youth movement in place.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great culture. The hours of a large, corporate company, but the talent of a consulting firm/investment bank.

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    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    It's an extremeley family friendly copmany. People work to live, not live to work. The people are also extremely bright and ambitious - coming from top schools across the country.

    Cons

    Culture of collaboration results in slow decision making and bureaucratic processes. Pretty rigid promotion structure that limits the upward momentum of top talent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Really good company with some not so good people

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist
    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist

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

    Pros

    1. Excellent systems and processes in place
    2. Top management does actively participate in any and every initiative big or small
    3. Does take things like employee safety, quality, CSR as the core of the business

    Cons

    Middle management not so good, which really hampers the work life, the company culture, the values everything good that the top management is trying to give to every employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company does have a good systems like ethics helpline, but the employees do not really feel empowered using them without the fear of getting their name exposed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A highly ethical company with a lot of smart, hard-working people.

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Marketing in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at General Mills full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Commitment to excellence. Strong development programs, particularly in marketing.

    Cons

    Can be a bit insular

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire marketers that are more creative.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 10 people found this helpful  

    Great Company! Going through some financial challenges though.

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    Current Employee - IT Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    GREAT People! The people that work for GMI are of the highest quality. I have met very few over my 15 years with the company that would not be considered experts in their fields.

    They value skill set diversity and encourage people to move around the company into other roles. This has made me a more agile employee with a broader base of roles that I can perform.

    Cons

    5 years of declining sales is very concerning. Because of the lack of growth, they have had to take away many of the employee perks that distinguished them from other companies. Pensions were cut, retiree medical plans were re-structured, cut services at the employee medical center. They need to be mindful about cutting out too much and no longer attracting top talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in a CEO from the outside that is young and has experience with marketing companies in this day and age. It starting to feel a bit too much like the good ole white boys club at the top and they do a great job on the investment side but haven't been able to move the dial in the growth area.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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