General Mills Reviews

Updated August 12, 2014
Updated August 12, 2014
576 Reviews

3.7
576 Reviews
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General Mills Chairman and CEO Ken Powell
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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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  1.  

    Worked at Yoplait/Columbo yogurt in Methuen, MA - Great company, great management.

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    Former Employee - Machine Operator/Production Tech  in  Methuen, MA
    Former Employee - Machine Operator/Production Tech in Methuen, MA

    I worked at General Mills as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Organization was managed extremely well. Company was doing well when I was employed so 401K match was doubled for all. Working environment was light and pleasant, and the workforce had good morale.

    Cons

    Factory environment so very rigid work/break structure. Not a negative of the company as much as the career path.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst I  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst I in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at General Mills as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    They care about the employee and developing the employee and balancing work and life.

    Cons

    None really. Only that if you're a software engineer, this is more of an application development shop and the pay is less than at other places. However, it's such a nice place, and there is very few layoffs here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great marketing company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consumer Insights Associate  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Consumer Insights Associate in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at General Mills full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Marketing capabilities and learning, facilities, benefits

    Cons

    Location (Minneapolis), management style too conservative

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Place to Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Marketing Manager  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Marketing Manager in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    "Generous Mills" - Cares about it's employees and focused on developing leaders.
    Cross functional teams are best in class - highly talented and engaged
    Lots of flexibility available if you can figure out who to ask and make it happen

    Cons

    Career progression often based on tenure - not a lot of visibility to how to "make it to the top"
    Conservative company focused on delivering consistent shareholder value - aka - tendency to be risk-averse which can be frustrating

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on promoting talent, not tenure
    Empower the fresh young talent chomping at the bit post MBA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Exciting opportunities and never a dull moment

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    • 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 for more than a year

    Pros

    General Mills offers several perks including generous vacation, 401k matching, and extras like a gym and salon at the office. The pay is very competitive and the company truly values its employees. They go out of their way to make sure you are happy at work and outside of work, too. Managers are highly competent and there are lots of opportunities for advancement or cross-functional moves.

    Cons

    It is very "corporate"! Lots of forms to fill out and just general bureaucracy, which is not so bad if you are Type A. Let's face it, if you get hired, you are probably pretty Type A.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Summer Intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Mills

    Pros

    nice place, enjoyable to work and be at

    Cons

    not much that was negative, very enjoyable

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    opportunity for a growing career

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    Current Employee - R&D Technician  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - R&D Technician in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at General Mills full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    work flex, family oriented, strong foundation of values: always doing the right thing

    Cons

    fast paced industry with new standards, always changing and growing, cannot get comfortable

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    respectable, hard working, very results based

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Company to work for.

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    Current Employee - HR Generalist  in  Miami, FL
    Current Employee - HR Generalist in Miami, FL

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

    Pros

    Benefits and values and work life balance.

    Cons

    I really cannot think about any cons at this point.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Manufacturing Technician

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Technician  in  Covington, GA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Covington, GA

    I worked at General Mills full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The benefits package can't be beat. The pay in great. The culture is very good.

    Cons

    Twelve hour swing shifts can really wear on you. Company would rather promote a poorly performing engineer off of the manufacturing floor rather than find a good person to fill their spot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out a way to push out those that are bringing down the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Extremely positive experience at Gen Mills. Never been happier.

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    Current Employee - Business Management Associate  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Business Management Associate in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at General Mills full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Superior values and commitment to employee happiness and success.

    Cons

    None that I can see so far.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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