General Mills

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General Mills Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
667 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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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  1.  

    Great place to work!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Mills

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, development and promotion opportunities. Good values and a positive culture.

    Cons

    Corporate actions and expectations sometimes do not align with field abilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the field operations more.

  2.  

    Thoroughly enjoyed my years with General Mills

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance, benefits and investment in training. Excellent pay and bonus structure. You are encouraged to advance your career by rotating through multiple positions. Many benefits are available at the corporate campus such as daycare, outstanding cafeteria, auto care facility, company store, many services, etc.

    Cons

    Extreme emphasis is given to college degrees rather than experience. The climate at corporate headquarters can be overwhelming for those not used to such an atmosphere.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
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  5.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
  6.  

    Great marketing company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Marketing capabilities and learning, facilities, benefits

    Cons

    Location (Minneapolis), management style too conservative

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Exciting opportunities and never a dull moment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 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
  9.  

    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

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    opportunity for a growing career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
  11.  

    Great Company to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - HR Generalist in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - HR Generalist in Miami, FL

    I have been working at General Mills full-time (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

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