General Mills

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General Mills Reviews

Updated August 12, 2014
Updated August 12, 2014
573 Reviews

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

    Great place to work and grow! (intern experience)

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality and Regulatory Operations Intern  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Quality and Regulatory Operations Intern in Minneapolis, MN

    Pros

    Employees are amazing and very nice
    HQ is very accommodating to any lifestyle
    half day fridays during the summer and casual fridays!
    a lot of fun activities to meet other employees

    Cons

    Working at HQ was like a typical office job, I got tired of sitting down so much

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing, the company environment is great!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Challenging and rewarding at the same time

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Marketing Manager  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Associate Marketing Manager in Minneapolis, MN

    Pros

    Great culture, well-respected company with great compensation

    Cons

    Long hours, bonus compensation tied too much to short term

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Opportunities Within

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

    Pros

    Variety of opportunities depending on your interests

    Cons

    recent layoffs
    some areas are more lean & mean than others

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    slow

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Excellent Company to work for

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

    Pros

    Very good benefits, great amenities, flexible work environment, family friendly.
    Rewarding work. You can really see how your efforts help the company.
    World Class products that are recognized throughout the world.

    Cons

    Up until recently both pension and 401k (matching 50 cents per dollar). Now Pension is slowly going away for new hires but still very good 401k plan.
    The company tends to follow fads a little too long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus on your core products and be more aggressive against your competition.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent people, exciting work, and good food

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Communications  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Marketing Communications in Minneapolis, MN

    Pros

    Everyone that I have met at General Mills is great at their job, very friendly, and always willing to help. For me, working with great people makes a great job, and you will find that at General Mills across functions. Beyond the people, it is exciting to work on well known and beloved brands and I've seen the doughboy, Green Giant, and Helping Hand wandering the hallways. Finally, it wouldn't be a full review without mentioning the great food- whether it's buying our brands at the company store, testing new recipes in the Betty Crocker kitchens, or good lunch in the cafeteria, General Mills HQ is full of good food.

    Cons

    I've found that General Mills has a very high achieving culture. While that is great for business results and working with awesome people, it can translate into stress and lots of work. However, I think that is true of most corporate jobs, and the HQ has a great fitness center for working off the stress and we have many amenities that take away some errands.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    They are just so happy.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Analyst  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Software Analyst in Minneapolis, MN

    Pros

    General happiness
    Free food
    Clubs & Events
    Work Life Balance

    Cons

    Some people got laid off last summer, don't know details. Honestly, I have nothing bad to say about them. I've worked for other companies and you can't beat their culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no surprise layoffs!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Well-structured business, great people, fun products

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Management Associate Intern  in  Dresher, PA
    Former Employee - Business Management Associate Intern in Dresher, PA

    Pros

    Emphasis on providing valuable training for employees, the people are just awesome - hard-working, sharp, with great personalities, and the products are fun to promote. Giant business but it still feels like a family.

    Cons

    Little movement and interaction between departments, locations are not in the most exciting places.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    General Mills is staffed with amazing people.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Marketing Manager  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Associate Marketing Manager in Minneapolis, MN

    Pros

    Your cross-functional team is stacked with smart, dedicated, hard-working people. It's also fun to work in food, since everyone has to eat! And if you want to learn how to be a brand manager, this is the place to do it.

    Cons

    Time to promotion is very slow. Leadership doesn't communicate key decisions in a clear or timely manner. There isn't a huge tolerance for risk taking or new thinking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share the pain when making tough decisions. Those who are responsible for poor decisions should be held accountable, not protected.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company, great people

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

    Pros

    genuinely good people
    culture is great
    people are extremely smart (much more so than i expected0
    competitive pay

    Cons

    If you are there for over 5 years, it typically means you are going to be a lifer (maybe be pro or con depending on what you want)
    Nothing really other than that, its a great place to be, especially if you are older and want good balance

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great people, great IT work at a company that values work/life balance

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

    Pros

    - most people working there are smart and helpful
    - company values work/life balance and (at least in IT) schedules are very flexible: more about your results rather than the time you spend in the office
    - great benefits
    - diversity is valued
    - very nurturing culture

    Cons

    - sometimes slow-moving as is typical for a large company
    - minneapolis can be a challenge in the winter
    - your impact is sometimes lost in such a big company

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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