General Mills Reviews

Updated April 11, 2015
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  1. Excellent company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great Work and life balance.

    Cons

    Nothing worth mentioning. No downsides.

  2. Helpful (3)

    truly amazing

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People. Benefits. Culture. Brands. Everything about it.

    Cons

    They tout wanting candor, but they really dont. keep your mouth shut and you will do much better than if you speak up!

    Advice to Management

    keep doing what you are doing

  3. Excellent work life balance benefits.

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

    I have been working at General Mills part-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is possible to manage work and life at General Mills. Sometimes this means making a conscious choice to take a break from the career track or to be taken less seriously for the choice of working part time (this varies from department to department), but generally there is a healthy respect for having more to life than a job you love.

    Cons

    Less so than elsewhere, I'm sure, there is still a bit of a stigma with being part time.

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  5. Excellent Company

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

    I worked at General Mills full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    --- Great career opportunities and ability to move across departments. I wouldn't say it is "easy" but it is do-able if you prove to management you are capable.
    --- Great work-life balance. There is onsite daycare, fitness facility, bank, etc. at the corporate headquarters. Depending on the job, one could work from home. It was nice to be able to work from home when the kids were too sick for school/daycare.
    --- Low turnover. Many employees start there when they're 18 and retire there. Love the knowledge base. Some retire and comeback as consultants.
    --- CEO, executive management, middle management, etc. are approachable.
    --- During the few layoffs General Mills has had, the laid-off employees were often treated with dignity. (Granted this may have differed slightly from one division to the next.) For example, EVERY employee had a meeting with his/her manager no matter if he/she was going to be laid off. The laid-off employee also had the opportunity to work the rest of the day or the rest of the week. The laid-off employee also had the opportunity to say "good-bye".

    Cons

    --- Some managers are better than others at guiding you on the career tract.
    --- Yes, it's a big corporation, so some things move very slowly.

    Advice to Management

    Thanks for taking care of your employees.

  6. Helpful (1)

    General Mills is an excellent company to work for!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Yoplait
    Former Employee - Yoplait

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    General Mills offers several great benefits. The pay is very competitive & the medical insurance is outstanding compared to other businesses. Working at Gen Mills is like having a HUGE extended family.

    Cons

    I guess the cons for some would be the hours you may need to put in during a given week. For others, though, this is a blessing.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open to the ideas that flow from the floor. The workers who do the job everyday are your experts, not your interns or newly hired management who are trying to make a name for themselves.

  7. Great company to work fo

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of financial analysts get into great mba programs such as Northwestern/UCLA/Harvard. Campus is amazing.

    Cons

    Low room for growth outside of the specified growth structure

  8. Very satisfied with all aspects - work environment, management, peer cooperation.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Data Analyst in Golden Valley, MN
    Former Contractor - Data Analyst in Golden Valley, MN

    I worked at General Mills as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The employees were happy, treated you well and always willing to help out.
    Management listened, were well trained in their roles, very willing to meet problems head on.
    Great work environment where you could tell the employees were happy and positive, lots of employees involved in company sponsored volunteering events.

    Cons

    I had a lot of slowdown periods with no work

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you do well esp in your approach to keeping employees happy, positive and enthusiastic in doing a good job.

  9. Helpful (2)

    Great people, great company

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I both interned and worked full time at General Mills as a software developer. Let me state first and foremost that I loved working there, and that they always treated me really well.

    Some pros, from a career standpoint:
    -The internship program is a well oiled machine. I would argue that it's almost flawless in its blend of appropriate sized projects, matching you with fellow employees as technical resources, and arranging social activities with other interns.
    -There's a wide variety of teams and technologies to move between if you so choose.
    -Smart, driven, friendly people everywhere. Since the company has such a low turnover rate, you may find yourself on a team with someone who has spent 15-20 years in a given technology. I particularly enjoyed being able to work directly with these people and draw knowledge from them.
    -Due diligence will ensure that you move up through the ranks. If you do your job and do it adequately, you will get promoted in time.
    -Best-in-class work life balance. Most teams let you work from home when it's convenient for you. You're encouraged to be in the office during core business hours (9am-3pm), but this is always flexible depending on your team and schedule.

    Some pros, from a perks standpoint (at the headquarters building):
    -TONS of amenities. Onsite gas station, credit union, doctor, hair salon, fitness center, grocery store, caribou coffee.
    -Lots of employee networks and social activities.
    -Great benefits. 401k, pension plan, etc.

    Cons

    -The typical red tape you'd expect at a big company.
    -From a software developer's perspective, you may not end up working on 'glamourous' projects. (Unless you're really passionate about product labeling, supply chain logistics, etc.)
    -In my opinion, deadlines are valued more than the quality of the product itself when it comes to software systems.
    -Again in my opinion, promotions seem to be too heavily tied to your manager. I've seen good managers that take time to lobby for the promotion of their employees, and I've seen managers that are too lazy to submit the promotion form. (As a caveat, most managers are indeed great, and the lazy ones are few and far between.)

    Advice to Management

    There's some truly great managers at General Mills. Take note of what the best managers (go by employee feedback) are doing and try to get the rest of the managers to learn from them. Also encourage more innovation and don't be afraid to stray from the status quo.

  10. Great people, rewarding work

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work-life balance, free gym access, half-day Fridays, free samples of new products, competitive salary

    Cons

    Sometimes difficult to gather information due to size of company

  11. Amazing experience - lots of impact and exposure even as an intern.

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Flexible hours (half day Fridays during the summer at headquarters)
    - Friendly people (they will go out of their way to help you)
    - Chill culture

    Cons

    - Conservative culture means its hard to innovate at times

    Advice to Management

    Create a sponsorship program to constantly have young minds filtering through the company

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