Monsanto Company Reviews

Updated June 27, 2015
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Pros
  • competitive salary; great work-life balance; flexible enough to grow career in the area of your interest (in 63 reviews)

  • I enjoyed working for them and they have great benefits (in 27 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is the motto but in reality business expectation do not align (in 37 reviews)

  • Some long hours included 60 hours a week or more (in 18 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    Horrendous.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Monsanto Company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A few nice people. Good pay.

    Cons

    Terrible, stiff atmosphere. Very corporate. Poor treatment of contract workers. Dishonest management.

    Advice to Management

    Treat contract workers with respect. Be honest with the people who work hard for you. Allow personalities instead of wanting robots.


  2. Helpful (6)

    I Was Worked Almost to Death

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Software Tester in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Software Tester in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Monsanto Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Beautiful campus. Decent benefits. Has a pension.

    Cons

    Worked in a department called TPS. Ridiculous amounts of work to do. No concern for how many hours people are working . Never any improvements to any process. High rate of turnover but no one seemed concerned enough to try to stop it.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention when people leave in droves.


  3. Helpful (6)

    Overpopulated with contractors

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Applications Support Analyst in Creve Coeur, MO
    Current Contractor - Applications Support Analyst in Creve Coeur, MO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I'm truly at a loss for a single pro. There are turkeys that walk around campus so I suppose that is neat.

    Cons

    Extremely micro managed. Employee vs contractor treatment. Forced days off use all vacation for contract employees while employees receive 2 weeks paid each year. Contractors lose their vacation time if they're lucky enough to have any. IT is the most mis managed conglomerate department you'll ever witness. Would not recommend this to an enemy.

    Advice to Management

    Monitor middle management and their treatment of contractors. Hire more FTE.


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  5. Helpful (7)

    Very horrible

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Monsanto Company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible timings - any time you can

    Cons

    1.Lot of politics, very bad managers 2. You get noticed only if you are good to manager. 3.Employees are self centered. 4.Employee who want to grow, very bad place to work

    Advice to Management

    Hire mangers who are dynamic,innovative and challenging.


  6. Helpful (4)

    Maui Hawaii Weak Site Leadership and Self Preserving Attitudes

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kïhei, HI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kïhei, HI

    I have been working at Monsanto Company full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Technology is cutting edge, well funded. Good company benefits. Great company emphasis on Workplace Safety.

    Cons

    Emphasis is on individuals to perform without working as a team. Poor reward for high performance. Excessive hours required to complete tasks. Managers agreeing to high production levels while under-staffing hugely. No hiring when workload increases significantly. Dirty office work site. Management will not disclose salary levels within or between different positions. No incentive to work towards promotion, management will not tell how much of a pay rise so you do not know what you are working towards. No internal development programs. Interviewer will promise all kinds of opportunities such as Education funding which does not happen. No equality in annual performance reviews, managers will change my submitted ratings for my direct reports based on headcount balancing and not work contribution. Small site so managers try to be friends with everybody at a cost to the business. No work-life balance, no one to lead your tasks if you are not onsite and you get blamed for things going wrong if you are not there. 50-60 hour work weeks expected for extended periods.

    Advice to Management

    Introduce a manager review program by an independent consultant to evaluate staff skills, level of contribution and potential. Identify high potential people and instigate a program to up-skill in their weak areas and strengthen their solid areas. Managers forget that everything starts at the top so poor performance is driven by them.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Small team and no one has your back

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Security Officer I in Kïhei, HI
    Former Employee - Security Officer I in Kïhei, HI

    I worked at Monsanto Company full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, second hand equipment, other departments in field will work hand in hand with security team and cooperate with you.

    Cons

    Bad leadership, long hours, sometimes 14 hour shifts, own teammates will turn you in when they were just doing the same thing as you, they say when your first hired that family comes first, than you discover that your supervisor will tell you to tell your family to suck it up.

    Advice to Management

    Needs better security team and better management.


  8. Large company feel with no room for advancement

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Monsanto Company as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Relaxed dress code Company provided laptop, though it is incredibly slow. Good cafeteria. They have some pretty decent chefs. Thats it.

    Cons

    You are a contractor and will always be a contractor. They do not convert anyone to full employee status. There is no room for advancement. This place is fine for building some initial experience but after a year or two in your role, it's time to move on to another company. My number 1 complaint about this company is the security and safety that revolves around everything. They block every website under the sun, even when it doesn't need to be. (Example: They block google chat but not facebook) They have sporadic 'seat belt checks' where they watch every single person arrive to work and tally whether or not they are wearing their seat belts. If you drive too quickly on the campus, their security will pull you over. They frown on working from home which doesn't make sense to me since they provide you with a laptop and a vpn.

    Advice to Management

    Hire some people. Seriously, convert some of the contractors to employees. I don't know anyone who wants to stay a contractor their whole career. You wouldn't have such a high turnaround if it weren't for this very reason.


  9. Helpful (1)

    aggressive

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Scientist in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Monsanto Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    work-life balance. Good place to start your career.

    Cons

    Too much flip-flops in strategy.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest and consistent.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Extremely aggressive and stressful.

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Software Developer in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Contractor - Software Developer in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Monsanto Company as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Adoption of hot technologies. Lax dress code and work hours. Work from home option. Plenty of vacation days.

    Cons

    Extreme levels of stress. High expectations from contractors and employees. Massive layoffs if economic conditions worsen. Pay is average and doesn't match the level of work and dedication expected from employees and contractors. Consultants and employees are expected to deliver from first join they join. This is not an exaggeration.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Long hours and no "thanks"

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

    I have been working at Monsanto Company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    If you like politics, work here! This is the only way to be successful here.

    Cons

    Must be a "yes" man/woman to be successful - not allowed to challenge status quo. Bonus' and goals are a joke and mean nothing. Your bonus is driven by how much and how well you socialize with the leadership team- that's what they told me!!!! They have gotten away from hiring real people managers. H.R. Allows bullying to continue to take place. I'll have a new boss in 6 months, and 6 months after that- we can only be set up for success, huh? But I'm glad these people decide my livelihood.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget our historical culture. Fast growth has caused leadership to lose sight of the competencies and their human assets.



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