Monsanto Company

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Monsanto Company Reviews

Updated December 14, 2014
Updated December 14, 2014
465 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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

  • Great benefits and the company places a lot of emphasis on professional/personal development (in 27 reviews)


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

  • Tendency to work long hours, and lots of political games (the company calls this "networking") (in 18 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Used to be awesome, but change has left is lackluster

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Current Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Current Employee in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    - Paid week off between Christmas and New Years.

    - Interesting products and services

    - Great cafeteria services

    - Fitness facility on one of the four facilities in St. Louis.

    Cons

    - No raises. If you earn a "strong" rating for the last three years here you have been working for less money each year.

    - Awful review process. Seems to be no oversight on the reviews them self, much less on reconciliation. Trust me if you are a diversity candidate (other than women) you will get the short end of the reconciliation process.

    - Monsanto is definitely a groupthink, yesman culture. Little focus of hiring people different than themselves. No one can rock the boat and since they can't things never change or get worse.

    - Managers don't manage. There are two cultures here. Managers attend meetings 80-100 percent of the time. They network and "align" and apply for new roles every 12 - 18 months. On the other hand you will be doing the majority of the work, often short staffed or with consultants who are unhappy because they have been consultants at the firm 5, 10, even 15+ years and never offered a job. You will have multiple managers because since you have a competency, HR allows a culture that will road block your development and promotions.

    -Hands down the worst IT (Us Commercial) organization I have seen in any major company. Arrogant and they do not align to the business, they tell the business what they will be doing and their long range planning is separate for the business. Leads that when asked what is going on simply do not show up for meetings, return calls or emails, unless you are in a position to promote them. If you are unfortunate enough to have REAL expertise in a field they are working on, and it's not what they are wanting to do, they'll simply "shop" for a business leader who is not knowledgeable enough to know they are on the wrong course and say that is who is sponsoring their work. If you dare to complain or asked for accountability, Your leadership will be informed you are rocking the boat then it's going to be a while before your invited back to a meeting.

    They used to be a great company and there used to be open dialog and communicate across roles and levels. Now it has become a place where you get worked to death, no one listens or cares (their own Lenexa surveys show 40 - 50 percent of employees "do not feel valued as an employee"

    You can do better than here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to the business. Talent is walking out the door while you are spouting platitudes and pretending things will be alright. We were once innovative and inclusive, now management is like a Country Club and the rest of us are inappropriately attired.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Maui Hawaii Weak Site Leadership and Self Preserving Attitudes

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Small team and no one has your back

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Needs better security team and better management.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Large company feel with no room for advancement

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    aggressive

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Too much flip-flops in strategy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest and consistent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Extremely aggressive and stressful.

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

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

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Long hours and no "thanks"

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

    I have been working at Monsanto Company

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    They Pay You to Keep You Around, But When They're Done With You, You're Just a Number

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Operations Specialist
    Former Employee - Customer Operations Specialist

    I worked at Monsanto Company full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The salary was great...while it lasted.

    Cons

    The original owner of my company sold to Monsanto to give all of us more and better opportunities. Once we grew a bigger footprint in Corporate America, things began to change. We were always promised more educational opportunities, which never happened, as well as more "house keeping" tasks would come off of our plates and more product-related tasks would be added, which also never happened. We were told July 8th that our Operations Team would be relocating to another office, where there was no room for us. Then we were expected to go in every day and put a smile on and act like everything was ok, until our last day, August 30th. The whole situation was poorly handled. It didn't happen due to the economy, as there are other people in a call center doing our jobs. They always pride themselves on the level of customer service that is offered to their growers. I have kept in touch with a few salesmen and dealers, and there is no level of customer service anymore. When they lose all of their east coast Regional Brand business, they can thank only themselves. Now that I am being forced to look for a job, I can thank them for leaving me qualified to be only a glorified secretary. Because of all of the promises to further my education and my salary, I kept hanging on. Where am I going to be able to find a customer service role making $40K+ per year? I just hope this helps Hugh Grant and Mike Stern to be better able to buy Christmas for their families. Being a single mother with no financial assistance, my daughter is going to miss out on a lot, just so I can keep a roof over our heads.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When sending an HR representative to fire employees, make sure she has business cards and doesn't write her contact information on post-it notes. How professional...NOT!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Greedy...unethical,,,discriminatory,,,only cares about profits, not growers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Seed Manager for the Americas in Filer, ID
    Former Employee - Seed Manager for the Americas in Filer, ID

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

    Pros

    They pay well to get the best aggies in the industry

    Cons

    Very greedy company that sends the message that profits is the target goal...does not care about seed diversity, growers, sustainability or people that don't agree with them. If you don't agree with patents o monopolies you are out. They claim they hire diversity, the truth is that Monsanto is a white company, a minority does not have advancement opportunities or management support.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    How can you sleep when you are killing diversity from humanity, hiding varieties and taking growers to courts? The public will never accept your GMO's created to gain profit not to help humanity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Unless you are a scientist, don't bother coming here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Creve Coeur, MO
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Creve Coeur, MO

    I worked at Monsanto Company full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Better than average benefits in St. Louis, which is a sub-standard city to live in. Cheap, but sub-standard.

    Cons

    Lots of boys clubs, promotions to those who've been there the longest, not who work the hardest. Oh yeah, and if you don't have a science degree prepared to be treated like your job is "not as cool". Be prepared to endure yearly recurring (and boring as hell) training materials that are obviously geared at lab people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please ask yourselves: How come if you manage to attract all the best talent around, why happened to make it become the greatest revolving door? Low retention, decreasing loyalties, people fleeing left and right.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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