Monsanto Company

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Monsanto Company Reviews

Updated Jun 6, 2014
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3.7 383 reviews

93% Approve of the CEO

Monsanto Company Chairman and CEO Hugh Grant

Hugh Grant

(239 ratings)

77% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • competitive salary; great work-life balance; flexible enough to grow career in the area of your interest(in 46 reviews)

  • Great work-life balance, great work culture, great benefits(in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is the motto but in reality business expectation do not align(in 29 reviews)

  • Tendency to work long hours, and lots of political games (the company calls this "networking")(in 16 reviews)

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    Interesting but dull

    Intern (Former Employee) Saint Louis, MO

    ProsAccess to a lot of interesting information and insights

    ConsLack of any real enthusiasm about the world as an intelligent ecosystem

    Advice to Senior ManagementBegin to see yourselves as something more than automatons chasing dollars and inventing markets that no one wants or needs.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It's getting worse.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Saint Louis, MO

    ProsCompetitive compensation, great benefits, relatively flexible toward work/life balance needs, Sincere colleagues, the opportunity to work for a company working in exciting challenges.

    ConsCareer advancement requires as much interpersonal networking as it does job performance, if not more. A surprising lack of diversity. If you aren't a good old boy/girl, and don't look like one, trying to get ahead will be an uphill fight that never ends. Office politics between teams and individuals goes unchecked. High expectations to execute the boss's orders, few opportunities where one is empowered to solve problems.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInstitute quantitative metrics for hiring and promotion decisions to reduce patronage. Acknowledge your hubris in assuming you always have the right answer. Treat employees with respect and empower them to solve problems.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    the company only wants young college graduates

    Cos (Former Employee) Des Moines, IA

    ProsI had a new building to work in, The pay was ok, good benefits

    ConsExpected every minute to be productive to the max. You could give 110% and they still wanted more. We always achieved the goals set, so management just raised them for next time. No extra pay for working overtime.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYour job is never safe, corporate greed is the backbone of this company. Feed the world? Crap!! Upper management needs to share their million dollar bonuses with the people who really do the work

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It was a manual labor job

    Laboratory Technician (Former Employee) Woodland, CA

    ProsGet to bring home free vegetables sometimes

    ConsLots of manual labor, no experience needed, but company required high experiences. Company cared more about policy and regulation than its worker.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Overworks and Underappreciates Full Time Employees, Abuses Contract Employee Situation

    Biologist II (Current Employee) Chesterfield, MO

    ProsGreat pay, flexible hours, industry leading technology

    ConsThey will keep you employed in the same position as a contract employee for literally years at a time. They overwork their full time employees to the point that some have gotten divorced because they cannot balance their work and life. They pay lip service to things like safety and work-life balance, but no manager in the company will tell an employee to sacrifice productivity for any reason.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhen your contract employees are running your production labs and are the only ones keeping important processes like R0 selection afloat, it's probably wise to hire them as full time employees instead of keeping them hanging on for never-ending three month contract extentions.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not a great place to work

    Lab Technician (Former Employee) Waterman, IL

    ProsGood team environment, and made some good friends.

    ConsVery low pay, no benefits even when you work 40 hours a week for a year they list you as temp so they don't have to offer you better compensation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay employees a decent wage.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Schmooze It or Lose It....

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsBeautiful campus, great facilities, overall good salary/benefits

    ConsExtremely political...must be a team player and excel at power lunches and kissing corporate @ss....definitely not a good place for truly independent thinkers, creative types, or people with too much "edge"....

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    Working for Monsanto

    Warehouse Worker (Former Employee) Kearney, NE

    ProsMonsanto is a fast paced innovative company where one can truly benefit from a solid work ethic. They pay very competitively and often time offer excellent overtime opportunities.

    ConsVery disorganized with very little opportunity for advancement unless you have a degree in Agriculture or significant farming experience. They seem to heavily play favorites through the promotion process.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReward those who are willing will to put in the extra time and effort who make Monsanto the company they are today.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It's ok.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Creve Coeur, MO

    ProsI got along with everyone, and there was quite a bit of interaction inter-departmentally. I was given opportunities from my direct supervisor to work on projects outside of my job scope.

    ConsThe company REALLY snubs contract workers. If you get on as contract with them, 90% of the time, you will NOT get hired full time. In fact, you will be forever blacklisted as a potential employee. If you have anything less than a PhD, you most likely won't be considered for a job. In my case, I was denied a full time job in my group, then forced to train the PhD that they brought on. It was a slap in the face.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop discriminating against contract workers. They give you their best- better than a lot of full time employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    My experience, in a field position outside of company headquarters, is that anyone outside St. Louis is on their own.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsInsurance, vacation (if you can take it), 401k match, pension.

    ConsWork/life balance. Summer hours exist only for St. Louis employees. High expections without the tools needed to get the job done without many OT hours. Frequent reorgs that are made without the employees or customers in mind. A very healthy propoganda machine for both internal and external customers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPeople need to stay in their jobs long enough to understand them and how they impact the business as a whole. Employees in the field can't keep track of key contacts because positions change so frequently. Please encourage people to communicate outside their silo. Matrix organization allows employees to escape accountability -- exacerbated by frequent job hopping.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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