Monsanto Company

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Monsanto Company Reviews

Updated October 30, 2014
Updated October 30, 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. 4 people found this helpful  

    "It's a great place to work" for some...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Creve Coeur, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Creve Coeur, MO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some really great, nice and caring people work here
    Serious devotion to safety
    People who work here are passionate about finding better ways to feed the world
    Relaxed dress code
    Good Benefits
    Decent holidays and vacation time
    Ability to occasionally work from home
    Some employees make great coin and terrific bonuses, but not everyone

    Cons

    Extremely political work environment. Heart-achingly, soul-crushingly political. Network or die.
    Disproportionately focused on diversity. If you are not female or minority and you are not in sales or a scientist, good luck.
    Monsanto saves money by relying on employees remaining contractors for multiple years.
    "The Monsanto Culture" = Don't rock the boat.
    Work-Life balance is good, but managers do not model it making you feel guilty or anxious about doing it
    Inconsistency. Sometimes a position is posted, sometimes a person is just promoted to it. It depends on what management wants to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share the wealth.
    Commit to developing talent from within. There are a lot of great people in Monsanto who are overlooked when the first instinct is to recruit from other companies or from colleges.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Once great, now second-rate

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    Current Employee - Sales and Operations in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Sales and Operations in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people who you do actual work with are awesome. Friendly, casual attitude and usually will help you out if you have an issue.

    The chances to work on charitable project can also be a lot of fun, the rank and file employees truly seem to love to give back to the community.

    Cons

    Pay - No raises at all, other than cost of living. Bonuses, but their "DPR" process and calibration is so flawed and abused to recognize the politically well connected. They also rate you using a system called "9 Box", where they make high stake promotion decisions, but they will not share that information with you. Again the well connected seem to benefit from that process. Politics is a death-match art here, while co-workers are nice, management is completely in it for themselves.

    Promotions - If you are young, white and from the right school, you will do well, so you should apply. If you are a minority this is not the place to work. Check with folks that work there if you doubt this.

    Management - Two type: "Fast track" they will work you to death, won't care and then get promoted regularly in about 12-18 months, or the ones that can't be promoted, who just hoard information to assure their spot and take up a chance for someone else to move up the line. There are some good managers here, just avoid US Commercial at all costs.

    Development - Monsanto puts it all on you. They say they are there to help, but their HR group is ineffective, thin and their policies are from the 70's. There is a great reason why they have gone through 3 diversity directors in 5 years.

    Contractors - Contractors work there for 10 -15 years sometimes. It's positively awful how they will let mission critical knowledge reside with contractors and then when the market gets good, HR wonders why everyone is left doing fire drills to try to make up for a contractor finally getting fed-up they can't get hired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline management. Pay more than lip-service to development and diversity/inclusion. Don't let mission critical processes and information reside with contractors. Get rid of the multiple layers of useless managers and get back-ups for some of your folks so you can build bench strength. Stop being so arrogant that you are a great company when really talented people are voting with their feet and leaving the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    SM

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    Current Employee - Scrum Master in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Scrum Master in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    Flexible Hours is a plus

    Cons

    No Support System to support Agile

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to the troops

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great employees to work with but hard to be successful with no training program and poor managers

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative II in Oxnard, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative II in Oxnard, CA

    I worked at Monsanto Company full-time

    Pros

    Fellow employees were really nice and welcoming.

    Cons

    Poor management.
    Non existent training program.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen better to employee's needs. Get a training program together!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Ok for scientists, bad for IT

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Diversity, benefits, nice offices, summer hours

    Cons

    No opportunities for growing. If you want to have a decent check with no improvement on your resume ever this is your company. Overtime, the good pay is not that good since your resume would never show an improvement no matter how hard you work. Contractors come and go and you train and train in addition to an extenuos work load. The company lets go older employees and hires young contractors in exchange. Contractors leave when they notice how hard it is to get a full time job. Monsanto revolving doors are a reality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer career paths and focus on employee development

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interesting but dull

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    Former Employee - Intern in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Intern in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Monsanto Company as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Access to a lot of interesting information and insights

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    It's getting worse.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Career 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 ManagementAdvice

    Institute 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    the company only wants young college graduates

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    Former Employee - Cos in Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Cos in Des Moines, IA

    I worked at Monsanto Company full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Expected 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 ManagementAdvice

    Your 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was a manual labor job

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    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician in Woodland, CA
    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician in Woodland, CA

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

    Pros

    Get to bring home free vegetables sometimes

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Overworks and Underappreciates Full Time Employees, Abuses Contract Employee Situation

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Biologist II in Chesterfield, MO
    Current Employee - Biologist II in Chesterfield, MO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great pay, flexible hours, industry leading technology

    Cons

    They 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 ManagementAdvice

    When 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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