Monsanto Company Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
402 Reviews
3.7
402 Reviews
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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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    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great in spots, just avoid US Commercial / Supply Chain

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    Current Employee - Supply Chain Analyst  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Awesome, friendly people, casual attitude and dress, great cafeteria

    Cons

    Supply Chain is always focused on fire fighting. Self-congratulatory on overcoming some effort that other companies I worked for would have seen coming in the first place. Managers spend about 85-90 percent of their time in meetings, so don't expect to be noticed, regardless of the strengths of your contributions or how good your reviews are. Promotions are limited to a select few who will switch jobs about one a year to 18 months, while strong performers are told they have "vital competencies". Lots of HR games, they avoid EEOC metrics by telling employees they must meet with perspective managers first before applying for a job, that way the employee can be told by the manager they "already have a candidate in mind". No application = no metrics, people that violate this rule are told their applications will be visible to hiring managers, making it look like they are desperate to leave, regardless of their strong performance and time in role. You will literally be amazed at the amount of nepotism in this company, I have never seen anything like it before. While they are very careful not to have relatives work directly for each other, they will put them in support roles, so they have the inside track on information and networking. They will talk constantly about career development, but no one is held accountable for it.

    If you are looking to gain valuable experience to use at a company where talent is rewarded, then work here for a while, then go to another company. Stay here too long and it gets bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider not being so arrogant. There is a constant sense of the way you do things now is so advanced and there is no other way, when other companies are 10-15 years ahead of you. The products you sell are great, but the first time their is a misstep in the market, you'll be without valuable resources to address it, I have watched some of the best talent I have ever seen in a company drain off in the last 3 years and you are so busy in meetings, you never notice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person 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 for 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
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  5. 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 for more than a 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
  6.  

    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 for 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
  7. 2 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 for 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
  8. 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 for less than a 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overworks and Underappreciates Full Time Employees, Abuses Contract Employee Situation

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    Current Employee - Biologist II  in  Chesterfield, MO
    Current Employee - Biologist II in Chesterfield, MO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company as a contractor for 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a great place to work

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    Former Employee - Lab Technician  in  Waterman, IL
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Waterman, IL

    I worked at Monsanto Company part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good team environment, and made some good friends.

    Cons

    Very 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 ManagementAdvice

    Pay employees a decent wage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Schmooze It or Lose It....

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Monsanto Company

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, great facilities, overall good salary/benefits

    Cons

    Extremely 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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