Monsanto Company Reviews

Updated July 9, 2014
Updated July 9, 2014
397 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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's the culture

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    Current Employee - Systems Administrative  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Systems Administrative in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The culture promotes open communication and sharing of thoughts and ideas.
    Management tends to be very approachable with a lack of ego and condescension.
    Relaxed atmosphere and reasonable HR policies.
    Very much a team oriented work environment.
    A relaxed environment but still very little tolerance for dead-wood employees.
    After a year or so, it's comparatively easy to make lateral moves to other departments and broaden your skills sets.

    Cons

    Labor is predominately contractors....challenging to land a full time job there.
    You could work there for 3 years and still be a contractor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your lower management manages to be both people oriented as well as mission oriented.
    They balance pursuit of excellence with compassion.
    It would be best to continue down that path of encouraging such management style.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Crop Intern

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    Current Employee - Crop  in  Monmouth, IL
    Current Employee - Crop in Monmouth, IL

    I have been working at Monsanto Company as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Learned a ton of valuable information. They provided great knowledge with cutting edge technology. The management at the Monmouth farm really allowed a lot of freedom and trusted us with our jobs.

    Really enjoyed the experience and value the information I learned during that summer

    Cons

    Long hours were sometimes tough but always were taken care of.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A great, innovative place to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Monsanto Company

    Pros

    The work is challenging and there are plenty of opportunities to develop new skills through cross-project collaboration.

    Cons

    There is a tendency to favor a pipeline mentality, that, while efficient, is less flexible in meeting rapidly - changing research objectives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership sees way too many polished PowerPoint slide decks from mid-level management in R&D that often don't reflect the data or technical challenges of a project very accurately.

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    Great company for challenging you to grow in your skills

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Monsanto Company as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    I feel I am pushed very hard to where my skills are developed under pressure. In the end after the day is over I have the work accomplished and have gained new skills. Leadership is great at encouraging innovation.

    Cons

    Working overtime feels necessary just to get everything done with an understaffed group

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to encourage innovation for different ways of doing things. Do not get stuck in a rut doing something 1 way because that's just how it's always been done.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent work culture, excellent benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Fixed Asset Accountant  in  Creve Coeur, MO
    Current Employee - Fixed Asset Accountant in Creve Coeur, MO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, great work culture, great benefits

    Cons

    career growth is a little slow. Very hard to get a job there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    The most underrated and innovate company in the world

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    A great place to grow as a person and a professional.

    Cons

    work-life balance and enterprise systems

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I had a great manager that equipped me the necessary resources not do my job.

    No opinion of CEO
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    wonderful

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    Former Employee - Material Handler  in  Maryland Heights, MO
    Former Employee - Material Handler in Maryland Heights, MO

    I worked at Monsanto Company full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great place to work awesome people supervisors treat u with resepect great locations

    Cons

    None jobs was awesome with no complaints

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Team Lead At Monsanto Company  in  Morton, IL
    Current Employee - Technical Team Lead At Monsanto Company in Morton, IL

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

    Pros

    Employees highly valued and treated as such.

    Cons

    There really are no cons working for Monsanto

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Positive experience with Monsanto Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Bioinformatics Scientist  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Bioinformatics Scientist in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    Great promotion for work and life balance
    Great opportunity for career development

    Cons

    Matrix structure could limit personal development if managers do not help

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce the layers of management will greatly reduce the operational costs!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Place to Work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Lead
    Former Employee - Human Resources Lead

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

    Pros

    Brilliant scientists and researcher collaborating to make a difference in the global market. Great organization to work for, you are allowed to voice your opinions and concerns and have them heard and addressed. Diverse workforce with great opportunities for growth and leadership and many different arenas. Team oriented environment where learning is encouraged and rewarded.

    Cons

    The pressure is always on. You don't have the best work-life balance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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