Mosaic Company (Minnesota) Reviews

Updated February 25, 2015
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Mosaic Company (Minnesota) President, CEO, COO, and Director Jim Prokopanko
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  1. It could have been better..........

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Carlsbad, NM
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Carlsbad, NM

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

    Pros

    The chance to live in New Mexico and be close to home. Every once in awhile a person finds a direct manager they truly respect, I found that at this site.

    There is knowledge sharing that goes on between all sites, both formal and informal. One gets to meet and exchange ideas with professionals from Florida and Canada.

    Cons

    The Carlsbad site is essentially alcohol fueled. There are many individuals who get together during the weekdays or use any company travel event as an excuse to get hammered. Unfortunately this type of behavior is condoned, encouraged and participated in by upper management. In one particular instance the senior manager pointed to a junior engineer during a company function and announced that everyone was to put there drinks on his tab. The next day the junior engineer had to submit an expense report for $5000 which was promptly signed and he was sent on his way. If one has any type of sensibility and refuses to participate in these types of behaviors they are ostracized and not part of the "promotional group". When people talk about the issue, it is shrugged off with the usual comment that it was because the Canadians were present and they like to drink.

    The site has severe safety issues. Part of it is being an 80 year old mine, part of it is lack of attention. Every year MSHA is shutting down the mine due to safety concerns. During year one working there, a shaft leading down to the main workings was shut down due huge chunks of rock spalling off. During year two one of the tunnels collapsed between shifts which was sheer luck otherwise people would have been killed. That shut down the underground workings for two months. Last year a huge storage shed collapsed because 50 years of dust was allowed to accumulate on the steal I-beams, harde and solidify and overstressing the structure. There were people working inside the shed in bulldozers when this happened. This is a scary place to work.

    It is a tough social environment at the Carlsbad site. The people from town are very cliquish. As one old timer put it "they will never be friends with you, you will never be one of them, the best that can happen is they will accept you as part of the landscape". In other parts of New Mexico the people are warm and welcoming, Carlsbad is cold and clannish. Many are relocated Okie's or Texans which might have something to do with it.

    There is a strong resentment by the general workforce against those who have any type of education. Since management is back-filling mid level management slots with 20 something engineers who have very little idea what they are doing, this resentment only grows. Carlsbad itself is roughly 50% Hispanic and 50% white. Yet there is no one past the supervisor level who is Hispanic. Since no one in the old guard has any education past high school this should not be the case (they were all on a level playing field). There is a pretty clear indication of Disparate Treatment going on or at the minimum, Adverse Impact discrimination.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are managing mine sites in Canada, Florida and New Mexico from headquarters in Minnesota where there is only an office building. You are out of touch. For example, issuing blanket initiatives such as banning all cutting instruments from the site (scissors, utility knives, etc.) because someone onsite cut themselves is a knee-jerk, ridiculous response. Try coming down from the ivory tower and live the life of a miner for a day, a week or a month.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. IT in Riverview (AOC) needs reshaping (Managers and Directors)

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Riverview, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Riverview, FL

    I have been working at Mosaic Company (Minnesota) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Like the previous poster stated, there are some talented minds here especially in Enterprise and Security.

    Cons

    Some of the directors have no clue what is going on in their industry, too many Chiefs not enough Indians. This place reminds me of a incompetent Cuba with its arrogance, dictatorship and division.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring the directors to AOC more often instead of leading from a great distance. Recognize the hard-workers and not the slackers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. IT Shop has been the worst experience

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Riverview, FL
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Riverview, FL

    I have been working at Mosaic Company (Minnesota) as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Very Talented individuals who truely know what they're talking about

    Cons

    Level of professionalism is very low and petty backstabbing is very high. Including my teenager jobs, this has been the worst place to work. This was at their Florida location in Riverview.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get serious about having a professional environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful

    Don't waste your time!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at Mosaic Company (Minnesota) full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work if you lack drive, have no desire to progress your career and enjoy having incompetent Directors and Managers steal your work and present it as their own

    Cons

    Culture, Leadership or Lack of, ex: Director of ROIC already failed as a plant manger and was fired was brought back to be the change agent to drive improvement?! Definiton of insanity is what? People laugh at him behind his back and cannot stand him yet he strolls around like he owns the place. What a joke!! And there is at least two examples lioke that in every dept!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go ahead and step aside and let some new business minded people take control before you sink it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 7 people found this helpful

    Agree with other reviews

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    Current Employee - Professional Manager in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Professional Manager in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at Mosaic Company (Minnesota)

    Pros

    The pay is good for the region. It has large company benefits.

    Cons

    The other reviews are on the money. Don't come to Mosaic expecting to be a star performer, the culture of the company is one in which mediocrity and 2 hour lunch crowd protect their jobs. This means if you stand out, you will be a target. There is a poly-anna corporate headquarters in Minnesota that is out of touch with the incompetence in Florida. If you work here, expect to conform or be ostracized. Clique-ish. Salaried workers do not have a 21st century view of their union coworkers. The union is weak and runs scared. Upper managment in Florida is low rung and probably would flounder anywhere but Mosaic. It is a little world of its own, not a globally balanced company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Accountability, outside consultants to thoroughly interview and assess.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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A two rotor miner on display in Esterhazy
A loader. It feeds muck into a "car"
A four rotor miner at K2 Underground.

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