General Mills – Why Work For Us?

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Fortune magazine ranks us as one of the 100 best companies to work for in the United States, and BusinessWeek has tabbed General Mills as one of the best places to launch a career.

We're one of the worlds largest food companies – and you know our brands. 

Our very first brand was Gold Medal flour, which debuted in 1880. To this day, Gold Medal remains the #1 best-selling flour in the United States. Several of our other brands also occupy the #1 or #2 market positions – from Pillsbury refrigerated dough and Green Giant frozen vegetables to Cheerios cereal and Betty Crocker dessert mixes.

While our famous brands and consumer favorites are at home in millions of kitchens, restaurants and stores, General Mills scientists and engineers are always busy creating innovative new products. We are committed to keeping up with emerging food trends and global taste profiles that meet the world’s changing needs and preferences.


We continually set targets for bettering the nutritional profile of our foods, and we keep addressing social and environmental challenges. Some great highlights are listed below, watch the full video for more information. WATCH VIDEO


At General Mills, diversity is both a value and a business strategy.

Embracing diversity helps us attract and retain top talent while driving innovation and consumer engagement around the world.

General Mills creates a diverse workforce by recruiting the best and brightest talent from all communities.

"Diversity plus inclusion equals business value. We connect with our consumers, customers and communities. We reap new ideas and innovation. And we recruit and retain the talent to win now and in the future.”

– Ken Charles, vice president, Diversity and Inclusion

We cultivate an inclusive environment by considering all dimensions of diversity – not just the primary areas such as gender, race and sexual orientation – but also cultural aspects including values, preferences, beliefs and communication styles.

General Mills fosters inclusion by living all of our core values, including respecting, developing and investing in our employees.

Our employees are developed through participating in professional development training, mentoring programs, and employee and affinity networks.

They include the:

  • Black Champions Network
  • American Indian Council
  • Hispanic Network
  • Asian Heritage Network
  • South Asian American Network
  • Betty’s Family GLBT Network
  • 10 Women’s Network Groups and a Women’s Officers group
  • Veteran's Network

Our benefits program, Total Rewards, covers basics such as medical and dental insurance, stock options and a 401(k) retirement plan.

​​Competitive salary and annual bonus
We reward hard work with competitive salaries and annual bonuses for those who meet our ambitious goals. Salaries are reviewed annually with increases based on your performance and the external market value of your position.

Annual cash bonuses are based on employee performance coupled with the company's performance, and in some cases, their business unit's performance.

Medical and dental
General Mills offers medical and dental benefits for employees and their eligible dependents on the first day of employment. Coverage is available to employees in all locations and to their same-sex domestic partners.

Retirement and savings plans
Eligibility for the General Mills 401(k) savings plan starts when you start with the company.

Options include:

  • Investing 1 to 30 percent of your pay. General Mills will match a portion of your contribution with a potential additonal match based on the company’s annual performance.
  • Choice of managed investment funds plus individual stocks, bonds and mutual funds outside the funds offered by the company.
  • A loan feature is available before retirement.

Stock options and ownership
Employees can share in our successes by owning a portion of the company. The company match in the 401(k) is in company stock, and our voluntary stock purchase program allows another opportunity for ownership.

Annual stock option grants are available to some management-level employees.

We offer life, long-term care, legal, auto and homeowners insurance, plus company-paid short- and long-term disability insurance.

We provide mortgage counseling and assistance for selling your house and purchasing a new home.

Educational assistance
Want to continue your education? We reimburse employees for job-related courses, and you’ll find educational loans and scholarship opportunities for employees and family members. You may be eligible for an unpaid leave of absence to further your education.

Domestic partner benefits
Medical and dental coverage, life insurance, and auto and homeowner's insurance are available to same-sex domestic partners of General Mills employees.

General Mills provides programs and benefits to help you balance the demands of work and your life outside of work.

Vacation, holidays and summer hours
New employees receive three weeks of vacation annually, pro-rated during the first year based on your hire date. Vacation time increases as you work with us.

General Mills doesn’t just provide paid holidays. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, Minneapolis employees may take advantage of summer hours. You can choose to work longer Monday through Thursday and a half-day on Friday.

Flexible Work Arrangements
Telecommuting is just one example of the flexible work arrangements at General Mills. We also offer flextime, where start times and work hours can flex with your needs, and part-time arrangements where business conditions allow. Please note that not all locations participate in this program.

FUSE (Flexible User Shared Environment)
Some departments in our Corporate Headquarters have workspaces that don’t include offices or cubes. Instead, each employee can sit and work wherever they need to. This gives people the flexibility to better collaborate with other team members and more efficiently use the available workspace.

Parenting benefits
General Mills offers maternity leave benefits to birth mothers and also provides benefits to new fathers and adopting parents.

  • New fathers are eligible for two weeks of paid leave.
  • Employees who are adopting are eligible for two weeks of paid leave.

We reimburse adoption expenses up to $10,000.

General Mills Federal Credit Union
Employees and their families are eligible for complete banking and financial services from the General Mills Federal Credit Union, which was established in 1935.

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    Generally a good place to work

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    General Mills offers good benefits and good pay. It has a strong history of success. Nice vacation benefits including optional extra time off without pay. Decent medical benefits. They continue to grow with a lot of group coming from acquisitions and international growth.


    Company has gone through 2 rounds of lay-offs in the last 2 -3 years. The 2014 lay-offs included many high level people with lots of seniority. General Mills used to be a place where if you worked hard and did a good job for the company, you could stay until retirement - the employees felt loyal to the company without question. That is no longer the case for many know that you can now be cut just years before you reach comfortable retirement after a long employment there.

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    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at General Mills in March 2015.

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    Met through career fair and applied through school website. Was emailed and was told that I had been selected for an interview. Went in for the interview, very informal, but pretty awkward. Questions caught me off guard a bit. The interviewer was very nice but was typing away the whole time which was pretty nerve-wracking. Was told that I'd know if I got to the 2nd interview (which was the next day) by that night. Did not receive a phone call or email which I thought was very rude, I at least expected a rejection email.

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General Mills Awards & Accolades

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Employees’ Choice -50 Best Places to Work, Glassdoor, 2010
100 Best Companies to Work For, Fortune, 2010
Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign, 2010
Employees’ Choice -50 Best Places to Work, Glassdoor, 2009
Employees' Choice -50 Best Places to work, Glassdoor, 2013
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Additional Info

Headquarters Minneapolis, MN
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1866
Type Company - Public (GIS)
Industry Manufacturing
Revenue $10+ billion (USD) per year

Careers that nourish lives.

Our people have an opportunity nourish lives around the globe every day. One of the world’s leading food companies, General Mills operates in more than 100 countries and markets more than 100 consumer brands, including Cheerios, Häagen-Dazs, Nature Valley, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Green Giant, Old El Paso, Yoplait and more. Headquartered in... More

Mission: Our mission is to make lives healthier, easier and richer. Nourishing Lives. We make lives healthier by delivering important nutrients and increasing people’s intake of... More

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