ADM Reviews

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
139 Reviews
3.1
139 Reviews
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ADM Chairman, President, and CEO Pat Woertz
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86 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance is resonable for level of responsibility - (in 7 reviews)

  • The people are great to work with very few exceptions (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Get you to accept salary position, then work you long hours (in 9 reviews)

  • Work / life balance depends on your position (in 5 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    No job is safe

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ADM full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, employees and local employer

    Cons

    No job is safe of elimination

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    A good company to work for. The company is expanding and has potential.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good experience with an opportunity make a difference.

    Cons

    Too many inbred managers, lacking the knowledge of how other companies may do things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    offer more career paths to employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good pay, terrible management. Money isn't everything, unless you're ADM, of course.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous  in  Hazle Township, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Hazle Township, PA

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

    Pros

    Better than average pay. Even entry level laborers earn a respectable wage. Good group of coworkers and floor level supervisors. Not always necessary to "run your butt off" to keep up with workload. Good 401k investment options.

    Cons

    Upper level management has literally no regard or respect for the workers, and is shameless in demonstrating their disdain. Sounds extreme, but it truly borders on sociopathic. Workers cafeteria has elementary school style and size lunch tables. When complaints were lodged, response from plant superintendent was that they didn't want you in there for long, so they're not going to make it comfortable. Management cafe is another story, however. Reward for hitting a safety goal in most places may be a sweatshirt or coffee mug... we once got a candy cane and a packet of hot cocoa mix, because it was near the holidays. Employee drops unconscious in the entry hallway, is forced to leave via ambulance...and then is charged a day on his attendance record for leaving. Working environment is 120°F or more in much of the plant. Work schedule is impossible to live your life around. Full production scheduled on major holidays including Thanksgiving and Christmas, all while equipment sat idle for weeks prior. And unless you have an engineering degree (brains optional), don't even bother suggesting an improvement to the process. If it ever gets implemented at all, it will only be months or years after your suggestion, and after an engineer has reintroduced the idea as his own and taken credit for it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you're going to drink Kool-Aid, try to sip rather than chug. Also, no need to use a crazy straw.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Friendly people as long as you are not a woman trying to advance in your career.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Columbus, NE
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, NE

    I worked at ADM full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    All of the positions start out as challenging and they really look after their people but only when it comes to safety.

    Cons

    For a company with a woman as the leader they are very chauvinist.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company reminds me of the current American economy with the lower class pay being vastly separated from the upper class who continually give themselves million dollar bonuses. Re-evaluate the pay and give equal opportunities to women.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    It's a different place

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at ADM

    Pros

    As a global company, you get exposure to a lot of new and exciting projects. Even putting out fires can be fun given the extreme variety of issues that can crop up.

    Cons

    There no longer seems to be any value seen in those employees that have a long service record with the company. The company has also become a PowerPoint company with even the simplest questions requiring a PPT deck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that employees with a long service record can still add value.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    R&D summer intern

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    -Boss was cool
    -Learned and implemented valuable techniques involving common chemical engineering software
    -Got to visit production facilities and interact with project leaders and engineers on site.

    Cons

    -I would have liked to have more work to do; I got bored often
    -Upper management can be unrealistic when deciding whether or not to kill projects. Some projects have been ongoing that looked bad from the start
    -AMD is not a chemical company so the work did not line up with my career goals as a ChemE

  8.  

    this Company Needs Help

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    Current Employee - Tax Director  in  Decatur, IL
    Current Employee - Tax Director in Decatur, IL

    I have been working at ADM full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good salary, some good co-workers (some really bad!)

    Cons

    Brutal hours 70-80 hour weeks, nearly impossible to deal with management; statements such as "work is you ONLY priority" statements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    ADM needs a new ceo, the current one isn't capable of understanding this complected company, all former upper management are gone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Merchandiser 1

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    Current Employee - Merchandiser  in  Decatur, IL
    Current Employee - Merchandiser in Decatur, IL

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

    Pros

    Tons of experience - few companies give new hires books to trade
    People want to help you learn
    Dynamic workplace
    Chicago is up and coming
    Senior management in your departments were very accessible and always looking to help mentor

    Cons

    The nature of the job is inflexible
    Old tech systems
    Old school buddy-buddy work place
    Excel reliance
    Decatur, IL / small town locations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Modernize the workplace. Find a great location for a new office to attract and retain young merchandisers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Controller

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Controller
    Current Employee - Controller

    I have been working at ADM full-time

    Pros

    Company is a solid and secure work place, with great benefits (incl. company pension plan).

    Cons

    Compensation is not market competitive, especially in ADM's finance team. Lot's of corporate red tape and inefficient decision making.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People are ADM's key to success, and you preach that you want to attract world class people. Please practice what you preach and make your people feel appreciated by paying competitive salaries.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Nice Place to work

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    Former Employee - Pre-Coat Operator  in  Decatur, IL
    Former Employee - Pre-Coat Operator in Decatur, IL

    I worked at ADM full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great Benefits, safety requirements, extensive training, with one on one training, Flexible work hours, Works well with the Decatur Community.

    Cons

    I really can not think of any.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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