ADM Reviews

Updated October 5, 2014
Updated October 5, 2014
144 Reviews
3.0
144 Reviews
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ADM Chairman, President, and CEO Pat Woertz
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89 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance is resonable for level of responsibility - (in 8 reviews)

  • Good benefits, good 401k options (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • low pay long hours junk equipment poor maintenance (in 9 reviews)

  • upper management and executives were out of touch with the real world (in 9 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to get experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientist in Decatur, IL
    Current Employee - Scientist in Decatur, IL

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

    Pros

    Excellent job security, with wide variety of potential projects.

    Cons

    Limited promotion opportunity. Challenges with retention outside of research areas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to enhance promotion opportunities, and solve retention problems

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent Company given it's location

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst II
    Current Employee - Business Analyst II

    I have been working at ADM full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits
    Professionalism
    Task Oriented
    Management and Organization
    Positive Business Direction

    Cons

    The location of the corporate offices is in a town that is leaning heavily on ADM to keep it afloat.
    Be sure to get what you want salary wise right when you step in the door - do not depend on size-able raises or very much compensation increases no matter if you move up in title

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most of my management were ideal managers. A few may have had their own agenda for their careers in mind before considering others. My Advice would be demonstrate to the employees that you DO care and are concerned for them and their goals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Make sure you have a path to merchandising!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ADM

    Pros

    Acceptable salary. Career advancement. Higher education compensation. Corporate holidays and benefits. Acceptable of overtime. Wage increase anually. Large company. Billion dollar idea challenge.

    Cons

    Two jobs at once- grain accounting clerical side & weighmaster. Nepotism. Given little training. Good old boy mentality (improving). Small vacation time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let your commercial & plant managers call more of the shots - they see problems first hand. Invest your money in better dumping systems, rail shakers, & loadout systems for all locations - don't skimp on these valuable investments, even if it means many of the higher managers take pay cuts to finance these endeavours. Your ROIC will skyrocket.

    Create local challenges for each plant; similiar to the billion dollar challenge - you'll be suprised at the feedback you'll recieve from first hand plant workers. Their information would solve major plant issues.

    Don't skimp on raises- instead of giving a 5.6% or 2.7% raise, give your employee 6% or 3% raise. You're trying to keep talent, not push it away...

    I would be very suprised if an upper manager actually reads this review, but if he/she did I guarentee they will come out of this with great ideas to generate change.

    -10F04YA6 coloc...

    Best.

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  5.  

    It's great if you like to move a lot

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Location Manager in Decatur, IL
    Former Employee - Location Manager in Decatur, IL

    I worked at ADM full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, ample opportunity for advancement and very challenging work

    Cons

    You will move A LOT! Upper management can be very rude and arrogant. There is are some very unrealistic goals that are expected to be met and because people move all the time you constantly get new bosses which means you are constantly changing the direction you're going in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I realize that there needs to be a strong commitment to workplace safety but when you employ 32,000 people accidents do happen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good experience and lots of opportunities.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Decatur, IL
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Decatur, IL

    I have been working at ADM full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people are great and management (at least mine) really cared about their employee's job satisfaction and career development.

    Cons

    ADM really puts an emphasis on safety yet on the day of the biggest snow storm, we still had to come in. Many people commute around 40 miles on country roads… So much for safety.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer more jobs in Chicago after global headquarters is established.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    An overall good company but is behind in technology.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, always very busy.

    Cons

    Middle management is out of touch with local units, doesn't seem to care about anything but making profit. Technology is behind in times. You can never complete a job, you always behind.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good career choice.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrical Technician in Waggaman, LA
    Current Employee - Electrical Technician in Waggaman, LA

    I have been working at ADM full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    THere is not one pay scale for all trades. Trades that require a higher level of technical knowledge (Mechanics and electricians for example) are rewarded for having more advanced skills. Good benefits package.

    Cons

    Attendance policy is too rigid. No exceptions are made. An absence is an absence, even medical appointments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow for excused absences for doctors appointments. Having to use up vacation time for doctors appointments likely decreases the productivity benefit of paid vacation.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Paducah, KY
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Paducah, KY

    I have been working at ADM full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Willing to train employees on job safety, upper management friendly and willing to help

    Cons

    Long hours in the fall harvest

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Production Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Engineer in Decatur, IL
    Current Employee - Production Engineer in Decatur, IL

    I have been working at ADM full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Health care, vision, dental insurance for very competitive prices. Human resources was very easy to work with.

    Cons

    Not an eight to five company. Have to come in when what you are in charge of breaks. Have to work shift early in career.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    My experience at this company was wonderful.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ADM

    Pros

    The pay was very good for the work.

    Cons

    The work hours were unsteady at times

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