ADM Reviews

Updated March 24, 2015
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  1. 2 people found this helpful

    Hopeful for change but not seeing it

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ADM

    Pros

    Decent pay. All the hours you can handle. There are some really good people working here. Definitely not going to be let go.

    Cons

    Nobody gets fired for any reason as long as they show up. This makes the work harder for the ones that try to pick up the slack for the ones just collecting a pay check (hourly and salary). The good employees get fed up and leave. Meanwhile management won't trim the fat because nobody else wants the job, and they won't find anyone until the facility gets rid of the poor workers and replaces them. It's a vicious cycle that is quickly turning into a tight spiral downward. Hopefully when this place inevitably crash lands, someone will be able to pick up the pieces and make something decent out of them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay a little more attention to the individual plants, and not just when the key performance indicators tell you to.

  2. No job is safe

    • 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

    Pros

    Benefits, employees and local employer

    Cons

    No job is safe of elimination

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. A good company to work for. The company is expanding and has potential.

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    • 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 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Hazle Township, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Hazle Township, PA

    I have been working at ADM full-time (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
  6. Friendly people as long as you are not a woman trying to advance in your career.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, NE
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, NE

    I worked at ADM full-time (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
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    It's a different place

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  8. R&D summer intern

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at ADM as an intern (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

  9. this Company Needs Help

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Director in Decatur, IL
    Current Employee - Tax Director in Decatur, IL

    I have been working at ADM full-time (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
  10. confectionery wasteland

    • 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

    Pros

    there is an ample amount of optional overtime, great co-workers (up to floor level supervisors), fast paced work environment

    Cons

    I find it hard to believe that adm has earned so much success as an agricultural giant by running process facilities like the way the hazleton plant is run. There is such a disconnect between management and hourly employees to a level that creates a very unsafe working environment. Most safety issues that are brought to management's attention are dis-regarded until a serious incident happens that can't be "pushed under the rug" and after the employee is blamed for the incident, then the proper engineering changes are made. We are forced to work all major holidays without so much as a thank you, while management gets to celebrate those holidays with their families. If you are seriously considering a career at adm cocoa hazleton you might also want to brush up on your firefighting skills, we are not allowed to call 911 in the event of a fire because upper level management doesn't want deal with the publicity, so we are handed water squirting bottles and off to the fight! None of us have had ANY proper training to be put in situations like this, no respirators, no nothing, but if you do pursue a job position at this location you should have plenty of time for external training because your family will leave you!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. Merchandiser 1

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

    I have been working at ADM full-time (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

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