ADM Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
145 Reviews
3.0
145 Reviews
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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.  

    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

  2.  

    Lacking development and subsequent advancement opportunities.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Control Superintendent in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Quality Control Superintendent in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are resonable. Work life balance is resonable for level of responsibility - ~50hrs week.

    Cons

    Good old boy club at the plant level. Complete lack of development/advancement opportunites for professional employees, especially women and minorities. Benefits such as retirement, medical retirement, vacation and PIP slashed for employees with less than 10 years of service.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest and develop in your technical personnel. These people are your future and they want to take on more challenges. Moreover, they have the education and skills to suceed. If you don't invest in them they will take their talents to another company that will invest in them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great work with as much responsibility as you can handle as far as engineering is concerned.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ADM full-time

    Pros

    The company has come a long way to develop an excellent safety culture. The people are great to work with very few exceptions. The engineering work was challenging and rewarding.

    Cons

    Too many occasions, there were insufficient time allowed for proper scope development because of the push to get a project started and finished. It usually caused a lot of change orders and/or cost overruns.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much lag time between project expenditures and data processing to adequately track CPI and/or earned value management. Need better communications between corporate and plant management when corporate makes decisions about project scope changes. (very costly)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    If you are in a service organization (e.g. HR, IT) the culture is very draconian and subversive.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Decatur, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Decatur, IL

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

    Pros

    It's a good place to get a lot of experience and then move on.

    Cons

    There's a "home grown" clique that is very self-serving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer early retirement in an attempt to bring in new personnel and prevent the "home grown" element from using the opportunity to strengthen their ranks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not the old ADM

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ADM full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities if you're young and male

    Cons

    Very disloyal to employees, treats employees terribly

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Benefits - Poor Management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in Decatur, IL
    Former Employee - Analyst in Decatur, IL

    I worked at ADM full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits if salaried employee.

    Cons

    Micro-management is overbearing. Management does not trust experienced workers to their jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide real training so that the proffesionals you do have can provide better service and do their required job duties properly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    The company is stuck in the 1970s

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    Former Employee - Accounting Supervisor in Decatur, IL
    Former Employee - Accounting Supervisor in Decatur, IL

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

    Pros

    Good place for Agribusiness experience. Largest publicly traded player in the industry. Well Respected organization.

    Cons

    Finance and accounting functions seem to be reserved almost exclusively for Central Illinois Soccer-moms who have absolutely no aspirations in life. The pay and benefits are lacking and work-culture archaic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Did you know... we are in the year 2014?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    It is a Fortune 50 company, and your great work still get noticed.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager of IT Development in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager of IT Development in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    It is the greatest agriculture business to work for with a clear purpose - to feed the world. Great colleagues and management.

    Cons

    This one is difficult because even something frustrate me sometimes, if you look at from different angle, there is a purpose.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    good work experience..but they don't treat everyone one fair in the Arkansas city East plant very raciest

    Former Employee - Utility Worker in Arkansas City, KS
    Former Employee - Utility Worker in Arkansas City, KS

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

    Pros

    good experience to start a career

    Cons

    never have time with your family

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need new supervisors

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    While never short of cutting-edge projects to work on, the work environment felt dull and stiff at times.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Cincinnati, OH

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, great compensation, interesting work projects, room for growth/relocation, and receptive/helpful management

    Cons

    Flat culture, windowless rooms, can't talk about work with family

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work at improving the liveliness of the work atmosphere.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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