Agrium Reviews

Updated October 9, 2014
Updated October 9, 2014
54 Reviews
3.6
54 Reviews
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Agrium President and Chief Executive Officer Chuck Magro
Chuck Magro
3 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • high priority for work life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • Growth opportunities, career advancement, great benefits,fantastic people (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Typically a "good ol' boys club" (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good Company to work for

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

    I have been working at Agrium

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, strong company, diverse company so there is growth or movement opportunity.

    Cons

    Lack of training for new employees as well as orientation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    New CEO is out of touch

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Loveland, CO
    Current Employee - Manager in Loveland, CO

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

    Pros

    Lots of Opportunity - mostly good people in the field - Canadian company with majority of employees working in other countries. We have had record years 11/12 years. Great private label products and strong agronomists.
    Benefits good but no COLA.

    Cons

    New CEO is out of touch - no other way to put it - out of touch with a successful company and he is trying to remake it - he is more concerned with his blogs and new cutting programs than with people. Lots of long time folks would love to leave and many have left and gone to competition.

    Good ole boys club has a headquarters at Agrium now. Didn't say old as anyone over 45 is looked on as being a has been.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop and actually listen to the employees - stop telling us this is in the best 50 companies in Canada - many of us are in the US and other countries - kill the blog - get out and ask the workers how to make AGU better. Fix the IT system. Stop making people afraid they will be let go.

    Lead with actions not words.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Company lost it's sense of direction.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Retail in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Retail in Baltimore, MD

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

    Pros

    Not much when I left.

    Cons

    Company lost it's sense of direction with the multiple acquisitions that took place. CPS branch managers and employees found themselves being driven extremely hard to make numbers so that acquisitions could be justified. Employee safety and service to the customer suffered accordingly while raises were few and far between.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put your company back on the track of success that made it successful in the first place. Get back to servicing the local farm market and less of a "push down", supplier.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Solid company that cares about the employees

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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 Agrium full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility in work hours and telecommuting (dependent on department)
    Home / work life balance
    Opportunities to learn and take on new responsibilities

    Cons

    Inconsistent processes / expectations across business units
    Accountability is lacking or inconsistent in some departments
    Compensation in CA is competitive, US is lagging

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Send a consistent message to employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    Chaotic, Horrible HR, and Lack of Leadership

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Professional
    Current Employee - Professional

    I have been working at Agrium full-time

    Pros

    If you absolutely need a job and can't find anything else, I guess that's a pro. However, there are many companies out there with better paying jobs and benefits and more professional work environments.

    Cons

    - Horrible onboarding for new employees - zero orientation and no mentor/buddy provided
    - Zero teamwork
    - Supervisors with no people skills or vision
    - Poor health insurance (high copays and deductibles)
    - Average salary and bonus; raises are no guarantee
    - Tight budgets - company is barely turning a profit

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Develop an onboarding program - if this goes poorly, it's unlikely that a new employee will stay.
    - Cleanout the HR department and hire competent people that have worked for top tier companies.
    - Make your people feel welcomed and part of a team.
    - Provide direction and mentoring to your people.
    - If you don't take care of your people, your talk about operational excellence doesn't mean a thing!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Agrium

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Design Drafter/Project Manager in Soda Springs, ID
    Former Employee - Design Drafter/Project Manager in Soda Springs, ID

    I worked at Agrium full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great company, with an outstanding 401K and benefits.

    Cons

    Slow IT department that doesn't keep employees up to date on the programs required to do their job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Something needs to be done to keep employees programs and hardware up to date or at least close. This costs Agrium in productivity greatly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Administrative Coordinator

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Brimfield, IN
    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Brimfield, IN

    I worked at Agrium full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Working with wonderful co workers, support team and customers

    Cons

    that they closed down a facility that has been with them for over 30 years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    they should have not closed the branch with all the business they had

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall a decent place to work. Personal safety is important.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Soda Springs, ID
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Soda Springs, ID

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

    Pros

    Good focus on safety. Management shows safety importance is more than just words. Good growth strategy for several years. Decent compensation with great 401(k) match.

    Cons

    The company is a bit dis-jointed between sites. Sites do things their own ways instead of standardized throughout the business unit. Slow to implement some improved information technology tools based on user criticism or suggestions. Project managers are faced with unrealistic expectations for work completion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Site culture is 'boys club' with little diversity - review site management teams. Getting promoted depends a lot on your connections. Many key jobs are awarded without posting them. Lots of closed door business. Too many initiatives and audits. Trying to do too much, too fast - stressing site resources. Looking to see what the new CEO will bring.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    OK

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits, Good work Atmosphere

    Cons

    Long Hours in Spring, few holidays, pay not good for job duties

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No room to advance on retial side

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    I wish I was Canadian

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Internal Auditor in Loveland, CO
    Current Employee - Internal Auditor in Loveland, CO

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

    Pros

    This is a great growing company and an interesting industry.
    -Decent benefits and finally some new leadership at the top level.
    -Good 401K match program and tuition assistance
    -Extra training and education is encouraged and supported

    Cons

    -Salary and benefits for corporate positions are benchmarked to chemical manufacturing in the US while corporate positions in Calgary HQ are more competitive with Oil & Gas. Denver is an oil and gas hub as well, so it would be nice to be competitive with those employers in the area.

    -Typically a "good ol' boys club". Difficult to move up the ladder without knowing the right people

    -outdated but improving technology platform

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make your company feel more cohesive. There is a disconnect between US and Canada employees and a disconnect between corporate office and employees in the field.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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