Cargill Meat Solutions

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Cargill Meat Solutions Reviews

Updated December 23, 2014
Updated December 23, 2014
62 Reviews
3.1
62 Reviews
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Cargill Meat Solutions President & CEO David W. MacLennan
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good pay and benefits, good people (in 7 reviews)

  • Good benefits (not compensation) (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Bad work-life balance, always on call 24/7 (in 3 reviews)

  • Old school "boot in the butt" motivational philosophy, especially in Beef BU (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Production

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Engineer
    Current Employee - Process Engineer

    I have been working at Cargill Meat Solutions part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good team work the people there are excellent

    Cons

    Pay management should increase pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase salaries

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Apply quality assurance everyday it's drama day lol

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

    I have been working at Cargill Meat Solutions full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Love it was aesome working there. There are a lot of girls if you like that sort of thing

    Cons

    You will live most of your life in the plant so get use to it

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company to work for

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cargill Meat Solutions

    Pros

    Benefits, opportunities are available, great way to really see different businesses and grow as an employee

    Cons

    Centralization, uncertainty in the markets, feel like trying to cover up the fact that there isn't much job security in some of the admin jobs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take advantage of honing skills for younger talent, that is said but not always done.

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  5.  

    Good for now

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Associate in California, MI
    Current Employee - Operations Associate in California, MI

    I have been working at Cargill Meat Solutions full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    There seems to be a lot of hope for my future in this company. Will be offered positions if I am willing to move. Benefits seems good.

    Cons

    No real good orientation for my position. Sent off to explore.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cargill Meat Solutions

    Pros

    Good company to work for

    Cons

    Good company to work for

    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    It paid the bills...

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lowbacker in Plainview, TX
    Former Employee - Lowbacker in Plainview, TX

    I worked at Cargill Meat Solutions full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The only reason I can find to work here is the fact that you get paid every week. (The only reason I gave 3 stars)

    Cons

    Managers expect you to be able to perform task that they cant perform.
    Lasting affect on your body ( knee problems, back problems, arthritis, etc.)
    The pay was good for the area(cost of living), but not for the job.
    Promotions were given to friends and not hard workers.
    The Union is "Good for nothing," I will never join another union...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You may want to consider a implementing a safety team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Packing House Degree?!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cargill Meat Solutions

    Pros

    High pay and good opportunity to move up within the company. As long as you take care of yourself and your area then nobody can really say anything to you.

    Cons

    Bad locations. There are a tremendous amount of micro-managers in the facility. Very old school management style. Very little work life balance. They give you vacation days because your going to really need them when you fall over from being exhausted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be a pushover and don't be mean. Live up to the guiding principles of cargill. Practice what you preach.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Old school mentality

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

    I worked at Cargill Meat Solutions full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of things to learn

    Cons

    Not good leaders or managers in the system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire qualified management, not your good buddy or son to fill a managers job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Consistently Low Salary, Good Old Boys Club Mentality

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS

    I have been working at Cargill Meat Solutions full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Turnover is very low during the good years. The company rates high in safety, animal handling and ethics.

    Career development is seen as a priority if you are interested in moving up, Cargill does try to hire from within first before looking at outside applicants.

    I've always found management to be very lenient when it comes to work/life balance although taking time off can be judged as weakness.

    Cons

    It's a commodity business so during weak years (about every 3 years on average) there is a "cleaning house" wave of layoffs to boost the bottom line short-term. Soon after the wave of layoffs (6 months to a year), management recognizes the need for many of the jobs they eliminated and begins hiring again just to dump those people when earnings are down.

    Compensation seems arbitrary. Even though there is a structured salary band that goes with each position, positions can be manipulated to put someone in a lower salary band that doesn't match the job they're doing and management can always choose to pay employees less than what is on the structured salary band. HR is ineffective in helping with employee grievances, but are on the whole conservative around firing a corporate employee unless there is a downsizing wave.

    There is a "good old boys" mentality in a lot of the upper management. Women and minorities seem to have fewer opportunities in upper management roles and I've seen females in upper management given less respect than male counterparts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the club mentality, encourage open dialog between upper management and lower level employees. Watch your compensation model. If an employee has earned a certain rank then they've also earned the salary HR claims goes with it. What a difference an extra 1K a year would make to so many employees instead of investing millions in unnecessary facility renovations or T&E expenses.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Old school, some new blood

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

    I have been working at Cargill Meat Solutions full-time

    Pros

    Large scale operations provide interesting challenges. Real commitment to safety, food quality. Good basic benefits. Are trying to bring in new college grads to feed the future leadership roles, are starting to take hold in some plants. Are trying to expand value-added products to improve margins and expand markets. Have capital to invest. Have done some work to implement improvement programs. Company does take long term view some of the time.

    Cons

    Old school "boot in the butt" motivational philosophy, especially in Beef BU. In-bred management & supervision, lots of lifers with no other company / industry experience, many with no college education. Weak delegation skills. Commodity products lead to tight finances, low pay, penny wise decisions. Recent droughts have made finances worse, little / no bonuses last few years. Recent improvement programs have mixed results, very spotty leadership commitment. Many/most new college grad hires leave the division or company. Grinding long work hours for many people. Low pay /immigrant workforce has very high turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get serious about positioning for the future - new, more progressive leadership, more advanced technology, better strategic rationalization of products and facilities, ensure leadership commitment to improvement programs or find someone who will. Seriously track & work with new talent - let them know and help them move up, not have them leave in major frustration.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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