Cargill Meat Solutions
2.9 of 5 53 reviews
www.cargillmeatsolutions.com Wichita, KS 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Jun 23, 2014

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Cargill Meat Solutions President & CEO David W. MacLennan

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Pros:
  • "Good benefits (not compensation)"
    in 6 reviews
  • "Good pay scale, good working conditions"
    in 5 reviews
Cons:
  • "Some of the upper management like to micro manage"
    in 3 reviews
  • "Management plays favoritism and has a lack of leadership skills"
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    Consistently Low Salary, Good Old Boys Club Mentality

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Wichita, KS

    ProsTurnover 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.

    ConsIt'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 Senior ManagementStop 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Not family friendly as they want you to think

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIt's a job that pays.

    ConsThe union agreement is company friendly. Management plays favoritism and has a lack of leadership skills.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Old school, some new blood

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsLarge 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.

    ConsOld 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 Senior ManagementGet 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Place to Work!

    LAN Administrative (Current Employee)
    Springdale, AR

    ProsGood Pay, Good Benefits. Great vacation time.

    ConsI haven't found one yet!

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to learn and grow

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Wichita, KS

    ProsDo a great job investing in employees to show them how they can grow within the company and align with their goals
    GOod culture, very open door

    ConsDon't attract the greatest talent overall, which has to do with schools they recruit at and the majors they target

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay more

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Do not work at Cargill

    Customer Service (Former Employee)
    Wichita, KS

    ProsBenefits are worth looking at.

    ConsManagement show no respect for you and your knowledge! They are not willing to help you develop, and they are not willing to listen to anyone's new ideas. It is their OLD way or not way. Most of the calls I took were complaints from people buying Cargill meat.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn how to lead not just manage by numbers. Learn how to listen to people's ideas.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Cargill Meat Solutions needs more modern management

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Albert Lea, MN

    ProsThere are several different areas to work in,with multiple positions in each.The benefits are good, especially for families.Plant safety is a high concern.

    ConsThe facility is under union contract,and many of the workers have more than 20 years of seniority, so promotion is difficult.Management is very insensitive to employees personal needs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement needs to provide more open and direct communication with employees.Decisions need to be made in an accurate and timely fashion.Management needs to "own up" when mistakes are made on their end.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    OK work, not very good working conditions. Overall moral of workers not very high.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsCan learn a lot if willing to learn on your own. Many good people worked at the facility I worked at.

    ConsSupervisors not properly trained, most don't have the necessary supervisory skills to run departments effectively. People/managers/supervisors go through the motions - they talk the talk but do not practice what they preach. Many supervisors need better leadership skills. Not very good training, many managers/supervisors will not even talk with others - have their noses in the air. To me this is unacceptable and is not a good environment for conducting good company/personnel relations.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSupervisors and managers need improved people assessment skills to properly hire and place people in the correct positions.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Informative, challenging, and demanding.

    Accountant (Current Employee)
    Wichita, KS

    ProsProvides challenges in the daily processes. Business units work to build a cohesiveness.

    ConsSome groups indulge in company politics extensively. Salaries are on the low side, especially for the work expected.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide more positive feedback and encourage feedback/comments from their subordinates. This will build an atmosphere of working toward a common goal.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Fast paced work that offers daily challenges and opportunities.

    Safety Associate (Current Employee)

    ProsThe ability to network within company is huge. Resource pool is very large

    ConsSometimes things take a little time to advance

    Advice to Senior ManagementWould like as an associate to meet with some higher business leaders to help see scope of company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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