Cargill Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
479 Reviews
3.3
479 Reviews
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Cargill Chairman, President, and CEO Greg Page
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • They offer a flexible work environment for easier work life balance (in 31 reviews)

  • Great people and team mates making a friendly work environment (in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • Poor work/life balance; people are getting burned out after start-up (in 27 reviews)

  • IT is seen as overhead and the business units do not feel IT is responsive (in 27 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Ethical and strong company that values employees and work life balance.

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  Hopkins, MN
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Hopkins, MN

    I have been working at Cargill full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The culture here is absolutely the #1 strength of Cargill. People are always willing to help and if you show your value and skills people notice and help you move your career. The global presence of the company is exposed to every level of employee which is a great experience and helps grow your skillset. They are also open to travel and culture exchange - had several international trips in my first 5 years with the company and visited over 20 operational facilities across the country.

    Cons

    Global company comes with process that can seriously discourage creative ideas and more modern technology and applications.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help bring new fresh ideas to the top of the pile and keep the knowledge in-house. Too much outsourcing when employees can see that specialization works for certain processes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Corporation

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cargill full-time

    Pros

    There are several good associates. The Corporations benefits are great. Company's core values stand out.

    Cons

    Communication needs to be updated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider new ideas.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    When working at Cargill, I thoroughly enjoyed my time and all the other employees. A company that continues to grow.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cargill

    Pros

    Great leadership and opportunities to continue with a successful career path. Wide variety of co-workers and a great commitment to loyalty within the company

    Cons

    Onboarding seems to take a long time

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  5.  

    Intern

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at Cargill as an intern

    Pros

    Company gives interns and new hires lots of responsibility

    Cons

    not a strong new hire program

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great opportunities and freedom to innovate

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Management Engineer  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Production Management Engineer in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Cargill full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Excellent leadership that are open suggestions from their reports and keep an open door policy. There are many career opportunities that exist through networking within the company. The work-life balance is in the top 10% of all companies and most managers are very flexible about taking time off. I had a very positive experience working here and keep in touch with most of my former colleagues.

    Cons

    The businesses are a little silo-ed, which limits the flow of ideas and best practices. This makes establishing an internal network very important.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Family Values

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cargill full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great opportunities to move around through your career across business units and functions.

    Cons

    Internal networks are very important
    Slow to change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work-life balance is a topic that is not consistently supported across legacy businesses.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good company to work for but not sure about third party managed services and new IT leadership regime.

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    Current Employee - IT Manager  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Cargill full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good benefits and good people.

    Cons

    Limited IT career growth with everything outsourced now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cost vs. quality. Hope you achieve cost reduction goals for business units but quality will suffer.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Global IT  in  Hopkins, MN
    Current Employee - Global IT in Hopkins, MN

    I have been working at Cargill as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    This company takes the time to personally grow its employees and offer a wide range of opportunities to fit every employee's interests.

    Cons

    Being such a large company, it moves slowly and is very behind in the technology area and it takes a long time to get decisions made

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on retaining young talent!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    It was satisfactory.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cargill

    Pros

    Nice people; hands-on learning experience

    Cons

    Slow progress; great imbalance in work load between different departments/positions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more flexible.

  11.  

    Not sold on the Cargill way

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    Former Employee - Production Supervisor II  in  Sidney, OH
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor II in Sidney, OH

    I worked at Cargill full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Very large organizational structure, many different business units, very diverse job opportunities. Large growth in many areas

    Cons

    To many husbands/wife teams, not in same area but still with influence on jobs and projects. To many "chemical engineers" with no people skills. No movement to different business units. No flexability on people issues, not a very diverse work force.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from site, and not always from outside plant. Do not use sites as promotions for people that have need a promotion or have done a "good job". Get a training dept established again, quit placing all other job functions on indidvual persons.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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