Cargill

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Cargill Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
518 Reviews
3.4
518 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • They offer a flexible work environment for easier work life balance (in 34 reviews)

  • Great people and team mates making a friendly work environment (in 25 reviews)


Cons
  • Poor work/life balance; people are getting burned out after start-up (in 33 reviews)

  • IT is seen as overhead and the business units do not feel IT is responsive (in 29 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good company; outsources functions not in core competency

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cargill

    Pros

    Stable, global, diversified company.

    Cons

    They outsourced the entire IT Infrastructure organization from a technical perspective, leaving only a retained org of management. They have a tendency to outsource functions that are not in their "core competency" of trading, ag, etc.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun Work Place

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

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

    Pros

    Get to wears jeans and fun tops on Fridays :)

    Cons

    Vending machines don't have crunchy cheetos :(
    Be warned they do not allow pets in the office - they made me take my hamster home. It was very unfair because she (Josie) didn't make any noise at all. She was so happy at the office the three days before my boss came back from vacation and made me take her home. Sad really.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get Cheetos :)
    Allow pets that do not bark or meow. I think it would be very nice to be able to hold and pet a small animal during meetings or over lunch.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Cargill

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

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

    Pros

    Cargill many business units provide security that there is always more to learn and more career and personal opportunities available within Cargill. This being said I have never felt bored at my career; I am working for my third business unit in my 10th year of working for Cargill and love it! Cargill has a family type environment were co-workers not only care about each other but passionately care about the projects and industries they are focused in.

    Cons

    I really don’t have any con’s, maybe some other companies pay better but from what I see those companies don’t treat their employees as well as Cargill does. My only regret working for Cargill is not starting sooner.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At times our company can seem a little risk adverse, if I had to say one thing about management is: trust your employees instincts sooner, this would lead to faster responses and better efficiency.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Lots of responsibility and room to grow if they listen on the animal nutrient side.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Tech/Production Tech in West Branch, IA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Tech/Production Tech in West Branch, IA

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

    Pros

    Work life is okay as well as pay. There is room for advancement and I don't see in the near future of going anywhere as a whole company, but you never know. there is job security in a not so stable economy at the moment if your in a larger plant, but smaller sites are a little iffy with reorgs that seem to be coming down, but that also could be a way in.

    Cons

    Lack of listening and direction at times,. good ideas as well as needs for departments and personnel get moth balled or ignored until its to the boiling point. The problem with advancement is if you want to get higher in the company you have to move just like most places like this. They aren't upfront with certain things and stability in smaller plants is not guaranteed due to undermanned, outdated, not able to keep up with the newer plants and some of the plants and distribution points are not close to areas as well as capital list needs are not met in a timely manner which puts a lot of stress on employees/management of those plants as well as uncertainty in customers. Also they may care to a point, but if it affects business your on your own.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back in touch with your employees and customers, i know its hard since its a big company, but the little things go a long way and being properly staffed instead of being stretched beyond your means means alot to people especially when they can get time off and not have to cancel everytime someone is ill or a customer decides they want it now. Also have a system in place so if equipment and personnel as well as facility needs are needed it can get noticed and looked at right away and do a way with the model mill crap, it actually is giving false impression/readings half the time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Nothing much

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sourcing Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Sourcing Analyst in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Cargill

    Pros

    family owned, lots going on

    Cons

    not growing, too much going on

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to promote innovation and allow people to grow.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Company, Lot's Talent, Takes Awhile to Learn the Culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Cargill full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Huge company with many opportunities. Great talent to work with. Very clear about what Cargill does well.

    Cons

    Not easy to understand how things actually get done in regards to the decision making process. Can be difficult to understand and navigate across divisions and business units.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help new employees understand the unwritten rules of the business and how to best make an impact.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Overall great company to work for, unless you are in Information Technology

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Cargill places a lot of value on serving the communities in which they operate.
    They benefits are good, although, the health insurance benefits have decreased over the years.
    Depending on your manager and the team you work for, there are opportunities to work from home.
    It is a great place to work if you want experience working on a global team.
    They really work at being a company with a diverse culture. In many companies that I have worked for, the amount of women in IT was scarce. Cargill is the first company that I worked for that not only had a greater number of women in IT, but they had women in IT management roles.
    Great co-workers. People look out for each other and really have a desire to see their team and team members succeed.
    Excellent opportunities for advancement

    Cons

    Do not work here if you are in IT.
    There are a significant number of middle level managers that "manage up". They are more concerned with how they look to upper management, and are not as concerned about the people that work for them.
    IT is their policy to pay to industry standards, but I have found that they tend to pay lower. However, that could be just my experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Executive level management - Excellent leaders
    Middle level management - Boy, this level really needs some work. Really try to get a feel for how employees view their managers. You have seen the engagement scores, and the problem has, and continues to be this level of management. You have a few really good middle level managers, but not too many. Help this group of people learn how to manage people as well as business. Encourage them to be candid with their employees, and if they cannot, let the employees know that it is something that they cannot discuss. People appreciate that more than being lied to.
    Supervisors and direct managers really do a good job of pulling together great teams and accomplishing a lot. Take a hard look at your middle management employees and develop a true understanding of how they manage things. I strongly feel that this is the weakest area in Cargill.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good company to work for

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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 Cargill as an intern

    Pros

    Nice people and good culture

    Cons

    not moving in the same direction as competitors

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management Trainee in Fort Wayne, IN
    Current Employee - Management Trainee in Fort Wayne, IN

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

    Pros

    Really smart people who are focused on what matters - improving the business. Global reach is incredible. Huge amounts of opportunity, but you do have to sacrifice. Drink the kool aid.

    Cons

    They make you move too often. A bit of a closed environment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good career

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to move among business units earlier in career. International exposure is available.

    Cons

    A mistake along the way, or a bad relationship with a manager can brand an employee for life, making it difficult to find new opportunities in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sr managers are good people, just not sure there is the horsepower there to lead a global, $140 billion company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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