Cargill Reviews

Updated March 28, 2015
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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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  1. Solid company with loads of stability

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cargill

    Pros

    stable environment; large scope projects

    Cons

    A little bit of a "we have always done it this way" environment; new processes or ways of thinking not always appreciated.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Contracting at Cargill

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    Former Employee - IT Manager
    Former Employee - IT Manager

    I worked at Cargill

    Pros

    Cargill business is vast and fascinating. Coming in I thought it would be a fairly boring old business, set in it's ways and always trying to pinch another penny out of it's cost for what largely is a commodity-based business. Instead, I found it to be a very vast and diverse business that was quite interesting and exciting. The work culture was very engaging.

    Cons

    Like any large company. (Cargill is the largest privately-held company in the world) Cargill can be a bit of a monster with process and rules. There are many who can stop or delay in initiative and few who can make it happen.

    The culture is under a significant change (at least in IT) with the outsourcing of its' entire infrastructure to the India-based company TCS. This is a monstrous blow to the thing that Cargill had going for it...it's culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't lose the good things that has made Cargill a great place to work under the guides of cost cutting.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Great company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cargill

    Pros

    Opportunities for advancement if you are willing to relocate.

    Cons

    Constantly changing strategies. Expectations of their employees is not reasonable at times. Work and life balance is lacking. Motto is to retain good talent, but that is not followed at all locations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the people doing the day to day work and bad decisions can be avoided.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Overall good company but proceed with caution on some BU's.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cargill

    Pros

    Many good employees, willing to offer training, low-cost benefits a plus and the CEO, Board of Directors and family members are very active in keeping the company on the right track.

    Cons

    Not all BU's understand diversity in the workplace. Business Unit's do not encourage career changes outside of their own BU. Many of the core BU's that Cargill was built on still have the "Good Ole Boy Club" mentality and feel to them. Doesn't not pay employees what they are worth until the employee has offers from other companies. Doesn't always walk the talk it preaches to employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training from the top down needs to occur to understand micro-inequities and diversity throughout the BU's that they lead and the leaders that are under them. The employees hear what is being said from the Corp Leaders but it is not passed down or followed as it moves down the org chart to lower management and employees.

    Approves of CEO
  6. A very amazing company with dedicated people.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cargill

    Pros

    People love what they do here and there's a strong organizational bonding.

    Cons

    It's such a massive global company, so it's hard to climb the corporate ladder.

  7. I'm a contractor, so take this with a grain of salt.

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Cargill as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    The HR team at Cargill is fantastic, and talent recruiting is great.
    The schedule is flexible - as long as you get in all of your work, you don't need to be here 8-5.

    Cons

    I'm a contractor, so feel like a second class employee.
    They're outsourcing most of their recruiting and HR - so I wouldn't look for a job in either of those fields here.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  8. Good experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cargill

    Pros

    Good experience, learn lots, great commodities learning

    Cons

    Poor locations, development can be on your own

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. contract molecular biology technician

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    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Cargill

    Pros

    nice work environment, high efficiency

    Cons

    too many small offices, hard to know more people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. What makes me stay and what I say

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Career development oppertunities, corporate ethics and continual focus on leadership behaviours are unique.

    Cons

    As a global corporation headquatered in Minnesota there can be too much focus on MN corporate culture, e.g. peer and leader candor is not as honest as other companies. Additionally, unlike many other large corporations in more diverse cities, there is a limited racial and ethnicly diverse employment market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Contine to push at lowering the cost of candor and focus on raising performance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11. Cargill job review

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cargill

    Pros

    job is relatively secure and stable

    Cons

    not a good place for career growth

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