Cargill Reviews

Updated April 24, 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. Reliability Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cargill full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good work / life balance, Good Compensation, a very good place to work that runs efficiently.

    Cons

    The plant is a much older plant that has been around forever. Could use a little more up keeping.

  2. Slow to change and steady as you go company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Really great people to work with.
    Culture is changing in some bu's away from traditional commodity approach.
    I feel people general care about the business and each other.

    Cons

    Pay lower than comparable companies.
    Business units take on too many competing priorities. Consequence is things are sometimes done halfway.
    Stock options removed from most employees.
    High degree of internal focus and bureaucracy.
    Allot of internal management politics get in the way of progress and putting the right people in the right positions for success.
    Under performers aren't dealt with quickly enough.

    Advice to Management

    Reward employees and business units that are driving the strongest growth. Move out of past ways of operating into future ways of success. Focus on revenue generation, not cost cuts.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Great company to build a career with

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Cargill

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Career Opportunities, Work/Life Balance, Great Employees

    Cons

    Compensation not aligned with industry

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  5. Unlimited opportunity to thrive everyday

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cargill full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture that is strong and adhered to, investment in professional development, strong group of leaders who coach and influence well.

    Cons

    Started to drift more towards an internal consulting company, spending way too much time and effort on PowerPoint and Excel

    Advice to Management

    Fantastic group of leaders at this company, with the ever flattening the opportunity for advancement got slimmer every year

  6. Automation, Electrical & Instrumentation Specialist II

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cargill

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Safety always number one, Customers then Production.

    Cons

    Lag of Lean Manufacturing Principles

    Advice to Management

    put employees before self, departments budget balance, utilize internal resources instead of using contractors to perform daily task, have local internal resources involved with system migration project (work hand-in-hand with vender engineers)

  7. Maintenance Technician

    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cargill

    Pros

    Benefits, Retirement Plan and working on the equipment.

    Cons

    Leadership,Safety Program and the moral of the employees.

  8. Cargill Industrial Sales Intern position

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    Former Intern - Industrial Sales in Houston, TX
    Former Intern - Industrial Sales in Houston, TX

    I worked at Cargill as an intern

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people
    Ability to travel/relocate
    Great pay and benefits
    Welcoming company culture

    Cons

    Antiquated computer programs
    Limited professional mobility

  9. Great place to work!

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    Former Employee - Strategic Sourcing Intern in Wayzata, MN
    Former Employee - Strategic Sourcing Intern in Wayzata, MN

    I worked at Cargill

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great culture, flexible work environment

    Cons

    Cargill is a little slow in technology

    Advice to Management

    Keep up on technology

  10. Solid company with loads of stability

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cargill

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  11. Contracting at Cargill

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    Former Employee - IT Manager
    Former Employee - IT Manager

    I worked at Cargill

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

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