Cargill Reviews

Updated April 15, 2015
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Cargill President & CEO David W. MacLennan
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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. 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

  2. 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)

  3. 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

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  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Good experience, but terrible pay if you're a chemical engineer compared to other industries.

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Memphis, TN

    I worked at Cargill full-time

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong ethics, good teamwork, easy to see results, visible management team, private ownership allows longer term thinking, hard to get fired.

    Cons

    Pay only benchmarked to food industry, not chemical industry; very regimented raises and pay bands, if hired from outside at "above market" (Cargill pays below market) you won't see a raise for a couple of years at least. You also MUST be willing to move around/relocate to advance or be safe if a plant is shut down.

    Advice to Management

    Either pay better or stop recruiting chemical engineers; be upfront about the need to relocate and don't blackball those who don't want to if you already hired them.

  9. Supply Chain

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cargill

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great people and lots of opportunities

    Cons

    pay is well below industry

  10. The Ethical Giant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cargill

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Always something to learn when you come into work. In my area, we don't deep-dive into any one portion of the company, so I got a cool survey of nearly everything the company has to offer. Strong company values and looking to improve corporate responsibility footprint.

    Cons

    This is a company for people who are later in their career. There is a focus on development, but I think it's lacking. Slow to move on anything. Compensation just okay.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focusing on values and look to outside our walls to improve. Work harder to tell the Cargill story.

  11. Great company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cargill

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

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