Cargill Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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Cargill President & CEO David W. MacLennan
David W. MacLennan
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Pros
  • multicultural world wide private work life balance (in 34 reviews)

  • Great people to work along side and learn from (in 25 reviews)

Cons
  • the work life balance is extrememly difficult (in 33 reviews)

  • Higher than acceptable costs are less likely from having too many people than from having people duplicating work across the multiple business units (in 29 reviews)

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586 Employee Reviews

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  1. Continuous Improvement SME

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Subject Matter Expert in Canton, GA
    Former Employee - Subject Matter Expert in Canton, GA

    I worked at Cargill full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Desire to implement Continuous Improvement. You get to work with the best and the brightest.

    Cons

    Long term employees ar sometimes very clickish.


  2. Accounting

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

    I have been working at Cargill

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, develops employees, environmentally friendly

    Cons

    Salary bands need to be updated to current market


  3. Poor Locations, declining culture, but great work experience

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

    I have been working at Cargill full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    High employee turnover creates opportunities for advancement not available elsewhere

    Large focus on career development

    Cons

    High turnover can also be frustrating in that there's very little knowledge or experience left to maintain plant operations or complete projects

    Rural work locations are unfavorable to most people

    Lots of red tape.

    Very political.

    Advice to Management

    The priority needs to be employee retention. Experienced employees probably spend 1/3 of their time training new employees that will leave in a year or two anyway. The setup is incredibly inefficient.


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  5. This company is going downhill quickly. They used to be focused on employees, now they focus on outsourcing.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hopkins, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hopkins, MN

    I worked at Cargill full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The office facilities in Hopkins are nice, if you haven't been outsourced.

    Cons

    Whoever decided to replace 2000+ knowledgable IT employees with incompetent, non-English speaking TCS employees needs to be fired. The leadership does not care about employees or work/life balance anymore. The motto is "Do more" do there is a lot of pressure for the employees still there, who have to deal with all the idiots that are new. Also, salaries are not competitive by any means and they no longer offer competitive benefit plans either.

    Advice to Management

    Start caring about American employees. Stop focusing on cost reductions and consider profiting by keeping up with market demands. Get a leader like Warren or Greg as CEO and return to the companies former values. William Wallace Cargill would be furious if he saw how people are being treated - employees who have worked extremely hard for decades getting laid off to be replaced with incompetent people overseas who can't communicate. What a mess Cargill has become.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Horrible Inclusion and Diversity

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

    I have been working at Cargill

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great industries, stable company. Because there are so many business units you have the ability to have many roles and careers.

    Cons

    Below market pay, not a inclusive environment. Strong North/South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa culture, does not embrace people from other locations.

    Advice to Management

    I&D needs to be held accountable across levels


  7. Helpful (2)

    Great company but offshoring is a problem

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Moorhead, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Moorhead, MN

    I have been working at Cargill (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    This company is a great company if you are in the right role and at the right plant

    Cons

    Many jobs being lost due to offshoring and outsourcing


  8. Helpful (3)

    Great company to work for!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, OH

    I have been working at Cargill full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Cargill is a great company to work for. The career paths & opportunities are abundant. It feels great to work for a company that's feeding the world. I am proud to work for a company that has similar values as myself.

    Cons

    I cannot come up with a con to working for Cargill. It is truly one of the best companies to work for.


  9. Analyst

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Hopkins, MN
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Hopkins, MN

    I have been working at Cargill

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

    Pros

    Core Values and good culture

    Cons

    Slow with technology and HR changes


  10. Helpful (5)

    Wolf in sheep

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accounting Associate in Fargo, ND
    Former Employee - Accounting Associate in Fargo, ND

    I worked at Cargill

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits after a year of service. Good opportunities to do charity work through the employer.

    Cons

    Confusing management structures. Poorly thought-out work flow systems. Ineffective HR. Outsourcing. Offshoring. Low wages for non-salaried.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your engagement surveys and exit interviews.


  11. Sales

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Sales in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Cargill full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Amazing company to work for.

    Cons

    Large company so hard to connect



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