Cargill Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
497 Reviews
3.4
497 Reviews
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Cargill Chairman, President, and CEO Greg Page
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • They offer a flexible work environment for easier work life balance (in 32 reviews)

  • Great people and team mates making a friendly work environment (in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • Poor work/life balance; people are getting burned out after start-up (in 30 reviews)

  • IT is seen as overhead and the business units do not feel IT is responsive (in 28 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great company, good atmosphere.

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

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

    Pros

    Job security, good work life balance, interesting work, many advancement opportunities.

    Cons

    Training is lacking for new hires, organization is slow to adapt to changes in the industry

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Opportunities, Bad timing

    Current Employee - Associate Analyst in Wayzata, MN
    Current Employee - Associate Analyst in Wayzata, MN

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits, great work hours, great co-workers (outside of a few bad apples), lots of opportunities, great experience, learned a lot.

    Cons

    About who you know,not what you know. Manager's advice to me was "fake it till you make it" which seems counter productive, but they are doing well and I'm going out the door.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let personal relationships sway who should be in charge.

  3.  

    Great company to work for with excellent benefits.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS

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

    Pros

    Lots of career advancement opportunities due to continued growth.

    Cons

    Due to growth and changes, outsourcing jobs is taking precedence and many jobs could be lost over the next several years. Job security is not absolute.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engage team members to focus time on learning agility outside their normal functions to develop the team member's experience and talents so they may fit in other parts of the company when/if their roles are eliminated.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    "If Cargill only knew what Cargill knows"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Lots of different career opportunities, although most places you need to transfer to move up the ladder. Many locations you can transfer to, although most are in the midwest. Lots of very long term employees. Stable job.

    Cons

    Work/life balance is an issue. Everything is about following a process but the processes are always changing and conflict with each other. Lots of acronyms and buzzwords. Business is divided into units which compete with each other and refuse to share information. There is no one 'Cargill', there is Cargill Salt and Cargill Beef and Cargill Corn which all keep secrets from each other which stifles innovation and prevents collaboration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on the plants instead of headquarters only. It does not promote engagement to see fancy meetings and gatherings that Minneapolis has, and then look around at plant site level where you can't even get broken lightbulb replaced. Remember the little people and they will work harder for you. Actually USE the information from the engagement surveys - the red flags are being waved but nobody seems to notice and instead many good employees leave the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Commodity Trader in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Commodity Trader in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Steady company, good work environment

    Cons

    Burocratic, bad work life balance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great company.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Cargill is very loyal to their employees and provides great job stability, opportunities for growth and improvement, good benefits and safe work environments.

    Cons

    Not the top payor in the industries they operate in.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Culture is big! Great work/life balance, genuinely interested to develop your abilities. Company is strong and will grow for hopefully another 150 years.

    Cons

    Compensation is below average. Extremely strong in financial, trading, sales areas. IT is cutting back,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    na..

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Very good

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance Intern in Hopkins, MN
    Former Employee - Finance Intern in Hopkins, MN

    I worked at Cargill as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Everyone is willing to help

    Cons

    Tough to get a different job at Cargill right away if you interned in a specific area

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    I enjoyed working at Cargill because it taught me a lot when it came to quality in the lab

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QM Chemist in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - QM Chemist in Memphis, TN

    I have been working at Cargill full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Cargill has nice benefits and it pays more than a lot of places. The people where I worked made the job much better and more fun.

    Cons

    The rotating or swing shifts are not always fun because you never really get used to it, you just find ways to deal with it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Judge the employees based on their over all performance and not just how well they did in the actubal interview.

    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Decent

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Agronomist in Kearney, NE
    Current Employee - Sales Agronomist in Kearney, NE

    I have been working at Cargill full-time

    Pros

    The People are great, the safety environment is awesome and they truly care! They have great sales training even if it is a bit lame.

    Cons

    Work-life balance, commissions aren't what they used to be, Don't appreciate all the time and effort from the sales staff. Complicated commission structure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of the people within the organization that you want to stick around, Set realistic goals for your budgeting so you don't over shoot and hurt your sales people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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