Cargill Reviews

Updated September 13, 2014
Updated September 13, 2014
477 Reviews
3.3
477 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 31 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 27 reviews)

  • IT is seen as overhead and the business units do not feel IT is responsive (in 27 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Best employer with employee friendly culture

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    Current Employee - Senior IT Technical Analyst  in  Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Senior IT Technical Analyst in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    I have been working at Cargill full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Amazing company with great people and good leadership. Best place to experience the global cultures which make a brilliant work ambiance.

    Cons

    Need to pick up in some areas renouncing the age-old processes which gives an impression of 'slow-moving elephant' to the newbies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider proper skill evaluation methods and people identification process should be revised. Good that the recent initiatives are geared more towards the competitive markets.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great opportunities and freedom to innovate

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Management Engineer  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Production Management Engineer in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Cargill full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Excellent leadership that are open suggestions from their reports and keep an open door policy. There are many career opportunities that exist through networking within the company. The work-life balance is in the top 10% of all companies and most managers are very flexible about taking time off. I had a very positive experience working here and keep in touch with most of my former colleagues.

    Cons

    The businesses are a little silo-ed, which limits the flow of ideas and best practices. This makes establishing an internal network very important.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good company to work for but not sure about third party managed services and new IT leadership regime.

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    Current Employee - IT Manager  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and good people.

    Cons

    Limited IT career growth with everything outsourced now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cost vs. quality. Hope you achieve cost reduction goals for business units but quality will suffer.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Global IT  in  Hopkins, MN
    Current Employee - Global IT in Hopkins, MN

    I have been working at Cargill as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    This company takes the time to personally grow its employees and offer a wide range of opportunities to fit every employee's interests.

    Cons

    Being such a large company, it moves slowly and is very behind in the technology area and it takes a long time to get decisions made

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on retaining young talent!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company to work for!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Reliability Engineer  in  Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Reliability Engineer in Memphis, TN

    I have been working at Cargill full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Size of company provides stability. Locations all over the world, so many opportunities to live where ever you want. Competitive salaries. Management that seems to care about their employees.

    Cons

    The biggest hurdle, which many companies have, is change management within our company. It is a VERY difficult process and great ideas are usually dropped.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company to work for with lot's of development opportunities if you seize them.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cargill full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Company likes to develop employees and it likes to hire internally. Flexible work schedule is great. High ethical standards and a sense of shared community responsibility.

    Cons

    Cargill is not a very lean company due to it being a private company. It has started to trim down some benefits. Nothing too bad but it needs to be weary of losing the awesome culture it has garnered leading to many working there for life. IT systems are somewhat old.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on streamlining IT services to save time and money.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Place to Start a Career

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

    I worked at Cargill as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Cargill is very professional in terms of management style and, as a private company, takes a long-term approach in assessing its business strategies and plans. People are very helpful and the culture fosters collaboration and teamwork. The international aspect of the company's operations is a plus.

    Cons

    As with most large enterprises, decision-making can be slow. Also, as few employees leave, opportunities for advancement can be limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to share as much information as possible regarding the company's strategy and future direction with employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Unmatched global business exposure

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Analyst  in  Wayzata, MN
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Wayzata, MN

    I worked at Cargill full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Motivating leadership, opportunities to take risks and make history with large deals

    Cons

    Culture can be very conservative and change comes slowly. Turning ideas around can take many months if not years at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please streamline some of the bureaucracy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great international company

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    Former Employee - Grain Merchandiser
    Former Employee - Grain Merchandiser

    I worked at Cargill as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    huge company with small company feel, great personal development processes, strong HR department and benefits, great intern program

    Cons

    some locations not very glamorous

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep promoting how widespread the company is internally - give the employees a sense for their impact

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Cargill was a great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Analyst
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Analyst

    I worked at Cargill full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Cargill is a great place to work. Great people, great opportunities, global company so if you want to go anywhere in the world, chances are you could stay within the Cargill company. If you are at corporate, it's sort of out in the sticks but they have concergie services for just about anything you would need.

    Cons

    average pay, depending on what you do you may be required to relocate or accept another position in the location you are in

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have good people working for you, rely on your people to make good decisions

    Recommends
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