Cargill Reviews

Updated June 29, 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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  1. Zero expectations

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrical Supervisor in Westwego, LA
    Current Employee - Electrical Supervisor in Westwego, LA

    I have been working at Cargill

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    good pay
    ok benefits
    no other pros

    Cons

    Long work hours
    Frequently have to perform tasks pertaining to areas outside of your responsibility
    No work/life balance
    Company promotes safety in writing but not in actions
    Many of the hourly employees are drug users and it is swept under the rug

    Advice to Management

    Give incentive to work long hours
    Quit ignoring the rampant drug problem.


  2. Big company, too much process, innovation is discouraged

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Wayzata, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Wayzata, MN

    I have been working at Cargill full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good benefits package, non-management level employees are generally really good people. Salary is competitive with other similar positions. Willing to hire grads right out of college.

    Cons

    Management spends too much time "managing up." Bringing up concerns or new ideas is not only discouraged, but punished. Company is too big and it takes too much time for anything to change. All IT has been outsourced to India, so trying to get technology/computer issues fixed is frustrating and time consuming. WAY too much "process" to actually get anything done.

    Advice to Management

    Hire good people and let them have some freedom in how they get their job done. Allow people to question things without fear of repercussions. This may allow you to retain more employees and avoid the high turnover rates that are rampant in the company.


  3. Customer Operations Representative

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lenexa, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lenexa, KS

    I worked at Cargill (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Opportunities for advancement are good.

    Cons

    Slow / lack of work during non-peak seasons.
    Micromanaging of supervisory staff, we're all adults no need to be treated and talked down to. Benefits are expensive. Supervisors tend to play favorites.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate face to face rather than through email.


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  5. Sourcing

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

    I worked at Cargill full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Large Company many divisions world wide

    Cons

    Treats contractors really bad. Stagnate in each position. Hard to get promoted. Doesn't listen to their employees. Upper management oblivious to the needs of their employees. Asheesh drives people to leave the company. No management skills.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within


  6. Strategic Sourcing

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Strategic Sourcing in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Strategic Sourcing in Minneapolis, MN

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

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

    Pros

    You have high viability with leadership. High amount of travel. The job duties cross multiple departments so experience is well rounded. You are constantly working and developing suppliers to maximize their value proposition. Great business experience.

    Cons

    Lack of integrity. Cost savings is the only driver. Over worked. Lack of career advancement internal to the department. Too much politics. Not a team environment . Poor leadership. Not strategic. Poor engagment. On boarding process is a sink or swim approach. Human Resources is not resourceful. Our internal customers hate working with us. Central procurement is a joke.

    Advice to Management

    Do the opposite of everything above.


  7. By far the worst experience I have ever experience in my life!! Breaux Bridge Louisiana Cargill

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cargill

    Pros

    Very easy job filling bags of salt

    Cons

    Lacking in communication, No continuity book for new employees to get familiarized with the machines, Very Poor leardership, Very disorganized and Bias, Safety is not important

    Advice to Management

    The Breaux Bridge Cargill plant runs off of double standards instead of one set standard. Safety violations has increased due to Lock out only applies to certain people Very lazy workers as well


  8. Helpful (2)

    Politics central

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cargill full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    depending on group, very little need to do any work.

    Cons

    it's all about politics.

    Advice to Management

    middle management is insane


  9. Intern (less than one year)

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cargill

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Had the opportunity ti be familiar with the whole process of production and broaden the viewpoint how the company gives the solid training to formal and selected employees.

    Cons

    Worked in Germany and most people cannot speak English, so it was difficult to get further and detailed knowledge from experienced technicians. Also, the factory didn't have real training program for interns, so you had to search for much information by yourself. There was no well-organized plan to help you gain that much.

    Advice to Management

    Manage a good plan and teaching schedule for interns.


  10. The company will own your life

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accounting Manager in Fresno, CA
    Former Employee - Accounting Manager in Fresno, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Fair compensation across the board

    Cons

    They expect you to work 50+ hours a week, plus a lot of weekends. You get more vacation than most places, but you'll have to cover other people's vacations as well so it nets out to zero. They expect you to relocate every few years for the first 10 years or so, so say goodbye to making friends or settling down. Also your local networking contacts will become useless so you'll have to make new ones each time you move (I believe they do this on purpose to keep you from leaving).

    Advice to Management

    Treat your people better and stop trying to own them.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Cult like atmosphere

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Logistics Analyst in Wayzata, MN
    Former Employee - Logistics Analyst in Wayzata, MN

    I worked at Cargill

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

    Pros

    A very nice facility with many amenities. People from other departments were very friendly. Nice cafeteria with many options for breakfast and lunch.

    Cons

    Supervisors were a little too proud of their positions. All authority with no leadership. Company processes and information were protected like the crown jewels. No one really wanted to provide help or info to reach goals or finish projects. People within the department I worked in avoided me like the plague. Hard to fit in when you are treated like the threatening outsider. Other than the profit margins, Cargill does not have a lot of deep dark secrets but the staff acts as if they are working on the Manhattan project.

    Advice to Management

    Create an environment where new employees feel like part of the team. Get rid of the mind set that every new employee is a threat to your position.



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