Cargill
3.3 of 5 448 reviews
www.cargill.com Wayzata, MN 5000+ Employees

Cargill Reviews

Updated Jul 8, 2014
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3.3 448 reviews

                             

84% Approve of the CEO

Cargill Chairman, President, and CEO Greg Page

Greg Page

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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "They offer a flexible work environment for easier work life balance"
    in 28 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 26 reviews
  • "IT is seen as overhead and the business units do not feel IT is responsive"
    in 24 reviews
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    Stellar - if you're an Employee

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe office environment is great, nice cafeterias and coffee bars, lovely facilities including outdoor eating, gym, etc. Lots of charity work - blood drives, habitat for humanity, silent auctions, food drives, etc. High security on campuses, very safe environment. Fun events for staff. Encouraged health and wellbeing - walking meetings around campus instead of sitting, nutrition info in cafeteria. Some teams have a lot of fun, and creativity is encouraged in making your team stand out. Great benefits and perks - for employees. Decent compensation. Employees are extremely loyal to the company. High ethical and moral code. Incredible job security for employees. Team leads and managers are encouraged to (and, in my experience, do) facilitate very frequent one-on-one meetings with their employees, discussing projects, workload, giving advice and mentoring, etc. Most are very in touch with what their team is working on, very involved and hands-on.

    ConsDichotomy between the old guard and the new - lots of "lifers" that want to do things the way they've always done them, and they are impossible to fire - Cargill is BIG on tenure, and even newer employees they won't fire, they just push them off on other departments so their incompetence travels. If the older team members don't like or understand a technology, good luck getting it. If they love a bad idea or something poorly rated, if they've given it the Go Ahead, you better drink the kool-aid and get on board. Consultants are bottom-rung and there is a VERY CLEAR distinction between whether you're a Contractor or an Employee, and you WILL feel it, moreso than anywhere else I've experienced. Get used to hearing about a perk and then hearing, "...but that's only for Employees." Some companies treat consultants as assets who bring their expertise to the team on a limited basis, and therefore are even more valuable. Here, contractors are expendable, temporary, and worth little, regardless of what they bring to the table. Due to their Promote From Within philosophy and the abundance of employees getting pushed off teams, it's nearly impossible to be hired permanently if you start as a consultant. They'll give the job to an incompetent employee just for applying before making a talented consultant perm - you'll be saying Goodbye to your gifted contractors and scrambling to find fixes, being told to Make It Work. Employees are golden children, regardless of talent, experience, or intelligence. Don't get me wrong, there are very talented employees who earned their positions, but they're more the exception than the rule. Speaking of "rules," those change often. REALLY often. Definite consensus culture, which is great when you need immediate change to a small team policy, but makes it impossible for department-wide decisions to get pushed through. Lots of hoops to jump through. Compensation isn't outstanding, considering the revenue of the company. More incremental raises based on tenure versus performance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on talent and performance over tenure. That is the single greatest weakness of Cargill.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    My experience with Cargill was a very worthwhile and learning experience.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe best reason to work for Cargill is the amount of knowledge and experience you'll will gain in a short amount of time, as well as the quality of the skill base one will acquire.

    ConsSome things that Cargill lacked was the ability of proper training, meaning people in new positions would ultimately have to train themselves and learn from their mistakes with upper management looking at the mistakes and not giving guidance of how to correct the problems.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMy advice with upper management would be more cross training among different positions so that co-workers don't have to be so reliant on one person especially if that person isn't available.

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    Best company I have worked for.

    Human Resources Manager (Former Employee)

    Proshigh values, respect for people, not just telling how important people are for them,but really taking care of them, very low turnover

    Conslittle bit slow for some people, salary van be lower than average

    Advice to Senior Managementkeep on doing as before

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Nice place to work but mediocre salaries and benefits in Geneva

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIt's a large company so, if you are good, there are a wide range of learning and career opportunities.

    ConsVery insular with few senior people having experienced anything other than Cargill. Some leaders have a tendency to micro-manage, although that is probably true of all companies. I feel that the company could be surprised by external events and just not be ready for them.

    Very, US minded. Very average benefits in Geneva, especially for more experienced people. Just 20 days vacation for the first 5 years, company cars non existent, no financial support towards commuting costs, short notice-periods, economy class air travel for most, old building and systems and mediocre salaries that don't increase regularly once you are in. Very good training opportunities, however, when you can work your way through the multiple options and bureaucracy to find out about them. Also, extremely nice, welcoming people, competent functions and great values and culture.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn more from your senior external hires. Improve non trader salaries and benefits.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Well paid but overworked

    Electrician (Current Employee)
    Westwego, LA

    ProsDecent wages
    Union plant
    Work isn't very difficult
    Double time on Sundays
    Triple time when scheduled to work on a holiday

    ConsGo long stretches (2+ months) with no days off
    Safety is lacking
    Management pushes production over employee safety
    7 day work weeks and very rarely get holidays off

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement needs to work the hours that the maintenance and production crew works to fully understand how hard the 7 day schedule is. Management gets weekends and holidays off while we are at work.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good benefits and flexible in the IT areas

    Senior IT Technical Analyst (Current Employee)
    Minneapolis, MN

    Prosgood benefits, higher end for holiday and vacation days, unlimited sick days, flexible about telecommuting and core work hours, 401k match with Cargill stock, private company so normally provides greater job security, global and diverse company, lots of internal jobs to apply for.

    ConsIf you are in the IT field, Cargill has starting outsourcing. Cargill also pays on the lower end for IT jobs. Cargill treats IT like an expense, never spending money to stay current. Upper Management seems to continually make poor decisions in the direction for global IT services, which eventually lead to the outsourcing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUse IT to help grow your business. spend some money in IT. Outsourcing will fail every time because you will not have invested, engaged employees like you used to.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Company figuring out its identity and sourcing strategy

    Business Analyst (Current Employee)
    Minneapolis, MN

    ProsGlobal company operating in several countries. Several business units within the company offering a diverse range to work for: grain, oilseeds, flour, etc. Great ethical company that tries to always do the right thing. Accepting of people and their diversity. Company will be around for years to come.

    ConsCompany is in a state of flux for the next decade trying to decide what and how much to source to strategic suppliers. Ex. IT, finance, hr, etc. If you are not on the front line of a business unit, your long term outlook is not great. Lots of tiers in management trying to figure out how to lead people. The company is very large and has lots of processes and at such detail it may seem death by process. Because of this, it has lost the agility that smaller companies enjoy today.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire leadership from smaller companies to bring diversity and agility to the company. They don't need to have a resume of several hundred pages and come from ivy league schools, or come from fortune 50 companies.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    good place to work

    Sales Agronomist (Current Employee)
    Alma, NE

    Prosthe company offers good pay along with excellent benefits.

    Conscorporate hassle, annual meetings scheduled at inconvenient times of the year.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Full of Type-A personalities that can be overwhelming at times

    Feed and Nutrition (Former Employee)
    Boise, ID

    ProsGreat resources for research, technology, financial security, and social network. Treated me like I was a full-time employee and wasn't afraid to give me responsibilities.

    ConsA lot of the people were type-A personalities and could overwhelm me with their drive and focus. While those are great people to work with, they can push you too hard and let you fail if you didn't work your hardest in every single task.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Could be a great company

    Production Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsPay and people are great. Even being a union plant most of the people want to do the right thing.

    ConsManagement has no idea on how to operate a plant efficiently. They brought all new management and they ran it in the ground. While I was there we had two record years...those days are long gone. Always wanting people to move.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire people with proven track records. Not people who know they are not qualified.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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