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Cargill Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
519 Reviews
3.4
519 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • They offer a flexible work environment for easier work life balance (in 34 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 33 reviews)

  • IT is seen as overhead and the business units do not feel IT is responsive (in 29 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good company, takes care of long-time employees

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    Former Employee - Commodity Merchant in Eddyville, IA
    Former Employee - Commodity Merchant in Eddyville, IA

    I worked at Cargill full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Well-respected within the industry, a ton of opportunities. The culture is pretty good-a lot of people with small-town backgrounds and values.

    Cons

    There is a fair amount of structure and you don't have as much freedom to make decisions as some of the smaller grain companies. You also typically don't advance as rapidly due to the emphasis on experience.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work, but pay could be better.

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    Current Employee - Transportation Manager in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Transportation Manager in Wichita, KS

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

    Pros

    Great laid back atmosphere. Easy work. Good hours.

    Cons

    Low pay. They hire stupid people for low pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay a little more to keep top talent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    They hire people to be PC not expertise

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    Former Employee - AEI Tech in Hammond, IN
    Former Employee - AEI Tech in Hammond, IN

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

    Pros

    Very little, no leadership from management

    Cons

    To many young engineers trying to redesign the wheel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to experienced employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Full time interview

    Current Employee - Quality Management Specialist
    Current Employee - Quality Management Specialist

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

    Pros

    community involvement, travel internationally, hands-on experiment, and mentor

    Cons

    work by yourself in lab sometimes, working late night shifts

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, great people, stressful work with little work/life balance.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS

    I worked at Cargill full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Beautiful offices. Everything you need supplied. Co-workers are great and so are benefits. (See cons about insurance and parking). When I first worked there I was floored. They even supplied products in the break rooms (paper plates, bowls, cups, plasticware). For the ladies they even provide sanitary items free in the restrooms. Cubicles/Desks are roomy with plenty of room to spread out work or collaborate on work projects. Great deals on meat, but you have to buy in bulk so can split with family or co-workers. They have a great health incentive program that rewards you well for taking care of your health, becoming active, having healthy numbers.

    Cons

    Insurance costs are high and you still have to pay quite a bit out of pocket about $120+ per month for insurance with a high deductible. Pay to park is costly $20-40 per month. Each job is specific and as such there's no standardized training. You have to be trained one on one. Which can be problematic if your trainer isn't a good one. Enjoyed job until they whittled down the number of people to do it. You have many people feeding you work, without all the information needed to complete it. No work life balance really. If you like lots of overtime, this may be the place for you. You can be let go with no notice, even if you've met all requirements of the job, with no reason given. Don't think because you're the only one who knows the job you have any security. My job was the only place to promote unless the supervisor left. Someone who had an exceptional rapport with the supervisor wanted to advance. Suddenly I'm out of a job. Just because the company is ethical, doesn't mean you will get a fair shake if your management decides they'd rather have their buddy in your position. I'm not a sour grapes type of person. I'm just telling it like it is. You have to work in one position for a year or more before you can transfer. When that year is up, promotion focused people will be after your position if it's higher than yours. Went through that with two co-workers. Thankfully one moved to another department. Bad thing is they'll be gone in a year, where I was planning to work at it for a few before attempting to move up out of loyalty to my supervisor and a desire to add some stability to the department. Guess I should have transferred elsewhere. Note to folks who get on there. Use your personal holiday floater before vacation, because when you leave, you do not get paid for it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward loyalty, don't oust a good and skilled employee to provide a favorite with a promotion. Be a little more transparent with information about benefits and usage. Especially as folks are kept so busy they don't have a chance to go to any of the planned events about benefits, health fairs, farmer's markets, meet and greets, etc. The big luncheons are BORING. I know they're supposed to be better, but make it more of an occasion to get to know folks from other departments and what they do, and then give us information about performance. C-Talks are likewise. Most folks who have worked there sometime that I spoke with wouldn't be dragged to either.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to cut your teeth.

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    Former Employee - Boarding Agent in New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Boarding Agent in New Orleans, LA

    I worked at Cargill full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Company Car and cell, decent benefits, exposure to a variety of situations, laid back corporate structure.

    Cons

    Toxic office politics, 0 work-life balance, on-call, 80-100 hour work weeks during harvest, salary is nothing without OT, pay is less than most considering the sacrifices made.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide realistic career tracks to incoming employees, pay more to attract top talent, OT is billed to customers - not Cargill,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    Pros

    Global company.
    Good experience gained to leave and find a better job.

    Cons

    Third party managed services.
    Lack of compassion and respect for IT. IT is just viewed as a commodity.
    Exceptionally poor financial results and hideous bonus'.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Begin putting together a plan to bring IT Infrastucture back in-house. You will need it by 2019 if not earlier.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Project Engineering Intern

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at Cargill full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very flexible work/life balance
    Involved in vital economic sectors

    Cons

    Not a diverse mindset
    Lack of advance technology applications
    Salaries are not as competitive

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cargill Review

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cargill

    Pros

    Good relocation package, a lot of opportunities for advancement, large networking, good culture

    Cons

    Financial sector paid less than other sectors, some locations are in the middle of nowhere

  11.  

    Great company, good atmosphere.

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    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

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