Cargill

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Cargill Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
519 Reviews
3.4
519 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 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.  

    Decent

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    • 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
  2.  

    A lot of "playing the game" in the corporate ranks

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    A lot of different businesses under one company means you have a lot to choose from
    Lengthy tenure of employees
    Promote within
    Employee purchase of salt is sometimes offered

    Cons

    Businesses do not communicate or work together so it is very difficult to move to another business
    A lot of back-stabbing, mostly directed to newer employees. Once you have a 3-5 years it starts to slow, but you still need to play the game for a few more years until your ideas or new ways of doing things are accepted.
    Multiple levels of leadership means unless you have it in with a VP or GM, you need to make sure your work is well known
    Promoting within has led to inbreeding of ideas and ways to do things
    Very low pay relative to other companies nationally

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut layers to your leadership. Too many leaders leave them fighting for resources and a lot of politics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Cargill has changed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Big large international company, diversified and has been around for a long time. Known to the commodities market for many years.

    Cons

    Almost brand new senior leadership. Too much changes and profitability is declining. Worklife balance is not good as there are too many conference calls

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think strategy not just focus on shared services outsourcing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good experience and learning opportunity

    Former Employee - Sales in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Sales in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Cargill full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Manager very helpful and career development key focus. Great training programs that still use in career today years later.

    Cons

    Turn over at management level was frequent and at times difficult to deal with

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Ethical and strong company that values employees and work life balance.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Hopkins, MN
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Hopkins, MN

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

    Pros

    The culture here is absolutely the #1 strength of Cargill. People are always willing to help and if you show your value and skills people notice and help you move your career. The global presence of the company is exposed to every level of employee which is a great experience and helps grow your skillset. They are also open to travel and culture exchange - had several international trips in my first 5 years with the company and visited over 20 operational facilities across the country.

    Cons

    Global company comes with process that can seriously discourage creative ideas and more modern technology and applications.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help bring new fresh ideas to the top of the pile and keep the knowledge in-house. Too much outsourcing when employees can see that specialization works for certain processes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    When working at Cargill, I thoroughly enjoyed my time and all the other employees. A company that continues to grow.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cargill

    Pros

    Great leadership and opportunities to continue with a successful career path. Wide variety of co-workers and a great commitment to loyalty within the company

    Cons

    Onboarding seems to take a long time

  8.  

    Corporation

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

    I have been working at Cargill full-time

    Pros

    There are several good associates. The Corporations benefits are great. Company's core values stand out.

    Cons

    Communication needs to be updated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider new ideas.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Intern

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at Cargill as an intern

    Pros

    Company gives interns and new hires lots of responsibility

    Cons

    not a strong new hire program

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great opportunities and freedom to innovate

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Management Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Production Management Engineer in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Cargill full-time (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
  11.  

    Family Values

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

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities to move around through your career across business units and functions.

    Cons

    Internal networks are very important
    Slow to change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work-life balance is a topic that is not consistently supported across legacy businesses.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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