Cargill Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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  1. Great Company

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    Current Employee - Management Trainee in Fort Wayne, IN
    Current Employee - Management Trainee in Fort Wayne, IN

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

    Pros

    Really smart people who are focused on what matters - improving the business. Global reach is incredible. Huge amounts of opportunity, but you do have to sacrifice. Drink the kool aid.

    Cons

    They make you move too often. A bit of a closed environment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Good company to work for

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at Cargill as an intern

    Pros

    Nice people and good culture

    Cons

    not moving in the same direction as competitors

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Good career

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to move among business units earlier in career. International exposure is available.

    Cons

    A mistake along the way, or a bad relationship with a manager can brand an employee for life, making it difficult to find new opportunities in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sr managers are good people, just not sure there is the horsepower there to lead a global, $140 billion company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 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 a 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
  6. 3 people found this helpful

    Overall great company to work for, unless you are in Information Technology

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Cargill places a lot of value on serving the communities in which they operate.
    They benefits are good, although, the health insurance benefits have decreased over the years.
    Depending on your manager and the team you work for, there are opportunities to work from home.
    It is a great place to work if you want experience working on a global team.
    They really work at being a company with a diverse culture. In many companies that I have worked for, the amount of women in IT was scarce. Cargill is the first company that I worked for that not only had a greater number of women in IT, but they had women in IT management roles.
    Great co-workers. People look out for each other and really have a desire to see their team and team members succeed.
    Excellent opportunities for advancement

    Cons

    Do not work here if you are in IT.
    There are a significant number of middle level managers that "manage up". They are more concerned with how they look to upper management, and are not as concerned about the people that work for them.
    IT is their policy to pay to industry standards, but I have found that they tend to pay lower. However, that could be just my experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Executive level management - Excellent leaders
    Middle level management - Boy, this level really needs some work. Really try to get a feel for how employees view their managers. You have seen the engagement scores, and the problem has, and continues to be this level of management. You have a few really good middle level managers, but not too many. Help this group of people learn how to manage people as well as business. Encourage them to be candid with their employees, and if they cannot, let the employees know that it is something that they cannot discuss. People appreciate that more than being lied to.
    Supervisors and direct managers really do a good job of pulling together great teams and accomplishing a lot. Take a hard look at your middle management employees and develop a true understanding of how they manage things. I strongly feel that this is the weakest area in Cargill.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people 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
  8. Full time interview

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    work by yourself in lab sometimes, working late night shifts

  9. 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful

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    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. 2 people 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 a 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

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