Cargill Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
469 Reviews

3.3
469 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 31 reviews)

  • Great people and team mates making a friendly work environment (in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • Poor work/life balance; people are getting burned out after start-up (in 27 reviews)

  • IT is seen as overhead and the business units do not feel IT is responsive (in 27 reviews)

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  1.  

    Very lucrative company. You can advance if you are willing to put in the work, but they have poor leadership.

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Supervisor  in  Gainesville, GA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Supervisor in Gainesville, GA

    I worked at Cargill full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Growth and advancement opportunities. Paid holidays and vacations. You can learn a lot. Decent pay.

    Cons

    Poor management. Management form cliques and as long as you're part of the clique, you are treated differently than others and get promoted quicker. No accountability. Management is title driven. Speak poorly to direct reports.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow staff to present ideas. Do not make it evident that you have favorites. Speak kindly to others.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good Employer

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    Current Employee - IT Consultant  in  Hopkins, MN
    Current Employee - IT Consultant in Hopkins, MN

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

    Pros

    Good ethical company, volunteer opportunities, global experience

    Cons

    IT is seen as overhead and the business units do not feel IT is responsive. As a result, all IT infrastructure is being eliminated and they will be using managed services.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would have been nice to have had more opportunities for internal training to be considered for other internal opportunities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good Work/Life Balance

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    Current Employee - IT Project Manager  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Good people and very professional environment to work. Managers and supervisors are very willing to help you be successful to accomplish your goals.

    Cons

    • Too much change
    • Lack of trust of upper management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    • Employees need more communication and less change. Before one transformation starts another one begins. Stability is the word

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Cargill was a great place to work

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Analyst
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Analyst

    I worked at Cargill full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Cargill is a great place to work. Great people, great opportunities, global company so if you want to go anywhere in the world, chances are you could stay within the Cargill company. If you are at corporate, it's sort of out in the sticks but they have concergie services for just about anything you would need.

    Cons

    average pay, depending on what you do you may be required to relocate or accept another position in the location you are in

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have good people working for you, rely on your people to make good decisions

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Cargill is a good company with solid values, but does not value IT.

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    Current Employee - Senior Developer  in  Hopkins, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Developer in Hopkins, MN

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

    Pros

    I've always been proud to say I work for Cargill, their values are solid, and their ethics are beyond reproach in my opinion. There have been ample opportunities to advance or learn new technologies.

    Cons

    Training has always been weak, focused mostly on "on the job" training as opposed to certification, or formal trailing. Within the last 5 years there has been an increased focus on out-sourcing. My believe is that in the next 2-5 years most if not all traditional IT jobs will be outsourced, leaving only contract management roles.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to make a career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great culture; great people. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Not strong in the I/T department

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Opportunities

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cargill full-time

    Pros

    Ability to travel, flexible schedules, ethics

    Cons

    Outsourcing a lot of jobs
    Low pay

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cargill

    Pros

    Stable company, treats employees very well. A lot of opportunities for advancement and lateral moves.

    Cons

    IT department is challenging due to outsourcing and lack of good leadership.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Building a great place to work in Fort Dodge

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Fort Dodge, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Dodge, IA

    I have been working at Cargill full-time

    Pros

    Cargill Corn Milling purchased the Fort Dodge location from Tate & Lyle and finished building using foreign technology. In many cases, it probably would have been easier to raze what T&L built and start from scratch. The plant started operations in fall 2013. The staff are full of optimism and enthusiasm, recognizing the opportunity we have - that we are starting our culture from the beginning. Many people are heard to say, "If this isn't a good place to work in two years, then it's OUR fault." The leadership team has a solid plan for building employee engagement and retention, and are very cognizant of their role in establishing and supporting the site culture. Excellent investment in hourly staff, including Covey's Seven Habits training for everyone. Focus on occupational safety and food safety is strong. Community outreach program was robust in the beginning. Cargill senior leadership visit twice a year, and Corn Milling Senior Leadership more often; very approachable and personable.

    Cons

    Most of the salaried positions are filled by inexperienced personnel, who are in stretch assignments, PLUS the stress of starting up a new plant. Not enough focus on development paths and career investment. "Address it or drop it" slogan isn't working out as positively as it does on paper, still a lot of closed-door discussions. Not sure that the culture vision is shared with or supported by most recent leadership hires.
      Poor work/life balance; people are getting burned out after start-up. Lower pay, less vacation than comparable companies. Too long between advancement opportunities. Experience outside of Cargill isn't counted the same. Not enough accountability for values deviations and repeat safety violations, leading to disillusionment among the management staff. Push for team building and community outreach in the beginning starting to fade in favor of operations challenges.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time building the culture and talent now, instead of trying to fix it later. Change the organization structure to provide more opportunities for advancement in two-year increments rather than taking three to five years, even if it's just by adding "senior" to the same job title, to retain millenials, Gen X and Gen Y staff. Find the balance between responsibility and accountability. Don't get cheap around occupational and food safety just because we're over budget - there's fat that can be cut elsewhere. Value outside experience MORE than internal experience - need fresh ideas. Push for work-life balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Undervalued and under appreciated

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    Current Employee - Senior IT Technical Analyst  in  Hopkins, MN
    Current Employee - Senior IT Technical Analyst in Hopkins, MN

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

    Pros

    The best thing about working here is the average workers. Cargill hires some great people that are intelligent, loyal, and great all-around people to work with - the unfortunate aspect is Cargill under values them.

    The company overall is a large contributor the community and seems to have strong ethical values.

    Cons

    Recently the company decided to outsource 900 jobs to a third party provider, they've yet to learn that some of the issues that they desire to fix with these actions isn't going to work. This has been tried in smaller scales before and resulted in worse service for the businesses. There is constant changes and attempts to fix the issues, the only thing consistent has been the leadership staff, anyone else see the problem here?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Particularly for senior leadership, it's time to recognize your own mistakes and failures and accept responsibility for your actions. Have enough honor and pride to hold yourselves to the same level of expectations that you'd expect from subordinates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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