Cargill

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Cargill Reviews

Updated December 21, 2014
Updated December 21, 2014
520 Reviews
3.4
520 Reviews
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Cargill Chairman, President, and CEO Greg Page
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334 Ratings

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.  

    Well paid but overworked

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrician in Westwego, LA
    Current Employee - Electrician in Westwego, LA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Go 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 ManagementAdvice

    Management 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Agronomist in Alma, NE
    Current Employee - Sales Agronomist in Alma, NE

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

    Pros

    the company offers good pay along with excellent benefits.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good first job in Quality Assurance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QM Chemist in Eddyville, IA
    Current Employee - QM Chemist in Eddyville, IA

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

    Pros

    exposure to large scale manufacturing, food safety, and quality control work in labs. Easy to get along with technicians that run the plant, the engineers aren't as sociable though. Solid experience in chemistry and food and beverage industry. Many jobs available in many business units. Resources to learn about other manufacturing plants in the facility.

    Cons

    Eddyville, IA is in out in the country. Des Moines is the closest city (1 hour away). Not easy to get promoted unless you plan to live your life at work and stay here in the area. Job can get repetative. Pay raises do not really happen. No paid overtime. Shift schedule including nights.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to Start a Career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Wayzata, MN
    Former Employee - Intern in Wayzata, MN

    I worked at Cargill as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Cargill is very professional in terms of management style and, as a private company, takes a long-term approach in assessing its business strategies and plans. People are very helpful and the culture fosters collaboration and teamwork. The international aspect of the company's operations is a plus.

    Cons

    As with most large enterprises, decision-making can be slow. Also, as few employees leave, opportunities for advancement can be limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to share as much information as possible regarding the company's strategy and future direction with employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Feed and Nutrition in Boise, ID
    Former Employee - Feed and Nutrition in Boise, ID

    I worked at Cargill as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    A 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottumwa, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottumwa, IA

    I have been working at Cargill as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    People are friendly and every co-worker is willing to help.

    Cons

    Far behind technology-wise. Not much organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a better balance between experience and education.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Overall Okay

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cargill

    Pros

    Very employee safety oriented. Very high integrity on the product produced. Overall good working environment. Decent "open door" policy with supervisors/management at my site. Good benefits.

    Cons

    The site I worked at produced hard cooked eggs. When business demands were slow, the number of hours worked dropped, so this was frustrating. Some policies were difficult to understand. Hard to break into any promotions within the company.

  9.  

    Unmatched global business exposure

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Wayzata, MN
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Wayzata, MN

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

    Pros

    Motivating leadership, opportunities to take risks and make history with large deals

    Cons

    Culture can be very conservative and change comes slowly. Turning ideas around can take many months if not years at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please streamline some of the bureaucracy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Data Lead

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Hopkins, MN
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Hopkins, MN

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

    Pros

    True to their values, culture for growth, being innovative, reward knowledge, and senior management is solid.

    Cons

    Work-life balance and long hrs. Repeat Work-life balance and long hrs. Repeat Work-life balance and long hrs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Solid Present

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Accountant

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accountant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Accountant in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Cross-functional opportunities. Process-oriented. Very structured. Very stable.

    Cons

    Too structured? Too regimented? Work life balance can be a challenge during month-end close.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Place technically qualified persons in management roles, not just persons who promote the company's agenda and philosophy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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