Cargill Reviews

Updated August 8, 2015
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Cargill President & CEO David W. MacLennan
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Pros
  • multicultural world wide private work life balance (in 34 reviews)

  • Great people to work along side and learn from (in 25 reviews)

Cons
  • the work life balance is extrememly difficult (in 33 reviews)

  • Higher than acceptable costs are less likely from having too many people than from having people duplicating work across the multiple business units (in 29 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Cargill - great company to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Supervisor in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - IT Supervisor in Wichita, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cargill full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very ethical and transparent / honest company. Huge emphasis on community outreach. People viewed as individuals, not just numbers. Great work / life balance. Good salaries. Many opportunities if you're willing to put in some hard work. Diversity and Inclusion efforts and groups.

    Cons

    Salaries not on the high end for certain jobs. Can have long hours with large projects. Some middle management have old style mindsets.

    Advice to Management

    Keep valuing employees as individuals and recognizing that family life / work life balance is extremely important for high performing employees.


  2. Very good

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Wichita, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Security and good people, private, big company opportunity to work in many different areas

    Cons

    Old fashion, bad locations, very commodity driven, most of the people that lead the company are males. IT is very outdated. Salaries are low.

    Advice to Management

    Become better on talent development


  3. Helpful (2)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cargill full-time (More than a 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 Management

    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.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Good place to work, but pay could be better.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Transportation Manager in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Transportation Manager in Wichita, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Pay a little more to keep top talent.


  6. Great company to work for with excellent benefits.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of career advancement opportunities due to continued growth.

    Cons

    Due to growth and changes, outsourcing jobs is taking precedence and many jobs could be lost over the next several years. Job security is not absolute.

    Advice to Management

    Engage team members to focus time on learning agility outside their normal functions to develop the team member's experience and talents so they may fit in other parts of the company when/if their roles are eliminated.


  7. A good place to work. Has your normal management issues but overall takes good care of employees

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Analyst in Wichita, KS
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility and commitment to improving their employees

    Cons

    Management can change roles quite often.

    Advice to Management

    keep focused on the key goals


  8. Helpful (1)

    Mediocre

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Wichita, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Potential for growth, mobility and training.

    Cons

    Overall good company with pockets of unethical and political behaviors.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees, leave old school philosophies, egos and personal vendettas out of workplace.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Horrible communication from inexperienced leadership team, your in the club or your not

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Sales in Wichita, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Cargill as an overall corporation is a strong, global company There really are some great people that work for the company

    Cons

    Horrible communication from leadership Little growth opportunity Inexperienced leadership team making questionable business decisions Direction the business is going is misaligned with Cargill's stated core philosophies

    Advice to Management

    You have got to start communicating to your team. Don't shy away from the negative feedback. Listen and respond accordingly. Stop making advancement a buddy system. Look at the qualifications. Refocus your direction to the reason you're in business...the customer.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Avoid Cargill much like the plague.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior IT Technical Analyst in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Senior IT Technical Analyst in Wichita, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The only reason to work at Cargill would be stability. If you want a stable job with no potential for things to be done they way that they should be in IT, Cargill is a good place for you.

    Cons

    The middle management is only interested in padding their PMPs and will turn on their subordinates in a heartbeat.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house on your middle managers, especially in GIHS.



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