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Great Company

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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.

Other Employee Reviews for Cargill

  1. Great place to make a career

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture; great people. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Not strong in the I/T department


  2. Building a great place to work in Fort Dodge

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Dodge, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Dodge, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


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