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Acompany for college graduates and young interns

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Former Employee - Office Worker- Design  in  Minneapolis, MN
Former Employee - Office Worker- Design in Minneapolis, MN

Pros

In house lunchroom staffed by top chefs, comapny store and doctors on site

Cons

This company is great for interns and college grads with no families or outside interests as the workload is heavy. There have been many layoffs and structure changes in the past 4 years.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

High stress and heavy workloads are not conducive to a good work atmosphere.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Review of General Mills

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Marketing Manager  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Associate Marketing Manager in Minneapolis, MN

    Pros

    MBA Marketing training ground
    Looks great on resume
    Total compensation package
    HQs have many amenities - car wash, gas station, company store, on-site dry cleaning, day care, etc.
    Strong cross-functional teams
    Opportunity to work on iconic (but perhaps not 100% relevant to consumers these days?) brands
    Build strong network/bonds with marketing peers
    AMM community
    Internship program (I am lucky to have interned here!!) is solid

    Cons

    Slow path to promotion: recruiting efforts lead you to believe you will be promoted in three years...this is more like 4-5 years to Marketing Manager. This has led to poor morale within the marketing community and annual turnover above rate of industry average/what people might expect.

    Uneven level of leadership at Marketing Manager level: Much of your success is based who is your manager and their level of comfort with the Director. However, there are not a lot of strong managers (company estimates less than 1 in 3).

    Uneven Feedback: Company trying to move away from "Minnesota Nice" culture, but unclear feedback from Director to Manager and Manager to AMM is still a concern for Marketers.

    Lack of Marketing Support: AMMs are ultimately responsible for a lot of grunt work - which is not communicated or discussed during recruiting or on-boarding. Managers are quick to say you need to lead...but they do not say that they will be remedial in nature.

    Inability to control career: Rotations are guided by Marketing Managers, while you have some choice in to what type of role you work on the company makes the call. This is at all levels..AMM through Director. Imagine being a director and not being able to control your career?

    Recent Reorganization: Low morale due to cuts across all functions. Company talks about being on track, but internally teams know there will be a rough 2-3 years at GMI.

    Iconic brands in irrelevant categories: Budgets are being cut and company is playing in mature or slow moving categories.
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    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a hard look at middle management. Lack of focus and clarity causes fear and chaos within marketing teams. When this happens morale dips in other functions as marketing teams are scrambling to sell every last case of product. Lack of management skills at Marketing Manager is causing AMMs at all levels to leave.

    Walk the talk: IF you say you are going to invest (digital or Hispanic) actually do it - do not cut it out of fear!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work - in HQ, not in the field!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

    Pros

    - Great benefits
    - Great brands that you'll be proud to say you have a part of
    - Who can resist Cheerios???

    Cons

    - All roads point to MN
    - Very little of the touted perks are enjoyed in the field
    - No cost of living adjustment to salaries
    - Strong culture based on Minnesota Nice - which sometimes candor is needed for progress to be made

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Without a vision, the people aren't aligned in moving forward.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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