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Solid Company

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Management in Minneapolis, MN
Current Employee - Management in Minneapolis, MN

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

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

* Competitive pay and very good benefits
* Pleasant working environment
* Training opportunities

Cons

* Evolving into a global company - good long term, but some disruption in the interim

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    Review of General Mills

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Marketing Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Associate Marketing Manager in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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!


  2. A company of professional, productive optimists

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at General Mills full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fearless "producer" mentality without a "boiler room" environment
    Very respectful of work style
    Sharp focus on getting things done through sustainable relationships
    Incredible facilities and benefits

    Cons

    "Kool Aid" culture; try to fit in or you won't be happy
    Entrepenurial: very little training
    Relationship-based: must build a network quickly
    Very rigid HR paths and new employee pipelines

    Advice to Management

    Loosen the reins on HR paths and allow more cross-functional moves and multi-level jumps, let the department heads and hiring managers dictate the hiring decision, pull HR back a little bit. (biased review)


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