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Helpful (2)

It's a living.

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Albuquerque, NM
Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Albuquerque, NM
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

Ample days off for technicians, decent benefits and environment. Very transparent in regards to changes that occur and what is happening in the company. Management treats the technicians decently. Low stress and I always know what time I am going home.

Cons

Low starting pay with a rigid advancement process that causes the best people to leave because they can't live on the wages while waiting to advance. I would not move into any role other than a technician because you are basically a slave to the plant. I see those in support roles coming in on weekends and constantly staying late, plus they are on call 24/7! This company tells new hires they emphasize a work-life balance but it seems it's only for those of us who are on the floor making product.

Advice to Management

Cut back on the acronyms, it is beyond ridiculous. I am surprised we even speak English at the plant instead of uttering two and three letter acronyms to each other in order to communicate. Also, stop bribing people with "incentives" to donate to United Way in order for the company to look good to the community. Giving should come from the heart, not from a desire to get a little more time off from work.

Other Employee Reviews for General Mills

  1. Helpful (4)

    Not What I Expected

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst II in Golden Valley, MN
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst II in Golden Valley, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at General Mills full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The culture is very collaborative and the people are friendly. They have a lot of company sponsored (paid for) events which make you feel valued and appreciated. They have a broad three day on-boarding class which gives you an excellent overview of the company, and uses real-world business cases. The salary and benefits are excellent.

    Cons

    General Mills has a very unique internal language that is hard to learn. The job-specific onboarding is more of a trial and error approach than a well-documented or well thought process. I sat in my cubicle and took notes while the guy training me played on his Iphone, and tried to remember what he had done in the past. The work life balance is poor, and while no one tells you to work nights and weekends, it is necessary to put in extra hours to keep up with your work. It is not uncommon to receive requests at night or on the weekend.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time with new people, and make sure proper documentation is in place for newhires.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Some good, some bad.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Leader II in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Team Leader II in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly place to work. People are nice and there is plenty of opportunity to develop great relationships.

    Cons

    Lack of direction from and miscommunication from leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Do what you preach. Before trying to implement new ideas, spend a little time trying to understand the impact to the employees and put a little effort into the deployment strategy.


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