Monsanto Company
3.7 of 5 379 reviews
www.monsanto.com Saint Louis, MO 5000+ Employees

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Company has some good people, but culture is force-fed to employees

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Saint Louis, MO

ProsReasonably good pay and benefits
Nice campus
Company cares about workstation ergonomics

ConsCulture of "safety is everything" is crammed down employees' throats, extending intrusively into personal lives (e.g., "Let me tell you how you should grill when you're at home")
The review process (DPR), including incidental achievements, etc., has been elevated to a level where it is viewed as more important than getting one's job done
Management stifles expression of any opinions contrary to theirs

Advice to Senior ManagementThe seed products are touted as the "Cadillac" in the industry. They are good, but are priced way too high. If the traits and yield are only 10% better than Pioneer's, then the seed should only be priced 10% higher. The company could perform better in the market if this strategy was realized.

Management needs to revamp the DPR process. It's fine to require employees to set some goals related to personal development, teaching, etc., but when EVERYTHING is based upon them (rankings, bonuses, consideration for staff reductions, etc), and nothing else matters, then it's gone too far. If you just spend most of your time politicking, dreaming up and giving little presentations, etc., even if your actual job performance is mediocre, you will do great at Monsanto. Everyone at the low-to-mid levels spends a ton of time during the last half of the year stressing over whether they'll "get their goals done". This can be verified by asking any former IT employee.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Overworks and Underappreciates Full Time Employees, Abuses Contract Employee Situation

    Biologist II (Current Employee)
    Chesterfield, MO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company as a contractor for more than 5 years


    Pros: Great pay, flexible hours, industry leading technology Cons: They will keep you employed in the same position as a contract employee for literally years at a time. They overwork their full time employees… Advice to Senior Management: When your contract employees are running your production labs and are the only ones keeping important processes like R0 selection afloat,… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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    This is the best company you can work with

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    I have been working at Monsanto Company


    Pros: It very nice to work Cons: Location is in St louis More
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