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

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Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Saint Louis, MO
Former Employee - Software Engineer in Saint Louis, MO

I worked at Monsanto Company full-time for more than 5 years

Pros

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

Cons

Culture 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 ManagementAdvice

The 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.

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    A company at which I can foresee having a life-long career

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Research Entomologist  in  Chesterfield, MO
    Current Employee - Research Entomologist in Chesterfield, MO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Good compensation and benefits
    -Cutting edge technology
    -Good location for commuting, lots of nice neighborhoods nearby
    -Lots of opportunity for advancement or moving to new parts of the company
    -Focused on safety, both for their consumer products and for their employees.

    Cons

    -Long workweeks; I average around 50 hours a week
    -Lots of meetings, to the point that there are meetings about meetings that will happen soon. Not so bad at entry level, but management gets swamped in them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Procurement Co-op

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Monsanto Company as an intern

    Pros

    The company is huge. And interns can gain a lot if its their first internship

    Cons

    Nothing as such since the company is big

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