General Mills
3.9 of 5 522 reviews
www.generalmills.com Minneapolis, MN 5000+ Employees

General Mills Reviews

Updated Apr 14, 2014
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3.9 522 reviews

                             

94% Approve of the CEO

General Mills Chairman and CEO Ken Powell

Ken Powell

(403 ratings)

85% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Modest people, job security and healthy work life balance are some of the advantages"
    in 89 reviews
  • "Great benefits (but decreasing), good teamwork, great training opportunities"
    in 39 reviews
Cons:
  • "The good news is that R&D has exceptionally good work/life balance with relatively low stress"
    in 44 reviews
  • "Minnesota nice at times, hard for management to make tough calls"
    in 12 reviews
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Don't value the employee, value the politics

Technical Specialist (Current Employee)
Minneapolis, MN

I have been working at General Mills full-time for more than 10 years

ProsFlexible schedule and benefits packages

ConsExperience and ability to apply and produce are not valued. If you are morally and ethically challenged and have a good political bend you will do well. Rewards the young and inept, who aren't willing to pay the price and truly learn and execute.

Advice to Senior ManagementTruly assess and reward employees on ability to produce and apply. Walk the talk and be progressive, innovative, and world class leaders instead of hiring or buying the world class technology / methods and then not executing or applying it.

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

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Solid company with great values.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at General Mills

ProsTraining and very talented individuals. Core values

ConsPeer group differing in effort and devotion. Continuing experience without relocation.

Advice to Senior ManagementOutline plans for the future and inform people.

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Lots of potential for everyone that works here, encouraging atmosphere

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Atlanta, GA

I have been working at General Mills full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat salary and benefits, work life balance is getting better

ConsChange is very slow if at all. Extremely conservative

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work!

Business Planning Manager (Former Employee)
Minneapolis, MN

I worked at General Mills full-time for more than 8 years

ProsThey are flexible with work-life balance. Their manager of people mantra is "Good to Great" and they really do stand behind that, offering managers various training classes. They have very good benefits and they pay is in-line with the competition.

ConsCareer path movement in their sales organization can be difficult. You really have to network continually and be on top of your career path at all times to continue moving up in the organization. HR is not very helpful for the most part, they seem to be very political and not really on your side.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Exciting opportunities and never a dull moment

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Minneapolis, MN

I have been working at General Mills full-time for more than a year

ProsGeneral Mills offers several perks including generous vacation, 401k matching, and extras like a gym and salon at the office. The pay is very competitive and the company truly values its employees. They go out of their way to make sure you are happy at work and outside of work, too. Managers are highly competent and there are lots of opportunities for advancement or cross-functional moves.

ConsIt is very "corporate"! Lots of forms to fill out and just general bureaucracy, which is not so bad if you are Type A. Let's face it, if you get hired, you are probably pretty Type A.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at General Mills for more than 3 years

ProsHighly Talented Team who work together to reach challenging goals

ConsCan be political at times

Advice to Senior ManagementYou have great Leadership, keep up the great work inspiring folks

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great place to work with lots of benefits and work/life balance

Financial Analyst (Current Employee)
Golden Valley, MN

I have been working at General Mills as an intern for less than a year

Pros-Beautiful campus
-Discounted products
-Facilities (fitness center, food store, etc.) in headquarters
-Promote work/life balance

Cons-It's a large company and feels like it
-Minneapolis doesn't have the greatest winters

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Employee friendly company

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at General Mills full-time for more than 10 years

ProsWork life balance is great. Generous benefits and vacation policy. Sick days. Annual raise. excellent 401k match at the end of the year.

ConsLow salaries. Constant change in priorities and territories so you have to start over a lot. Outdated computer equipment to record info.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to sales people who are actually in the stores and see what is going on.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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General Mills offers a great career versus just a job.

Sales Manager (Current Employee)
Scottsdale, AZ

I have been working at General Mills full-time for more than 10 years

ProsCompetitive salaries and lots of opportunities to grow.

ConsWith any large corporation it can be challenging to navigate a career.

Advice to Senior ManagementI believe they are taking the diversification to a level that is hiring and promoting unqualified people.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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opportunity for a growing career

R&D Technician (Current Employee)
Minneapolis, MN

I have been working at General Mills full-time for more than a year

Proswork flex, family oriented, strong foundation of values: always doing the right thing

Consfast paced industry with new standards, always changing and growing, cannot get comfortable

Advice to Senior Managementrespectable, hard working, very results based

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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