General Mills Reviews

Updated July 23, 2015
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Pros
  • work life balance is not frown upon (in 118 reviews)

  • Great benefits and onsite amenities (in 43 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance tilting towards work (in 53 reviews)

  • Overly complex and slow organizational structure makes decision making very difficult (in 17 reviews)

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  1. Operator

    Current Employee - Production Operator in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Production Operator in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Good Company to work for

    Cons

    West Chicago plant is closing


  2. Helpful (9)

    Fading Fast

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

    I have been working at General Mills full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I joined General Mills knowing full well I would not be making as much as I could be at another company. I chose to join the company regardless because of the excellent benefits and unlimited growth potential. I am sorry to say neither applies anymore and employees have taken note- turnover seems to be skyrocketing.

    Cons

    The company keeps chipping away at everything it can to cut costs and make shareholders happy. Unfortunately, this has left the majority of employees unhappy and many of the best are leaving. The most innovative and talented employees are left stuck in their little box of "safe" job responsibilities because General Mills is too scared to do anything new. This leaves the best employees bored, and makes great talent and the people who could truly bring a new life to the company walk out the door. Also, the pay is terrible and benefits are reduced more and more every season. Many of these changes are "hush-hush" so as to not rile employees. Employees used to justify the low pay by saying what great benefits they got, but we're all starting to scratch our heads now. The low pay can be easily noted by seeing how many employees actually have part-time jobs or ventures outside of General Mills.

    Advice to Management

    WAKE UP! An extra summer picnic and social hour isn't going to make employees happy. Promote from within, reward and embrace your true (existing) talent. Pay people what they deserve. Stop taking away our benefits.


  3. Helpful (2)

    No pay or promotions, stuck in same position

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Get the opportunity to work on we'll known brands. People overall are nice and good to work with. Supportive cross functional team

    Cons

    No promotions you will be stuck in this entry level job if you don't have an MBA from a top ten school. You train in new MBA hires on how to do their job, but get paid half their salary. Pay is lower compared to other jobs at this level. Turnover is high don't plan to stay more than two years.

    Advice to Management

    promote this position, an MBA does not mean you have a great marketing mind....


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Struggling, but still a good place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at General Mills

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great people, good intentions, flexible schedules

    Cons

    resistant to change, shareholders over all else

    Advice to Management

    stop telling us that we're existing only to increase shareholder return


  6. Great place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at General Mills full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smart, ambitious co-workers. Leadership working to address business challenges

    Cons

    Need to address changing food preferences - working towards that although will take time to address. Frequent reorganizations.

    Advice to Management

    Value the experienced employee


  7. A great place for growing

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - R&D Intern in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - R&D Intern in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at General Mills

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

    Pros

    Diverse in products, roles, culture Open to all no matter what race or nation Transparent

    Cons

    Very complex structure to understand A lot of meetings and people to get to know 3 months is a bit too short to demonstrate the talent and skills


  8. Helpful (10)

    Human Resources

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Sadly, not many anymore. Even the decent pay doesn't offset the daily grind of non value added HR work.

    Cons

    HR function is a joke and the rest of the company knows it. HR leaders are incompetent, arrogant, and dysfunctional. You get ahead by brown nosing senior people and not by your own contribution.

    Advice to Management

    Upgrade your HR leaders. The junior people are leaving because they can't see a path forward that doesn't involve 70 hour work weeks and silly politics. Sad to see this is what has become of a once great company.


  9. Helpful (4)

    Soul sucking sad environment

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - GBS Cog In the Wheel in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - GBS Cog In the Wheel in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at General Mills

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work/life balance, Great benefits, Great salary, great facility with state of the art technology.

    Cons

    Untrustworthy environment, Gold standard for passive aggressiveness, No governance of morale or care for it.


  10. If you want to work hard with smart people

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

    I have been working at General Mills

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    super smart people, dedicated to development , interesting challenges and food is fun

    Cons

    long hours , since recent changes some jobs are very large


  11. Great Company!

    Current Employee - Financial Analyst I in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst I in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People are wonderful and development is great. There is a continuous rotational program creating great general business managers and providing a wide array of experiences.

    Cons

    Finance is a matrixed organization with can drive complexities in accomplishing work. Lots of meetings before the meetings.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the work they are doing to drive a more lean and flexible business. They are definitely on the right track to success.



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