General Mills Reviews

Updated April 22, 2015
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  1. Good experience but very impersonal

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    Former Employee - Operations/Engineering in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Operations/Engineering in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at General Mills full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Large company, ability to move to different functions if desired.

    Cons

    After couple of year you are pigeon holed into a specific role

  2. Great work-life balance, friendly people, but slow-moving company with a lot of politics

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great work life balance
    Friendly people
    Very smart top level management
    Competitive pay
    Tons of amenities (if at HQ)
    Great benefits

    Cons

    a lot of politics take place at General Mills
    Must be very PC at this company
    Decisions have to be approved by too many people

    Advice to Management

    Catalyst was necessary, but yet to see the fruits of this change. Take a page from our (nimble) smaller competitors and truly act boldly to move quickly.

  3. Helpful (1)

    it used to be a great place to work ... now two mass layoffs in 3 years or people quietly counseled out the door

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at General Mills full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great perks and competitive pay

    Cons

    When change and decision speed needed, equivalent to course correcting the Titanic

    Advice to Management

    Move faster, act decisively, shed off under performing businesses

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  5. SAP Basis administrator

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    Current Employee - SAP Basis in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - SAP Basis in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at General Mills full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Very knowledgable and respected team across IT. The company has been running SAP for over 30 years and has very mature staff and processes.

    Cons

    There is a lot of weekend work and long hours but the great collaborative team makes it worthwhile.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work.

  6. Helpful (2)

    I used to love this company and working here. Now...............

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    Current Employee - Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Manager in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at General Mills full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    This was a great company that cared about it's people. We were all working towards one common goal. People collaborated and moved things forward.

    Cons

    Over the past 3-5 years the culture of this company went to hell. The entire company is floundering and misaligned on priorities. Leadership made decisions about what the organization should look like assuming that mid-level management can change their ways and work together to rewire. Basically they need to accept no for an answer. Yea - that's no happening and leadership is too chicken to step in and make some unpopular decisions

    Advice to Management

    Step in and take over. This company is floundering and can't figure out which way is up. The "elite" leaders you've chosen aren't getting the job done. If you want this company to survive you need to take the reins.

  7. Helpful (2)

    Doesn't understand millennial employees

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at General Mills

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

    Pros

    -The people are what make the company
    -Work life balance
    -Work Flex

    Cons

    -Promotions are based on tenure vs. talent
    -Doesn't to coach out higher levels to promote advancement within the out
    -As a younger employee, you don't really have responsibly/decision making power
    -Very old school in they way they think / operate (they think millennial are crazy for our demands... think again)

    Advice to Management

    Understand not only your consumers by your employees. I foresee a huge talent retention issue 2-5 years out.

  8. Helpful (3)

    Finance Leadership Development Program

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    Current Employee - Finance in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Finance in Minneapolis, MN

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

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

    Pros

    - People. Unquestionably a significant number of smart, thoughtful, and driven people
    - Comp and ben is some of the best in town
    - Corporate amenities (day care for the kiddos, gym, dry cleaner, company store, etc) are really nice to have
    - Can get a highly diverse set of experiences

    Cons

    - Overall reported results continue to be poor, morale still feels low following the well publicized layoffs, and the new structure is experiencing growing pains
    - The 're-wire' of certain functions and roles seems a bit ill conceived and in many cases is actually causing the org to be less efficient and effective (not to mention making the work less robust and interesting which is a drag on morale)
    - Career progression can be extremely slow within finance
    - Despite attempts to improve, it is still a VERY difficult environment for external hires to break into and move up in the organization

    Advice to Management

    You have an amazing pool of talented employees committed to making GMI the best it can be - take full advantage of it!!!

  9. Helpful (4)

    Generally a good place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at General Mills

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    General Mills offers good benefits and good pay. It has a strong history of success. Nice vacation benefits including optional extra time off without pay. Decent medical benefits. They continue to grow with a lot of group coming from acquisitions and international growth.

    Cons

    Company has gone through 2 rounds of lay-offs in the last 2 -3 years. The 2014 lay-offs included many high level people with lots of seniority. General Mills used to be a place where if you worked hard and did a good job for the company, you could stay until retirement - the employees felt loyal to the company without question. That is no longer the case for many know that you can now be cut just years before you reach comfortable retirement after a long employment there.

  10. Helpful (25)

    Proceed with caution

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at General Mills

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

    Pros

    If you fit the right profile, GMI will initially be the right place for you. New hires will find a very good benefit plan (though that is being chipped away at) and for those that work at the Minneapolis campus, there are several internal perks (cafeteria, coffee shop, fitness center, etc.). Consider also that the quality of your peers is generally very good – lots of opportunity for newer and younger employees. If you hold the right degree from a prominent Higher Ed institution (and if you learn quickly how to navigate the maze of internal politics) your path will be paved for you, so “good luck”. And finally, on the surface at least, the company also makes admirable efforts to promote racial, ethnic, and sexual diversity.

    Cons

    Here is where it gets complicated, however. GMI’s corporate culture is hindered by a fundamental dishonesty that permeates the through all upper management levels of the corporation (director and above). Harsh, certainly, but a statement evidenced by empty rhetoric, meaningless platitudes and easily compromised values statements.

    GMI can easily be categorized as a stiff and immobile company that struggles with true diversity. An apparent contradiction to the kudos above, where GMI falls shorts is diversity of thought, diversity of scope of vision, diversity of opinion and other “below the radar” attributes. GMI is a consensus driven company that that is slow to deep dive into the world of true innovation. This has become an increasing concern – much like the grad student who delays thesis defense because of a fear there may be one slight gap in his/her research, GMI has allowed itself to become a company where innovation and honesty become casualties of a self-imposed functional paralysis. Rather than move decisively and boldly, projects get delayed or watered down by commissioning another study, holding another series of meetings or just simply finding (or inventing) a reason to kick decision making further down the line. I am not sure this is easier, per se, but it does provide a temporary cover while a rationale is constructed to validate decisions, right or wrong.

    Finally, individual success is dependent on one’s ability to adapt to a “good ol’ boys” style of personnel networking, augmented by a byzantine performance appraisal system where preferred candidates for advancement often receive several promotions in a short period of time while many others may see promotions delayed or non-existent. For much of the GMI decision makers, experience and competence are less valued than the promise of some great future reward and one’s ability to manage up.

    Advice to Management

    1. Embrace true diversity, not just diversity that is easily quantifiable (see above). Seek out true innovators (you still have some on staff, though that number is declining), and reward/acknowledge them accordingly.

    2. Be honest with yourselves and understand who you are. GMI is a large, monolithic corporate entity and no amount of re-imaging can change that. While not a Nestle or Cargill in overall size, GMI is far from being a “small company”.

    3. Here’s one for the executives and VP level officers. When times get tough, stand up and be accountable. Recent actions and behaviors have done little to inspire confidence in company leadership; most people understand that the issues the business faces is not due solely to the presence of misaligned mid-level managers and too many older employees. When tough times occur, embrace and demonstrate the innovation you place so much emphasis on. For a business that touts innovative problem solving, the responses generated during these self-manufactured “trying times” – (consulting groups! plant closings!! mid and low level employee layoffs!!! new and improved org charts!?) – are remarkably ordinary.

    4. Broaden your vision. The last 2 ½ years have seen some very talented people (especially in ITQ) pushed out the door, many for no apparent reason other than they don’t fit neatly into pre-conceived notions of what constitutes a professional.

    General Mills was once was a great place to work; there was much to set it apart from other similar businesses. Previous posts here have addressed the company as either “horrible” or as “wonderful”; it may be fair to assume each perspective likely reflects the degree the writer was impacted by recent layoffs. The truth is that neither is completely accurate – there are plenty of beads, baubles and perks (especially in Minneapolis) to impress even the most worldly newcomer; as well, there are enough veiled flaws and petty annoyances to keep the frustration level always at level 7 (out of 10). In the end though, General Mills is what it is - a large, lumbering leviathan, struggling to maintain relevance in a changing world, striving mightily to delay its own evolutionary extinction.

  11. Great Development Experience

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    Current Employee - Senior Planner in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Planner in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at General Mills

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Mostly great managers who develop you if you take advantage of it.
    Terrific environment to continually improve yourself and take on new challenges.

    Cons

    Some departments still "stuck" in doing things for the sake of doing them the same way, every day
    Most managers good at workflex, some are not - they should standardize that.

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