General Mills Reviews

Updated March 20, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Let go during company reorganization

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Planning Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Business Planning Manager in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at General Mills (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Gym on site at headquarters

    Cons

    Poor work life balance
    Too slow to market
    Poor loyalty to employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful

    Stodgy food giant trying to totter towards relevancy

    Former Employee - Associate Marketing Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Associate Marketing Manager in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at General Mills full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Invest in people. Lay offs process was terrible, but package was decent. Beautiful main office. Good for your resume. Cross functional teams are top notch. Good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Just went through major lay off, so the mood at the company is bleak right now. Many who were not let go are looking to get out.
    Red tape makes even simple tasks incredibly challenging. Several pillar products are in declining categories, and I don't have a lot of faith that the current strategy will turn it around.
    Very political place. You have to constantly network so that people know who your are.
    Aggressively positive. If the business has declined for 10 months running and then has one up month the entire conversation instantly centers on how things are turning around.
    You have to get 25 people to "align" with you before you can move forward with anything. Lots of internal selling.
    Forecasting is time consuming nightmare, but think they've heard us on this.
    In Minneapolis. Weather is terrible 70% of the year and it's hard to make friends if you're not from the area.
    Work/life depends on role. I've had positions where I easily worked 75 hours a week, and others where I was much closer to 40. Don't be fooled. People may leave at 5 to pick up their kids, but they get back on computers at 9.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    A highly ethical company with a lot of smart, hard-working people.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Marketing in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Commitment to excellence. Strong development programs, particularly in marketing.

    Cons

    Can be a bit insular

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire marketers that are more creative.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. Changing company.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits and decent pay.

    Cons

    Bad upper management. This company has products that do not meet the newer trends. Consumer wants less processed food and full disclosure on the label. GM does not want to do this.

    Younger people will not stay long term due to the games they play.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cross divisional changes of management is not working and killing this company. Retail management have no clue what Foodservice is about and how to manage it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 2 people found this helpful

    Once a great company; hopefully will be again

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Sales in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at General Mills

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Layoffs of some of the brightest people are going to really hurt this company for some time to come. The people that have worked the company for many years are being discounted. Pay is lower than industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change has to be from the top down; not from the bottom up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 10 people found this helpful

    Great Company! Going through some financial challenges though.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    GREAT People! The people that work for GMI are of the highest quality. I have met very few over my 15 years with the company that would not be considered experts in their fields.

    They value skill set diversity and encourage people to move around the company into other roles. This has made me a more agile employee with a broader base of roles that I can perform.

    Cons

    5 years of declining sales is very concerning. Because of the lack of growth, they have had to take away many of the employee perks that distinguished them from other companies. Pensions were cut, retiree medical plans were re-structured, cut services at the employee medical center. They need to be mindful about cutting out too much and no longer attracting top talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in a CEO from the outside that is young and has experience with marketing companies in this day and age. It starting to feel a bit too much like the good ole white boys club at the top and they do a great job on the investment side but haven't been able to move the dial in the growth area.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 3 people found this helpful

    Great company going through a difficult time

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Super smart people to work with, great pay and benefits. I actually think the senior leaders are excellent.

    Cons

    Two 800+ person layoffs in the last 2.5 years leaves little to be optimistic about in the near term. Core of the companies issues are structural, American consumer has less money to spend on food, General Mills selling high priced processed food is no man's land; not fresh and not cheap

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    Mixed feelings

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Sales in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at General Mills full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, although they seem to shrink each year. Very bright people, lots of structure and training. You always know what your next move should be.

    Cons

    Company has been around for a long time, lots of red tape. Culture is friendly but very guarded. Everyone is afraid to make a mistake so decisions are slow. Personnel decisions based on perception, not results. Products not on trend, 36 mos business outlook is bleak.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good plan today is better than the perfect plan tomorrow.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful

    Lots of good but change needed

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Manager in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at General Mills

    Pros

    Very smart people usually focused on what's best for General Mills; flexible work location and hours; engaging, challenging projects.

    Cons

    Career advancement (promotion) is extremely slow, especially after the lowest levels; not enough diversity, though the company does voice and in some cases demonstrate a commitment to it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The CEO is virtually invisible to anyone below the executive level. Need to bring in someone with fresher ideas and someone who is willing to stand up in front of everyone and take ownership for bad news as well as good.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 15 people found this helpful

    Very Political, Complex Corporate Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Marketing Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Associate Marketing Manager in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Looks great on resume
    Classic CPG marketing training
    Nice office campus

    Cons

    No work/life balance
    Horrible layoffs happening right now creating a very negative environment
    Past decisions of overpaid executive leaders are now being paid for by the entire company - not enough sustainable innovation and new ideas to move the company forward
    Very political
    Conservative in making decisions
    Up or out culture - very challenging to get promoted, most people get counseled out of their jobs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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