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General Mills Reviews in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
636 Reviews
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636 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • You can have a good work life balance if you make it a priority (in 118 reviews)

  • Great benefits (but decreasing), good teamwork, great training opportunities (in 43 reviews)


Cons
  • Be prepared for a poor work-life balance if working in a plant production facility (in 53 reviews)

  • Slow decision making, progression in one's career can seem very slow and formulaic (in 17 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great work life balance

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    Former Employee - Intern in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Intern in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at General Mills as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Challenging and lots of learning. Lots of personal growth opportunities, great compensation and decent benefits. Awesome time-off policies

    Cons

    Very corporate, everybody is "minnesota nice", which gets a little old.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more innovative. If you want to compete with the quickly growing start-up food companies, you have to be less caught in the way things have always been done.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Treats employees very well, with great culture, ethics, and drive to succeed

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    Current Employee - Service Desk Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Service Desk Analyst in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at General Mills full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, 401k, vacations, flexibility, and everyone walks around with a smile and is ready to have endless conversations.

    Cons

    You must show drive and willingness to learn to progress

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More in class training would be beneficial

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Outstanding company to work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Director in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Highly talented people, strong culture and competitive compensation.

    Cons

    Low turnover slows advancement.Change can be difficult for organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think differently about the business to unlock growth.

    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Needs to Act Boldly

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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 10 years)

    Pros

    People, Brands, Resources and focus on doing the right thing!

    Cons

    Cover offs, limited decision making without 10+ meetings

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Act Boldly

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

    Respectable but not necessarily inspirational

    Former Employee - Senior Scientist I in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist I in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at General Mills full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very good benefits, flexible working conditions, good learning opportunities. Very seasoned and passionate experts work at this company which greatly enhance the development of more junior employees.

    Cons

    Slow decision making, progression in one's career can seem very slow and formulaic. Engagement across all levels is not necessarily consistent. Salary for existing employees does not keep up with new hires.

  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Minnesota nice, mid-western company

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    Current Employee - Research and Development Food Scientist in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Research and Development Food Scientist in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Decent work life balance, health/ dental benefits. Good campuses and onsite facilities. Good people and good brands to work with.

    Cons

    Poor salary, no growth, extremely political. Need to fit to culture - conservative, consensus before meetings. Not very accepting of different work styles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward people for what they deliver on the top and bottom line, not just creating corporate buzz words.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good career opportunities if you can tolerate their complex strategy, politics, and life in Minnesota

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    Former Employee - Business Planning Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Business Planning Manager in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    - People at General Mills are Type-A personalities, so you'll be surrounded by a lot of smart, ambitious folks
    - The sales track brings people in at the ground level and has a clearly-defined path to move them upward throughout different roles
    - While you are essentially required to relocate, the company compensates you very well for doing so
    - GMI is a top-echelon foods company so your position with customers will be more prominent than a smaller player and it certainly bolsters your resume
    - Benefits are good

    Cons

    - Highly political corporate environment
    - Their go-to-market and trade strategy is so complex that it will take most people years to understand their business model, which can be very frustrating
    - External/experienced hires will more than likely feel lost at General Mills
    - All roads lead to Minneapolis
    - You will relocate or you'll be forced out
    - Pay is sub-standard to the rest of the industry
    - Very slow to respond to competition

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Simplify your trade strategy
    - Figure out what to do with external hires or don't hire them
    - Upper-management needs to get to know their people better
    - Stop the political nonsense at corporate and let people speak their minds candidly

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    It was good experience that will be beneficial for future opportunities.

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    Current Employee - R&D Technician in Golden Valley, MN
    Current Employee - R&D Technician in Golden Valley, MN

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

    Pros

    The free food is a nice perk.

    Cons

    As a technician you do the majority of the product development without the credit. You are viewed as the lowest on the todum poll and many people will let you know you are. Credit is never assigned to the person who originally developed it. Also, technicians are very underpaid here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't start hiring unexperienced people just graduating with their BS as Scientists when you have never allowed current technicians to move to the Scientist level. Not a good move if you want your current experienced techncians to stick with the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great Company, Smart People

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    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 an year)

    Pros

    An amazing company with loads of opportunity for training and advancement. Perks are amazing, especially at the main HQ in Minneapolis. People are smart and professional.

    Cons

    Can be very clique-y, especially if you are not hired in as part of university recruiting. Would not say they are thought leaders in marketing or advertising, though they are trying to ramp up innovation. Very large company means it takes time to turn the ship. Not uber flexible. Not risk takers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have a lot of smart and talented sponges...let them soak up the newest ideas and activate against ideas that may not be fully vetted. No risk, no reward.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    I was a financial analyst in the finance leader development program.

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    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Golden Valley, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Golden Valley, MN

    I worked at General Mills full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The culture is amazing. They really care about their people. Great work life balance, great salary and benefits. Summer hours, on-site doctor and other amenities. Challenging work but you are surrounded by brilliant people.

    Cons

    There are a lot of meetings. It is hard to get everything done with the amount of meetings there are. Once you get to an SFA level it is hard to get into the manager level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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