General Mills Reviews

Updated April 22, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Great Employees, Could use better upper management

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

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

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

    Pros

    Allowed a lot of freedom in direction I wanted to take my work. Wonderful teams and good bottom level managers.

    Cons

    They lost the culture of the 80's and 90's that made it such a great place to work. Lots of perks but workloads are heavy. Used to be too many layers of management that have recently been cut so perhaps that might make things better.

    Advice to Management

    Cut your own salaries.

  2. Overall great company

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

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

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

    Pros

    Love the people and the training program.

    Cons

    Hate the minnesota nice culture and the below average salary.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent about giving feedback.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Great company with significant challenges ahead

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

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some of the smartest people, extremely strong pay and compensation and a highly ethical culture.

    Cons

    Challenging business environment, difficult to progress in your career to higher levels and the workload, especially with all the restructures and lay-offs, can be extreme.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Nourishing Lives

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

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

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

    Pros

    * People, culture
    * Challenging projects
    * Great managers, employee development

    Cons

    * Packaged foods industry
    * Employee advancement

    Advice to Management

    NA

  6. General Mills

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

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

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

    Pros

    Work Flexibility, good benefits for long term employees

    Cons

    Slow growth, declining categories, significant change in culture over last few years.

    Advice to Management

    Need to expand to more on trend categories. Speed to market still a problem.

  7. Accountant

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

    Great Company to work for.

    Cons

    Politics can be a road block for driving results.

    Advice to Management

    Work Like balance is great, benefits have been slowly declining.

  8. Great work/life balance, but advancement and recognition are dependent on your team

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Golden Valley, MN
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Golden Valley, MN

    I have been working at General Mills

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

    Pros

    General Mills offers a great work/life balance. I never feel pressured to work long hours. In IT, you sometimes have to work odd hours to accomodate business users but that is often mitigated by comp time.

    The atmosphere is great. I love the people I work with.

    If you work at the world headquarters, there are many conveniences on campus: a credit union, gym, cafeteria, company store, and gas station / mechanic.

    Cons

    The company makes promises that it sometimes fails to keep. For example, college hires go through a rotation process (three jobs in five years). I, and many people I know, have had their rotations cut short or been forced into particular roles due to reorganizations.

    Some teams are not receptive to new ideas. In particular, I have noted a very strong tendency to "do things the way we always have" regardless of whether that way is any good to begin with.

    Recent layoffs are a drag.

    Depending on the team you work on, you may not have an opportunity to do very impactful work or be recognized for it.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on aggregating top talent across the organization. Be more proactive in addressing performance issues. Underperformers can stick around for a long time because the company won't cut them.

  9. Helpful (4)

    Great culture. The hours of a large, corporate company, but the talent of a consulting firm/investment bank.

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    It's an extremeley family friendly copmany. People work to live, not live to work. The people are also extremely bright and ambitious - coming from top schools across the country.

    Cons

    Culture of collaboration results in slow decision making and bureaucratic processes. Pretty rigid promotion structure that limits the upward momentum of top talent.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Let go during company reorganization

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

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

    Pros

    Gym on site at headquarters

    Cons

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

  11. Helpful (4)

    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)

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

    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.

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