General Mills Reviews

Updated June 26, 2015
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  1. Exceptionally talented and helpful people but an older company culture

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer/Analyst in Golden Valley, MN
    Current Employee - Software Developer/Analyst in Golden Valley, MN

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

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

    Pros

    Many benefits
    Great people - they are both talented and willing to help
    Big variety of work
    Good work life balance

    Cons

    An older company means benefits are skewed to an older age group
    Low base salary for the IT industry
    Advancement is difficult in such a large company

    Advice to Management

    Encourage more innovation, relax the culture and cater to a younger culture


  2. Helpful (1)

    Employer of choice, but struggling through change

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Well managed, Midwestern values, work/life balance, really smart talented work force. Great consumer brands.

    Cons

    Big food is struggling to keep up with changing consumer tastes, which means stalled business growth, struggling profitability, layoffs and cost cutting.

    Advice to Management

    Give employees reasons to believe in GMI's future.


  3. Helpful (8)

    Lacks agility and diversity of thought

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

    Lots of opportunities first 1-3 years
    Great place if you love the corporate environment
    1/2 day Fridays during the summer

    Cons

    Too many people who think the same way- no room for independent thought
    Lack of agility to keep up in marketplace
    Very political
    Too many meetings, not enough actual work being done
    Style is rewarded over substance
    Very s-l-o-w to make decisions or change
    Just went through major restructure and are still sputtering
    Low morale

    Advice to Management

    Start moving with more agility.
    Listen to ideas other than your own. You've missed the boat on what consumer wants and are struggling now.
    Be less Minnesota-nice and more direct.


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  5. Helpful (7)

    Weak Leadership

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

    Great brands that make selling easy!

    Cons

    Poor leadership, low morale, continuous restructure and layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on your people!


  6. Helpful (8)

    Not about the people anymore.

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

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

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

    Pros

    + Work life balance is great
    + Great benefits
    + Great people
    + Summer hours
    + Dress for your day

    Cons

    - Slow moving company
    - Higher level management does not care about its people anymore, forcing good employees out of the company
    - Promotions are class-based until you get to a high enough level: hard to stand out
    - You are at the mercy of management as to what your role will be

    Advice to Management

    - If you say you value your employees, act like it.
    - Stop talking about 'big initiatives'. Actually follow through.
    - Keep the talent you have, and stop forcing out good employees
    - Work on retention of your future employees


  7. Helpful (1)

    Administrative Assistant

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    General Mills is the best place to work by far.

    Cons

    They have let go 100's of good employees recently

    Advice to Management

    Consider hiring back former GM Employees before looking for talent outside.


  8. Helpful (10)

    Top-Down Snobby Culture

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexibility to work from home, child care options. Variety of brands.

    Cons

    Very top down. And overall, it's not very fulfilling to schlep soup, fruit snacks or cereal every day. The worst part about the company though is the culture - Many employees take themselves and their "brands" way too seriously. People can be stuck up - yes - just like high school all over again. Friends of friends get promoted and protected. Everything from reserved parking spaces to reserved conference rooms for "executives only" - often, executives don't even acknowledge people "below" them on the corporate ladder. Even director and VP level people are nervous to meet with those above them... so much so they even will change clothes - put something "nicer" on because they're afraid of the higher-ups.

    Advice to Management

    Have lunch in the main lunch room with employees. Be seen. Listen and talk to people. Not just in your "town hall" meetings but day in / day out. Say HELLO and introduce yourself to the people who sit near your office... don't just walk by with a self-important "air" about you...


  9. Helpful (12)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. Helpful (1)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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 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.


  11. Good experience but very impersonal

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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



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