General Mills Reviews

Updated March 31, 2015
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  1. 6 people found this helpful

    A one time great, employee first company that has lost itself.

    • 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

    Smart people, good marketing budgets, and great family location in MN.

    Cons

    Politically charged matrix, slow to change, and losing it appeal as being an employee first company. Slow to move forward with today's work environment of flexibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember what WAS good about General Mills and start doing it again.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Great company, tough business environment

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

    I worked at General Mills

    Pros

    Compensation, focus on personal development, corporate campus, community involvement, good people

    Cons

    Pace of career progression, business growth, organizational turmoil

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 7 people found this helpful

    Overrated

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

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

    Pros

    Smart and dynamic co-workers, beautiful site and buildings, on-site amenities such as Caribou Coffee and employee gym.

    Cons

    - Management at both upper and middle levels often comes across as arrogant, especially in Finance and IT.

    - Employees -- especially long-term -- are treated like numbers on a spreadsheet: if they become too "expensive" they're simply replaced with shiny, new, younger and lower-paid college graduates. This seems to happen even to long-time employees who consistently get good performance reviews.

    - A seemingly company-wide reluctance for people to own processes makes finding solutions to some problems very inefficient and circuitous, sometimes resulting in dead-ends.

    - There's far too much rigidity and regimentation throughout, so getting things done can be painfully slow.

    - "Minnesota Nice" culture gets old.

    - Career advancement is difficult, overly cumbersome, and sometimes mysterious. It doesn't need to be this hard.

    - Very, very political corporate culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your employees -- especially those who've stuck around a long time -- are valuable assets. Treat them as such. Spend time and energy developing those who demonstrate good work ethic and devotion. If you treat employees with a high degree of respect, they will reward you with great performance...maybe even cutting-edge ideas that will get the company out of the slump it currently finds itself in. Otherwise, you will likely conduct another mass layoff in a couple years -- again -- after discovering that this recent round of layoffs didn't magically make things better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Cut your own salaries.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 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)

    Pros

    Love the people and the training program.

    Cons

    Hate the minnesota nice culture and the below average salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent about giving feedback.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Great company with significant challenges ahead

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    • 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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    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)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    * Packaged foods industry
    * Employee advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. General Mills

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    • 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)

    Pros

    Work Flexibility, good benefits for long term employees

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. 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)

    Pros

    Great Company to work for.

    Cons

    Politics can be a road block for driving results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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