General Mills Reviews in Minnesota

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
588 Reviews
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588 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Modest people, job security and healthy work life balance are some of the advantages (in 104 reviews)

  • General Mills offers several great benefits (in 41 reviews)


Cons
  • Found that there were very short breaks, sometime also a poor work-life balance (in 49 reviews)

  • Career path movement in their sales organization can be difficult (in 14 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    GMI a great place to work!

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

    I have been working at General Mills full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great people, Great Brands, Large Projects & Scope of work, Dedicated Leadership, Smart & Passionate employees, We can really make a difference, Great benefits!

    Cons

    Duplicate work, LONG - mulitple meetings to complete a task, very conservative approach to all projects, a bit of rework and or clunky systems, we seem to always be reactive vs. proactive. We take too long to make a decision - we need to work quickly and make changes on the fly. Change could and should happen every 3-6 months - we need to keep up with the ever changing world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Embrace moving quickly, Streamlining processes, allow your vendors to work better for and with you, try to take outside advise - vs. make our vendors and team work "our process" - we need project leads to be experts in the projects they are leading - and we need them to be nimble. We often times, start with a solid end result in mind and then muddy it up with ALL the hoops we mandate.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company l!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at General Mills full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    On the cutting edge of technology, benefits, incentives and there is always something fun fun going on!

    Cons

    Often difficult to move up or move around, once pegged as an "Admin" found it challenging to move into other types of jobs not categorized to be 'admin jobs".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your people well and they will do well for you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Culture and work life balance

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at General Mills as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Very stable and management seems very approchable

    Cons

    Contracts jobs are for short period of time

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst I  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst I in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at General Mills as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    They care about the employee and developing the employee and balancing work and life.

    Cons

    None really. Only that if you're a software engineer, this is more of an application development shop and the pay is less than at other places. However, it's such a nice place, and there is very few layoffs here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was a challenging experience.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Marketing Manager  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Associate Marketing Manager in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    You have an incoming class of bright, young people your age.

    Cons

    You do not truly have much ownership or authority in such a large company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Contract employee

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Food Labeling Specialist  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Food Labeling Specialist in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at General Mills as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    It's essentially a brand name to have on your resume. Lots of people there have many years of experience and are very bright. Good learning experience and a good way to discover the "corporate" lifestyle.

    Cons

    As a contractor you most likely will not be include in employee meetings, gatherings, emails, etc. Location was in the 'burbs. Has the "Minnesota Nice" atmosphere. Sometimes you feel like another number in a cubicle.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great marketing company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consumer Insights Associate  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Consumer Insights Associate in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at General Mills full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Marketing capabilities and learning, facilities, benefits

    Cons

    Location (Minneapolis), management style too conservative

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Place to Work

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

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

    Pros

    "Generous Mills" - Cares about it's employees and focused on developing leaders.
    Cross functional teams are best in class - highly talented and engaged
    Lots of flexibility available if you can figure out who to ask and make it happen

    Cons

    Career progression often based on tenure - not a lot of visibility to how to "make it to the top"
    Conservative company focused on delivering consistent shareholder value - aka - tendency to be risk-averse which can be frustrating

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on promoting talent, not tenure
    Empower the fresh young talent chomping at the bit post MBA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good Place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accountant  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Accountant in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Onsite Gym, a lot of ways to network and share interests in cooking, card making, gardening and meet other coworkers. They make working there fun with taste testing and department outings. There are abundant ways to volunteer and a supportive environment.

    Cons

    Tough performance ratings, very structured so difficult to move into other roles. They have been going through some rough patches and have focused too much on quantifying the work on each desk and been pushing employee to make process improvements a part of their role.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good work on keeping employees desiring to be committed to staying with the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Very corporate and Minnesota-nice (not in a good way)

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Golden Valley, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Golden Valley, MN

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

    Pros

    There are worse things a company could make...

    Cons

    Hard work and dedication are absolutely no guarantee for job security or advancement. If you want to get ahead, you must schmooze with the right people and spend less time doing actual work (but take credit as if you were responsible for any successes).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look around and think about all the really, really good people who have left in the last few years...isn't it time to make a cultural and reward system / career advancement change that will have a positive impact?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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