General Mills Reviews

Updated September 1, 2015
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  1. Helpful (12)

    Human Resources

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Sadly, not many anymore. Even the decent pay doesn't offset the daily grind of non value added HR work.

    Cons

    HR function is a joke and the rest of the company knows it. HR leaders are incompetent, arrogant, and dysfunctional. You get ahead by brown nosing senior people and not by your own contribution.

    Advice to Management

    Upgrade your HR leaders. The junior people are leaving because they can't see a path forward that doesn't involve 70 hour work weeks and silly politics. Sad to see this is what has become of a once great company.


  2. A great place for growing

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - R&D Intern in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - R&D Intern in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Diverse in products, roles, culture Open to all no matter what race or nation Transparent

    Cons

    Very complex structure to understand A lot of meetings and people to get to know 3 months is a bit too short to demonstrate the talent and skills


  3. Helpful (7)

    Soul sucking sad environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - GBS Cog In the Wheel in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - GBS Cog In the Wheel in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work/life balance, Great benefits, Great salary, great facility with state of the art technology.

    Cons

    Untrustworthy environment, Gold standard for passive aggressiveness, No governance of morale or care for it.


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  5. If you want to work hard with smart people

    • 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
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    super smart people, dedicated to development , interesting challenges and food is fun

    Cons

    long hours , since recent changes some jobs are very large


  6. Great Company!

    Current Employee - Financial Analyst I in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst I in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are wonderful and development is great. There is a continuous rotational program creating great general business managers and providing a wide array of experiences.

    Cons

    Finance is a matrixed organization with can drive complexities in accomplishing work. Lots of meetings before the meetings.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the work they are doing to drive a more lean and flexible business. They are definitely on the right track to success.


  7. Helpful (9)

    Competent Emp- Well Intentioned Culture-Risk Averse

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research and Development in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Research and Development in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at General Mills full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    1. Highly competent co-workers at all levels. 2. Excellent training and learning opportunities 3. Ability to mobilize huge amounts of resources 4. Admirable focus on personal/environmental safety and the safety of their products.

    Cons

    1. Management slow to embrace change (the very change they ask everyone to implement) 2. Company senior leadership unwilling to share sacrifice 3. Business teams very reluctant to take calculated risks and slow to market.

    Advice to Management

    - Steer away from the veer towards "me -too" products over the past few years and more towards innovation. -Hiring for positions almost exclusively from the same 5 schools with the same degrees has lead to a lack of diversity in thought and action. Consider expanding schools and types of degrees you hire. - Buy-In of employees has decreased greatly at all levels with 2 rounds of layoffs in 3 yrs, A show of significant shared sacrifice would help. - Consider developing and valuing your non-exempt employees more like you do exempt employees. The gap is large, obvious, and major source of discontent in the company.


  8. Field Sales

    • 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
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours, Company Store and beautiful campus. There are a lot of great people who make GMI an awesome place to work!

    Cons

    Very easy to get 'lost in the mix', as it is a very large company. At times, your voice is not heard.

    Advice to Management

    Collaborate and engage with all levels; bridge the gap between upper management and field team.


  9. R&D Scientist 1

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    Pros

    Work life balance is very good

    Cons

    Opportunities for advancement can be few and far between


  10. Great Place for Career

    Current Employee - Senior Development Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Development Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Focus on internal / personal development and promotion Strong resources to equip better decision making

    Cons

    Slower growth has driven less opportunity for advancement Size and conservatism sometimes makes a less nimble player


  11. Helpful (4)

    Associate Marketing Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Marketing Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Associate Marketing Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very smart, motivated, talented people

    Cons

    Culture is currently extremely depressed given poor business performance and two rounds of layoffs in last two years. Marketing is extremely competitive and increasingly so. Decisions are way at the top and lower level people, even managers don't have any real authority or impact.

    Advice to Management

    Push down decision making and prioritize growth. A strategy to turn around cereal does not prioritize growth, that prioritizes hope. Hope isn't growth.



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