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General Mills Reviews in Minnesota

Updated December 20, 2014
Updated December 20, 2014
641 Reviews
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Pros
  • You can have a good work life balance if you make it a priority (in 118 reviews)

  • Great benefits (but decreasing), good teamwork, great training opportunities (in 43 reviews)


Cons
  • Be prepared for a poor work-life balance if working in a plant production facility (in 53 reviews)

  • Slow decision making, progression in one's career can seem very slow and formulaic (in 17 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good career opportunities if you can tolerate their complex strategy, politics, and life in Minnesota

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    • 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 full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - People at General Mills are Type-A personalities, so you'll be surrounded by a lot of smart, ambitious folks
    - The sales track brings people in at the ground level and has a clearly-defined path to move them upward throughout different roles
    - While you are essentially required to relocate, the company compensates you very well for doing so
    - GMI is a top-echelon foods company so your position with customers will be more prominent than a smaller player and it certainly bolsters your resume
    - Benefits are good

    Cons

    - Highly political corporate environment
    - Their go-to-market and trade strategy is so complex that it will take most people years to understand their business model, which can be very frustrating
    - External/experienced hires will more than likely feel lost at General Mills
    - All roads lead to Minneapolis
    - You will relocate or you'll be forced out
    - Pay is sub-standard to the rest of the industry
    - Very slow to respond to competition

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Simplify your trade strategy
    - Figure out what to do with external hires or don't hire them
    - Upper-management needs to get to know their people better
    - Stop the political nonsense at corporate and let people speak their minds candidly

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    GM is good company to work at, taking a proper care of the employees work, lunch and exercising.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Oracle Contractor in Golden Valley, MN
    Former Employee - Oracle Contractor in Golden Valley, MN

    I worked at General Mills as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Can work at different places and still be accessible to everybody
    Team work is mixed with independent mode of work in customized proportion.
    Lots of eating places, small stores, expositions to drop stress.

    Cons

    More of project inclined than functional, GM does not provide good skills for Oracle Data warehousing, but rather trying to reuse Oracle transactional programming for the DW situation leading to confusion.
    Light environment lets mediocrity to flourish.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give some training to Oracle contractors of the SAP using Oracle as back end environment.
    Allow contractors to use exercise machines.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    It was good experience that will be beneficial for future opportunities.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - R&D Technician in Golden Valley, MN
    Current Employee - R&D Technician in Golden Valley, MN

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

    Pros

    The free food is a nice perk.

    Cons

    As a technician you do the majority of the product development without the credit. You are viewed as the lowest on the todum poll and many people will let you know you are. Credit is never assigned to the person who originally developed it. Also, technicians are very underpaid here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't start hiring unexperienced people just graduating with their BS as Scientists when you have never allowed current technicians to move to the Scientist level. Not a good move if you want your current experienced techncians to stick with the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

    Sr. R&D Technician 2 - This company was a different entity 5 years ago. What is has become saddens me.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior R&D Technician II in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Senior R&D Technician II in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Lots of perks to keep you on campus spending your peanuts at the company stores. Multiple training and volunteer opportunities.

    Cons

    Lower than market average pay, little consideration for employees welfare or work life balance.
    They preach a work environment of inclusion for all working styles as long as your working style is an extrovert. Meetings are held for the sake of meetings. All of which center around the HQ. Be prepared to make multiple trips per day to HQ if you are at one of the offsite tech centers.
    Even with the time suck of meetings real work is still expected to happen. There were many days that I left home with my daughter still sleeping only to return to her already in bed. Work life balance was a joke.
    Be prepared to be on call for any production issues at any time. They will call your home and personal cell phone number for any issue they do not want to deal with. All production issues will suddenly formulation issues and you need to fix it yesterday.
    Leadership was promoted based on who they know, who their political allies are and not on ability to lead or perform.
    Advancement - slow and difficult. Again due to being a highly political environment it's about who you know and who you have on your side.
    Project work - Like to juggle? Then this is the company for you. Be prepared to juggle multiple projects, meetings and commuting to attend meetings while still trying to keep the (often) unrealistic new product development requests in check from sales and marketing.
    Volunteering - GMI has made a strong and definitive statement that it is committed to helping the community. It recruits employees heavily to help with it's various philanthropic efforts. However employees were once able to volunteer for small period of time during business hours. Now all volunteer work (highly encouraged - aka required) must be done in the little personal free time the company allows you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase compensation to encourage retention of good employees and new hires.
    Be mindful that to have a truly diverse workforce you must have multiples working styles. Embrace the introverts.
    Be committed to appropriate work life balance. Make it more than lip service.
    Enough with the meetings. Evaluate the meetings being scheduled. Do they add value? Is a meeting needed?
    Promote based on results not politics. This should be obvious.
    If volunteering is being so highly encouraged they allow for some work flexibility. That is why your volunteering numbers have tanked.
    Use layoffs to help low performing / bad fit employees find something that is right for them. See Amazon's policy where employees are paid to leave.
    Evaluate the projects that are being taken on. Do they add value to our portfolio as well as our customers? Are they profitable and sustainable? If not then cut your losses early.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Solid benefits but culture is on a downward spiral

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, some very good people, and good brands

    Cons

    Corporate culture is now consulting based. Hotelling for desks, separation of duties for scalability, and self promotion to get to the top. Unfortunately it is more important to talk about why you cannot do something and form a committee than it is to do the actual work. Because of this some very good people are leaving and it will probably have to get worse before it gets better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the leaders who cannot execute or judge talent and promote the right people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great training, but many are more focused on internal relationships than actually winning in market

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Breadth of portfolio and geographies served
    On site gym, health care, store, caribou
    Training, rotational program

    Cons

    Culture is so consensus driven it can't move very fast

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start hiring externally, lay people off sooner when it isn't an ideal fit

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good Company -Great People -Poor lay-off strategy

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

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

    Pros

    You work with some of the smartest and generally good natured people that you'll ever work with. It's a great campus with great perks.

    Cons

    Sometimes it felt like the leadership team was either incompetent or hiding something. Also, the HR department definitely does not live by GMI's "integrity" policy. -I got laid off while on maternity leave, something they said the would "never do, Not at GMI" -BS, they did and I'm not the only one. Also, it's a highly political environment so mind your p's and q's.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on developing your talent and less on managing up.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Everyone is stressed out, company is challenged by society's movement away from packaged food.

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

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

    Pros

    Pension, half day Fridays in the summer, strong brands, excellent campus in Golden Valley

    Cons

    Less autonomy than in the past. Work is less rewarding. Have committed to shareholders that General Mills will achieve profit targets through cost cutting. General Mills has strong enough brands where they should have top line growth rather than squeezing the middle of the income statement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell products that people want.

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great foundational training and surrounded by top talent, but career progression an issue

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    1) Great brands
    2) Working with Top talent
    3) Excellent cross-functional partners
    4) Great people, which leads to a very positive culture

    Cons

    1) Professional growth - limited upward mobility, but believe it might be getting better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on people with leadership qualities and actual management ability vs. just those that have proven they can "get things done" in the past. You have lost many great leaders because there is too much emphasis specifically on previous performance vs. looking forward. Losing these leaders leads to a degradation of culture and eventually a less diverse management team.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Productive, Fast-Paced

    Former Employee - IT Desktop Support in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - IT Desktop Support in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at General Mills as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Some of the best aspects were the good overtime hours, intelligent and motivated co workers, and the upbeat office culture that was very family oriented. Spent a lot of time outside work building relationships.

    Cons

    Found that there were very short breaks, sometime also a poor work-life balance. Also noticed that there seemed to be a very high turnover rate and many rules that felt very suffocating at times and made career building and hiring difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company values are well-placed, and the emphasis on out of the workplace bonding and volunteering added a lot to the overall culture and work relationships.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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