General Mills

www.generalmills.com
Employer Engaged

301 Employee Reviews Back to all Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company to work for

    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Nice pay, good environment, good coworkers

    Cons

    Peer pressure, deadline stress on projects

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Outsource more talent

    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great people, defiantly corporate america though

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

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

    Pros

    People are genuine, managers are very helpful. They always are looking out for your future position. Team building activities can be fun also!

    Cons

    Can be "stuffy" at times. Some employees only look out for themselves so that can get frustrating. Corporate red tape is tough to navigate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep emphasis on individual development plans

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

    Stale cereal?

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

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

    Pros

    Extremely competent peers. Amazing head office. Does the right thing (motive at times?).

    Cons

    Slow, cliquish, and arrogant. Too much emphasis put on selling ideas inside vs objective analysis. Relationship focus has gone far beyond point of diminishing returns. Supply Chain talent and leadership is top notch, although lots of key leaders retiring. Despite fanciful recruiting, bench is always said to be "weak, thin" by HR. Certain functions that are not accountable for business results carry too much weight and influence. Climate survey, recognition, leadership development, training models are severely broken. Marketing rotation frequency dilutes accountability. Marketing appeals to narrow consumer base and lacks edge. Minnesota nice culture is a MAJOR barrier to trust, creativity, and healthy debate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Evaluate the effectiveness of marketing. Ask, how do you measure the effectiveness of HR? Ditch the pitch and get raw. Expose the mirage...browse champions network functional webpages...it is a visible representation of the clutter and waste in the "organization". Limit powerpoint decks to 5 slides....forces directness, decisions, and discipline.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    General Mills Response

    Nov 5, 2014Recruiting Communication Specialist

    Thank you for your comments and suggestions. All Glassdoor comments are confidential, however please know as a current General Mills employee if you would like to discuss your concerns directly ... More

  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. 9 people found this helpful  

    Pain everyday, don't do it!

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

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

    Pros

    Guessing the place could have been nice during the processed food glory days.

    Cons

    Over-matrixed to the max. This place doesn't allow for anything to get done. Why not meet for coffee three times prior to discussing the real work?...Especially during a time when old school food companies are being disrupted by smarter, leaner and more nimble food start-ups.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Catalyst aka Change demonstrated loyalty to those that have been with the company twenty years. If you are serious about wanting to change, perhaps keeping some of the new experienced hires that know what the world looks like outside the mills would be helpful. If you are truly "consumer first" you may want to note that consumers aren't into processed foods, sugar or cereal anymore...and care a lot about GMOs and product transparency.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Smart, but slow

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

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

    Pros

    You can have a good work life balance if you make it a priority. You work with a ton of smart and resourceful people. You can help shape your career through activities and experiences you would like to achieve.

    Cons

    Working with so many smart and resourceful people even a top performer can be in the middle of the pack in terms of promotions. Wage is below industry averages. Early in a technician's career the pay is hard to swallow despite working for a successful company. I know quite a few technicians who have gotten second jobs to supplement their income.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People need to take priority over profits.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good ride while it lasted

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

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

    Pros

    Great learning experience. Great pay and benefits.

    Cons

    To much selling internally: You have to work on only one project and advertise to 5 in upper management to get ahead versus working 5 projects and reporting to one upper manager. Long term this will not benefit the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many HR type programs and networking issues in the matrix are getting in the way of project work and slowing/preventing work from getting done.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 7 people found this helpful  

    For those who fit in, this can be a great place to work

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

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

    Pros

    The people are what makes this company great - smartest in the business and friendly. Good perks if in Minneapolis, especially if at main office. Pay is generally good. Work-life balance depends on position and location and department management. Good medical, dental, 401k, other benefits.

    Cons

    If you don't fit the work style and behavior, you will be miserable. Meetings before meetings, passive aggressive, being up-front is not appreciated, and you can never have an off day. It's all relationship based, so it's tough if you're an introvert and need time to think or recharge. If you work internationally, in marketing or in a professional position at a plant, you will not have any work-life balance. Company is entrenched in being a big corporation and cannot get small, innovative ideas into the market because they won't make enough money to meet the market expectations. No CEO wants to be the one to reduce or quit paying dividends, so it's all about what "the street" thinks of the company. Company is slow to make decisions and risk-averse. If you can manage up and are identified as a "driver", you can do no wrong. If management doesn't think you fit that mold, you will never promote. It's hard to break into social circles outside of work if you didn't grow up or live here before.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out how to get smaller, innovative ideas into the market and how to work with them to let them succeed, and let the iconic brands bring in the big $ for now. Be open to, and value, diverse work styles and personalities.

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

    Very competitive

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Integrated Marketing Communications in Golden Valley, MN
    Current Employee - Integrated Marketing Communications in Golden Valley, MN

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

    Pros

    Great brands, great training for marketing. Established processes in place. Exceptionally smart and talented people all around you.

    Cons

    Extremely competitive, to the point of it being self defeating. People aren't set up to succeed, and expected to make it all happen - that's their way of cultivating their idea of the 'best' people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great for a long term career.

    • 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

    Pros

    The people you work with are second to none and what keeps me there. Great training for new managers, and above average benefits.

    Cons

    While benefits are excellent, pay lags market average from what I've seen. It's also a very consensus driven company which can sometimes slow down decision making and leave you feeling like you can't always act quickly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Slow moving company going in the wrong direction

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

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

    Pros

    You can work as hard as you desire

    Cons

    Corporate leadership (lack of), slow promotion timing, Low pay against industry standard, Lack of respect for R&D personnel, Belief that business can grow based on hope and getting "their fair share" without working at it, no direction, two layoffs in three years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Choose a direction and communicate it to the employees. Too many projects got started and went unfinished due to MANY changes in direction. Research and Development employees are looked at as second class, plant employees are looked at as third class but they are the groups that put the products on the shelves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

Work at General Mills? Share Your Experiences

General Mills

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.