General Mills Reviews in Minnesota

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
586 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  

    Good place to work if you're in the right arera

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Consultant  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Staff Consultant in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Flexible work arrangements (if you have the right manager); "country club" atmosphere - fitness center, Caribou, D'Amico, Aveda Salon, Company Store, Concierge, Auto Service Center, etc. all on campus. There is an annual bonus for most.

    Cons

    Lots of managers and not a lot of doers anymore. Doers end up working far more hours. Low morale among certain groups. No longer feel like a valued employee. No budgets for training or employee celebrations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value the employees who are working hard to make General Mills a successful and growing company. Listen to their needs. Value ongoing training, not just free in-house sponsored training.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Exciting opportunities and never a dull moment

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    • 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 for more than a year

    Pros

    General Mills offers several perks including generous vacation, 401k matching, and extras like a gym and salon at the office. The pay is very competitive and the company truly values its employees. They go out of their way to make sure you are happy at work and outside of work, too. Managers are highly competent and there are lots of opportunities for advancement or cross-functional moves.

    Cons

    It is very "corporate"! Lots of forms to fill out and just general bureaucracy, which is not so bad if you are Type A. Let's face it, if you get hired, you are probably pretty Type A.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work with lots of benefits and work/life balance

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

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

    Pros

    -Beautiful campus
    -Discounted products
    -Facilities (fitness center, food store, etc.) in headquarters
    -Promote work/life balance

    Cons

    -It's a large company and feels like it
    -Minneapolis doesn't have the greatest winters

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    opportunity for a growing career

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - R&D Technician  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - R&D Technician in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    work flex, family oriented, strong foundation of values: always doing the right thing

    Cons

    fast paced industry with new standards, always changing and growing, cannot get comfortable

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    respectable, hard working, very results based

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sr. Market Research Associate

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consumer Insights  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consumer Insights in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Benefits are great, the company values are excellent, great work life balance

    Cons

    Lack of transparency in promotions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop your people better. Too many people are leaving the company within 5 years.

    Recommends
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Don't value the employee, value the politics

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Technical Specialist  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Technical Specialist in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and benefits packages

    Cons

    Experience and ability to apply and produce are not valued. If you are morally and ethically challenged and have a good political bend you will do well. Rewards the young and inept, who aren't willing to pay the price and truly learn and execute.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Truly assess and reward employees on ability to produce and apply. Walk the talk and be progressive, innovative, and world class leaders instead of hiring or buying the world class technology / methods and then not executing or applying it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work!

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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 for more than 8 years

    Pros

    They are flexible with work-life balance. Their manager of people mantra is "Good to Great" and they really do stand behind that, offering managers various training classes. They have very good benefits and they pay is in-line with the competition.

    Cons

    Career path movement in their sales organization can be difficult. You really have to network continually and be on top of your career path at all times to continue moving up in the organization. HR is not very helpful for the most part, they seem to be very political and not really on your side.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company but not as good as before

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Food Scientist  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Food Scientist in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Great benefits (but decreasing), good teamwork, great training opportunities. Can get experience in many different areas of food processing. Very good support services. Projects can be challenging

    Cons

    Too many reorganizations. Work life balance tilting towards work. Projects can be menial.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many reorganizations, keep some continuity

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Generally a good place to work in IT.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Specialist  in  Golden Valley, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Specialist in Golden Valley, MN

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

    Pros

    Strongly ethical company... I see a lot of honesty have no worries about coworkers or executives committing fraud or other offenses.
    Great brands. It's fun to see what you work on all over store shelves or in Super Bowl commercials.
    Lots of free food. It is quite common to get handed a free box of a newly launching product.
    In IT, there is an active focus on getting rid of obsolete technologies and keeping things up to date to avoid support nightmares.
    Unusually easy to switch jobs and try completely new areas of IT. I can move around in the company so I don't feel a lot of need to work somewhere else.

    Cons

    Pay seems to not be as good as some other companies.
    Promotions can be slow.
    Some of the famous work life balance is eroding, and overtime is becoming more frequent than it used to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    "More with less" is great for a time as it helps build efficiency, but at some point, it becomes time to ease the budget and hire more people. I think that time is probably here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Worst year of my life.

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

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

    Pros

    - Looks good on resume for other employers

    Cons

    - Being an AMM is like being lowest on the food chain
    - VERY political!
    - You can't have any kind of meeting without an extensive powerpoint deck that your manager made you stay up all weekend working on, only to pick apart ten times
    - Passive aggressive culture where nobody can give honest opinion
    - Unrealistic amount of work given to one person
    - Location - Minneapolis is a nightmare of cold weather and cold people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let new ideas and opinions flow through the company. Stop letting VPs micro manage ideas to death.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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