General Mills Reviews in Minnesota

Updated September 8, 2014
Updated September 8, 2014
579 Reviews
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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.  

    Great company with Global opportunities

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    great network to learn and develop, plus work life balance is encouraged

    Cons

    mobility can be limited in smaller markets

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Extremely positive experience at Gen Mills. Never been happier.

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    Current Employee - Business Management Associate  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Business Management Associate in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Superior values and commitment to employee happiness and success.

    Cons

    None that I can see so far.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Potential for solid career path

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and smart people

    Cons

    Learning how to navigate the corporate environment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good Company, Great Benefits

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Assistant  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Human Resources Assistant in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Good People, Great Work/Life Balance,

    Cons

    Not many growth opportunities for those below management level

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Finance Function

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance Manager  in  Golden Valley, MN
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Golden Valley, MN

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

    Pros

    Great people, Golden Valley campus amentities, Employee Networks, and Rotational Program

    Cons

    Lack of diversity, inablity to choose rotation (organization needs trumps personal development), and work/life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    It is bitter sweet

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Many amenities, enjoy perks provided when meeting goals, Have resources to get things done, which is a huge plus. Good about communication to employees.

    Cons

    Very high school like in its culture - many clicks, people not always honest to your face, highly competitive, work life balance talked about but not really supported...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust that your employees know what they are doing and have the necessary expertise. Support them when they show initiative.

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

    Manager Quality is Lacking

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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

    Good brand to have on the resume, job opportunities OUTSIDE of the company a few years into the role.

    Cons

    Manager Quality
    AMM role = doing all the grunt work
    Very slow promotion cycle
    Politics

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Meh

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Manager in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance, great people to work with, great teams

    Cons

    Boring work, individuals feel "overworked" when they put in over 40 hours a week, projects and deadlines can based around individual's personal schedule, causes problems for the rest of the team

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    truly amazing

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    Former Employee - Vice President Marketing  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Vice President Marketing in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    People. Benefits. Culture. Brands. Everything about it.

    Cons

    They tout wanting candor, but they really dont. keep your mouth shut and you will do much better than if you speak up!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep doing what you are doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 9 people found this helpful  

    For some the Glass is Half Empty, for others Half Full

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    Former Employee - Marketing Associate  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Marketing Associate in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    + You work with very talented, passionate and very smart people
    + The campus is lovely. Lots of in house amenities: a convenience store, dry cleaning, gym, cafeteria, coffee shop.
    + You work on some of the most recognized brands in market
    + Benefits and pay for marketers is good
    + Tons of focus on personal and professional investment. People development is a high priority to the organization
    + Focus on collaboration
    +Minneapolis is a great place to live. Just buy a good coat and car starter.
    + Highly ethical company

    Cons

    - If you are like me and love trends and being on the forefront of innovation; then General Mills is not the place for you. Too slow to innovate. Too much focus on mass market consumer vs. up and coming niche opportunities. Example: GMI totally missed the ball on Greek yogurt. They are currently "missing the ball" on many other nutrition opportunity areas.

    - Way to much focus on managing up, self promotion, "who you know", rather than on focusing on high quality work. To move up and be in good standing you have to set coffee time with the movers and shakers within the organization. That means that the real work needs to get done after hours. In the same light, too much focus on extracurriculars that do not add value to the business but add time and stress to employees day to day.

    - Work Life balance can go both ways. Depends on what function you are in and who your manager is . Marketers work late into evenings and on weekends. Some bosses send Friday evening requests for Monday am deliverables. I did have other managers who would respect time after 5:00pm and during weekend. But there are more managers of the former than later style.

    - Diversity is a myth. Though the company does focus and cater to hiring minorities, these are expected to fit a personality mold that is very Minnesotan. Communication styles of other cultures, which tends to be passionate and verbose get "corrected" with main point style that may seem un-natural to the culture. If you don't master the style and culture you are out. General Mills then, is not a diverse company. It seems like everybody is a cookie cutter image of one another. I would often refer to is as Stepford Wives Syndrome.

    - Minnesota Nice - conversations between managers and employees are often sugar coated. The language that General Mills uses to communicate with employees when it comes to performance is very political. Managers communicating low performance can state it in a very positive light. You need to know how to translate the language or better yet, the company needs to be more honest and direct with employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get with the times.
    The biggest risk to the company is not taking risks. Though General Mills touts they are not afraid of failing and taking risks actions speak louder than words and they play it too safe. Truly embrace diversity not just from a multicultural background but from a personality and belief system background.
     Type A's aren't better at decision, specially in the light of the new millennial generation.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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