General Mills Reviews

Updated October 29, 2014
Updated October 29, 2014
610 Reviews
3.7
610 Reviews
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General Mills Chairman and CEO Ken Powell
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459 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • You can have a good work life balance if you make it a priority (in 117 reviews)

  • Great benefits (but decreasing), good teamwork, great training opportunities (in 42 reviews)


Cons
  • Be prepared for a poor work-life balance if working in a plant production facility (in 52 reviews)

  • Slow decision making, progression in one's career can seem very slow and formulaic (in 15 reviews)

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good pay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Packing Machine Operator in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Former Employee - Packing Machine Operator in Cedar Rapids, IA

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

    Pros

    I loved the pay, the job, the fast pace, and the day to day challenges. The first 11.5 years were great!

    Cons

    Constantly hiring kids out of college to be supervisors, who would do anything, even lie, to move up the corporate ladder. Do not get hurt here, you will be thrown under the bus. They will HIDE any record of a past work order\orders to repair the equipment that you were injured on. They make people come right back to work following an injury there, even right after surgery, to keep from ruining their "safety record" Do not expect to be thanked for a job well done. 13 years, personally thanked three times. They never addressed problems with people that continuously slacked off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    THANK YOUR EMPLOYEES when they work hard for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    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 an year)

    Pros

    Nice pay, good environment, good coworkers

    Cons

    Peer pressure, deadline stress on projects

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Outsource more talent

    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Very engaging and supporting leadership.

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at General Mills

    Pros

    Ethical. Competitve spirt with concern for employees

    Cons

    Salary. Beyond that, None at this point to share.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the focus. You are in the right track.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great work life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    Pros

    work/life balance and flexibility is excellent, it is not about how many hours you put in but rather how well you do your work and if you perform as expected. Gives the incentive to work smarter. Great brands and proud that more organic and sustainable products is being added. A lot of good intentions and ideas.

    Cons

    Typical corporate environment where the left hand doesn't know (or worse: compete with) what the right hand does. A lot of energy is used on putting out fires and clarifying roles and responsibilities. Challenging to come in as an experienced hire as most there are college hires that has been there for ages. Adds a sorority feeling to the place where it very much is about who you know.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Warehouse Manager in Hannibal, MO
    Current Employee - Warehouse Manager in Hannibal, MO

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

    Pros

    Very great advancement potential. Compensation. Benefits.

    Cons

    Long hours. Very lean staffing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good Place to Work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Mills

    Pros

    great community of people to work with

    Cons

    No real problems working here

  8.  

    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
  9.  

    A great, wholesome company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance Analyst
    Current Employee - Finance Analyst

    I have been working at General Mills full-time

    Pros

    You get to work with very talented people. Most managers I have worked with genuinely care about you and will do what they can to help you get to where you want to go. First in class trainings - there's literally a training for anything you want to learn more about. Great pay and benefits, especially for a company in the Midwest.

    Cons

    A lot of smart and ambitious people so even though you are exceeding expectations, don't expect to get promoted right away or ever because there are many others ahead of you wanting the same thing but waiting for longer than you. Consensus based culture - decisions are made very slowly as a result

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company, but don't get caught up in politics

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Team Leader I
    Former Employee - Team Leader I

    I worked at General Mills full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good work / life balance, but you MUST drive that.. There is also opportunity for advancement, if you don't mind moving.

    Cons

    Turnover can lead to mis-management of programs. Sometimes things and / or people can call through the cracks. If you get a good manager, you can be successful.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    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

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