General Mills Reviews

Updated July 3, 2015
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Pros
  • work life balance is not frown upon (in 118 reviews)

  • Great benefits and onsite amenities (in 43 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance tilting towards work (in 53 reviews)

  • Overly complex and slow organizational structure makes decision making very difficult (in 17 reviews)

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  1. A company for the careerist

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Category Associate in Bentonville, AR
    Current Employee - Business Category Associate in Bentonville, AR

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company culture is great--The employees are very fun and energetic. Lots of community involvement. Clear career path and trajectory for how to move up in the company.

    Cons

    Not ideal for the creative, entrepreneurial person; there is a very black and white way that things are done. Less pay than other CPG companies.


  2. Good Company

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

    I worked at General Mills full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of career path choices

    Cons

    Work life balance struggles per department

    Advice to Management

    Share the same vision and set a course


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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Leader in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Former Employee - Technical Leader in Cedar Rapids, IA

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

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent pay and benefits for working with top-notch people

    Cons

    Tons of overtime. Due to longevity, people work for over twentyfive years to make it to a day shift job.


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  5. A great place for growing

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

    I have been working at General Mills

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Diverse in products, roles, culture
    Open to all no matter what race or nation
    Transparent

    Cons

    Very complex structure to understand
    A lot of meetings and people to get to know
    3 months is a bit too short to demonstrate the talent and skills


  6. Quality Manager

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Mills full-time

    Pros

    Family centric company with plentiful job opportunities

    Cons

    Minneapolis based company with non competitive salaries for Los Angeles


  7. General Mills

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Planner in Lodi, CA
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Planner in Lodi, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits are exceptional

    Cons

    Work Life Balance can be tricky

    Advice to Management

    none


  8. Helpful (1)

    Work conditions.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assembly Line Worker in Binghamton, NY
    Current Employee - Assembly Line Worker in Binghamton, NY

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I work at plant 713,and love it .the conditions are great, people are like family,

    Cons

    This time of year we get our hours cut back; kids are out of schools ,and family's are not sit down for breakfast types any more.

    Advice to Management

    Keep communication open with workers ,It makes all the difference.


  9. Helpful (6)

    Human Resources

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Sadly, not many anymore. Even the decent pay doesn't offset the daily grind of non value added HR work.

    Cons

    HR function is a joke and the rest of the company knows it. HR leaders are incompetent, arrogant, and dysfunctional.

    You get ahead by brown nosing senior people and not by your own contribution.

    Advice to Management

    Upgrade your HR leaders. The junior people are leaving because they can't see a path forward that doesn't involve 70 hour work weeks and silly politics.

    Sad to see this is what has become of a once great company.


  10. If you want to work hard with smart people

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

    I have been working at General Mills

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    super smart people, dedicated to development , interesting challenges and food is fun

    Cons

    long hours , since recent changes some jobs are very large


  11. Great Company!

    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People are wonderful and development is great. There is a continuous rotational program creating great general business managers and providing a wide array of experiences.

    Cons

    Finance is a matrixed organization with can drive complexities in accomplishing work. Lots of meetings before the meetings.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the work they are doing to drive a more lean and flexible business. They are definitely on the right track to success.



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