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General Mills Reviews

Updated March 5, 2015
Updated March 5, 2015
709 Reviews
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Pros
  • You can have a good work life balance if you make it a priority (in 118 reviews)

  • Great benefits (but decreasing), good teamwork, great training opportunities (in 43 reviews)


Cons
  • Be prepared for a poor work-life balance if working in a plant production facility (in 53 reviews)

  • Slow decision making, progression in one's career can seem very slow and formulaic (in 17 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

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    Current Intern - Management Communications in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Intern - Management Communications in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at General Mills as an intern

    Pros

    Free food
    Work on great brands

    Cons

    Located in minneapolis
    Most employees are 35+ years old

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more offices across the nation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to work for...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Mills

    Pros

    Great benefits, good compensation, really intelligent people to work with, amazing products, unique and industry changing projects

    Cons

    Going though reorganization changes that might not be enough to promote growth. Is hard to change when upper management is still the same. Our presidents only switch places. business is not growing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Slow

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Generally a good place to work

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

    I worked at General Mills

    Pros

    General Mills offers good benefits and good pay. It has a strong history of success. Nice vacation benefits including optional extra time off without pay. Decent medical benefits. They continue to grow with a lot of group coming from acquisitions and international growth.

    Cons

    Company has gone through 2 rounds of lay-offs in the last 2 -3 years. The 2014 lay-offs included many high level people with lots of seniority. General Mills used to be a place where if you worked hard and did a good job for the company, you could stay until retirement - the employees felt loyal to the company without question. That is no longer the case for many know that you can now be cut just years before you reach comfortable retirement after a long employment there.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Company, potential for great experiences and opportunities...under certain circumstances

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    Current Employee - Finance Manager
    Current Employee - Finance Manager

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

    Pros

    historically generous company in terms of benefits and taking care of employees, very good training and development programs/processes in place

    Cons

    very general mills-centric when it comes to advancement opportunities - as an external hire coming in at the manager level, very difficult to build support network necessary for promotion considerations

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    good place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    great culture and work enviorment

    Cons

    profit pressure makes advancement difficult

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, tough business environment

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

    I worked at General Mills

    Pros

    Compensation, focus on personal development, corporate campus, community involvement, good people

    Cons

    Pace of career progression, business growth, organizational turmoil

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 11 people found this helpful  

    Proceed with caution

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

    I worked at General Mills

    Pros

    If you fit the right profile, GMI will initially be the right place for you. New hires will find a very good benefit plan (though that is being chipped away at) and for those that work at the Minneapolis campus, there are several internal perks (cafeteria, coffee shop, fitness center, etc.). Consider also that the quality of your peers is generally very good – lots of opportunity for newer and younger employees. If you hold the right degree from a prominent Higher Ed institution (and if you learn quickly how to navigate the maze of internal politics) your path will be paved for you, so “good luck”. And finally, on the surface at least, the company also makes admirable efforts to promote racial, ethnic, and sexual diversity.

    Cons

    Here is where it gets complicated, however. GMI’s corporate culture is hindered by a fundamental dishonesty that permeates the through all upper management levels of the corporation (director and above). Harsh, certainly, but a statement evidenced by empty rhetoric, meaningless platitudes and easily compromised values statements.

    GMI can easily be categorized as a stiff and immobile company that struggles with true diversity. An apparent contradiction to the kudos above, where GMI falls shorts is diversity of thought, diversity of scope of vision, diversity of opinion and other “below the radar” attributes. GMI is a consensus driven company that that is slow to deep dive into the world of true innovation. This has become an increasing concern – much like the grad student who delays thesis defense because of a fear there may be one slight gap in his/her research, GMI has allowed itself to become a company where innovation and honesty become casualties of a self-imposed functional paralysis. Rather than move decisively and boldly, projects get delayed or watered down by commissioning another study, holding another series of meetings or just simply finding (or inventing) a reason to kick decision making further down the line. I am not sure this is easier, per se, but it does provide a temporary cover while a rationale is constructed to validate decisions, right or wrong.

    Finally, individual success is dependent on one’s ability to adapt to a “good ol’ boys” style of personnel networking, augmented by a byzantine performance appraisal system where preferred candidates for advancement often receive several promotions in a short period of time while many others may see promotions delayed or non-existent. For much of the GMI decision makers, experience and competence are less valued than the promise of some great future reward and one’s ability to manage up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Embrace true diversity, not just diversity that is easily quantifiable (see above). Seek out true innovators (you still have some on staff, though that number is declining), and reward/acknowledge them accordingly.

    2. Be honest with yourselves and understand who you are. GMI is a large, monolithic corporate entity and no amount of re-imaging can change that. While not a Nestle or Cargill in overall size, GMI is far from being a “small company”.

    3. Here’s one for the executives and VP level officers. When times get tough, stand up and be accountable. Recent actions and behaviors have done little to inspire confidence in company leadership; most people understand that the issues the business faces is not due solely to the presence of misaligned mid-level managers and too many older employees. When tough times occur, embrace and demonstrate the innovation you place so much emphasis on. For a business that touts innovative problem solving, the responses generated during these self-manufactured “trying times” – (consulting groups! plant closings!! mid and low level employee layoffs!!! new and improved org charts!?) – are remarkably ordinary.

    4. Broaden your vision. The last 2 ½ years have seen some very talented people (especially in ITQ) pushed out the door, many for no apparent reason other than they don’t fit neatly into pre-conceived notions of what constitutes a professional.

    General Mills was once was a great place to work; there was much to set it apart from other similar businesses. Previous posts here have addressed the company as either “horrible” or as “wonderful”; it may be fair to assume each perspective likely reflects the degree the writer was impacted by recent layoffs. The truth is that neither is completely accurate – there are plenty of beads, baubles and perks (especially in Minneapolis) to impress even the most worldly newcomer; as well, there are enough veiled flaws and petty annoyances to keep the frustration level always at level 7 (out of 10). In the end though, General Mills is what it is - a large, lumbering leviathan, struggling to maintain relevance in a changing world, striving mightily to delay its own evolutionary extinction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good company, undergoing change

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Mills

    Pros

    Smart, hardworking, kind, caring employees

    Cons

    Large company, often hard to quickly make decisions on some projects

  10.  

    Great experience great people

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Mills

    Pros

    If not a temp worker pay is very nice and stay on a consistent shift so the work-life balance is very good

    Cons

    Some workers are not as welcoming as others

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Employees, Could use better upper management

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    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 (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Allowed a lot of freedom in direction I wanted to take my work. Wonderful teams and good bottom level managers.

    Cons

    They lost the culture of the 80's and 90's that made it such a great place to work. Lots of perks but workloads are heavy. Used to be too many layers of management that have recently been cut so perhaps that might make things better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut your own salaries.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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