General Mills Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
607 Reviews
3.7
607 Reviews
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General Mills Chairman and CEO Ken Powell
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance depends on position and location and department management (in 115 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good pay

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    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.  

    Great work life balance

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    • 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
  3.  

    Great career

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    • 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
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    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

  6.  

    A great, wholesome company

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    • 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
  7.  

    Great people, defiantly corporate america though

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    • 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
  8.  

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

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    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
  9.  

    Good ride while it lasted

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

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

    Pros

    Great learning experience. Great pay and benefits.

    Cons

    To much selling internally: You have to work on only one project and advertise to 5 in upper management to get ahead versus working 5 projects and reporting to one upper manager. Long term this will not benefit the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many HR type programs and networking issues in the matrix are getting in the way of project work and slowing/preventing work from getting done.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    For those who fit in, this can be a great place to work

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    Former Employee - Senior Scientist I in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist I in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    The people are what makes this company great - smartest in the business and friendly. Good perks if in Minneapolis, especially if at main office. Pay is generally good. Work-life balance depends on position and location and department management. Good medical, dental, 401k, other benefits.

    Cons

    If you don't fit the work style and behavior, you will be miserable. Meetings before meetings, passive aggressive, being up-front is not appreciated, and you can never have an off day. It's all relationship based, so it's tough if you're an introvert and need time to think or recharge. If you work internationally, in marketing or in a professional position at a plant, you will not have any work-life balance. Company is entrenched in being a big corporation and cannot get small, innovative ideas into the market because they won't make enough money to meet the market expectations. No CEO wants to be the one to reduce or quit paying dividends, so it's all about what "the street" thinks of the company. Company is slow to make decisions and risk-averse. If you can manage up and are identified as a "driver", you can do no wrong. If management doesn't think you fit that mold, you will never promote. It's hard to break into social circles outside of work if you didn't grow up or live here before.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out how to get smaller, innovative ideas into the market and how to work with them to let them succeed, and let the iconic brands bring in the big $ for now. Be open to, and value, diverse work styles and personalities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Stale cereal?

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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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