General Mills Reviews

Updated April 24, 2015
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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. Senior Engineer

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer II
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer II

    I worked at General Mills full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Stable company, great people, good benefits (401k, vacation, health, free stuff)

    Cons

    May require constant relocation to advance within the Engineering function. Takes a while to get anything done due to structure and processes.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure structure and processes are used effectively and eliminate non value added parts. Become nimble and flexible in an ever changing landscape.

  2. Customer Account Manager II

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at General Mills full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    flexible work schedule, quality managers, extensive resources

    Cons

    some outdated brands, workload has increased after downsizing

    Advice to Management

    we need to cut out all the "red tape" and bureaucracy and put the focus back on the customer. we spin our wheels so much on internal discussions.

  3. Director

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Mills full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with across all functions

    Cons

    Challenging business results recently due to shifting consumer dynamics

    Advice to Management

    Identify a few big growth ideas and clearly prioritize them with financial resources and staffing

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  5. Good company, average job.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Mills

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance is great

    Cons

    Hierarchy is tough in pushing things through

  6. Business Category Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Mills full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great tools
    - Learn a lot

    Cons

    - Company going through a lot of changes

  7. Good experience but very impersonal

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    Former Employee - Operations/Engineering in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Operations/Engineering in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at General Mills full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Large company, ability to move to different functions if desired.

    Cons

    After couple of year you are pigeon holed into a specific role

  8. The company culture as well as the excellent development opportunities have made this a great place to start my career.

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    Current Employee - Customer Account Manager I in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Customer Account Manager I in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at General Mills full-time

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

    Pros

    Excellent Company Culture
    Great work-life balance opportunities
    Strong portfolio of products
    Health Benefits
    401k match
    Offices located nationwide along with field opportunities all over the country

    Cons

    Somewhat restrictive career path
    Just went through a large reorganization
    Current product portfolio composed of big brands that currently do not align with changing consumer trends

    Advice to Management

    Continue to look into buying and developing up and coming natural/organic startups. More moves like the recent Annie's acquisition will be key in keeping a relevant portfolio.

  9. Great work-life balance, friendly people, but slow-moving company with a lot of politics

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great work life balance
    Friendly people
    Very smart top level management
    Competitive pay
    Tons of amenities (if at HQ)
    Great benefits

    Cons

    a lot of politics take place at General Mills
    Must be very PC at this company
    Decisions have to be approved by too many people

    Advice to Management

    Catalyst was necessary, but yet to see the fruits of this change. Take a page from our (nimble) smaller competitors and truly act boldly to move quickly.

  10. Helpful (1)

    it used to be a great place to work ... now two mass layoffs in 3 years or people quietly counseled out the door

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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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great perks and competitive pay

    Cons

    When change and decision speed needed, equivalent to course correcting the Titanic

    Advice to Management

    Move faster, act decisively, shed off under performing businesses

  11. Helpful (1)

    Top-Down Snobby Culture

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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 (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexibility to work from home, child care options. Variety of brands.

    Cons

    Very top down. And overall, it's not very fulfilling to schlep soup, fruit snacks or cereal every day. The worst part about the company though is the culture - Many employees take themselves and their "brands" way too seriously. People can be stuck up - yes - just like high school all over again. Friends of friends get promoted and protected. Everything from reserved parking spaces to reserved conference rooms for "executives only" - often, executives don't even acknowledge people "below" them on the corporate ladder. Even director and VP level people are nervous to meet with those above them... so much so they even will change clothes - put something "nicer" on because they're afraid of the higher-ups.

    Advice to Management

    Have lunch in the main lunch room with employees. Be seen. Listen and talk to people. Not just in your "town hall" meetings but day in / day out. Say HELLO and introduce yourself to the people who sit near your office... don't just walk by with a self-important "air" about you...

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