General Mills Reviews

Updated July 24, 2015
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General Mills Chairman and CEO Ken Powell
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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. Helpful (1)

    It was a great place to work. Unfortunately the company decided to close the doors there.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Mills

    Pros

    Great pay and good benefits. The job wasn't all that difficult really.

    Cons

    It's a challenge working anywhere when you realize you're a lame duck.

    Advice to Management

    Do better research so you don't have to let 500 people go.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Shifting Focus

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Maintenance Team Leader in New Albany, IN
    Current Employee - Maintenance Team Leader in New Albany, IN

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pays well and offers excellent benefits and tries to promote a good work/life balance for all employees. Values worker safety and community impact.

    Cons

    Will favor a shareholders benefit above an employees benefit whenever the two conflict. Expects that you live to work for them and see there success whether you're succeeding or not.

    Advice to Management

    Return to value your employees more than stock price and shareholder rankings.


  3. Factory

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent pay, good hours, well known company

    Cons

    Hot envinorment, Dusty, lots of standing


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  5. Operator

    Current Employee - Production Operator in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Production Operator in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Good Company to work for

    Cons

    West Chicago plant is closing


  6. Sr. Project Manager

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Family friendly Fun place to work

    Cons

    Low pay. Bad job titles with lot of responsibility


  7. Helpful (2)

    production helper

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

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

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

    Pros

    Great pay, Great benefits! Coworkers are like family!

    Cons

    My plant is being shut down and 500 people will be out of a job because of corporate greed!

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to manage properly so you can be productive and not have to shut plants down! Start showing your employees that make your product and keep you in business the respect they deserve!


  8. Financial Analyst

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst I in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst I in Miami, FL

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people. Family atmosphere. Hard working, but good work life balance and work flexibility. Good investment in personal education. Above average company benefits.

    Cons

    Not a lot of career advancement opportunities in certain offices. Lots of bureaucracy at corporate office. Things take a long time to implement.

    Advice to Management

    Create more rotational positions and reduce layers of bureaucracy.


  9. Helpful (8)

    Fading Fast

    • 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 full-time

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

    Pros

    I joined General Mills knowing full well I would not be making as much as I could be at another company. I chose to join the company regardless because of the excellent benefits and unlimited growth potential. I am sorry to say neither applies anymore and employees have taken note- turnover seems to be skyrocketing.

    Cons

    The company keeps chipping away at everything it can to cut costs and make shareholders happy. Unfortunately, this has left the majority of employees unhappy and many of the best are leaving. The most innovative and talented employees are left stuck in their little box of "safe" job responsibilities because General Mills is too scared to do anything new. This leaves the best employees bored, and makes great talent and the people who could truly bring a new life to the company walk out the door. Also, the pay is terrible and benefits are reduced more and more every season. Many of these changes are "hush-hush" so as to not rile employees. Employees used to justify the low pay by saying what great benefits they got, but we're all starting to scratch our heads now. The low pay can be easily noted by seeing how many employees actually have part-time jobs or ventures outside of General Mills.

    Advice to Management

    WAKE UP! An extra summer picnic and social hour isn't going to make employees happy. Promote from within, reward and embrace your true (existing) talent. Pay people what they deserve. Stop taking away our benefits.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Tired of the politics

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Mills full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    As a company and what they do and stand for, they are great

    Cons

    Being a superstar at your job will not get your promoted or recognized. That is not right.....


  11. Helpful (2)

    No pay or promotions, stuck in same position

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

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

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

    Pros

    Get the opportunity to work on we'll known brands. People overall are nice and good to work with. Supportive cross functional team

    Cons

    No promotions you will be stuck in this entry level job if you don't have an MBA from a top ten school. You train in new MBA hires on how to do their job, but get paid half their salary. Pay is lower compared to other jobs at this level. Turnover is high don't plan to stay more than two years.

    Advice to Management

    promote this position, an MBA does not mean you have a great marketing mind....



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