General Mills

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General Mills Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
637 Reviews
3.6
637 Reviews
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General Mills Chairman and CEO Ken Powell
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Review Highlights

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. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great Company! Going through some financial challenges though.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    GREAT People! The people that work for GMI are of the highest quality. I have met very few over my 15 years with the company that would not be considered experts in their fields.

    They value skill set diversity and encourage people to move around the company into other roles. This has made me a more agile employee with a broader base of roles that I can perform.

    Cons

    5 years of declining sales is very concerning. Because of the lack of growth, they have had to take away many of the employee perks that distinguished them from other companies. Pensions were cut, retiree medical plans were re-structured, cut services at the employee medical center. They need to be mindful about cutting out too much and no longer attracting top talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in a CEO from the outside that is young and has experience with marketing companies in this day and age. It starting to feel a bit too much like the good ole white boys club at the top and they do a great job on the investment side but haven't been able to move the dial in the growth area.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Lots of good but change needed

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

    I have been working at General Mills

    Pros

    Very smart people usually focused on what's best for General Mills; flexible work location and hours; engaging, challenging projects.

    Cons

    Career advancement (promotion) is extremely slow, especially after the lowest levels; not enough diversity, though the company does voice and in some cases demonstrate a commitment to it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The CEO is virtually invisible to anyone below the executive level. Need to bring in someone with fresher ideas and someone who is willing to stand up in front of everyone and take ownership for bad news as well as good.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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

    Pros

    Great place to work
    Flexible work schedule
    On-site day care

    Cons

    Recent layoffs
    Too many layers of management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make more products consumers want

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Love the people, atmosphere and on-site employee perks.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at General Mills

    Pros

    Great place to work and develop professionally.

    Cons

    Big company with too many layers that hinder advancement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company with many opportunities

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

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

    Pros

    General Mills is a great company to work for. They have a high standard for ethics and personal development. Their rotational system also allows for professional growth. They value ethnic and lifestyle diversity.

    Cons

    Decision speed is slow. They also recruit and hire many of the same like people and have a hard time embracing different work styles on most teams.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Mills

    Pros

    The hours are excellent very flexible

    Cons

    there are no cons with this company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company and culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at General Mills full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    benefits, people, flexibility, culture, training/development, overall compensation

    Cons

    salary, work-life balance, limited locations,

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company to work for, and grow personally and professionally.

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

    I have been working at General Mills full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance, smart people, cross functional rotations, great training

    Cons

    Not very diverse (ethnicity, work style)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Place Overall

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

    I have been working at General Mills full-time

    Pros

    -Great Pay
    -Some of the best coworkers around
    -Mostly Fun Environment
    -Low Stress

    Cons

    -Trying to adjust to the struggling food environment with limited success
    -Very limited for opportunities that are not in Minneapolis at the Headquarters

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Going downhill

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

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

    Pros

    Still get our vacation time, most other benefits keep getting trimmed down or eliminated all together. Good people at lower levels

    Cons

    Company has been trimming down last few years. Second round of layoffs going on. Company keeps people in dark. Expect things to keep getting worse before they get better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your employees are more than numbers in a budget. You expect loyalty but don't return it. Let people know how they are going to be affected in advance so maybe we could prepare. You might be surprised that employees would support your tough decisions if you would show us some consideration.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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