General Mills Reviews

Updated September 30, 2014
Updated September 30, 2014
592 Reviews
3.7
592 Reviews
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General Mills Chairman and CEO Ken Powell
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Modest people, job security and healthy work life balance are some of the advantages (in 113 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)

  • Career path movement in their sales organization can be difficult (in 14 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very competitive

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Integrated Marketing Communications  in  Golden Valley, MN
    Current Employee - Integrated Marketing Communications in Golden Valley, MN

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

    Pros

    Great brands, great training for marketing. Established processes in place. Exceptionally smart and talented people all around you.

    Cons

    Extremely competitive, to the point of it being self defeating. People aren't set up to succeed, and expected to make it all happen - that's their way of cultivating their idea of the 'best' people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    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 for 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    General Mills is a good place to work

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    Current Employee - Plant Intern
    Current Employee - Plant Intern

    I have been working at General Mills as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    - great culture and work life balance. stable company
    - supportive management team
    - rewarding projects to work on where I felt I could make an impact. variety of projects
    - positive interaction with front line employees

    Cons

    - many opportunities for process improvement
    - dealing with a unionized workforce requires strong people skills

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue looking beyond marketing to other areas of the company for process improvements, and hire and reward talent in other functions like operations, engineering, logistics, procurement, etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great for a long term career.

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    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Pros

    The people you work with are second to none and what keeps me there. Great training for new managers, and above average benefits.

    Cons

    While benefits are excellent, pay lags market average from what I've seen. It's also a very consensus driven company which can sometimes slow down decision making and leave you feeling like you can't always act quickly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Mills

    Pros

    Benefits, work life balance, bonuses, and great culture

    Cons

    Plant to plant locations differ in performances and in culture experience

  7.  

    Project Engineering Co-op

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Mills

    Pros

    Great work/life balance and company culture. I was able to work with contractors, technicians, and senior leadership to execute a wide variety of capital projects.

    Cons

    The co-op program lacks organization since it does not receive the same funding/programming as the corporately driven/funded internship program.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the co-op program on par with the internship program. Co-ops feel inferior because they don't get as much of an experience as the interns from a training/networking standpoint.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great work life balance

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Intern in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at General Mills as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Challenging and lots of learning. Lots of personal growth opportunities, great compensation and decent benefits. Awesome time-off policies

    Cons

    Very corporate, everybody is "minnesota nice", which gets a little old.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more innovative. If you want to compete with the quickly growing start-up food companies, you have to be less caught in the way things have always been done.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Treats employees very well, with great culture, ethics, and drive to succeed

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Service Desk Analyst  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Service Desk Analyst in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at General Mills full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits, 401k, vacations, flexibility, and everyone walks around with a smile and is ready to have endless conversations.

    Cons

    You must show drive and willingness to learn to progress

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More in class training would be beneficial

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great leadership company

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    Former Employee - Team Leader II
    Former Employee - Team Leader II

    I worked at General Mills full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    They really value people and leadership. A lot of time/energy spent developing successful managers of people. Great cultures to work in.

    Cons

    Development can be a little slower than some hope for. Development paths are fairly rigid and take some time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is a great place to work. Keep it up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Outstanding company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Director in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Highly talented people, strong culture and competitive compensation.

    Cons

    Low turnover slows advancement.Change can be difficult for organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think differently about the business to unlock growth.

    Approves of CEO

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