General Mills

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General Mills Reviews

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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great People, good atmosphere

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Covington, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Covington, GA

    I have been working at General Mills

    Pros

    the people are motivating and inspiring
    the work is challenging and you are given a lot of responsibility
    it is a very inclusive atmosphere

    Cons

    the plant locations are not in prime cities
    there is a very strong culture that you either fit in or don't

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take more time to visit manufacturing environments

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    General Mills - Generally a good place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Manager in Golden Valley, MN
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Manager in Golden Valley, MN

    I have been working at General Mills

    Pros

    Committed to producing high quality products.
    Many opportunities for professional growth.

    Cons

    Leadership not committed to individual development - few managers know how to assist othesr with development.
    Manufacturing leadership often sets unrealistic goals, then accepts superficial and unsustainable results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time necessary to evaluate results and gains to ensure that the results are sustainable. Make a real commtment to developing people - There is MUCH to be gained with a small investment in increasing the effectiveness of individuals.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    After 14 years, still Love it here!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at General Mills

    Pros

    People! the Passion we have is amazing, but people care about others too!

    Cons

    We all work and give our best, and sometimes that means we work a little too hard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to Communicate.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    An ideal place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at General Mills

    Pros

    - Diversity at forefront of values
    - Career advancement opportunities and transparency abound
    - Work is recognized and rewarded
    - Management style is mainly laid-back: we work hard, we play hard

    Cons

    - Retention of those who shouldn't be: GMI loves its employees and it hates letting anyone go. Great for job security, but it means you will certainly work with someone who shouldn't be there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Keep doing what you're doing on staying transparent and rewarding a good job when it's due
    - Be more critical about who you're keeping around: some people can be too difficult to work with effectively, dampening our shared goal of driving results

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    General Mills - Exciting environment with smart colleagues

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at General Mills

    Pros

    General Mills is one of the best work environments I have ever experienced. The work is varied and interesting, and I am surrounded with bright people who treat others with respect.

    Cons

    I honestly do not have any downsides to report about General Mills. I've been working in professional positions for 20+ years and this is the most satisfying environment I've worked in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great job at providing a positive, respectful work environment for highly capable people, and for navigating a difficult economy successfully.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Operations Management Associate

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Management Associate in West Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Operations Management Associate in West Chicago, IL

    I worked at General Mills

    Pros

    Exciting, ability to lead and create change.

    Cons

    too many hours. stressful. unions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on your people

    Approves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Good Company to Start Your Post MBA Career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Marketing Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Associate Marketing Manager in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at General Mills

    Pros

    Good training and development. The company let's you take early responsibility as a marketer and you learn General Management principles early on.

    Cons

    Passive aggressive culture can lead to some surprises. The marketing track is extremely competitive and it's not always about your performance when it comes to getting promotion. Bottom line there's not enough spots for everyone so stay close to your headhunters. Get off to a fast start your first year or forget about getting to the next level. The best and brightest are at the company's choice so any blemishes can hurt.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent with your promotion practices; no need to keep us all in the dark. Also, invest in training your managers to actually manage and develop people. They're great at running business but not all are created equal when developing people. Very hit or miss at that can hurt you early.

    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    General Mills

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at General Mills

    Pros

    Overall corporate concern with finding the best position within the company that matches employee skills. Salary and bonus levels very generous. Commitment to family is unmatched by other companies.

    Cons

    Ability to communicate senior leadership goals into workable, measureable objectives for mid-level management. Ability to recognize and reward efforts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to focus on employee work-life balance. Maintain

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    General Mills Team Leader II

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Team Leader II in West Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Team Leader II in West Chicago, IL

    I have been working at General Mills

    Pros

    There is a high level of competency amongst the peer group, which I believe can be attributable to the tests taken during the interview process. Management was free to give you the reigns on projects or daily tactical responses, showing a high level of trust. The company size yields greater development opportunities.

    Cons

    We all worked a lot of hours 50+ per week. The work day was designed at 9 hours, then you may have to work an additional 5+ to accomplish other things you are working on, or hold meetings with different shifts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    General Mills application of policy is not necessarily consistent. In addition, many individuals from the corporate office are sent to the field to "learn". I think this could be accomplished earlier in an individual's career vs. in the role of department managers.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Receptionist Interview

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Receptionist in Golden Valley, MN
    Former Employee - Receptionist in Golden Valley, MN

    I worked at General Mills

    Pros

    General Mills was a great place to work. I enjoyed every minute of it. I would definitely recommend working there.

    Cons

    Nothing really comes to mind about negatives with General Mills. They were a good company to work for and I worked with really great people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    General Mills was a great place to work. I enjoyed every minute of it. I would definitely recommend working there.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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