General Mills Reviews

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39 Reviews
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General Mills Chairman and CEO Ken Powell
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Pros
  • Modest people, job security and healthy work life balance are some of the advantages (in 104 reviews)

  • General Mills offers several great benefits (in 41 reviews)


Cons
  • Found that there were very short breaks, sometime also a poor work-life balance (in 49 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    A Great Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at General Mills

    Pros

    Great People
    Great, Recognizable Brands
    Work/Life Balance Culture
    Opportunities for Growth and Development
    Growing Appreciation for Diversity in Culture, Thought and Style

    Cons

    Although training and development initiatives existed for new managers, the organization could stand to continually improve that they ensure training of new managers and attempting to bridge the gap between individual contributor turned manager of people.

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    project manager responsible for new products

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ

    I have been working at General Mills

    Pros

    salary, great location, nice people to work with

    Cons

    no benefits, no new challanges

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    give more benefits

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  3.  

    Great summer experience...

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    Former Employee - Associate Marketing Manager  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Associate Marketing Manager in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at General Mills

    Pros

    Very collaborative workplace. Minneapolis was a great place during the summer. The work was meaningful. Plenty of activities both in and out of work.

    Cons

    "Minneapolis nice" didn't understand it until I got there. I prefer more direct communication. Mills has a way of beating around the bush when giving criticism.

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  5.  

    Diverse experience with many different types of positions and technologies

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Consultant  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Staff Consultant in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at General Mills

    Pros

    General Mills encourages rotating through multiple different positions in order to get a wide perspective and better understanding of our business processes and challenges.

    Cons

    As with any large company, there is a fair share of red tape and rules. Even if a manager wants to promote an employee, HR may shoot it down because of generic rules.

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  6.  

    amazing company and people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at General Mills

    Pros

    great talent and good benefits/culture

    Cons

    can be a bit traditional and conservative

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  7.  

    Great Company to work for if you're at Headquarters, pretty good if you're a Field Employee.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Methuen, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Methuen, MA

    I have been working at General Mills

    Pros

    The company offers great benefits and good vacation time even for new employees, and is financially stable even in poor economies.

    Cons

    The salaries compared to other companies are not stellar, and the bonuses for mid-level employees are nothing to write home about. Work-life balance leans towards more work and less life. Benefits and perks vary greatly from employees working at Field locations to those working at the corporate headquarters.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open communication, trust, and being responsive to feedback cannot be emphasized enough.

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  8.  

    Good Experience

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

    I have been working at General Mills

    Pros

    Very current with the latest technology, wide range of different job types.

    Cons

    Promotions seem to depend more on who your manager is than merit.

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  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    I love my job.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Technician  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Technician in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at General Mills

    Pros

    Very supportive of work-life balance. The ability to work independently and design my own projects around specified goals. The benefits - vacation days, 401k match, etc. The focus on health and wellness - i.e. access to treadmills to walk on while working on the computer, nutrition stations with bananas, yogurt, oranges, skim milk, and cereal.

    Cons

    Mandatory masters degree or significant time in service (20+ years, if even then) to gain promotion to scientist/manager levels, yet some technicians are doing the same job as the scientists they work with.

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  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    One of the best companies to work for

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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

    Great people, work/life balance, fun and exciting environment, career opportunities, fair compensation, outstanding benefits, great location, intellectually challenging, fast paced.

    Cons

    There really are very few downsides of working at General Mills. The average tenure is high so promotion timing is a little delayed but it's well worth it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work at making General Mills a preferred employer and a leader in the packaged food industry.

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  11.  

    General Mills offers great opportunity and culture for smart, capable, hardworking people.

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    Current Employee - Supply Chain  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Supply Chain in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at General Mills

    Pros

    Smart, capable people in a fun environment working to make General Mills a success.

    Cons

    GMI is also a very large organization of about 30,000 employees. you could get lost in the fray.

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