General Mills Reviews

Updated September 14, 2014
Updated September 14, 2014
583 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 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.  

    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
  2.  

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

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    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
  3.  

    Great work life balance

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    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
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    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
  6.  

    I was a financial analyst in the finance leader development program.

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    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst  in  Golden Valley, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Golden Valley, MN

    I worked at General Mills full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The culture is amazing. They really care about their people. Great work life balance, great salary and benefits. Summer hours, on-site doctor and other amenities. Challenging work but you are surrounded by brilliant people.

    Cons

    There are a lot of meetings. It is hard to get everything done with the amount of meetings there are. Once you get to an SFA level it is hard to get into the manager level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Best CPG Company to work for!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Mills full-time

    Pros

    Great people, high level of integrity, will always do the right thing, good benefits, flexible work systems, strong performance management, individual development program, great mentoring programs, global opportunities, strong manufacturing leadership.

    Cons

    Slow to get things done, creativity is limited, company needs to focus on sales and marketing changes. Culture of meetings, meeting before the meeting, during the meeting and after the meeting needs to change. Slow decision making.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to look at all parts of the company for redundancy, eliminate waste (time and resource waste) not just material waste.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Production Union Worker

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    Current Employee - Warehouse  in  Sharonville, OH
    Current Employee - Warehouse in Sharonville, OH

    I have been working at General Mills full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great family of friends, good benefits

    Cons

    Not enough growth in the plant , Long hours and less days off

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the people, they run the process and know it well

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Excellent people, programs. A good place to work.

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    Current Employee - QRO
    Current Employee - QRO

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

    Pros

    When I got to the plant, everyone was helpful, friendly and welcoming. I enjoy the office culture, people are very open, willing to help or put you in the right direction. It has been a very collaborative environment, and a great place to get to know people professionally. If you need an expert, there's always someone in the company that you can look up, contact, and throw time on their calendar to talk things through.

    Cons

    Some positions in manufacturing locations will require you to be on call all day and accessible by phone.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Best job I've ever had.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Processing IP  in  Hannibal, MO
    Current Employee - Processing IP in Hannibal, MO

    I have been working at General Mills full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great pay for my area of the country. Great benefits-health insurance, prescription coverage, dental, 401k with company match, legal services, a local credit unions attached, discounts on insurance through met life, yearly cost of living increases, bonus, perks include discounts at the local YMCA, restaurants, & car purchases.

    Cons

    It's hot working conditions, management could be better, many minor injuries small cuts and bruises are common. Forced overtime cuts into work/life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on equality and communication. Plays favorites and nepotism is common problem.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A great place to work- highly skilled employees and a clear vision

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Mills

    Pros

    relationship company, work-life balance, advancement opportunities if you work hard

    Cons

    tough time in the CPG industry

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