General Mills Reviews

Updated September 2, 2015
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Pros
  • work life balance is not frown upon (in 118 reviews)

  • Great benefits and onsite amenities (in 43 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance tilting towards work (in 53 reviews)

  • Overly complex and slow organizational structure makes decision making very difficult (in 17 reviews)

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  1. An Amazing Place to Work - if you can handle the location

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    Former Employee - Buyer in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Buyer in Minneapolis, MN
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    Pros

    Incredible Company. They know how to treat their employees. At headquarters they have all the perks - Free gym, a dry cleaners, bank, hair salon, and even - get this - a FREE health clinic with doctors, dentists, optometrists, etc. Everybody there is super nice and supportive. They want you to do well both personally and professionally. Lots of opportunities for big projects and to get noticed by senior management. Everybody is approachable. They even offer social events.

    Cons

    Its in Minneapolis. Its cold, dark, and in the middle of nowhere. It is easy to get lost in the shuffle - there are 4000+ people working in Minneapolis alone.

    Advice to Management

    Relocate to San Diego. This will curb the talent drain of young professionals fleeing to the coasts.


  2. General Mills- great place to work coming out of school!

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    Current Employee - Team Leader in Hannibal, MO
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Hannibal, MO
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    Pros

    Great hands on work, especially for those just out of school. They do a great job of recruiting engineers or those with technical backgrounds and putting them in leadership roles right away. It is great if you have a techincal background but don't want to spend your days sitting behind a computer. If you work for GMI as a Team Leader, you will be out on the production floor, working with employees and also working with senior management on strategic decisions. When you start, you will be managing employees and having a direct impact on the company within no time. You will be able to keep production lines running and making decisions quickly. It is rare to be out of college for only a few months and be able to manage people, but General Mills does this. They push you and give you lots of responsibilities but do provide an excellent support structure and resources while you are new. They also do a great job of netowrking and sending people to other areas (especially if you are in a small town) so you can meet many people holding leadership roles throughout the company. Finally, the pay is great and very competitive. Salary is good and the bonuses are good as well.

    Cons

    Locations (primarily in the midwest). Also be prepared to work more than 40 hrs a week. If you work at a plant, plants run 24 hrs a day (and most during some weekends), so you will have to work some off shift time as well. But sometimes working offshift can be fun but you need to learn to balance you work and life.

    Advice to Management

    They are doing an excellent job!


  3. General Mills is Worth the Weather

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    Current Employee - Consumer Insights Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Consumer Insights Manager in Minneapolis, MN
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    Pros

    The people I work with are amazing - intelligent, creative, determined- and in most cases, all working toward the same goal. The company is one of the best with regard to benefits, and has been named one of the best places to work for many years running. I use many of the benefits, including the onsite daycare, the medical staff, the fitness center, the physical therapist, the credit union, the auto service center - I could go on... I've never worked for someone at GMI who didn't feel had my best interests in mind at all times.

    Cons

    Location. If you don't like snow and cold, it's not a match. I'm not a native, and the cold is pretty bitter, but I've found that the summers in Minneapolis are worth the crappy winters.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    General Mills - the career you always thought you'd have.

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    Current Employee - Consumer Insights in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Consumer Insights in Minneapolis, MN
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    Pros

    General Mills is one of those grand old companies that still cares for and treats employees well, and it can well afford to because it consistently delivers outstanding results. The people are amazing, the facilities are beautiful, the work is engaging and satisfying - on the whole it's a great place to build a career.

    Cons

    As with many big companies, General Mills can be very conservative and sometimes move slowly. Some people hate the weather, too (winter only, of course), but it's to be expected in the upper midwest and the gorgeous summers (and summer hours!) more than make up for it.

    Advice to Management

    Keep pushing down responsibility! Give lower level employees opportunities to contribute and be innovative.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great company, nice people, long term prospects, good pay and awesome benefits.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
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    Pros

    Company reputation, stability, great benefits. General Mills is consistently ranked one of the top run companies in the U.S. and the employees have a great deal of faith in the leadership of the company. The company headquarters are amazing - and pretty much include everything you need including a doctor's office, child care, a gym, grocery store, salon, restaurant, coffee shop and much more.

    Cons

    Large companies can sometimes make internal communciations difficult; also, full on training should be offered earlier in one's career to help with understanding the various business units and how they should interact with one another.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and continue to keep the company moving forward. Continue to offer strong benefits and a good retirement package.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Very good place to work

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Minneapolis, MN
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The environment is one of respect and hard work.

    Cons

    Things happen somewhat slowly and you spend most of your time meetings.

    Advice to Management

    Be more aggressive in expanding existing brands out of category (are you listening, Haagen Dazs?) and purchasing brands for future growth.


  8. Helpful (1)

    General Mills is an amazing place to work. Your career path is determined by your performace. Period.

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst II in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst II in Minneapolis, MN
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    Pros

    There is a great work/ life balance and your career is what you make of it. If you are a strong perfomer you will be rewarded. You also get the opportunity to work on major projects right out of school, which are essential for early development.

    Cons

    You may need to do a field rotation in order to advance within the organization.

    Advice to Management

    I believe there is an opportunity to do more benchmarking internally and externally.


  9. Helpful (1)

    General Mills is a company that cares!

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    Current Employee - Account Operations Specialist in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Account Operations Specialist in Minneapolis, MN
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    General Mills has passion. Passion for consumers, customers, and employees. They treat their employees well, with great benefits. There is three weeks vacation starting. Sick time does not count against your vacation, neither does having to stay home with a sick child. That is unheard of in this day and age! Everytime a new product is introduced you get box, bag, or can. This company cares for their consumers. They are always trying to come out with products that are healthier. Fiber One cereal, yogurt, and snacks, zero trans fat, reduced suger, etc, Most importantly this company is filled with bright people who have steered this company through this recessionary time and made the buisness grow despite record fuel and commodity prices. This company has grown substantially while our peers have been posting losses.

    Cons

    There is not enough interaction between the main office and the Bassett Creek Building. It seems like they do not want you to leave the Customer Service Center. It seems like there is some corporate level politics. I was told in my interview that it would be easy to transfer to the main office and focus on the area I majored and have interest in. During the first two weeks after being hired, I was told by an upper level manager that they do not like people transfering. There is not a very set and clear career path at that building.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work! I appreciate the leadership displayed on a daily basis. I also appreciate the extra perks that the company offes.


  10. Helpful (2)

    I'm proud to work for GMI!

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    Current Employee - Demand Planner in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Demand Planner in Minneapolis, MN
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They are good community partners, they genuinely care about diversity, and they are well respected as a company. They are consistently ranked among the best companies to work for and their pay/benefits are competitive. The headquarters in Minneapolis is rather impressive as well boasting an impressive cafeteria, health facility, salon, cafe, caribou coffee, auto mechanic, gas station, bank, company store, concierge, dentist, doctor, optometrist, and the list goes on and on! You could probably live on campus if you wanted to. These amenities go a long way into making the real life more manageable so that you can focus on performing well at your job.

    Cons

    It is a rather conservative company similar to many other midwestern CPG companies.

    Advice to Management

    Be open and honest about organization changes. Most GMI employees are excited about change and simply want to know what is coming up next.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Good company for new hires...

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Management Associate in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Operations Management Associate in Minneapolis, MN
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive salary, rotational programs make it great place to grow as a new hire. Management truly wants you to succeed and they will do everything in their power to ensure that you do. Life at the plant is fast paced and exciting...especially if you like a work atmosphere where something different happens everyday.

    Cons

    Depending on location, you may be putting in very long hours, including weekends. Some of the locations are not ideal either. If you want to move up quickly through the company, you have to be willing to relocate. With that said, successful employees are usually rewardeed with new opportunites.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management is doing a great job keeping the company competitive with the market in its current state. This can be seen in the rise in General Mills' market value.



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