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General Mills Reviews

Updated August 12, 2014
Updated August 12, 2014
573 Reviews

3.7
573 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.  

    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

    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
  2.  

    would not recommend this company for outside sales...maybe in General Mills general office in Minnesota, but not outside

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    Former Employee - RSR
    Former Employee - RSR

    Pros

    The benefits..car, gas card, corp card, freedom with the job..health, life, dental, vision

    Cons

    salary for outside sales is way below the normal..they express company values of ethics and compliance but it does not apply to management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Salaries need to start at a level where a person can make a living without working 2 jobs. Also, you might want to check the morals, standards, and ethics of your outside sales managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good Work life balance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Provides good work life balance, employee friendly policies, total employee involvement in various committees

    Cons

    Not much learning, decisions are mostly taken by managers without giving much thought to the aftereffects

    No opinion of CEO
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    Sr. R&D Technician 2 - This company was a different entity 5 years ago. What is has become saddens me.

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    Former Employee - Senior R&D Technician II  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Senior R&D Technician II in Minneapolis, MN

    Pros

    Lots of perks to keep you on campus spending your peanuts at the company stores. Multiple training and volunteer opportunities.

    Cons

    Lower than market average pay, little consideration for employees welfare or work life balance.
    They preach a work environment of inclusion for all working styles as long as your working style is an extrovert. Meetings are held for the sake of meetings. All of which center around the HQ. Be prepared to make multiple trips per day to HQ if you are at one of the offsite tech centers.
    Even with the time suck of meetings real work is still expected to happen. There were many days that I left home with my daughter still sleeping only to return to her already in bed. Work life balance was a joke.
    Be prepared to be on call for any production issues at any time. They will call your home and personal cell phone number for any issue they do not want to deal with. All production issues will suddenly formulation issues and you need to fix it yesterday.
    Leadership was promoted based on who they know, who their political allies are and not on ability to lead or perform.
    Advancement - slow and difficult. Again due to being a highly political environment it's about who you know and who you have on your side.
    Project work - Like to juggle? Then this is the company for you. Be prepared to juggle multiple projects, meetings and commuting to attend meetings while still trying to keep the (often) unrealistic new product development requests in check from sales and marketing.
    Volunteering - GMI has made a strong and definitive statement that it is committed to helping the community. It recruits employees heavily to help with it's various philanthropic efforts. However employees were once able to volunteer for small period of time during business hours. Now all volunteer work (highly encouraged - aka required) must be done in the little personal free time the company allows you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase compensation to encourage retention of good employees and new hires.
    Be mindful that to have a truly diverse workforce you must have multiples working styles. Embrace the introverts.
    Be committed to appropriate work life balance. Make it more than lip service.
    Enough with the meetings. Evaluate the meetings being scheduled. Do they add value? Is a meeting needed?
    Promote based on results not politics. This should be obvious.
    If volunteering is being so highly encouraged they allow for some work flexibility. That is why your volunteering numbers have tanked.
    Use layoffs to help low performing / bad fit employees find something that is right for them. See Amazon's policy where employees are paid to leave.
    Evaluate the projects that are being taken on. Do they add value to our portfolio as well as our customers? Are they profitable and sustainable? If not then cut your losses early.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Best CPG Company to work for!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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
  7.  

    Solid benefits but culture is on a downward spiral

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    Current Employee - Department Manager  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Minneapolis, MN

    Pros

    Great benefits, some very good people, and good brands

    Cons

    Corporate culture is now consulting based. Hotelling for desks, separation of duties for scalability, and self promotion to get to the top. Unfortunately it is more important to talk about why you cannot do something and form a committee than it is to do the actual work. Because of this some very good people are leaving and it will probably have to get worse before it gets better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the leaders who cannot execute or judge talent and promote the right people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Company, Smart People

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

    Pros

    An amazing company with loads of opportunity for training and advancement. Perks are amazing, especially at the main HQ in Minneapolis. People are smart and professional.

    Cons

    Can be very clique-y, especially if you are not hired in as part of university recruiting. Would not say they are thought leaders in marketing or advertising, though they are trying to ramp up innovation. Very large company means it takes time to turn the ship. Not uber flexible. Not risk takers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have a lot of smart and talented sponges...let them soak up the newest ideas and activate against ideas that may not be fully vetted. No risk, no reward.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Make sure it's the right fit for you: plant production facility vs. corporate headquarters

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Plant production facilities offer good opportunity to apply process improvements using a hands-on approach. The early career development programs provide a good balance of breadth and depth, allowing young employees to gauge interest in different roles. Employees are driven and hard working.

    Cons

    Be prepared for a poor work-life balance if working in a plant production facility. Working 2nd and 3rd shift, 14+ hr work days, & 19 days in a row is not uncommon; the off-hours provide you with ample responsibilities that promote personal development. The bureaucracy of a large company unfortunately delays decisions. Often the interests of the company will outweigh the interests of the employee.

  10.  

    GM is good company to work at, taking a proper care of the employees work, lunch and exercising.

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    Former Employee - Oracle Contractor  in  Golden Valley, MN
    Former Employee - Oracle Contractor in Golden Valley, MN

    Pros

    Can work at different places and still be accessible to everybody
    Team work is mixed with independent mode of work in customized proportion.
    Lots of eating places, small stores, expositions to drop stress.

    Cons

    More of project inclined than functional, GM does not provide good skills for Oracle Data warehousing, but rather trying to reuse Oracle transactional programming for the DW situation leading to confusion.
    Light environment lets mediocrity to flourish.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give some training to Oracle contractors of the SAP using Oracle as back end environment.
    Allow contractors to use exercise machines.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great training, but many are more focused on internal relationships than actually winning in market

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    Pros

    Breadth of portfolio and geographies served
    On site gym, health care, store, caribou
    Training, rotational program

    Cons

    Culture is so consensus driven it can't move very fast

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start hiring externally, lay people off sooner when it isn't an ideal fit

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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