General Mills Reviews

Updated July 3, 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. A company for the careerist

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Category Associate in Bentonville, AR
    Current Employee - Business Category Associate in Bentonville, AR

    I have been working at General Mills full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company culture is great--The employees are very fun and energetic. Lots of community involvement. Clear career path and trajectory for how to move up in the company.

    Cons

    Not ideal for the creative, entrepreneurial person; there is a very black and white way that things are done. Less pay than other CPG companies.


  2. Good Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Mills full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of career path choices

    Cons

    Work life balance struggles per department

    Advice to Management

    Share the same vision and set a course


  3. Helpful (1)

    GMI Plants

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Leader in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Former Employee - Technical Leader in Cedar Rapids, IA

    I worked at General Mills full-time (More than 10 years)

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent pay and benefits for working with top-notch people

    Cons

    Tons of overtime. Due to longevity, people work for over twentyfive years to make it to a day shift job.


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  5. Minneapolis Intern

    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at General Mills as an intern

    Pros

    Great company to work for with a great culture and amazing technical expertise. Interns work on real projects that have immediate impact on the business.

    Cons

    There are really no downsides to an internship with General Mills. The Twin Cities are amazing but the weather is not.


  6. Helpful (6)

    Human Resources

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at General Mills full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Sadly, not many anymore. Even the decent pay doesn't offset the daily grind of non value added HR work.

    Cons

    HR function is a joke and the rest of the company knows it. HR leaders are incompetent, arrogant, and dysfunctional.

    You get ahead by brown nosing senior people and not by your own contribution.

    Advice to Management

    Upgrade your HR leaders. The junior people are leaving because they can't see a path forward that doesn't involve 70 hour work weeks and silly politics.

    Sad to see this is what has become of a once great company.


  7. Great company going through a lot of change

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Mills full-time

    Pros

    Ability to have a variety of work experiences

    Cons

    Work-Life balance lacking post restructure


  8. A great place for growing

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - R&D Intern in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - R&D Intern in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at General Mills

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Diverse in products, roles, culture
    Open to all no matter what race or nation
    Transparent

    Cons

    Very complex structure to understand
    A lot of meetings and people to get to know
    3 months is a bit too short to demonstrate the talent and skills


  9. Quality Manager

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Mills full-time

    Pros

    Family centric company with plentiful job opportunities

    Cons

    Minneapolis based company with non competitive salaries for Los Angeles


  10. General Mills

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Planner in Lodi, CA
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Planner in Lodi, CA

    I have been working at General Mills full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits are exceptional

    Cons

    Work Life Balance can be tricky

    Advice to Management

    none


  11. Field Sales

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

    I worked at General Mills

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours, Company Store and beautiful campus.
    There are a lot of great people who make GMI an awesome place to work!

    Cons

    Very easy to get 'lost in the mix', as it is a very large company.
    At times, your voice is not heard.

    Advice to Management

    Collaborate and engage with all levels; bridge the gap between upper management and field team.



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