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General Mills Reviews

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
574 Reviews

3.7
574 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.  

    Strategies don't align with reality

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Manager in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Flexible work day, fair pay, good people

    Cons

    Corporate has no grasp on reality - need to get out of ivory tower and find out what's really happening instead of relying on reports and recent grads who have never stepped into grocery store

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start innovation instead of waiting 5 years to see what consumers want - too late to the table on every trend

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Best job I've ever had.

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    Current Employee - Processing IP  in  Hannibal, MO
    Current Employee - Processing IP in Hannibal, MO

    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
  3.  

    Excellent people, programs. A good place to work.

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    Current Employee - QRO
    Current Employee - QRO

    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
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  5.  

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

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

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

    Cons

    tough time in the CPG industry

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Everyone is stressed out, company is challenged by society's movement away from packaged food.

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

    Pros

    Pension, half day Fridays in the summer, strong brands, excellent campus in Golden Valley

    Cons

    Less autonomy than in the past. Work is less rewarding. Have committed to shareholders that General Mills will achieve profit targets through cost cutting. General Mills has strong enough brands where they should have top line growth rather than squeezing the middle of the income statement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell products that people want.

    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great exposure, but very cookie-cutter with low salaries

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    Current Employee - Logistics Planner  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Logistics Planner in Minneapolis, MN

    Pros

    There are a lot of people that are great to work with and it is very exciting to work on brands that people recognize and have personal connections to. If you're looking for a company to have a set career track, then this is the right company for you. It is a very conservative, slow-to-innovation Fortune 500 company with lots of project management opportunities.

    Cons

    If you're looking to branch out and make your own career choices, this is not the company for you. GMI is very conservative and super risk-averse... translation: things never change (even if they say they "want" things to change). The culture is definitely home-grown Minnesotan and definitely has a functional-silo mentality. Forget all of the things they tell you about "Supply Chain Innovation", this is a pure Marketing company- plain and simple... translation: you need to market yourself. GMI is very big on promoting from within to the "favorites" despite actual deliverables. GMI is also big on meetings before meetings before meetings before meetings because the consensus process takes FOREVER.

    Also, they might have had work-life balance in the past. However, I typically work 50-70+ hrs/week while making $10k less than market value with ZERO overtime and minimal internal recognition. One big issue is regarding location. If the company asks you to move and you say no for whatever reason, you are put on a "list" that potentially prohibits upward mobilty. Oh and did I mention that you're expected to move every 1-2 years? Yea... not the best situation.

    Overall, GMI used to be a great company, but is definitely not up to par for young, innovative career professionals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - increase base salaries: have a more robust compensation package for the amount of work we do (i.e. if we are going to burn out, we might as well get paid well!)

    - truly execute against corporate goals to "act bold & move quickly": take greater calculated risks on projects, corporate culture and recruitment strategies (i.e. too much nepotism!)

    - more " atta boys/girls": in lieu of increased compensation packages, at least reward those key players who ACTUALLY deliver at/above goal through recognition (i.e. a "good job well done" email goes a long way to improve employee morale)

    - increase diversity: not just regarding ethnicity, but employees who do not have the EXACT same perspective and mentality to foster new and innovative ideas to 1) win the market QUICKLY & 2) retain young professionals since so many have left in the past 2 years (i.e. it's cheaper to retain an employee than fire & hire anew)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Company -Great People -Poor lay-off strategy

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

    Pros

    You work with some of the smartest and generally good natured people that you'll ever work with. It's a great campus with great perks.

    Cons

    Sometimes it felt like the leadership team was either incompetent or hiding something. Also, the HR department definitely does not live by GMI's "integrity" policy. -I got laid off while on maternity leave, something they said the would "never do, Not at GMI" -BS, they did and I'm not the only one. Also, it's a highly political environment so mind your p's and q's.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on developing your talent and less on managing up.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Positive place to work; too focused on non-results matters

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Relationship based culture makes it feel like a family company
    "Staple" products make job security high
    There is inherent value placed on developing people.
    Compensation is at least average. Benefits are slightly above average.

    Cons

    The company values diversity but defines it narrowly (gender, race). This can lead to perceived diversity when everyone is actually quite similar in how they think.
    The best employees are sometimes forgotten. During the tough years, the company held back everyone equally instead of investing in the need-to-retain talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase equity between HQ and field locations. It's like two different companies.
    Invest in your top performers before they complain.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great foundational training and surrounded by top talent, but career progression an issue

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

    Pros

    1) Great brands
    2) Working with Top talent
    3) Excellent cross-functional partners
    4) Great people, which leads to a very positive culture

    Cons

    1) Professional growth - limited upward mobility, but believe it might be getting better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on people with leadership qualities and actual management ability vs. just those that have proven they can "get things done" in the past. You have lost many great leaders because there is too much emphasis specifically on previous performance vs. looking forward. Losing these leaders leads to a degradation of culture and eventually a less diverse management team.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good Company

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    Former Employee - Retail Sales Representative  in  San Juan, PR
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Representative in San Juan, PR

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits Car Health 401K Very Organized

    Cons

    Needed more market investment Good Brands

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the good work get a bit more involved

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