General Mills

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  1.  

    Had a wonderful experience working for General Mills. Keep s employees Trained & They stress safety.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operator in Lodi, CA
    Current Employee - Operator in Lodi, CA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, Wage. I have learned so much working here. They allowed me to be a trainer of new employees. Encourage employee involvement..

    Cons

    I would say the only thing would be shift work in the production area.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    The best human resource position I had in my career.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Mills

    Pros

    Excellent culture, values and pay. Strong emphasis on development.

    Cons

    Our plant closed and we were not in a position to relocate. Due to lack of facilities on the coast, I left the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to develop employees to get the best out of them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    An inclusive place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Mills

    Pros

    Warm people, inclusive culture, work life balance.

    Cons

    Not meritocratic, a lot of unsaid understanding needs to be developed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow ideas to flow.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good culture, values, but needs improvement in communication

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Campus Leader
    Current Intern - Campus Leader

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

    Pros

    Company values
    Work - life balance
    Room for upward mobility
    Opportunities for women

    Cons

    Communication with our boss was often a problem, as he would often misinterpret what other interns and I were trying to tell him.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more actively to the people below you. It'll save you time from asking so many questions later.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    BIG Company lost in Chaos

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good learning experiences, good benefits, friendly and intelligent people, nice campus, close to downtown Minneapolis.

    Cons

    Highly political, many managers mentality is stuck in the "old school boys club". The push for innovation and speed to market consistently fails resulting in two restructuring efforts that eliminated 800 people both in 2012 and 2014/2015. Big company unable to understand or grasp a small business mindset they are determined to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With overall company performance that resulted in two different restructuring efforts with in 2.5 years, one that clearly failed, the other that has yet to prove success, leadership needs to evaluate current leaders and take more opportunity in bringing in executives from outside of the organization. Employee morale and faith is beginning to bottom out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Benefits are great.
    Many Opportunities to advance.
    Very good work life balance

    Cons

    There is a wide variety of standards.
    Not very agile

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more agile.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Still an okay place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Mills

    Pros

    Stable company, smart people great brands

    Cons

    Lots of layers makes it difficult to advance to director and beyond, business is US based

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    A one time great, employee first company that has lost itself.

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

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

    Pros

    Smart people, good marketing budgets, and great family location in MN.

    Cons

    Politically charged matrix, slow to change, and losing it appeal as being an employee first company. Slow to move forward with today's work environment of flexibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember what WAS good about General Mills and start doing it again.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    Not what it used to be

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Some smart co-workers - mainly ones that have come from other companies
    Nice campus - cafeteria, Caribou, credit union

    Cons

    Work life balance - bad and getting worse
    Layoffs - massive layoffs every other year, seemingly no logic to who stays/goes
    Actions don't match words - talk about valuing employees, but intentionally use temp workers at plants to keep costs down/pay no benefits; talk about improving "decision speed" but spend 4 months laying people off

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Acknowledge that industry trends are less favorable. Stop investing so much (people, money) into dying categories like cereal. Just maintain, don't focus on these categories. Reacting to industry trends shouldn't take years (i.e. just now lowering sugar content in Yoplait and replacing aspertame - other companies did this years ago. This isn't innovation, it's catching up to the market).

    Make changes to upper management. They steered the company into trouble and have no coherent plan to get it back on track. Saying that "Cereal has been around for decades" and "people predicted cereal was dying 20 years ago" doesn't make you sound smart. It makes you sound out of touch with reality.

    Address work-life balance issues. Workers should not be called/emailed/texted during every vacation day. Stop with the focus on pretty Powerpoint slides and focus on ideas instead. Don't threaten employees by saying "I'll just replace you with a new college grad". Summer hours on Fridays are not always respected, so many workers just end up working from home not with the afternoon off.

    Stop scheduling multiple pre-meetings with everyone to align on the same approach/message. By doing so, you will free up time for real work and might actually hear a new idea instead of 10 people saying the exact same thing.

    Listen to your employees. You state that you want to hire experienced people to bring new ideas, but then refuse to listen to any of them.

    Plan your layoffs. Going into layoffs stating that "we need to rewire how we work and be more efficient" isn't realistic if there are no plans to actually change how work is done. There is just the same amount of work with less people around. I.e. laying off most of the paralegals isn't the way to be more efficient. The corporate lawyers are just asking non-legal professionals (marketing, sales, sourcing) to absorb the paralegal work. This is more inefficient than keeping the paralegals on the payroll - having non-expert workers review contracts takes longer, causes more issues to be missed, and creates an even longer waits for GMI's lawyers to get work done.

    Benefits are getting worse. Pay is not keeping up with the Twin Cities market. Health insurance is getting much more expensive (surcharges for partners/spouses on GMI health insurance). Bonuses aren't what they used to be. As part of "SSM program", many other perks are being taken away (i.e. tickets, employee recognition, travel perks) with more cuts to come. Don't waste millions of dollars on Accenture consultants to find savings that were either already achieved (and counted in financial statements) or have no baseline spend.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Overrated

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Smart and dynamic co-workers, beautiful site and buildings, on-site amenities such as Caribou Coffee and employee gym.

    Cons

    - Management at both upper and middle levels often comes across as arrogant, especially in Finance and IT.

    - Employees -- especially long-term -- are treated like numbers on a spreadsheet: if they become too "expensive" they're simply replaced with shiny, new, younger and lower-paid college graduates. This seems to happen even to long-time employees who consistently get good performance reviews.

    - A seemingly company-wide reluctance for people to own processes makes finding solutions to some problems very inefficient and circuitous, sometimes resulting in dead-ends.

    - There's far too much rigidity and regimentation throughout, so getting things done can be painfully slow.

    - "Minnesota Nice" culture gets old.

    - Career advancement is difficult, overly cumbersome, and sometimes mysterious. It doesn't need to be this hard.

    - Very, very political corporate culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your employees -- especially those who've stuck around a long time -- are valuable assets. Treat them as such. Spend time and energy developing those who demonstrate good work ethic and devotion. If you treat employees with a high degree of respect, they will reward you with great performance...maybe even cutting-edge ideas that will get the company out of the slump it currently finds itself in. Otherwise, you will likely conduct another mass layoff in a couple years -- again -- after discovering that this recent round of layoffs didn't magically make things better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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