General Mills Reviews

Updated August 30, 2015
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  1. Mainteance Supervisor

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Chicago, IL

    I have been working at General Mills full-time

    Pros

    Employee Safety Flexible work schedules

    Cons

    Need More General Mill Plants in Illinois


  2. Overall- Great!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are really good.

    Cons

    Too much hand-holding and paternalism. Too much group think, people need to be empowered to make decisions and get things done.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Dead end!

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    Current Employee - Material Handler in Belvidere, IL
    Current Employee - Material Handler in Belvidere, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at General Mills full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits! Peers are great people to work with. I guess I have to have 20 words but there is nothing else good to say!

    Cons

    Lack of quality management! Constant idea theft even up to plant manager. If you don't have a degree you are considered sub par to the college kids and sycophants. Lack of advancement opportunities. Lack of comparable compensation for increased work load.

    Advice to Management

    Just because you have a degree does not mean you are smarter then everyone else. It means you were able to get proper financing to read a book.


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  5. Company Review

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    Current Employee - Retail Sales Representative in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Representative in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great salary, benefits; medical/dental, perks

    Cons

    no promotional advancement opportunity for Sales Reps


  6. Helpful (4)

    Courageous Leadership Needed

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Business Partner in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Human Resources Business Partner in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at General Mills full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The company has provided a great opportunity to grow HR expertise in change management, talent development and org strategy.

    Cons

    Senior leaders need to drive change but there is no real action underway that gives confidence we will win. Few advancement opportunities will be available near term due to recent cuts, which is not motivating.

    Advice to Management

    Lead. Be courageous to make the changes on the senior team that will lead us to growth.


  7. General Mills

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    Former Employee - Logistics Forklift Driver in Murfreesboro, TN
    Former Employee - Logistics Forklift Driver in Murfreesboro, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Okay job positions, good place for overtime. The plant in Murfreesboro is currently expanding. Equal opportunity to work.

    Cons

    Not good enough communication with in management. Alot of changes with how you work and how to get things done. Rarely know when and if you will be off for weekends or holidays.


  8. Inventory

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at General Mills full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work for.

    Cons

    Not the best work life balance.


  9. First Class Mechanic

    Current Employee - First Class Mechanic in Elburn, IL
    Current Employee - First Class Mechanic in Elburn, IL

    I have been working at General Mills full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Competitive pay, excellent benefits, union representation, good people. Emphasis on safety and good manufacturing practice. I liked working here for the most part.

    Cons

    Much of the middle management have not been promoted from with in but are either recent college graduates of this is their second job after leaving school. The are unprepared to effectively manage an older work force with years of experience. The plant is 50 years old and there have been a lot of infrastructure issues. The plant will be closing in 2017.

    Advice to Management

    To the middle managers I would say, listen to the older workers who have been here thirty and forty years. make it your business to learn the job from them before trying to change things around. Take care of your people and don't be looking for ways to jerk them around. To the upper management I would say that there is a fundamental problem with the management model when you do not use the know how of people who have been here. I personally believe that this facility has been used winnow out young upcoming managers. This is not a place to stay but a place for a hopeful manager or engineer to prove themselves on their way to someplace else.


  10. IT Manager

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Ethical, Global, Consumer Foods, Longevity, Smart people

    Cons

    Behind the curve Slow to respond to market Number of recent layoffs

    Advice to Management

    Nurture and retain your employees


  11. Financial analyst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great people and supportive culture. Most managers take active interest in the development of their direct-reports. Good benefits and compensation package overall. Very smart individuals from top universities.

    Cons

    Overly cross-functional at times to the point where it hinders things getting done. Sometimes too political - can harm promotions.



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