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  1. Helpful (2)

    I'm proud to work for GMI!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Demand Planner in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Demand Planner in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They are good community partners, they genuinely care about diversity, and they are well respected as a company. They are consistently ranked among the best companies to work for and their pay/benefits are competitive. The headquarters in Minneapolis is rather impressive as well boasting an impressive cafeteria, health facility, salon, cafe, caribou coffee, auto mechanic, gas station, bank, company store, concierge, dentist, doctor, optometrist, and the list goes on and on! You could probably live on campus if you wanted to. These amenities go a long way into making the real life more manageable so that you can focus on performing well at your job.

    Cons

    It is a rather conservative company similar to many other midwestern CPG companies.

    Advice to Management

    Be open and honest about organization changes. Most GMI employees are excited about change and simply want to know what is coming up next.


  2. Helpful (1)

    General Mills is a company that cares!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Operations Specialist in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Account Operations Specialist in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    General Mills has passion. Passion for consumers, customers, and employees. They treat their employees well, with great benefits. There is three weeks vacation starting. Sick time does not count against your vacation, neither does having to stay home with a sick child. That is unheard of in this day and age! Everytime a new product is introduced you get box, bag, or can. This company cares for their consumers. They are always trying to come out with products that are healthier. Fiber One cereal, yogurt, and snacks, zero trans fat, reduced suger, etc, Most importantly this company is filled with bright people who have steered this company through this recessionary time and made the buisness grow despite record fuel and commodity prices. This company has grown substantially while our peers have been posting losses.

    Cons

    There is not enough interaction between the main office and the Bassett Creek Building. It seems like they do not want you to leave the Customer Service Center. It seems like there is some corporate level politics. I was told in my interview that it would be easy to transfer to the main office and focus on the area I majored and have interest in. During the first two weeks after being hired, I was told by an upper level manager that they do not like people transfering. There is not a very set and clear career path at that building.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work! I appreciate the leadership displayed on a daily basis. I also appreciate the extra perks that the company offes.


  3. Great pay, great benefits, extremely bureaucratic, conformity expected

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Planning Associate in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Business Planning Associate in Scottsdale, AZ
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay, work life balance, and benefits.

    Cons

    Extremely bureaucratic, conformity expected, innovation and creativity not really encouraged

    Advice to Management

    Be interested in employees personal development rather than being self-serving


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  5. Solid company with great benefits...but won't rock your world.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Planning Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Business Planning Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great company reputation in the industry Good benefits Career Advancement

    Cons

    Minneapolis Lack of Diversity No unique company vision Silos between functions

    Advice to Management

    Develop a vision. Diversity is not just race and gender. Adapt to the changing business climate and needs of employees (flexible work time, more merit based compensation, better relocation options, etc.)


  6. Helpful (1)

    General Mills is an amazing place to work. Your career path is determined by your performace. Period.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst II in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst II in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There is a great work/ life balance and your career is what you make of it. If you are a strong perfomer you will be rewarded. You also get the opportunity to work on major projects right out of school, which are essential for early development.

    Cons

    You may need to do a field rotation in order to advance within the organization.

    Advice to Management

    I believe there is an opportunity to do more benchmarking internally and externally.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Very good place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The environment is one of respect and hard work.

    Cons

    Things happen somewhat slowly and you spend most of your time meetings.

    Advice to Management

    Be more aggressive in expanding existing brands out of category (are you listening, Haagen Dazs?) and purchasing brands for future growth.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Great company, nice people, long term prospects, good pay and awesome benefits.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company reputation, stability, great benefits. General Mills is consistently ranked one of the top run companies in the U.S. and the employees have a great deal of faith in the leadership of the company. The company headquarters are amazing - and pretty much include everything you need including a doctor's office, child care, a gym, grocery store, salon, restaurant, coffee shop and much more.

    Cons

    Large companies can sometimes make internal communciations difficult; also, full on training should be offered earlier in one's career to help with understanding the various business units and how they should interact with one another.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and continue to keep the company moving forward. Continue to offer strong benefits and a good retirement package.


  9. Helpful (1)

    General Mills - the career you always thought you'd have.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consumer Insights in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Consumer Insights in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    General Mills is one of those grand old companies that still cares for and treats employees well, and it can well afford to because it consistently delivers outstanding results. The people are amazing, the facilities are beautiful, the work is engaging and satisfying - on the whole it's a great place to build a career.

    Cons

    As with many big companies, General Mills can be very conservative and sometimes move slowly. Some people hate the weather, too (winter only, of course), but it's to be expected in the upper midwest and the gorgeous summers (and summer hours!) more than make up for it.

    Advice to Management

    Keep pushing down responsibility! Give lower level employees opportunities to contribute and be innovative.


  10. Personal and professional rewards are worth the hard work.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    GMI gives you real responsibility from day 1. In the roles I have experienced I was expected to deliver results and perform, but I have also never been micromanaged. The aging boomer population, along with high expectations and challenging early roles lead to significant opportunities to advance.

    Cons

    To succeed at General Mills you have to be willing to put in the extra effort. Early career development programs, especially within supply chain, cram 5 to 7 years of leadership experience into 3 to 4 years. That can be difficult for a lot of people. The trade off is a strong resume 5 years out of school. Another potential downside for some at General Mills is the high preference placed on female and minority candidates. They are more likely to be hired and promoted and in some cases are not ready for the roles they move into.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on people development. Set challenging corporate wide goals and create a sense of urgency. How would we respond if we were the other GM facing Toyota like competition?


  11. Helpful (2)

    GMI: Solid Company, Great Benefits, Conformity a Must.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fabulous employer to learn classic marketing skills! Brand management expertise bar none. Excellent experience in managing products & people. Summer work hours are a big bonus. Salaries and benefits are great.

    Cons

    Culture is lacking in diversity: multi-cultural acceptance only works here if you graduated from the same school, talk alike and think alike. GMI likes to have employees that are from varying ethnicities, but conformity to the norm is demanded. Individual performance ratings are skewed by division & work group targets/quotas-- so recognition is not as fair as it should be. Stay away from the foodservice division as I hear it functions with far fewer resources against it.

    Advice to Management

    Walk the talk more in respecting style and cultural differences.


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