General Mills Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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  1. Helpful (6)

    Human Resources

    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  2. Loader/unloader

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Loader/Unloader in Covington, GA
    Former Employee - Loader/Unloader in Covington, GA

    I worked at General Mills full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great opportunity to learn how go from a guy taking orders to giving them as a team leader

    Cons

    Not to many downsides I was a great worker that did my work correctly and on time

    Advice to Management

    That I'm a quick learner and great worker


  3. 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


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  5. Helpful (9)

    Competent Emp- Well Intentioned Culture-Risk Averse

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research and Development in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Research and Development in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    1. Highly competent co-workers at all levels.
    2. Excellent training and learning opportunities
    3. Ability to mobilize huge amounts of resources
    4. Admirable focus on personal/environmental safety and the safety of their products.

    Cons

    1. Management slow to embrace change (the very change they ask everyone to implement)
    2. Company senior leadership unwilling to share sacrifice
    3. Business teams very reluctant to take calculated risks and slow to market.

    Advice to Management

    - Steer away from the veer towards "me -too" products over the past few years and more towards innovation.

    -Hiring for positions almost exclusively from the same 5 schools with the same degrees has lead to a lack of diversity in thought and action. Consider expanding schools and types of degrees you hire.

    - Buy-In of employees has decreased greatly at all levels with 2 rounds of layoffs in 3 yrs, A show of significant shared sacrifice would help.

    - Consider developing and valuing your non-exempt employees more like you do exempt employees. The gap is large, obvious, and major source of discontent in the company.


  6. R&D Scientist 1

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at General Mills

    Pros

    Work life balance is very good

    Cons

    Opportunities for advancement can be few and far between


  7. 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.


  8. Finance

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

    I worked at General Mills

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    General Mills is a relationship orientated, learning organization with strong values.

    Cons

    Limited growth over the last few years has led to significant job layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Don't isolate yourself. Talk to people across all levels and functions.


  9. Project Engineer

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

    I have been working at General Mills

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility
    Work/Life balance
    Various businesses
    Benefits
    Pension (not for new hires post 1/1/2015)

    Cons

    Career progression
    Technical knowledge not highly valued, more focused on rewarding sales and marketing

    Advice to Management

    Have some knowledge of what you're talking about


  10. Great Place for Career

    Current Employee - Senior Development Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Development Manager in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Focus on internal / personal development and promotion
    Strong resources to equip better decision making

    Cons

    Slower growth has driven less opportunity for advancement
    Size and conservatism sometimes makes a less nimble player


  11. Helpful (11)

    Operations Manager

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Historical stability. Overall compensation package is good and ff you were hired prior to 2011 you still have a fully funded pension. A lot of really good people.

    Cons

    Lot of pressure on the industry - forcing changes and restructuring. The politics can drive you nuts. The hiring profile hasn't changed in years and likely won't, so unless you fit the "mold" you will have to work twice as hard. If you are a chosen one, then it is a great company. Everyone else is just a pawn.

    Advice to Management

    The company officers talk about dramatic culture change, but thus far it has been all talk. They keep hiring and promoting the same people. Stop hiring the same people, training them the same way, and then being surprised when the results are the same.



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