General Mills

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General Mills Reviews

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General Mills Chairman and CEO Ken Powell
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Pros
  • You can have a good work life balance if you make it a priority (in 118 reviews)

  • Great benefits (but decreasing), good teamwork, great training opportunities (in 43 reviews)


Cons
  • Be prepared for a poor work-life balance if working in a plant production facility (in 53 reviews)

  • Slow decision making, progression in one's career can seem very slow and formulaic (in 17 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great brand and great people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at General Mills

    Pros

    Industry stability and recession resistant industry makes a career wtih General Mills appealing. The company offers many ways to get involved and they people are very fun to work with

    Cons

    Many of the office locations are not in the best geographic locations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more risks and become first movers instead of playing it safe all the time. Continue to encourage employees to develop through training and unique job opportunities.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Marketing is a great place to start out of undergrad...but not to come into out of grad school

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

    I have been working at General Mills

    Pros

    - Benefits package
    - Nice facilities (HQ)
    - Summer hours

    Cons

    - passive aggressive culture
    - work/life balance
    - promotion to MM is too long and uncertain
    - no candid conversations
    - work is largly adminstrative and "entry level" for the talent GMI hires
    - you will quickly find yourself behind your business school peers at other companies (responsibility and promotion)
    - complacency with status quo

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to embrace construtive/direct feedback

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Smart people, supportive culture.

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

    I have been working at General Mills

    Pros

    - outstanding workplace wellness programs
    - you get to work with talented, smart people who care about their jobs and also care about relationships
    - career-long attention to development and growth
    - senior leaders have integrity and are grounded, authentic people

    Cons

    - hectic pace with high expectations
    - not all areas of the company have the same opportunities for rotating to try new jobs and experiences

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to invest in the great people that you have and don't underestimate the importance of staying in touch with the insights and ideas of entry and mid-level employees

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    General Mills is great place to work!

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

    I have been working at General Mills

    Pros

    Great co workers, leadership, enviroment, opportunities, and culture. If I owned a company, I would try to hire most of my peers.

    Cons

    A minor complaint is that face to face and collaborative environment can make getting things done cumbersome at times, but it also helps you to get some good feeback.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep thinking long term. This oasis of a company is only sustainable, if you think long term and often beyond your tenure as opposed to short term.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Not just a job, a lifelong career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Development Manager in Golden Valley, MN
    Current Employee - Development Manager in Golden Valley, MN

    I have been working at General Mills

    Pros

    - A company that embraces families and strives to impact the community.
    - Excellently educated people are abundant.
    - Opportunities to grow your career are plentiful.

    Cons

    - I cannot think of a single negative - perhaps lower compensation. What you lose in direct compensation is gained in benefits and productive work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    continue on current course. Well done! The people, process, and technology within the organization is terrific. The ability to screen people that might pollute the environment is awesome.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    for a major company they didn't have procedures in place for training

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedar Rapids, IA

    I worked at General Mills

    Pros

    good benefits, i had flexible wrk hours, vacation was 3 weeks prorated, they put on great lunches for many reasons

    Cons

    no training materials were in place when i started, they expected me to document all of the processes even for depts i didnt work in, the reports i was trained on were used for 5 months, then they gave me 3 more to work through without training for 5 months...impossible expectations of a new employee, no conceren for personal life, i had to work 10-20 overtime every week

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    provide training material for new employees, let them be hands-on to train, not sit and watch someone else, don't add additional locations to a new employee's workload before they have learned the basics first. Be clear up front if they are supposed to work on a specific project or not, don't expect them to know what a boss wants, the boss has to be clear upfront.

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    General management function with marketing focus

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Marketing Manager in Golden, CO
    Current Employee - Associate Marketing Manager in Golden, CO

    I have been working at General Mills

    Pros

    -world-class CPG marketing
    -extremely talented teammates in all functions
    -hardworking and fair culture with strong drive to win
    -one of the best places to develop as a leader

    Cons

    -slow timeline to promotion
    -you work you @ss off

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Average job, average company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Operations Specialist in Golden Valley, MN
    Former Employee - Account Operations Specialist in Golden Valley, MN

    I worked at General Mills

    Pros

    Good health and dental benefits
    Good vacation benefits (ample days of vacation).
    Above average pay
    Middle- level managers are fairly competent.

    Cons

    Senior- level management has no clue!
    Communication between management and employees is horrible.
    Right now, little opportunity for good advancement.
    Lay-offs do happen! Lay-offs are frequent, in low numbers...to stay under the radar of shareholders, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your middle to low- level employees.
    Quit laying good employees off!
    Worry more about keeping employees than you currently do.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work

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

    I have been working at General Mills

    Pros

    Good benefits and great top management

    Cons

    Decisions are very collaborative, meeting before meetings, favoritism at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more proactive

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lots of "smoke and mirrors" with little substance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at General Mills

    Pros

    General Mills offers a well rounded experience and is a great name to have on your resume. They are known for developing great leaders which makes a good stepping stone towards other companies. Lots of opportunities for "diverse candidates". One of few companies to offer a 401K match and company-funded pension plan, although they brag about this a little more than it's worth. The medical benefits are great for families, however, there is a large up front cost that is not beneficial for single folks. The pay is competitive against smaller companies, but seems just average when compared to Fortune 100 companies.

    Cons

    The company focuses so much on diversity and inclusion that this actually affects employment/promotion decisions, meaning that you get extra consideration if you are a female or minority. The company is filled with bad managers which creates a number of unnecessary employee relations issues. There is a lot of favortism and unfairness in people decisions throughout the company. It seems that people are viewed as a cost, rather than an asset. Decisions rarely get made. Everyone seems to want to discuss putting together a strategy and then fails to execute. The company is so risk averse that it misses a lot of opportunities. This also causes a lot of frustration with those who have a vision to achieve more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on performance and results of individuals and implement 360 degree feedback tools. Bad managers are having a significant negative impact on new hires. Also, limit lavish parties at HQ when plants are getting scrutinized for every expense. It doesn't make sense that the company is focusing on reducing costs, but it's all being done at the plant level when there are lots of opportunity at HQ. Most importantly, improve your decision making process - it's too slow!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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