General Mills Reviews

Updated July 6, 2015
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  1. 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.


  2. 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


  3. Salary employee

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

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits and good co-workers that becomes friends

    Cons

    Lack of skill retention and people retention in the midst of change


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  5. AJS

    • 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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Strive for results, dedicated to work/life balance

    Cons

    Advancement can be difficult currently


  6. Helpful (2)

    Not what it used to be.

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible work schedules. Challenging Project. Great people.

    Cons

    Morale is way down. Unclear vision of the future. Career development no longer seems to be a focus.

    Advice to Management

    Refocus on your greatest assets - your employees. Invest in training and development. Redefine the career paths.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Associate Marketing Manager

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

    I have been working at General Mills full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Very smart, motivated, talented people

    Cons

    Culture is currently extremely depressed given poor business performance and two rounds of layoffs in last two years. Marketing is extremely competitive and increasingly so. Decisions are way at the top and lower level people, even managers don't have any real authority or impact.

    Advice to Management

    Push down decision making and prioritize growth. A strategy to turn around cereal does not prioritize growth, that prioritizes hope. Hope isn't growth.


  8. Exceptionally talented and helpful people but an older company culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer/Analyst in Golden Valley, MN
    Current Employee - Software Developer/Analyst in Golden Valley, MN

    I have been working at General Mills full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Many benefits
    Great people - they are both talented and willing to help
    Big variety of work
    Good work life balance

    Cons

    An older company means benefits are skewed to an older age group
    Low base salary for the IT industry
    Advancement is difficult in such a large company

    Advice to Management

    Encourage more innovation, relax the culture and cater to a younger culture


  9. General Mills is a Great Company

    • 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 (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and Work-home life balance!

    Cons

    It is hard to adjust to the culture if you are not from the Midwest.


  10. Production Operator

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

    I have been working at General Mills

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    General Mills is a good company with great benefits. I have worked there for over 17 years. They have great benefits, for example, 401k, health and dental insurance.

    Cons

    It is hard to plan anything. If General Mills needs product you will get drafted for the weekend. General Mills operates 1st, 2nd, & 3rd shift. You are not guaranteed to have the weekend off.

    Advice to Management

    Consult with honest operators to improve the lines. Management where I work is not fair to employees across the house. They are very one-sided.


  11. Helpful (2)

    quality engineer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    great for anyone with an engineering degree. A lot of perks at the corporate office. Other locations have minimal perks.

    Cons

    be careful of which location you work at. There are different treatments based on which degree even school you went to. I could go on and on.

    Advice to Management

    It takes all kinds of people to make a good team.



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