General Mills Reviews

Updated April 19, 2015
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  1. good place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Mills full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    great culture and work enviorment

    Cons

    profit pressure makes advancement difficult

  2. Its a great place to work if you are looking for stability and work life balance.

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    Former Employee - Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Manager in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They strive to maintain certain values like gender neutrality. Perks are great- flexible work time, onsite daycare and management that understands and supports work life balance.

    Cons

    Slow moving company with respect to changes in way the work should get done, new metrics etc. Enforcing change is very difficult and involves taking lot of consensus for simple changes...
    Benchmarks are set low, so if you are an aggressive game changer; you may feel out of the place driving anything. May get tagged as a cultural misfit.

    Advice to Management

    Keep yourself flexible, listen to young employees and adapt changes if they are beneficial. Don't promote slumber.

  3. Great experience great people

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Mills

    Pros

    If not a temp worker pay is very nice and stay on a consistent shift so the work-life balance is very good

    Cons

    Some workers are not as welcoming as others

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  5. great learning ground

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at General Mills full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    great training; amazing campus with all the amenities (dry cleaner, company store, hair salon)

    Cons

    big corporate feel; slower progression

  6. Helpful (4)

    CAUTION

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    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician in New Albany, IN
    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician in New Albany, IN

    I have been working at General Mills

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good insurance benefits and wages

    Cons

    General Mills likes to shut down union plants

    Advice to Management

    Use the knowledge of actual workers on the floor and not just engineers sitting behind a desk

  7. Helpful (7)

    A one time great, employee first company that has lost itself.

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people, good marketing budgets, and great family location in MN.

    Cons

    Politically charged matrix, slow to change, and losing it appeal as being an employee first company. Slow to move forward with today's work environment of flexibility.

    Advice to Management

    Remember what WAS good about General Mills and start doing it again.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Culture shock

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at General Mills

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Corp campus is very nice.

    Cons

    Very hierarchical in reporting, need lots of approvals to move things forward. Lots of politics.

    Advice to Management

    Look out for your employees, some mistakes are OK even good sometimes.

  9. Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Buyer
    Current Employee - Buyer

    I have been working at General Mills full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, good pay and benefits, opportunities for advancement, rewarding work

    Cons

    Politics, slow moving, poor performance

  10. Helpful (1)

    Great company, tough business environment

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at General Mills

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation, focus on personal development, corporate campus, community involvement, good people

    Cons

    Pace of career progression, business growth, organizational turmoil

  11. Helpful (2)

    Great company to get leadership experience, tough on work life balance.

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    Former Employee - Team Leader
    Former Employee - Team Leader

    I worked at General Mills (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Professional development, general company culture, good benefits, and great leadership development.

    Cons

    Undergoing second major restructuring in last five years with 1,000+ employee reduction. Employees are asked to do more with significant less resources. Consecutive promotions at same location are not likely due to current company model. Feeling of revolving door leadership is prevalent among employees.

    Advice to Management

    Allow some stabilization between each major change. Focus on work/life balance particularly at plant level.

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