General Mills Reviews

Updated August 29, 2015
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  1. Helpful (5)

    Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on big, iconic brands. Almost everyone that works here is very smart. You are surrounded by amazing people. Nice HQ benefits (auto service center, workout facility, health facility, bank, etc)

    Cons

    Leadership is blind to what is holding the organization back from real change. It's a popularity contest for career progression--the people you know and the game you play seem to be more important than the work you put out. Culture is riddled with 'demand for transparency' without any actual transparency. Candor is viewed as 'whining' or bad attitude.

    Advice to Management

    Quit trying to save brands that once were popular, but no one cares about anymore. Get over the ego's of yesteryear that only Ivy League MBA graduates can grow a business and market in today's modern world.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Good Marketing Experience

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at General Mills full-time

    Pros

    - good education on the fundamentals of brand management - opportunity to rotate between different brands - strong cross-functional partners - strong performance rewarded well

    Cons

    - the recent re-organization and lay-offs have left many people jaded. Overall climate / culture is not strong. While there are initiatives underway to get things back on track, GMI is not the happiest company right now. Certainly see things changing, but it will take a while.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure there is a continued focus on people and culture. Listen to employees - what they are looking for. Try to get to the true root causes - have a frank conversation across functions, and try to look through the "Minnesota Nice" mentality that people have in this state.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Decent plane to work, but you are a number

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Technician in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Technician in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at General Mills full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, summer hours, flexible dress code, great people, fun events

    Cons

    No loyalty, corporate america, very competitive

    Advice to Management

    Instead of putting employees against each other and creating animosity, have a re-evaluation strategy. People should be getting compensated based on performance rather than title. There is a glass ceiling, HR makes up rules as they go.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    It was a great place to work. Unfortunately the company decided to close the doors there.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great pay and good benefits. The job wasn't all that difficult really.

    Cons

    It's a challenge working anywhere when you realize you're a lame duck.

    Advice to Management

    Do better research so you don't have to let 500 people go.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Challenging envorinment

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Solid benefits package, work flex, smart people, get solid experience managing a business

    Cons

    GMI has lost its soul through recent restructuring and layoffs. While the need for change has been declared, leadership doesn't walk the talk, managing their careers v. managing their business and teams.

    Advice to Management

    Find and hire leaders that inspire trust and action.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Overall, not bad.......until

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Line Operator in West Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Line Operator in West Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay, benefits, location, solid union plant in the greater chicago area...........that's about all for the good with this company seeing they are closing us in 2017.

    Cons

    Management are morons, the ceo is an idiot taking a raise after announcing our plant closure. The plant, though it's old, is still a money maker and that's all they care about. Corporate greed.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Shifting Focus

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Maintenance Team Leader in New Albany, IN
    Current Employee - Maintenance Team Leader in New Albany, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pays well and offers excellent benefits and tries to promote a good work/life balance for all employees. Values worker safety and community impact.

    Cons

    Will favor a shareholders benefit above an employees benefit whenever the two conflict. Expects that you live to work for them and see there success whether you're succeeding or not.

    Advice to Management

    Return to value your employees more than stock price and shareholder rankings.


  9. Helpful (13)

    Fading Fast

    • 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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at General Mills full-time

    Pros

    I joined General Mills knowing full well I would not be making as much as I could be at another company. I chose to join the company regardless because of the excellent benefits and unlimited growth potential. I am sorry to say neither applies anymore and employees have taken note- turnover seems to be skyrocketing.

    Cons

    The company keeps chipping away at everything it can to cut costs and make shareholders happy. Unfortunately, this has left the majority of employees unhappy and many of the best are leaving. The most innovative and talented employees are left stuck in their little box of "safe" job responsibilities because General Mills is too scared to do anything new. This leaves the best employees bored, and makes great talent and the people who could truly bring a new life to the company walk out the door. Also, the pay is terrible and benefits are reduced more and more every season. Many of these changes are "hush-hush" so as to not rile employees. Employees used to justify the low pay by saying what great benefits they got, but we're all starting to scratch our heads now. The low pay can be easily noted by seeing how many employees actually have part-time jobs or ventures outside of General Mills.

    Advice to Management

    WAKE UP! An extra summer picnic and social hour isn't going to make employees happy. Promote from within, reward and embrace your true (existing) talent. Pay people what they deserve. Stop taking away our benefits.


  10. Current Direction

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Historically great place to work - ethical culture, strong work ethic.

    Cons

    Recent, constant layoffs have hurt culture and resulting work ethic.

    Advice to Management

    You will damage the long term morale, work ethic and breakthrough results if employees are always looking over their shoulder for the next set of layoffs.


  11. Operator

    Current Employee - Production Operator in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Production Operator in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Good Company to work for

    Cons

    West Chicago plant is closing



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