General Mills

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General Mills Reviews

Updated December 20, 2014
Updated December 20, 2014
641 Reviews
3.6
641 Reviews
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General Mills Chairman and CEO Ken Powell
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Smart, but slow

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

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

    Pros

    You can have a good work life balance if you make it a priority. You work with a ton of smart and resourceful people. You can help shape your career through activities and experiences you would like to achieve.

    Cons

    Working with so many smart and resourceful people even a top performer can be in the middle of the pack in terms of promotions. Wage is below industry averages. Early in a technician's career the pay is hard to swallow despite working for a successful company. I know quite a few technicians who have gotten second jobs to supplement their income.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People need to take priority over profits.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Slow moving company going in the wrong direction

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - R&D Engineer in Golden Valley, MN
    Former Employee - R&D Engineer in Golden Valley, MN

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

    Pros

    You can work as hard as you desire

    Cons

    Corporate leadership (lack of), slow promotion timing, Low pay against industry standard, Lack of respect for R&D personnel, Belief that business can grow based on hope and getting "their fair share" without working at it, no direction, two layoffs in three years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Choose a direction and communicate it to the employees. Too many projects got started and went unfinished due to MANY changes in direction. Research and Development employees are looked at as second class, plant employees are looked at as third class but they are the groups that put the products on the shelves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very competitive

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Integrated Marketing Communications in Golden Valley, MN
    Current Employee - Integrated Marketing Communications in Golden Valley, MN

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

    Pros

    Great brands, great training for marketing. Established processes in place. Exceptionally smart and talented people all around you.

    Cons

    Extremely competitive, to the point of it being self defeating. People aren't set up to succeed, and expected to make it all happen - that's their way of cultivating their idea of the 'best' people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good ride while it lasted

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

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

    Pros

    Great learning experience. Great pay and benefits.

    Cons

    To much selling internally: You have to work on only one project and advertise to 5 in upper management to get ahead versus working 5 projects and reporting to one upper manager. Long term this will not benefit the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many HR type programs and networking issues in the matrix are getting in the way of project work and slowing/preventing work from getting done.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    General Mills is a good place to work

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

    I have been working at General Mills as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    - great culture and work life balance. stable company
    - supportive management team
    - rewarding projects to work on where I felt I could make an impact. variety of projects
    - positive interaction with front line employees

    Cons

    - many opportunities for process improvement
    - dealing with a unionized workforce requires strong people skills

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue looking beyond marketing to other areas of the company for process improvements, and hire and reward talent in other functions like operations, engineering, logistics, procurement, etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great for a long term career.

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

    I have been working at General Mills full-time

    Pros

    The people you work with are second to none and what keeps me there. Great training for new managers, and above average benefits.

    Cons

    While benefits are excellent, pay lags market average from what I've seen. It's also a very consensus driven company which can sometimes slow down decision making and leave you feeling like you can't always act quickly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Mills

    Pros

    Benefits, work life balance, bonuses, and great culture

    Cons

    Plant to plant locations differ in performances and in culture experience

  9.  

    Great work life balance

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

    I worked at General Mills as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Challenging and lots of learning. Lots of personal growth opportunities, great compensation and decent benefits. Awesome time-off policies

    Cons

    Very corporate, everybody is "minnesota nice", which gets a little old.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more innovative. If you want to compete with the quickly growing start-up food companies, you have to be less caught in the way things have always been done.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Treats employees very well, with great culture, ethics, and drive to succeed

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

    I have been working at General Mills full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, 401k, vacations, flexibility, and everyone walks around with a smile and is ready to have endless conversations.

    Cons

    You must show drive and willingness to learn to progress

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More in class training would be beneficial

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Project Engineering Co-op

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

    I worked at General Mills

    Pros

    Great work/life balance and company culture. I was able to work with contractors, technicians, and senior leadership to execute a wide variety of capital projects.

    Cons

    The co-op program lacks organization since it does not receive the same funding/programming as the corporately driven/funded internship program.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the co-op program on par with the internship program. Co-ops feel inferior because they don't get as much of an experience as the interns from a training/networking standpoint.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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