General Mills Reviews

Updated October 18, 2014
Updated October 18, 2014
603 Reviews
3.7
603 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance depends on position and location and department management (in 115 reviews)

  • Great benefits (but decreasing), good teamwork, great training opportunities (in 42 reviews)


Cons
  • Be prepared for a poor work-life balance if working in a plant production facility (in 52 reviews)

  • Slow decision making, progression in one's career can seem very slow and formulaic (in 15 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great exposure, but very cookie-cutter with low salaries

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

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of people that are great to work with and it is very exciting to work on brands that people recognize and have personal connections to. If you're looking for a company to have a set career track, then this is the right company for you. It is a very conservative, slow-to-innovation Fortune 500 company with lots of project management opportunities.

    Cons

    If you're looking to branch out and make your own career choices, this is not the company for you. GMI is very conservative and super risk-averse... translation: things never change (even if they say they "want" things to change). The culture is definitely home-grown Minnesotan and definitely has a functional-silo mentality. Forget all of the things they tell you about "Supply Chain Innovation", this is a pure Marketing company- plain and simple... translation: you need to market yourself. GMI is very big on promoting from within to the "favorites" despite actual deliverables. GMI is also big on meetings before meetings before meetings before meetings because the consensus process takes FOREVER.

    Also, they might have had work-life balance in the past. However, I typically work 50-70+ hrs/week while making $10k less than market value with ZERO overtime and minimal internal recognition. One big issue is regarding location. If the company asks you to move and you say no for whatever reason, you are put on a "list" that potentially prohibits upward mobilty. Oh and did I mention that you're expected to move every 1-2 years? Yea... not the best situation.

    Overall, GMI used to be a great company, but is definitely not up to par for young, innovative career professionals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - increase base salaries: have a more robust compensation package for the amount of work we do (i.e. if we are going to burn out, we might as well get paid well!)

    - truly execute against corporate goals to "act bold & move quickly": take greater calculated risks on projects, corporate culture and recruitment strategies (i.e. too much nepotism!)

    - more " atta boys/girls": in lieu of increased compensation packages, at least reward those key players who ACTUALLY deliver at/above goal through recognition (i.e. a "good job well done" email goes a long way to improve employee morale)

    - increase diversity: not just regarding ethnicity, but employees who do not have the EXACT same perspective and mentality to foster new and innovative ideas to 1) win the market QUICKLY & 2) retain young professionals since so many have left in the past 2 years (i.e. it's cheaper to retain an employee than fire & hire anew)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    GMI a great place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people, Great Brands, Large Projects & Scope of work, Dedicated Leadership, Smart & Passionate employees, We can really make a difference, Great benefits!

    Cons

    Duplicate work, LONG - mulitple meetings to complete a task, very conservative approach to all projects, a bit of rework and or clunky systems, we seem to always be reactive vs. proactive. We take too long to make a decision - we need to work quickly and make changes on the fly. Change could and should happen every 3-6 months - we need to keep up with the ever changing world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Embrace moving quickly, Streamlining processes, allow your vendors to work better for and with you, try to take outside advise - vs. make our vendors and team work "our process" - we need project leads to be experts in the projects they are leading - and we need them to be nimble. We often times, start with a solid end result in mind and then muddy it up with ALL the hoops we mandate.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company l!!

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

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

    Pros

    On the cutting edge of technology, benefits, incentives and there is always something fun fun going on!

    Cons

    Often difficult to move up or move around, once pegged as an "Admin" found it challenging to move into other types of jobs not categorized to be 'admin jobs".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your people well and they will do well for you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Poly Utility in Belvidere, IL
    Former Employee - Poly Utility in Belvidere, IL

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

    Pros

    Great people, relaxed environment, free cereal in break rooms. 2 half hour breaks per 8 hour shift.

    Cons

    Pay for certain positions could be better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better pay

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Mills

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, development and promotion opportunities. Good values and a positive culture.

    Cons

    Corporate actions and expectations sometimes do not align with field abilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the field operations more.

  7.  

    Great Culture and work life balance

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

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

    Pros

    Very stable and management seems very approchable

    Cons

    Contracts jobs are for short period of time

    Recommends
  8.  

    Great company for development and opportunities

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

    I have been working at General Mills full-time

    Pros

    General Mills provides its employees with challenging work, lots of training and advancement opportunities. Salary is OK and benefits are competitive. It is a stable company and can provide a long term career.

    Cons

    In order to advance quickly, you will need to move. The company has cut back on relocation and other benefits that used to be excellent incentives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure that you are developing enough talent for future open positions internally. You will get the best cultural fits from within.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Thoroughly enjoyed my years with General Mills

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

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance, benefits and investment in training. Excellent pay and bonus structure. You are encouraged to advance your career by rotating through multiple positions. Many benefits are available at the corporate campus such as daycare, outstanding cafeteria, auto care facility, company store, many services, etc.

    Cons

    Extreme emphasis is given to college degrees rather than experience. The climate at corporate headquarters can be overwhelming for those not used to such an atmosphere.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Worked at Yoplait/Columbo yogurt in Methuen, MA - Great company, great management.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Machine Operator/Production Tech in Methuen, MA
    Former Employee - Machine Operator/Production Tech in Methuen, MA

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

    Pros

    Organization was managed extremely well. Company was doing well when I was employed so 401K match was doubled for all. Working environment was light and pleasant, and the workforce had good morale.

    Cons

    Factory environment so very rigid work/break structure. Not a negative of the company as much as the career path.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    I manage a team of reatil reps that call on grocery stores chains

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Manager in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Company offers alot of training and advancement opportunities. The company values diverstiy and has many programs in place for diverse employees

    Cons

    If you are on a particular carreer track, your roles are predefined and you are expected to move whenever the company needs you to

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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