General Mills Reviews

Updated September 14, 2014
Updated September 14, 2014
580 Reviews
3.7
580 Reviews
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General Mills Chairman and CEO Ken Powell
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Modest people, job security and healthy work life balance are some of the advantages (in 104 reviews)

  • General Mills offers several great benefits (in 41 reviews)


Cons
  • Found that there were very short breaks, sometime also a poor work-life balance (in 49 reviews)

  • Career path movement in their sales organization can be difficult (in 14 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Typical Desk Job

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    Current Employee - Logistics Planner At A Plant
    Current Employee - Logistics Planner At A Plant

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

    Pros

    General Mills is a reliable company that never bounces a paycheck.

    Cons

    You sit all day. There is no breaks. On the job learning is a far cry unless you can decipher screen shots of e-mail threads.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create better training material, and allow more freedom for movement of employees.

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

    Two words: "Always on".

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

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

    Pros

    Will make your resume. Good pay (for CPG). Lots of free food giveaways. Work life flexibility (i.e., you won't be working just M-F 9-5, so make that vital appointment in the middle of the day).

    Cons

    Only 1/3 of their managers are "great managers", as uncovered by the company's own analysis. Yet, they seem to do nothing to help those managers improve, or get them out of the company. The worst offense seems to be a lack of ability (willingness?) to prioritize. As a result, teams go after way more than they should, resulting in NO work-life balance!

    Despite what you may have heard during recruiting, you should plan on working all day, then into the wee hours of the morning, and on weekends as well - year round (i.e., not just when you're new, or during planning season). Oh, and those "summer hours" when the company supposedly closes at noon on Fridays? Don't make any plans until after 5 if you're in marketing. Basically, it's an "always on" culture, with very little respect for personal life boundaries.

    On top of all this, I felt like if I'd found the cure for cancer, I'd be nailed for not curing the common cold as well. If I had to do it all over again, I'd still probably accept the offer, but would plan on killing myself for a year and resigning on day 366 for a position with a more sustainable lifestyle in a more desirable location.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your marketing managers to be more effective so they don't burn out their internal and external team members like disposable cogs in a machine.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Company, Crappy HQ Location

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Mills full-time

    Pros

    -Great people
    -Amazing company culture
    -Flexible work options
    -Beautiful office
    -Lot of resources put towards employee development

    Cons

    -Crappy city
    -Still finding balance between properly vetting ideas and reacting swiftly to marketplace

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Place to Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Marketing Manager  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Marketing Manager in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    "Generous Mills" - Cares about it's employees and focused on developing leaders.
    Cross functional teams are best in class - highly talented and engaged
    Lots of flexibility available if you can figure out who to ask and make it happen

    Cons

    Career progression often based on tenure - not a lot of visibility to how to "make it to the top"
    Conservative company focused on delivering consistent shareholder value - aka - tendency to be risk-averse which can be frustrating

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on promoting talent, not tenure
    Empower the fresh young talent chomping at the bit post MBA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Mills

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    a good place to work

    Cons

    not much to complain about

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    neutral

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good Place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accountant  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Accountant in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Onsite Gym, a lot of ways to network and share interests in cooking, card making, gardening and meet other coworkers. They make working there fun with taste testing and department outings. There are abundant ways to volunteer and a supportive environment.

    Cons

    Tough performance ratings, very structured so difficult to move into other roles. They have been going through some rough patches and have focused too much on quantifying the work on each desk and been pushing employee to make process improvements a part of their role.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good work on keeping employees desiring to be committed to staying with the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Maturity of the organization and great leadership

    Cons

    Can be a big company with too many politics getting in the way of progress.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead by example

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Very corporate and Minnesota-nice (not in a good way)

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Golden Valley, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Golden Valley, MN

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

    Pros

    There are worse things a company could make...

    Cons

    Hard work and dedication are absolutely no guarantee for job security or advancement. If you want to get ahead, you must schmooze with the right people and spend less time doing actual work (but take credit as if you were responsible for any successes).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look around and think about all the really, really good people who have left in the last few years...isn't it time to make a cultural and reward system / career advancement change that will have a positive impact?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work if you're in the right arera

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    Former Employee - Staff Consultant  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Staff Consultant in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Flexible work arrangements (if you have the right manager); "country club" atmosphere - fitness center, Caribou, D'Amico, Aveda Salon, Company Store, Concierge, Auto Service Center, etc. all on campus. There is an annual bonus for most.

    Cons

    Lots of managers and not a lot of doers anymore. Doers end up working far more hours. Low morale among certain groups. No longer feel like a valued employee. No budgets for training or employee celebrations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value the employees who are working hard to make General Mills a successful and growing company. Listen to their needs. Value ongoing training, not just free in-house sponsored training.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, but not for outside hires

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    Current Employee - Business Category Manager  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Business Category Manager in Cincinnati, OH

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

    Pros

    General Mills is a company that wants to take care of their employees and help them grow professionally. For a new grad, it is a great company that will give you the opportunity to do every role within the company. The company's skill in writing the story and making your presentation professional are second to none.

    Cons

    General Mills is used to bringing employees in right out of college and grooming them through their career. The company does not often hire outside of their employees and it shows. They do not want to grow in how they do business by learning from others and they discount your previous work experience. The Kroger team in Cincinnati is a very interesting team. They are extremely independent, meaning the sales team works with the sales team, category management by themselves and shopper marketing by themselves. No one works together. Also the Kroger team does not offer any work life balance. They wait last minute for requests and expect you to finish it "yesterday".
    General Mills has instituted a new policy on promotions. It is now a blind promotion. You are expected to be mobile and if you are not, they will ask you to leave the company. You do not get to choose what role you have next or where you move. They expect you to change roles every 12-18 months. If you are an experienced hire and have roots, this is not the company for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give control back to your employees so that they have a say in their future.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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