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General Mills Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated May 10, 2014
Updated May 10, 2014
573 Reviews

3.7
573 Reviews
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General Mills Chairman and CEO Ken Powell
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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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  1.  

    Great company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great culture : open supportive encouraging

    Cons

    too many meetings - too many people to convince slows down decision

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    It's a very nice company to work for. Family culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Finance in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Family culture
    People are very nice to work with
    Good work life balance

    Cons

    Not very clear career path and not much development opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in training and development

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Serious and organised company with great care for the employees, but in the past 1-2 years lacks on employee development

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Stable environment, strong management, variety of products and projects, great care to the human factor, allows for good work-life balance, people rarely leave General Mills. Strong values and culture. Care for the communities.

    Cons

    Employee development doesn't seem to be a focus in the past 1 -2 years, not many trainings that may lead to some frustration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on employee development, increase training

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Brand Manager  in  Uxbridge, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Brand Manager in Uxbridge, England (UK)

    Pros

    1) Great Brands
    2) Supportive teams
    3) Very good work/life balance
    From a culture point of view, GM is incredible positive - I am yet to work in a company that is so focused on the wellbeing of its staff.

    Cons

    1) In a bid to keep everyone happy and avoid conflict decision making can be slow
    2) Some members of staff become 'comfortable' and don't add as much value as they could
    3) In a bid to keep everyone ha

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't feel the need to please everyone all of the time. Be bolder and make the difficult decisions, as and when needed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fantastic place to work, but can be a bit of a soft touch

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consumer Insights Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Consumer Insights Manager in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Outstanding commitment to placing consumers at the heart of brand management.
    Firm understanding of how research should be used, respect for tools, methodologies and personal judgement.
    Marketers are encouraged to develop and use intuition.
    Corporate culture really encourages people to be themselves, acknowledges the value of big personalities and individual expression, welcomes humour and believes that making time for fun is useful and necessary.
    Entrepreneurial spirit is highly conducive to development for people who are willing to chart their own course.
    Opportunity to work with amazing Centre for Learning & Excellence, widely acknowledged as a consumer research function par excellence in the industry.

    Cons

    Feedback can be a bit weak and nebulous because a heavy culture of "relationship preservation above all else" can inhibit authentic discourse.
    The European organisation does not often permit "two way" responsibilities between the UK CI function and the EU CI function, the relationship is out of balance.
    Very limited opportunities for advancement within the UK, transfer opportunities are very difficult to come by, probably a source of attrition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wonderful company that anyone would be very proud to represent as an employee. I do think there is an opportunity to become a bit more "buttoned down" and to ensure that value is placed on sound decision-making, recognising that at times this will come at the expense of "relationships," but that this is nessary to avoiding decision by committee. Still though, a great place with great people - to anyone reading this, if you have an opportunity to join GMUK make sure you do everything you can to secure an offer as it is a tremendous experience.

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