Land O'Lakes Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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Pros
  • Great coworkers, excellent compensation and company benefits, decent work/life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • Opportunities for career advancement vary (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Also Minnesota winters can be insufferable (in 3 reviews)

  • I guess it could be described as a bit suburban and mundane, but they provide good equipment and plant for everyone (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Overall a decent company

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

    I have been working at Land O'Lakes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The management cares about their emploees. There are opportunities to be apart of projects if interested. They give back to the employees and have more diversity programs then before. Generally trying to be a more diversified company.

    Cons

    There are no developed career paths. If you want to come to the company to grow that is extremely hard to do. The maternity leave is not goood at all for the size company that it is or trying to grow into. You only get 5 weeks partially paid. They do not offer any paternity leave. Recently when upper management has been asked about the maternity leave the try to avoid the question and say it is being worked on but does not offer any information on this. They are trying to promote women in the work place but are very far away from really doing that.

    Advice to Management

    Work on establishing career paths to grow your employees from within. If you want to market yourself as a large company make sure that you offering want other large employers do for their employees such as promoting women and offering better maternity/ paternity leave.

  2. Great company to start career.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Arden Hills, MN
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Arden Hills, MN

    I have been working at Land O'Lakes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Committed to training of employee's. Encourage giving back to the community. Employee's look out for the individual well being of co-workers.

    Cons

    Business complexity can be difficult to navigate.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Internal Stress

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

    I worked at Land O'Lakes

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Stable company and not in jeopardy of closing doors.

    Cons

    Employees lack "team work" mentality.

    Advice to Management

    Employee attitudes need to be addressed.

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  5. Company APPEARS to want to know where they can improve

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

    I worked at Land O'Lakes full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice location, nice offices, many building perks (credit union, company store). Recent investment on updating the cubicles and conference rooms.

    Cons

    Company-wide surveys are distributed and employees are encouraged to complete them. Any improvements needed are pushed back on the employees on finding solutions. Once improvement steps are provided, little to no improvements take place. There is a lack of female managers in IT and some that are there should be relocated to non-managerial positions. Human Resources is made aware of issues with managers but changes are so slow that MANY of the best employees have already left.

    Advice to Management

    Middle IT management definitely works with upper management and falls short in working with their staff who loses out by having to fill many roles. Definitely a work/life balance issue for those who are too heavily depended upon on a regular basis.

  6. Overall Really Great

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

    I have been working at Land O'Lakes (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company cares for employees and provides good work/life balance and opportunities to work flexible schedules. Most of the people I work with are really nice and helpful. Company is really looking to grow over the next few years too. Free coffee is a nice perk too

    Cons

    The company has a fairly old employee age average, which can lead to some people just riding out in the position until retirement. Fairly conservative company sometimes, which can stifle change. Cafeteria food isn't anything to write home about either

    Advice to Management

    You need to spend money to make money

  7. Helpful (1)

    Striving to engage employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supply Chain in Arden Hills, MN
    Current Employee - Supply Chain in Arden Hills, MN

    I have been working at Land O'Lakes full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company genuinely seems interested in engaging employees to grow the businesses. The office has recently been upgraded and is no longer a drab sea of brown cubicles.

    Cons

    Don't come here if you're planning to have a child anytime soon. There is no paternity leave and the "maternity leave" is the standard 6-week short term disability benefit, which ends up being 5 weeks of reduced pay after the waiting period week. Some managers seem ok with flexible schedules but there's no company wide policy and many departments place more value on face time than work output. Management has hinted at more changes to come but as of now they're vague promises without any real timelines or details. More attention is being paid on efforts to get women into leadership positions, which is great but the concerns of professional workers and staff are falling by the wayside.

    If you're not in marketing, IT, or sales it can be challenging to find a career path open to candidates with non-traditional backgrounds. People tend to be conservative in decisions and actions.

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting the free coffee like it's curing cancer. Yes it's a nice benefit but people are looking for more substantial change than the "upscale pastries" that will be in the new coffee bar.

    Just because things are better than they used to be doesn't mean they're good, it just means you're making incremental progress.

  8. Helpful (3)

    Land O'Lakes, a collaborative workplace.

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

    I have been working at Land O'Lakes full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I have been with Land O'Lakes almost 8 years. Really like company culture and collaboration of employees. The company has grown over the last several years, has been great to be a part of that growth and see the company change in a positive way. With that growth have seen new and more opportunities to grow in as an employee. Land O'Lakes is good at developing employees in their career.

    Cons

    Even though I mentioned Land O'Lakes is good at developing employees, they can improve on having more structured career paths. Sometimes it's not always clear what the next career path opportunity can be for employees. Can also improve on structured training programs for employees, especially those employees that work remotely. There are good training classes at the corporate office but they haven't implemented as strong of options for remote employees.

  9. Helpful (3)

    Land O'Lakes - overall good company

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

    I have been working at Land O'Lakes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great compensation and benefits, products and brands you can be proud to represent, great job of setting annual growth and profitability targets (the right amount of risk vs caution), focused on worthwhile farm to fork products and services, advancement opportunities exist so if you can drive your career you will see results, good community outreach and sustainability

    Cons

    Accountabiilty is a big problem along with too much collaboration. Big focus on including all stakeholders, but when stakeholders won't participate or don't want to do the work, those that are wired to execute and achieve results end up frustrated. Very easy for some employees to do just enough to get by while those who are engaged are expected to do more. Nearly impossible to get a poor performer out of the company, in the end this slows down progress. High turnover with diverse employees, an element of exclusion with cliques.

    Advice to Management

    Hire managers with some backbone who can hold their employees accountable. Figure out why the company cannot keep diverse talent. If the company wants to hire the very best people, they will not come to a company that has slackers. High performers want to be surrounded by high performers.

  10. Land O' Lakes is a growing company!

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

    I have been working at Land O'Lakes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Land O' Lakes is well-known across the Twin Cities metro area as a great employer, community-involved, a ompany that cares about their employees and shows it. There are many things to be involved in, from work related projects, process improvements, to Employee Resource Groups and the Employee Council.

    Cons

    I'd like to have more flexibility on work scheduling, telecommuting.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to look for and implement ways of getting employees involved in various cross-functional projects and ways to improve employee life such as the summer work schedule.

  11. MAA

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Land O'Lakes

    Pros

    Everything was amazing I loved the company I love the bosses management very family oriented and geared towards your success can't explain how thankful I am

    Cons

    Nothing awesome company hope to get fulltime loved it loved it loved it loved it amazing company amazing company no cons

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up

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