Land O'Lakes

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Land O'Lakes Reviews

Updated January 16, 2015
Updated January 16, 2015
73 Reviews
3.9
73 Reviews
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Chris Policinski
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Land O'Lakes is a great company to work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at Land O'Lakes full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    They have a great company culture, offer good compensation and benefits, and have amazing career opportunities available. All around good.

    Cons

    The head quarters is located in a state that has very cold frigid winters. That's pretty much the only con that comes to mind. Great company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Land O'Lakes full-time

    Pros

    Lots of room for advancement, flexible working schedule, managers that generally really care. Good leadership.

    Cons

    Some people may not like working in the suburbs, but it's still a reasonably vibrant area and many shops have been added recently.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    OK place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arden Hills, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arden Hills, MN

    I worked at Land O'Lakes

    Pros

    The products are high quality and the brand is well loved. The fact that the company is a cooperative makes you feel like the work you do supports farmers. The on boarding and training was very good and Land O'Lakes and the updates to the corporate office were great.

    Cons

    The corporate office is extremely political (at least in Dairy Foods). It's turning into a smaller version of General Mills. It's a risk adverse culture that stifles innovation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    First, I'll say I had good managers/directors and bad managers/directors at Land O'Lakes. It is so important to support your team. In my last role there, I couldn't have been more disappointed in management. My team worked extremely hard for someone who would "hang us out to dry" in an instant to avoid taking any negative criticism or blame. It was a really toxic work environment and was eventually the reason for my departure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work independently

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor

    I worked at Land O'Lakes full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Ability to apply knowledge to specific tasks.

    Cons

    Unexperienced management and poor communication.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Decent company to work for if you like big company. Growing,

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intermediate Developer in Shoreview, MN
    Current Employee - Intermediate Developer in Shoreview, MN

    I have been working at Land O'Lakes full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are good, stable environment.

    Cons

    Not a lot of internal promotion. Use of off-shore outsourcing in Information Technology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize people who have contributed much to the growth of company. Cheaper is not always better service

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Wonderful atmosphere that I would happily work for if they were more towards where I wanted my career to go to.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Land O'Lakes as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    The atmosphere and people there were absolutely great. Their intern program is also quite good. The corporate culture made me seriously consider continuing to work there despite not being the work I wish to do.

    Cons

    It ultimately wasn't for me because I wished for work that was not available there. It's nothing against them. It's just like how you don't go to a McDonald's and order a Whopper. McDonald's may be a fine restaurant, but they just don't offer that there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Land O Lakes is a growing company that offers a great, collaborative environment to establish a career.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sustainability in Arden Hills, MN
    Current Employee - Sustainability in Arden Hills, MN

    I have been working at Land O'Lakes full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Land O Lakes is a diverse company with growth opportunities.

    Cons

    Land O Lakes is a large company that can be slow moving.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Becoming so political;everyone is afraid to stand up to Supply Chain

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing in Arden Hills, MN
    Current Employee - Marketing in Arden Hills, MN

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

    Pros

    Outside of Marketing and Sales it is very stable and very hard to have your job at risk.

    Cons

    No real new ideas for growing the business. Just cross your fingers and hope that some part of the business over-delivers. Not willing to take smart risks. Leadership is reluctant to take a stand. The COO is making a play to be the next CEO, and everyone is afraid to stand up for anything that she might not like. Supply Chain is now running the business, with everyone else cowering and afraid to actually provide leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually lead. Don't live in fear of one person leading the Supply Chain organization. Stand up for your business and your teams. Don't throw your team under the bus in order to avoid taking responsibility for your own decisions (or refusal to make decisions).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stable but outdated company

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    • 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 a year)

    Pros

    Stable businesses, there are many different jobs at Land O'lakes.

    Cons

    Outdated technology, passive aggressive culture, the average worker is white and in their fourties or fifties.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recruit from the younger workforce to bring in some fresh blood.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fulfilling

    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, opportunities for growth

    Cons

    Immediate leadership team is inflexible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not restrict certain positions to candidates with a Masters degree or higher. They are losing a lot of good people because at some point they cannot move up anymore. Education should not be more important than experience. First hand work experience is way more valuable. If someone has 10 years experience they should not be excluded from a job because they don't have a Masters degree

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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