Land O'Lakes

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Land O'Lakes Reviews

Updated September 24, 2014
Updated September 24, 2014
59 Reviews
4.0
59 Reviews
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Chris Policinski
37 Ratings

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.  

    Ag Business; Old school, but great people and opportunities galore!

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

    I have been working at Land O'Lakes full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great Company, Great People, Lots of Opportunities for Advancement and Benefits are okay.

    Cons

    Old company, but with immature technology, processes HR. Inconsistent evaluations, some are evaluated by just one boss in the plant, but at corporate you're evaluated by lots of Directors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Optimize processes to deliver efficiences. Do better research when implementing new technology. You look at some portals e.g. survey portals and you wonder who authorized to purchase that system.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Food Scientist  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Food Scientist in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at Land O'Lakes as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    The way they value their employees. Work-life balance is value. Time off and vacation is very good. Upper management listens to employees.

    Cons

    The salary compensation is lower than the industry averages. Many employees have been their a long time. They have a slight difficulty with change.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Solid yet old-school corporation.

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative I
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative I

    I worked at Land O'Lakes as a contractor

    Pros

    The team I worked with was young and creative. Our boss was always open to ideas and asking for input or ways to do things better. Team atmosphere rather than competitive.

    Cons

    I wasn't in love with a corporate office setting, but that's my own fault. I guess it could be described as a bit suburban and mundane, but they provide good equipment and plant for everyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give Kevin at the desk a raise.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Strong local presence, iconic brand

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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 full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very community focused and "giving back" is a value I appreciate
    Decent work-life balance
    Alot of talented people to work with

    Cons

    Below-market wages are a common issue at this company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider paying top performers what they are worth to retain quality workforce.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good Pay

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

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

    Pros

    Good Pay, Great Vacation Time

    Cons

    Long Hours, Dusty and Dirty environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees and help make the job easier to do

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Unbeatable culture, great ideals

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Analyst  in  Arden Hills, MN
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Arden Hills, MN

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

    Pros

    *My perspective is going to be a bit myopic because I couldn't possibly know the work environment across all departments, states, and among all 10,000 employees.

    You can make a positive change working at HQ in Dairy Foods whether you are an experienced veteran or new in your career. Employees are valued and business is growing. Plus advancement opportunities are ahead with a retiring generation. You can be entrepreneurial with your talents. Land O'Lakes is a big company with lots of amenities.

    Cons

    With the flexibility and opportunities for defining yourself and your role comes a shortfall in structure that some might find unfavorable. Land O'Lakes is working on improving or creating new processes for distributing internal intelligence; for now it would be disastrous if certain jobs were suddenly vacated as no one would know how to fill in.

    Also Minnesota winters can be insufferable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As we continue to raise the bar on performance and continuous improvement, protect the culture here that makes us all enjoy doing what we do. Recognize when you are fighting against someone else's P&L to boost your own and think more holistically.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work overall.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounting  in  Shoreview, MN
    Current Employee - Accounting in Shoreview, MN

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and many employee opportunities. Lots of focus on building yourself as an employee so you can follow your career goals and try to move up or around in the company.

    Cons

    Management doesn't seem to do much about those who refuse to do their job following processes and procedures.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    ok Company to work for

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

    I worked at Land O'Lakes full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    benefits, relax atmosphere, stable company.

    Cons

    opportunities for advancement, minorities have very little opportunities ( look around and there is no minorities in a relevant role)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    recruit and retain minorities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    No longer family friendly, it was when I started 10 years ago, and maybe some departments still are, but not mine.

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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 full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Room to learn and grow if your job is very important to you. If you are willing to put all your effort into your job you will go far.

    Cons

    Your family does not come first. Outdated policies, just remodeled to 1970's open office format, excessive paperwork that no one reads, poor communication, hierarchical work place. The longer you have been there the closer you get to sit to a window. (and bigger desk).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Very good company with great values!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer I  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Engineer I in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Land O'Lakes full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Very welcoming environment, treats employees well, feels like you're part of a community, good pay, opportunities for career growth.

    Cons

    Experience can vary across facilities, some better managed than others, overall the culture of company is pretty constant though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good from what I've seen.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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