Land O'Lakes

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Land O'Lakes Reviews

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
64 Reviews
3.9
64 Reviews
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Chris Policinski
40 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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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fulfilling

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    • 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
  2.  

    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 an 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
  3.  

    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 an 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
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stable but outdated company

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    • 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 an 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
  7.  

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

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    • Senior Management
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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 (less than an 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
  8.  

    Excellent place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (more than an 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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Strong local presence, iconic brand

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    • 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 an 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
  11.  

    Good Pay

    • 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

    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

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