Land O'Lakes Reviews

Updated August 24, 2015
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Chris Policinski
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Pros
  • Good work life balance, excellent benefits (in 8 reviews)

  • Opportunities for career advancement vary (in 3 reviews)

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

  • Inconsistent evaluations, some are evaluated by just one boss in the plant, but at corporate you're evaluated by lots of Directors (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Great place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are very good. Generally a good atmosphere. Excellent tuition reimbursement.

    Cons

    too many meetings. Slow to accept new ideas and concepts of process improvement


  2. Great working environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arden Hills, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arden Hills, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Land O'Lakes comes off as a work place that provides a lot of opportunities to grow and many employee groups to lighten up the rigid work pace. We just had an employee celebration event at the headquarter in august. they did it in a state fair style. food trucks came to campus offering free food. lots of games you would normally pay to enter in a real fair. they've even got a stage for various competition: butter sculpture, cow milking, etc.

    Cons

    the average age of the work force is about 30+. the company seemed to have trouble fitting into the millennials mindset, the customer group they eager to appeal to.

    Advice to Management

    IT department needs to be consolidated. they impose too much control on computers and technologies to the point that they sometimes deter business innovation.


  3. Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of friendly people/bosses; with room for growth.

    Cons

    Too many meetings from hour to hour


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  5. Customer Development Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Honest, ethical company, great opportunities 20 years ago, not so much anymore.

    Cons

    Older sales force, lack of innovation, many old timers still working.

    Advice to Management

    Get some fresh new blood into your organization!!!


  6. Excellent Company Value & Mission

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Land O'Lakes full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Solid benefits, remarkable 401(k) program, development opportunities and career path options

    Cons

    Politics of a large corporation, difficult to speak freely without consequence, complacency amongst long-standing leaders, major disconnect between Corporate and the Plant environment

    Advice to Management

    I would encourage Senior Leadership, including VP's, to reach out and touch base 1:1 with those who are considered high potential to discuss ideas


  7. Helpful (1)

    Great workplace!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boise, ID
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boise, ID
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits package, strong focus on employee education and advancement, profitable growing company that instills employee confidence. Well-managed and diverse.

    Cons

    There are no real downsides to working here that I can think of, so I'm just typing twenty words in this box.

    Advice to Management

    Management seems to be doing an excellent job. They seem to have a great vision for the future of Land O Lakes, and it is exciting to be a part of that.


  8. Decent Place

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working at Land O'Lakes was a good experience. Though my contract was cut short because budget cuts.

    Cons

    There was lack of work towards the end. I don't know if it's due in part because projects weren't getting approved.

    Advice to Management

    None right now.


  9. Learned a lot here, but would not stay for long

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Davis, CA
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I learned a lot of different things here and had broad responsibilities. Picked up several different skills that could be useful in other fields. Learned to avoid office politics.

    Cons

    Working long hours everyday without weekends for busy seasons, which are very frequent and long throughout the year. Not conducive for a healthy work/life balance. Supervisor is disorganized and does not train effectively, leaving workers to figure out most tasks on their own. There is also too much office politics that create a toxic work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Have workers work on communication and encourage a better work/life balance.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Great co-workers, ok leadership

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Marketing Manager in Arden Hills, MN
    Current Employee - Associate Marketing Manager in Arden Hills, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - great co-workers - Balanced approach to work - Interesting & challenging projects - Fair amount of autonomy

    Cons

    - commitment to developing internal talent appears to be all talk - Insular cultures in the divisions - advancement opportunities are narrowing, with recent external hires

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that when your talent is advancing and progressing, it's a reflection on your commitment to talent development.


  11. Growing company with big plans

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Plant Manager
    Former Employee - Plant Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People at Land O' Lakes really care. The level of talent is top notch. Team is very change friendly. 75% of the senior managers will retire in the next five years.

    Cons

    Land O' Lakes is a big company and can be burdensome to move in a new direction quickly enough to capture the gains of new ideas. Senior Management is a bit aloof and disconnected from the factory floor.

    Advice to Management

    Management should seek new ways to engage the workforce. Surveys and the accompanying information are great but like all things should be taken in moderation.



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