Monsanto Company

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Monsanto Company Reviews in Creve Coeur, MO

Updated October 30, 2014
Updated October 30, 2014
23 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • competitive salary; great work-life balance; flexible enough to grow career in the area of your interest (in 63 reviews)

  • Great benefits and the company places a lot of emphasis on professional/personal development (in 27 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is the motto but in reality business expectation do not align (in 37 reviews)

  • Tendency to work long hours, and lots of political games (the company calls this "networking") (in 18 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior AA in Creve Coeur, MO
    Current Employee - Senior AA in Creve Coeur, MO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Employee friendly. Matrix organization and therefore visibility is very good into other teams and jobs. The benefits are amazing.

    Cons

    Driving around campus is a challenge getting to and from meetings. The campus spans two sides of the highway and no way other than by car to reach the other side.
    Company growth is amazing, sometimes daunting when you are new and trying to learn.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Town Halls are fantastic. Great way to keep up on all of the global events and strides by people as well as R&D.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    "It's a great place to work" for some...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Creve Coeur, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Creve Coeur, MO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some really great, nice and caring people work here
    Serious devotion to safety
    People who work here are passionate about finding better ways to feed the world
    Relaxed dress code
    Good Benefits
    Decent holidays and vacation time
    Ability to occasionally work from home
    Some employees make great coin and terrific bonuses, but not everyone

    Cons

    Extremely political work environment. Heart-achingly, soul-crushingly political. Network or die.
    Disproportionately focused on diversity. If you are not female or minority and you are not in sales or a scientist, good luck.
    Monsanto saves money by relying on employees remaining contractors for multiple years.
    "The Monsanto Culture" = Don't rock the boat.
    Work-Life balance is good, but managers do not model it making you feel guilty or anxious about doing it
    Inconsistency. Sometimes a position is posted, sometimes a person is just promoted to it. It depends on what management wants to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share the wealth.
    Commit to developing talent from within. There are a lot of great people in Monsanto who are overlooked when the first instinct is to recruit from other companies or from colleges.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Best experience I could have asked for!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Co-Op in Creve Coeur, MO
    Former Employee - Co-Op in Creve Coeur, MO

    I worked at Monsanto Company full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The environment was super friendly. The office culture was very relaxed. Work-life balance was excellent. Really drove for networking and advancement.

    Cons

    Onboarding was slow to start. Re-orgs sometimes made things difficult.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Web Admin

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Web Administrative in Creve Coeur, MO
    Former Contractor - Web Administrative in Creve Coeur, MO

    I worked at Monsanto Company as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice friendly environment,relaxing hours,no dress code

    Cons

    No perks,HR policy is really bad,Been working with them as contractor for 3 years was layoff just 2 days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure to double consider people before laying off

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent work culture, excellent benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Fixed Asset Accountant in Creve Coeur, MO
    Current Employee - Fixed Asset Accountant in Creve Coeur, MO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, great work culture, great benefits

    Cons

    career growth is a little slow. Very hard to get a job there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company with room to move upwards, and a fantastic co-op program.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - IT Intern in Creve Coeur, MO
    Current Intern - IT Intern in Creve Coeur, MO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone here is extremely helpful, no one is "too good for you". As a college student co-op, I have had meetings with executives to ask about the company, and they have all been extremely polite and helpful.

    Cons

    I am looking for full-time employment, and a lot of the work they do here is contracted out. This is not the end of the world, and still a great all-around company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Contraxctors treated like second class citizens

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Systems Engineer in Creve Coeur, MO
    Former Contractor - Systems Engineer in Creve Coeur, MO

    I worked at Monsanto Company as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    FTEs were treated well and enjoyed the company's perks.

    Cons

    Contract-to-Hire, can actually mean year after year of contracts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest when hiring and communicate to all staff about the bad press the company recieves.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Best employer I have ever worked for, offering tons of benefits and advancement opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Creve Coeur, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Creve Coeur, MO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Fantastic benefits from an employer who truly seems to care about their employees. They offer a lot of exciting and challenging opportunities for development

    Cons

    There really isn't any big negatives, some people complain about being reassigned roles every 2-3 years but I love it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up, I can't imagine a better place to work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    It's ok.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Creve Coeur, MO
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Creve Coeur, MO

    I worked at Monsanto Company as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    I got along with everyone, and there was quite a bit of interaction inter-departmentally. I was given opportunities from my direct supervisor to work on projects outside of my job scope.

    Cons

    The company REALLY snubs contract workers. If you get on as contract with them, 90% of the time, you will NOT get hired full time. In fact, you will be forever blacklisted as a potential employee. If you have anything less than a PhD, you most likely won't be considered for a job. In my case, I was denied a full time job in my group, then forced to train the PhD that they brought on. It was a slap in the face.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop discriminating against contract workers. They give you their best- better than a lot of full time employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company, wide variation in management styles

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Communications Specialist in Creve Coeur, MO
    Former Employee - Communications Specialist in Creve Coeur, MO

    I worked at Monsanto Company full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good company, serious about sustainability and maintaining a diverse culture. Good pay, benefits, exit packages. Known for going on "hiring binges" then laying off massive numbers of people.

    Cons

    A lot of talk about work/life balance, but "walking the talk" varies depending on the department you're in. Definitely geared to younger work force, not too many 50+ walking around. No transparency on how to advance your career within the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on career development for everyone, not just a few special ones.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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