Monsanto Company Reviews

Updated May 20, 2015
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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. Best Place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Monsanto Company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work-life balance
    Competitive salaries
    Opportunity to grow within the company
    International Presence
    Collegiate work environment
    Knowledgeable employees

    Cons

    Too many lifers
    Too slow
    Not too many opportunities to interact with people from different companies. Self-contained campus can be boring for younger workers

    Advice to Management

    Look to hire young people to bring fresh perspectives

  2. Sr. Administrative Assistant

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    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Imperial, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Imperial, MO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I like the matrix environment. I love to work with minimal supervision and they are very good about "not standing over your shoulder" type attitudes. If you become a permanent employee salary and benefits are exceptional for this area.

    Cons

    I don't like being a contract employee with the uncertainty of permanent employment - currently on 1 year assignment and have not been guaranteed a position after that time has expired.

  3. Immunoassay Development Analyst, QC Lead

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Monsanto Company

    Pros

    they have wonderful benefits and job security

    Cons

    cannot move around job fields.

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  5. Contractor Employee

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    Current Employee - Lab Technician I in Creve Coeur, MO
    Current Employee - Lab Technician I in Creve Coeur, MO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Gain a lot of high quality experiences. Great culture with a strong emphasis on safety and family.

    Cons

    Takes a very, very long time to move up within the company. It's a great stepping stone job, so if you get an entry-level position there take advantage of all of the knowledge you can gain and develop yourself as much as possible. When you are ready for the next step in your career the best opportunities will be outside of the company.

    Advice to Management

    This is very broad request considering the size of the company. Any advice I have would be very specific to the manager. Monsanto has a people from many different cultures, so it is my opinion that you never know what kind of manager you will have to work with at the company.

  6. Contract Coordinator

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    Current Employee - Contract Coordinator in Grinnell, IA
    Current Employee - Contract Coordinator in Grinnell, IA

    I have been working at Monsanto Company (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay, great resume builder, the people you work with are really laid back and they understand that you are the rule-maker and they abide by that.

    Cons

    You really have to assert your authority, so if you don't feel comfortable in those kind of situations, you may not like this job.

    Advice to Management

    There are many coordinators who work really hard to abide by the rule, but sometimes they're more worried about covering acres and not necessarily abiding by the rules. Ensuring that you communicate with the employees that they are doing a great job really helps boost worker motivation.

  7. Office Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Monsanto Company part-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    It has flexible schedule and flexibility.

    Cons

    Clerical duties and low growth opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more Growth opportunities.

  8. IT Professional

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Monsanto Company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Support for development and investment in new technologies

    Cons

    Experiences vary by department or team

  9. Finance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Monsanto Company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Company! Challenging environment and solid benefits.

    Cons

    Not many cons; company has grown and could be becoming a little bureaucratic.

  10. Helpful (6)

    Great company to work for with good benefits. The top company in their industry.

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great Benefits. Strong company financially.

    Cons

    Promote people to management level that have no business being managers. Cut people at will while upper managers and executives garner huge bonuses.

    Advice to Management

    Quit promoting people to management levels just because they do a lot of meaningless team spirit raw raw raw -ing or have a Ph. D. Ph.D. almost guarantees some management / Lead position. Need to find people who can motivate and lead people, not introverts with zero people skills. Some managers their must have managed in a sweat shop somewhere. Need a better development plan for employees. While Monsanto says they have employee development plans, they really don't. The people who move up are the ones who plan social events, decorate team rooms, organize happy hours, lunches, etc - but have zero people skills, or know their area enough to motivate and train others. You have way over corrected for the woman's movement and have replace the Old Boy Network with the Old Girl Network. Monsanto is a great company, but management is sophomoric at best.

  11. Research Associate

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Monsanto Company full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours, good benefits, incredibly interesting work. A person is able to learn new techniques and explore new and different ideas.

    Cons

    Sometimes the plants decide that their schedule is more important than the researcher's schedule so by necessity, there is a lot of extra time put in at various times of the year.

    Advice to Management

    Town halls were always interesting and fun, especially when the company received information from the CEO. Cannot think of anything to add. Great company to work for.


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