Monsanto Company Reviews

Updated June 30, 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)

  • I enjoyed working for them and they have great benefits (in 27 reviews)

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

  • Some long hours included 60 hours a week or more (in 18 reviews)

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  1. Where farming meets technology.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Focus on development, quality people, and sound leadership. This is a great plane to work and grow. This is your company if you have any interest in farming technology.

    Cons

    Accountability due to matrix organization. Need to update working facilities and environment to foster innovation and attract top talent from top schools.

    Advice to Management

    Update to 2015 innovation friendly environment.


  2. Useful Experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant
    Current Employee - Research Assistant

    I have been working at Monsanto Company

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

    Pros

    Great benefits for full-timers, stimulating work environment, opportunity to make lots of valuable contacts, transfer opportunities, internal promotions

    Cons

    hard to get to full-time status from contract or part-time, expect to move frequently if full-time, poor public image, potentially hazardous conditions because of agricultural setting

    Advice to Management

    your company takes great care of you, keep an eye out for worthwhile candidates in the part-time workforce and extend a hand to the next person


  3. Crew member

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Crew Member in Springfield, IL
    Former Employee - Crew Member in Springfield, IL

    I worked at Monsanto Company part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Hard job, worth every penny. Still had fun while working with friends, really makes you tough and will give you mental toughness considering you wake up at 4am to do it.

    Cons

    Very hard on your body, very inconsistent lunch breaks, some were at 9am some were 12pm, it seemed to change just about every day.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing, you're making people stronger every day. I really feel that the job made me a ton stronger mentally and physically.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Great Place to Work!!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Monsanto Company full-time

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

    Pros

    I really like my team and my manager. We have wonderful benefits - and the schedule is flexible as long as you produce quality work. We have a special schedule in the summer that allows employees to take off on Friday afternoon (as long as you make up those 4 hours sometime during the week) and we have the week between Christmas and New Years completely off - and everyone actually logs off that week to spend time with their families. It's also really exciting to be a part of an innovative and cutting edge digital agriculture company that's focused on finding sustainable solutions to help feed the planet - I think it's much more rewarding than working for an online retailer, search engine, or social media company. The people here are very bright and I'm extremely proud to work here!!

    Cons

    Our corporate reputation can be a real challenge. People that come from a science or agriculture background typically value Monsanto and they understand the positive impact that we are making in this space. There is a small, but very vocal group of people that are misinformed and they are spreading incorrect information about the company - and people that aren't knowledgeable in this area are at risk of believing the misinformation because our industry hasn't done a very good job of educating the average consumer. I'm a very non-combative person so it's very frustrating for me when I come across someone that aggressively wants to debate with me - it makes me very uncomfortable.

    Advice to Management

    Get more creative with educating the average consumer - don't just invite them to "join the conversation" in the commercials - give them some valuable factoids in digestible and understandable chunks. Some of the recent employee videos have been really good, - it would be neat if there was a virtual Chesterfield tour (minus any proprietary info) that the public could access. I've taken the tour several times and it's amazing and extremely informative.


  6. Great company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Auditor in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Auditor in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities available for career development.great culture

    Cons

    The work life balance recently is getting less and less


  7. Supply Chain

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Transportation Manager in Dardenne Prairie, MO
    Current Employee - Transportation Manager in Dardenne Prairie, MO

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

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance, growth opportunities are endless

    Cons

    If I had to choose something - matrix organization

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the communication, a company this size tends to talk in silos and Monsanto isn't like that!


  8. Helpful (1)

    Great company

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Claims Specialist in Marble Rock, IA
    Current Employee - Field Claims Specialist in Marble Rock, IA

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

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

    Pros

    Great company, good perks.
    Friendly people
    Great tech support and sales support

    Cons

    Getting larger and larger
    Could stand to hire more grads from surrounding states


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great Compnay!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Monsanto Company

    Pros

    Growing and profitable company who really care about its employees

    Cons

    A matrix environment so it can be difficult/slow to get things done


  10. Helpful (1)

    Brand Communications Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Brand Communications Manager in Wentzville, MO
    Current Employee - Brand Communications Manager in Wentzville, MO

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

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

    Pros

    Culture, Feeding a growing World Population

    Cons

    The reputation with certain parts of the population that are based on pseudoscience and not facts.

    Advice to Management

    Value younger employees more and don't judge experience by age.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Monsanto Company

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Monsanto is a great company to work for. It has allowed me to experience international business from the start of my career.

    Cons

    Being a contract employee you aren't as informed as a full time employee. Also some trainings aren't available to contractors.



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