Monsanto Company Reviews

Updated April 15, 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. Great Place to work

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company

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

    Pros

    Challenging and out of box thinking appreciated

    Cons

    Very slow in hiring and decision making

  2. Research Associate

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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.

  3. Operations supervisor 1

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    Current Employee - Operation Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Operation Supervisor in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Monsanto Company

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and great people many opportunities

    Cons

    Limited feedback from upper management on employees future

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  5. Helpful (3)

    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.

  6. Great, safe company that genuinely cares!

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant II
    Current Employee - Research Assistant II

    I have been working at Monsanto Company

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, great salary, intelligent co-workers, very safe place to work, everyone is very helpful and compassionate

    Cons

    Programs move around a lot so if you aren't willing to relocate you could be out of a job

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to keep good people in same area when programs need to relocate

  7. Helpful (3)

    “Great Place to Work” isn’t just a tag line.

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    Current Employee - Recruiter in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company

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

    Pros

    •Amazing peers and leadership
    •My managers and teams I support make me feel very valued and appreciated
    •Great work life balance, I am able to work from home when needed.
    •As a contractor, I am included in business and strategy meetings, as well as training and development opportunities.
    •I am asked about my goals and what I need to do my job better & more efficiently. I regularly receive formal reviews/feedback on my performance.
    •I feel my thoughts, opinions and ideas are valued and appreciated.
    • I know that the benefits package (insurance, 401k, bonus, ext) for perm employees is exceptional
    •On campus cafeterias, daycare, health clinic, gym, mammography van visits, flu shots, home safely give always (fire extinguisher, first aid kit, car safety/emergency kit)…all accessible to contract employees as well perm.
    • High value placed on the diversity of employees

    Cons

    •Heavily matrixed organization can be difficult to navigate and slow down getting things done
    •Long length of contracts may cause lose of exceptional talent, even with transparency of the business reasons behind the contract.
    •Culture and benefits are best in class, but moderate pay levels and lack of clear merit based raises may not be ideal for money motivated employees
    •While when and where you work is very flexible, there are times when you will need to work hard and work a lot of hours. I have always felt the appreciation for the extra hard work but it could be difficult to excel if you are looking for a straight 40 hour a week job

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing!
    Love the work you are doing with transparency and advocacy with consumers.

  8. Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Accountant in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Accountant in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    Nice culture and nice people

    Cons

    lack of recognition for hard working

  9. Great benefits and work life balance

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Transportation Manager in Creve Coeur, MO
    Current Employee - Transportation Manager in Creve Coeur, MO

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Opportunities to advance are endless. Monsanto is truly concerned about sustainability.

    Cons

    If I had to choose a con I would say system development to support supply chain - some systems have not advanced with the times

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work

  10. A great internship experience for undergraduates in the sciences.

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    Former Intern - Intern in Davis, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in Davis, CA

    I worked at Monsanto Company as an intern (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Fast-paced research with ample resources to accomplish scientific goals. Great mobility and opportunity to advance in the company. Great coworkers and good sense of work-life balance.

    Cons

    Occasional protests outside workplace, feels very corporate among other industrial research experiences. Strict 9-5 work shift when often scientific research demands irregular work hours.

  11. Helpful (2)

    Great place to grow

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Representative

    I have been working at Monsanto Company full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Sales people are supported well. Like to hire from the inside or former employees.

    Cons

    New people don't have the same opportunities for advancement as longer and more well known employees. Hiring for management are nearly all done before the vacancy is even announced.

    Advice to Management

    Make a more unbiased hiring practice. Current trend of hiring primarily known employees/former employees for promotion rather than considering outside hires with experience and credentials will stifle creativity and drive good people away.

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