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. Too much life and very less work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Monsanto Company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    1.Job Security
    2. Very less work so one can marry, have kids and can spent lot of time with family.

    Cons

    1. No respect for people who really deliver.
    2.Total Career Disillusionment
    3. No feeling of team or coworker. Various rifts are clearly visible viz. Full Time Employee and contractor, “Senior Leadership” and other employee or offshore/onshore employee

    Advice to Management

    Be wise, rational and do not encourage perennially undeserving sycophants.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Not a place to grow or learn.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - US Commercial IT in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - US Commercial IT in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You do meet some super nice people. There are folks here who are basically door-mats for management, but still they will go out of their way to help you. It's hard to argue with getting the week between Christmas and New Years off as well, it's a nice perk.

    Cons

    Pay is just awful. No raises ever and a bonus structure and review process that would remind you of "The Hunger Games" No connections between contributions and raises, promotions, recognition. There seems to be a certain group of young white employees who move at will and socialize together and reap the benefits of the best roles and opportunities. This will not be you. Hands down the worse, absolutely worse, IT and HR organizations you will ever see. Rampant discrimination, abuse and HR violations and the HR rep will basically sit in the seat for a year and then rotate out so there is no accountability. Developed talent is ignored completely but yet they make plans that call for expensive talent with no experience. Morale is bad and Monsanto is in overdrive mode to spin, spin, spin the message. I mean look on here, how many people need to leave a "5 Star" review and be an anonymous employee? I mean really?

    Advice to Management

    Leave. Seriously, leave, we need new blood and new ideas in this company. It's a great concept and a great product, but the company is being smothered by people who know how to sell themselves but not DO anything. If we buy Syngenta, please take their IT management and get rid of our, they accomplish nothing but are great at selling how great they are. It's amazing the hypocrisy and spin here.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Horrendous.

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

    I worked at Monsanto Company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A few nice people. Good pay.

    Cons

    Terrible, stiff atmosphere. Very corporate. Poor treatment of contract workers. Dishonest management.

    Advice to Management

    Treat contract workers with respect. Be honest with the people who work hard for you. Allow personalities instead of wanting robots.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    I Was Worked Almost to Death

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Software Tester in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Software Tester in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Monsanto Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Beautiful campus. Decent benefits. Has a pension.

    Cons

    Worked in a department called TPS. Ridiculous amounts of work to do. No concern for how many hours people are working . Never any improvements to any process. High rate of turnover but no one seemed concerned enough to try to stop it.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention when people leave in droves.


  6. Helpful (5)

    No employee engagement

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - US Commercial in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - US Commercial in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent benefits. Week off between Xmas and New Years.

    Cons

    Non-competitive pay and bad review process. Management doesn't connect well with employee. Company lacks direction and most definitely lacks leadership.

    Too many managers that are just the same, the process for picking and promoting people is hopelessly broken, intentionally so. Favors a certain group of people and the rest not considered no matter what their contributions are.

    Advice to Management

    You need to rate management on different things than you do today. Too many people talk about doing things and are promoted, people who are doing things are ignored. Just makes for a bad work environment.


  7. Helpful (7)

    Culture has become unbearable.

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Intelligence/Reporting in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Business Intelligence/Reporting in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You can make some good friends here, there are still some decent areas to work outside of the US Commercial organization.

    Cons

    Heavy-handed micromanagement at the Senior level. Complete indifference toward employees, rudeness and lack of concern for anything in the way of development. Management level doesn't understand even the basics of the group they manage, disregard the advice of employees with skills and experience. A really arrogant view of things. It wasn't this way when I started, but there has become an huge separation between management and employees. You never see managers unless they want to dump something on your desk for you to do to make them look good in a meeting. Total focus on their career development, but no one ever gets promoted from this team, it is a career dead-end and HR does nothing to help at all, even though they know what the problems are.

    Advice to Management

    You need some new management, give the folks that have been in their roles 10, 15 20 years new challenges so this group can have some new ideas and approaches. Make career paths, the area just seems like a dumping ground for older employees, not sure how HR gets away with it.


  8. Helpful (8)

    Not a company for career minded people

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - US Supply Chain Business Solutions in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - US Supply Chain Business Solutions in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice campus with good food and fitness facility. They are very safety conscious and you will receive concentrated and constantly updated safety training in person and by computer based training.

    Cons

    Mind numbing micromanagement on details that other companies would disregard, while at the same time major projects seem to slip, go over budget by millions and no one is held accountable. There seems to be a favored class of employees that move from role to role while employees getting good reviews and getting the job done just seem to get overlooked until someone needs something. Very entitled management. Despite complaints about development, a large amount of advanced management and lead roles go to those from outside the company. Monsanto devotes a large amount of time to create the perception that they are an inclusive, fair and career oriented company, but their employee surveys say otherwise and the part that is so frustrating is they could be great, they just simply don't care to change anything. Don't try to suggest changes either, or you will feel the heat.

    Advice to Management

    There comes a point where when you say you are devoted to development, yet always pick external candidates, that people realize what a joke it is that you never HAVE anyone developed. Are all your employees really that bad? How is that possible?


  9. Helpful (6)

    Very horrible

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

    I worked at Monsanto Company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible timings - any time you can

    Cons

    1.Lot of politics, very bad managers 2. You get noticed only if you are good to manager. 3.Employees are self centered.
    4.Employee who want to grow, very bad place to work

    Advice to Management

    Hire mangers who are dynamic,innovative and challenging.


  10. Helpful (10)

    Used to be awesome, but change has left is lackluster

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

    I have been working at Monsanto Company full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Paid week off between Christmas and New Years.

    - Interesting products and services

    - Great cafeteria services

    - Fitness facility on one of the four facilities in St. Louis.

    Cons

    - No raises. If you earn a "strong" rating for the last three years here you have been working for less money each year.

    - Awful review process. Seems to be no oversight on the reviews them self, much less on reconciliation. Trust me if you are a diversity candidate (other than women) you will get the short end of the reconciliation process.

    - Monsanto is definitely a groupthink, yesman culture. Little focus of hiring people different than themselves. No one can rock the boat and since they can't things never change or get worse.

    - Managers don't manage. There are two cultures here. Managers attend meetings 80-100 percent of the time. They network and "align" and apply for new roles every 12 - 18 months. On the other hand you will be doing the majority of the work, often short staffed or with consultants who are unhappy because they have been consultants at the firm 5, 10, even 15+ years and never offered a job. You will have multiple managers because since you have a competency, HR allows a culture that will road block your development and promotions.

    -Hands down the worst IT (Us Commercial) organization I have seen in any major company. Arrogant and they do not align to the business, they tell the business what they will be doing and their long range planning is separate for the business. Leads that when asked what is going on simply do not show up for meetings, return calls or emails, unless you are in a position to promote them. If you are unfortunate enough to have REAL expertise in a field they are working on, and it's not what they are wanting to do, they'll simply "shop" for a business leader who is not knowledgeable enough to know they are on the wrong course and say that is who is sponsoring their work. If you dare to complain or asked for accountability, Your leadership will be informed you are rocking the boat then it's going to be a while before your invited back to a meeting.

    They used to be a great company and there used to be open dialog and communicate across roles and levels. Now it has become a place where you get worked to death, no one listens or cares (their own Lenexa surveys show 40 - 50 percent of employees "do not feel valued as an employee"

    You can do better than here.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the business. Talent is walking out the door while you are spouting platitudes and pretending things will be alright. We were once innovative and inclusive, now management is like a Country Club and the rest of us are inappropriately attired.


  11. Helpful (4)

    Maui Hawaii Weak Site Leadership and Self Preserving Attitudes

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

    I have been working at Monsanto Company full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Technology is cutting edge, well funded. Good company benefits. Great company emphasis on Workplace Safety.

    Cons

    Emphasis is on individuals to perform without working as a team. Poor reward for high performance. Excessive hours required to complete tasks. Managers agreeing to high production levels while under-staffing hugely. No hiring when workload increases significantly. Dirty office work site. Management will not disclose salary levels within or between different positions. No incentive to work towards promotion, management will not tell how much of a pay rise so you do not know what you are working towards. No internal development programs. Interviewer will promise all kinds of opportunities such as Education funding which does not happen. No equality in annual performance reviews, managers will change my submitted ratings for my direct reports based on headcount balancing and not work contribution. Small site so managers try to be friends with everybody at a cost to the business. No work-life balance, no one to lead your tasks if you are not onsite and you get blamed for things going wrong if you are not there. 50-60 hour work weeks expected for extended periods.

    Advice to Management

    Introduce a manager review program by an independent consultant to evaluate staff skills, level of contribution and potential. Identify high potential people and instigate a program to up-skill in their weak areas and strengthen their solid areas. Managers forget that everything starts at the top so poor performance is driven by them.



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