Monsanto Company

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Monsanto Company Reviews

Updated December 19, 2014
Updated December 19, 2014
465 Reviews
3.8
465 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.  

    NA nothing to review ....

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    Former Employee - TDRa in Monmouth, IL
    Former Employee - TDRa in Monmouth, IL

    I worked at Monsanto Company

    Pros

    good health insurance, and benefits

    Cons

    company no longer offers pension plan

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stability

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent place to work. I totally recommend it

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Dynamic
    Full of opportunities
    Great work life balance

    Cons

    You are always working at 200% speed so you need to be sure you like to be pushed to your limits
    Structures changes very often

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    It's a great place to work

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    Current Employee - Manager in India, MS
    Current Employee - Manager in India, MS

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

    Pros

    The processes and systems are very good

    Cons

    A lot of past history - makes it very difficult for stakeholders to understand

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They should outreach more to stakeholders

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    IT Consultant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Monsanto Company

    Pros

    Great place to work. The work/ life balance is one of a kind.

    Cons

    Micro management is very evident across the company

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

    Used to be awesome, but change has left is lackluster

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Nice people, advancement opportunities limited

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

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

    Pros

    I have enjoyed some of the projects I've been given, have a nice boss and appreciate the good company benefits offered.

    Cons

    If you are looking to be upwardly mobile, this may not be the place. "Networking", or playing the political game, are essential for moving up the ladder. Many stalled careers of good people as a result. Cost of living raises are about the most that many employees can expect.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great work, Life Balance for Some.....

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Monsanto Company

    Pros

    High pay
    Great benefits
    Interesting work for Engineers
    Good safety record, Pervasive safety culture
    Some really nice people

    Cons

    Promoted because of who you know, as opposed to what you know.
    Weak management- doesn't want to rock the boat.
    Contractors can be treated like orphans (see weak management comment)low pay, no benefits.
    Backstabbing is prevalent. Beware;some of the employees only want their own kind to work as their colleagues(see weak management comment, see promoted because of who you know, and H.R. Bobbleheads).
    If the person who trains you is remarkably different from the person who interviewed you, RUN! The trainer will jealously guard their clique and stab you in the back (see weak management comment).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Monsanto

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Jacksonville, FL

    I worked at Monsanto Company full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, opportunity to expand into other areas and regions

    Cons

    Corporate driven mentality of having to meet projected stock expectations at all costs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make budgets based on demand forecasting not what increase in sales needs to be made to make a stock promise to the public

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Monsanto Company

    Pros

    Great compensation, benefits....get to work with latest equipment.

    Cons

    None- overall...fantastic place to be!

  11.  

    Maui Hawaii Weak Site Leadership and Self Preserving Attitudes

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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