Monsanto Company Reviews

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
420 Reviews
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420 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 52 reviews)

  • Monsanto takes care of their employees from the standpoint of excellent pay and benefits (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is the motto but in reality business expectation do not align (in 32 reviews)

  • Tendency to work long hours, and lots of political games (the company calls this "networking") (in 17 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxnard, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxnard, CA

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities and training, very much focus in safety. Good DPR (Development Performance Rewards) system. Great benefits and excellent salaries.

    Cons

    Lost of politics, you have to be good with your boss no matters what, if you are not nice with them you are dead. Whatever your boss said is not form him, it comes from upper management, you can not said anything before consulting, too much micromanagement, everything has to be approved by your boss, bosses are looking for their own success and do not care about their direct reports, they take your work done to be recognized and promoted

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have to make valid the Monsanto Pledge for all employees and not only for the ones in the lower levels

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Once great, now second-rate

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales and Operations in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Sales and Operations in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    The people who you do actual work with are awesome. Friendly, casual attitude and usually will help you out if you have an issue.

    The chances to work on charitable project can also be a lot of fun, the rank and file employees truly seem to love to give back to the community.

    Cons

    Pay - No raises at all, other than cost of living. Bonuses, but their "DPR" process and calibration is so flawed and abused to recognize the politically well connected. They also rate you using a system called "9 Box", where they make high stake promotion decisions, but they will not share that information with you. Again the well connected seem to benefit from that process. Politics is a death-match art here, while co-workers are nice, management is completely in it for themselves.

    Promotions - If you are young, white and from the right school, you will do well, so you should apply. If you are a minority this is not the place to work. Check with folks that work there if you doubt this.

    Management - Two type: "Fast track" they will work you to death, won't care and then get promoted regularly in about 12-18 months, or the ones that can't be promoted, who just hoard information to assure their spot and take up a chance for someone else to move up the line. There are some good managers here, just avoid US Commercial at all costs.

    Development - Monsanto puts it all on you. They say they are there to help, but their HR group is ineffective, thin and their policies are from the 70's. There is a great reason why they have gone through 3 diversity directors in 5 years.

    Contractors - Contractors work there for 10 -15 years sometimes. It's positively awful how they will let mission critical knowledge reside with contractors and then when the market gets good, HR wonders why everyone is left doing fire drills to try to make up for a contractor finally getting fed-up they can't get hired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline management. Pay more than lip-service to development and diversity/inclusion. Don't let mission critical processes and information reside with contractors. Get rid of the multiple layers of useless managers and get back-ups for some of your folks so you can build bench strength. Stop being so arrogant that you are a great company when really talented people are voting with their feet and leaving the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    My experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxnard, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxnard, CA

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

    Pros

    Great, great company, lost of training and opprtunities

    Cons

    Too much politics and management does not reflect what the pledge is

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too difficult to understand management, they said something but do something different, rules are just for the lower levels

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Fantastic Colleagues even more amazing is the Science

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

    I worked at Monsanto Company

    Pros

    Good benefits, pay, values of the company, great colleagues, many opportunities to learn things outside your job realm, constantly learning.

    Cons

    Too much middle management, too many long meetings (making work/life balance extremely hard).

    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Web Admin

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Web Administrative in Creve Coeur, MO
    Former Employee - Web Administrative in Creve Coeur, MO

    I worked at Monsanto Company as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice friendly environment,relaxing hours,no dress code

    Cons

    No perks,HR policy is really bad,Been working with them as contractor for 3 years was layoff just 2 days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure to double consider people before laying off

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    IT Intern

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    Current Employee - IT Intern in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - IT Intern in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Best place to work! Dress code is really relax and they aren't strict on when you come and go. It is really a free environment. They are really big on you networking with the different departments within the company and shadowing other departments that interest you.

    Cons

    Didn't have any bad experiences. I will say training for my position probably could have been a tad bit better. But overall I still have learned so much.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company atmosphere

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Intern in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    - A casual atmosphere that still focuses on results and performance
    - Opportunities to develop yourself personally and professionally: lots of conferences, field trips, etc.
    - Take care of their employees

    Cons

    - Politics will come into play for any advancement in the company. Necessary to know as many people as possible
    - Poor public image
    - Typically positions will change every 2-3 years. Can be challenging

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Scientist

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Monsanto Company

    Pros

    Pay, Benefits, Vacation, Culture, Investment into workplace

    Cons

    Work-Life Balance, tight deadlines, Matrix environment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Overall great experience. I was given a lot of freedom to operate on my own and was performed meaningful work.

    Current Employee - R&D IT in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - R&D IT in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Big name company with all kinds of potential future employment opportunities.

    Cons

    Work place was hard to navigate at times.

  11.  

    Best experience I could have asked for!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Co-Op in Creve Coeur, MO
    Former Employee - Co-Op in Creve Coeur, MO

    I worked at Monsanto Company full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The environment was super friendly. The office culture was very relaxed. Work-life balance was excellent. Really drove for networking and advancement.

    Cons

    Onboarding was slow to start. Re-orgs sometimes made things difficult.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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