Monsanto Company Reviews

Updated August 24, 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. Excellent!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mesa, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mesa, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Ideas are taken into consideration, many interesting projects that you can take part in. These projects do make a difference and employee is recognized.

    Cons

    Matrix management can be taxing sometimes. Boss has to be really active to know exactly all the projects you are taking part in.

    Advice to Management

    Many climbers, people don't stay in one place very long, which could lead to multiple managers over a period of time.


  2. Thinking about long term

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer Co-op in Zárate, Buenos Aires (Argentina)
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer Co-op in Zárate, Buenos Aires (Argentina)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent execution. Opened mind. A lot of tools and resources.

    Cons

    Negative image of green people.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Not a good place for a Data Scientist

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Scientist - Global Analytics in Creve Coeur, MO
    Current Employee - Data Scientist - Global Analytics in Creve Coeur, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Difficult to say, though their food service is good and they have a relatively new fitness center that is nice as well.

    Cons

    Data science is mostly in IT and their IT group is not competent at even the most basic levels of data management, not to mention service delivery. If you try to work with the business experts, you literally get screamed at by management. Here I am in one of the most in-demand fields, I have experience and ability, but Monsanto IT is so determined to be at war with the business that if you collaborate, you are sleeping with the enemy. They do not get analytics at all and the people they have leading it are just so inept at basic interaction with the business that the business is distrustful to even work with them.

    Advice to Management

    I am leaving as soon as I get a new job. Your IT area is just way too much of a mess for someone with a viable skillset to deal with. I don't think any advice I give will help, because folks that have been here a long time say "it has always been this way" just wait a while and the business leaders will swap jobs and you won't have to worry about issues. What a totally crummy way to run a division.


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  5. great experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Research Intern in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Operations Research Intern in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Monsanto Company (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good life balance Agility A lot of potential for OR field

    Cons

    A lot of meetings and seminars


  6. Best company to relax

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of free time to waste around gossiping in cafeteria. Good company to relax and retire. Lots of free space around as most of the bays are empty with at least one employee resigning on weekly basis. Vast diversity with a minimum of one Telugu person in 5 sqft area. You will surely learn diplomacy and manipulation skills.

    Cons

    No proper organization structure and management lacks vision. Work 9 hours in office and login back at home and attend calls and work till late night. Replacements for people who have resigned is not been filled up and hence the employees who have stayed back have to multi task and are over burdened. No matter the amount of effort an employee puts in, due to language bias and regional bias he is not encouraged. Seniors and Management take things personally and not in a professional way. They live in their own egoistic world and are easily offended if anyone talks about new emerging technologies and show more proficiency than them. No freedom of speech, no equal rights and opportunities, no training, no career growth, no hike. Right talent is not placed at right position and employees so throw parties and do personal favors to be in good books of managers.

    Advice to Management

    Change middle level management entirely. Management must encourage real talent and try to retain them. Diversity is required in any organization for better growth. Try to listen to everyone as each one is unique and they might have a better idea and thought than a manager. Stop promoting seniors in office to managerial position just because they are within organization for 15 years and working on same role because they clearly lack technicality and managerial ability. Encourage people who are creative and give them a little trust to take up ownership and risk.


  7. Happy Camper

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work and begin a career

    Cons

    Difficult to move up with out building relationships


  8. Helpful (2)

    Mixed

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company full-time

    Pros

    Very good benefits and decent pay for the industry and job requirements. The managers are pretty laid back and don't micromanage.

    Cons

    There is very little room for advancement within this position unless you have a 4 year degree and sometimes not even then. Tech progression is a slow process because the employees that have been there the longest won't give up various jobs and allow others to learn them in order to earn points towards their progression. Management does play favorites with these employees which makes them be able to get away with anything. There is definitely an "in" and and "out" crowd,

    Advice to Management

    Stand your ground a treat all technicians equally, manage orders better so employees are completely busy one week and have nothing to do the next week.


  9. Monsanto

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Statistical Geneticist in Woodland, CA
    Current Employee - Statistical Geneticist in Woodland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Benefit benefit benefit benefit benefit

    Cons

    Career development opportunity is not too much


  10. great experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Professional
    Current Employee - Human Resources Professional
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    focus on career development outstanding business future expectations

    Cons

    lack of strategic direction in some senior executive customer orientation is still a nice to have

    Advice to Management

    improve strategic capabilities of executives


  11. Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regional Business Manager in Pune (East Timor)
    Current Employee - Regional Business Manager in Pune (East Timor)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work, great Learning, innovation & development of business as well as person is prime focus of the management

    Cons

    Long hours of work , Managing work life balance is personal choice

    Advice to Management

    Great job you are doing to develop people , continue the same



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