Monsanto Company Reviews

Updated March 30, 2015
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  1. A friendly and rewarding place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Senior Software Developer in Chesterfield, MO
    Current Contractor - Senior Software Developer in Chesterfield, MO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Amazingly nice people, engaging ground breaking products. Great user feedback. Cross team competition but also cooperation. Flexible working environment. The company has a genuine interested in your well-being and are engaged with the community.

    Cons

    Long term as a contractor with a lot of forced un-paid leave ( 2+ weeks around Christmas ). The only person I know who was converted spent 6 years as a contractor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider converting more contractors to full time or maybe let them make up for some of the large amounts of forced time off. Most recruiters do not try to head hunt full time employees from Monsanto because they are extremely happy and rarely open to moving. Most of the contractors who leave do so because they are on their second or more years as a contractor and have found full time positions at another company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Safety got in the way of work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Monsanto Company

    Pros

    The compen sation wasn't terribe

    Cons

    Dominates the world poor farmers get screwed

  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Great Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Applications Developer
    Former Employee - Applications Developer

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

    Pros

    They offer competitive pay and nice benefits including all kinds of insurance, employee discounts, training opportunities, and retirement savings plans. The people genuinely care about one another, and are, as a general rule, friendly and professional. Safety is paramount, both at work and at home. They care about good work/life balance.

    Cons

    The IT division uses a matrix reporting structure - a team might consist of developers, testers, analysts, business folks, project managers, and a technical lead, all of whom report to a different manager; it makes for a difficult time when everyone is working towards different goals. The rewards system is also a bit screwy - it's performance based, but your bonus might suffer if someone else has a more positive impact on the business than you.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful

    Work really hard, then work really hard on something else!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Breeder in Woodland, CA
    Current Employee - Breeder in Woodland, CA

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers/relationships, good compensation package for new employees, lots of opportunities for growth/advancement, great tools to get your job done. Good internal recognition for achievements.

    Cons

    Very top-heavy on management. Lots of bold decision making and direction changing that can run roughshod over the career plans of an individual. you will spend as much time documenting the work you have completed as you will on actually doing the work. As a breeder, you will earn much less over the course of a career here than with some other companies because there is no connection between sales of your product and your salary (profit sharing is done at a very high level and in a freakishly obfuscated system, no royalties for your products, even if you sell multi millions). Also, you need very thick skin to work at Monsanto, especially in lefty-leaning locations, and you will lose friends and family members who disapprove of your career choice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Choose a core focus, and allow people more realistic timelines to achieve those goals.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 6 people found this helpful

    Great company dysfunctional IT organization

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good benefits
    4 weeks vacation + 1 week for Christmas
    Always new and interesting technology development
    Flexible work hours

    Cons

    Think twice about working in Monsanto IT. Layers and layers of management that create an unproductive and toxic culture. Management has little to no involvement in their teams and spend the far majority of their time looking for the next role. Management roles are musical chairs. Some may see new leads at least once a year. At first this may seem nice not having a manager looking over your shoulder but this leads to huge amount of office politics and dysfunction. There is also zero career development. All of the funding resources are poured into useless leadership roles. There is little left for anything else. Due to this, there are constant attempts at cost cutting. You will constantly hear "do more with less" or some other version of corporate jargon saying the same thing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior leadership needs to stop being fooled by the BS of middle management. Eliminate unnecessary and redundant roles and expect those in leadership positions to actually lead their teams.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Excellent company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Logistics
    Former Employee - Logistics

    I worked at Monsanto Company

    Pros

    Ability to work with minimal supervision and maximum creative freedom

    Cons

    Some of the people work more like a high school cliche

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Excellent

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

    I have been working at Monsanto Company

    Pros

    Benefits, salary, work hours, environment

    Cons

    None that I can thin of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Good while it lasted

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    Former Employee - Plant Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Plant Engineer in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Monsanto Company

    Pros

    Benefits,retirement bonus pension sick pay

    Cons

    Young, entitled ,immature managers That are placed in high management positions without experience

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate older more experienced workers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Fantastic company helping each employee grow.

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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

    -Work Life Balance is great.
    -Benefits
    -Growth
    -Leadership

    Cons

    -I really have no cons for this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what your doing because this company has fantastic management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful

    I Was Worked Almost to Death

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention when people leave in droves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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