Monsanto Company

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Monsanto Company Reviews

Updated August 12, 2014
Updated August 12, 2014
392 Reviews

3.7
392 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 46 reviews)

  • Great work-life balance, great work culture, great benefits (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is the motto but in reality business expectation do not align (in 29 reviews)

  • Tendency to work long hours, and lots of political games (the company calls this "networking") (in 16 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Monsanto is a challenging and enjoyable place to work.

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

    Pros

    Interesting problems to solve. Other perks besides salary.

    Cons

    Matrix structure is sometimes hard to understand and navigate.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent work culture, excellent benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Fixed Asset Accountant  in  Creve Coeur, MO
    Current Employee - Fixed Asset Accountant in Creve Coeur, MO

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, great work culture, great benefits

    Cons

    career growth is a little slow. Very hard to get a job there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Its no wonder talented people kept leaving....

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant  in  Kïhei, HI
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Kïhei, HI

    Pros

    Its better than no job. Technology is very progressive and current. Endless buckets of money to dig through and spend as quick as you can.

    Cons

    Leadership is poor. The game is play favorites, take credit for other peoples work as much as you can and try to hide this from the people who actually did the work. No progression plan in place, "work hard and there might be an opportunity if someone leaves", "head count won't allow us to promote", "we only bring people from the mainland in rare circumstances". No Salary disclosure, can't even find out how salary changes with position change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want high performance work with individuals to create a plan with reward. Disclosure and specific defined goals and objectives would make a huge difference.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Experience has been fari

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Compensation, benefits, and training.

    Cons

    Work life balance is the motto but in reality business expectation do not align. To deliver results work life balance must often be sacrificed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Hard Work Doesn't Pay-Off

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    Former Employee - Buyer
    Former Employee - Buyer

    Pros

    The culture is one of the best parts of working with this company. Most of the people are very friendly, and the company is very diverse. They also have lots of networking events that provide employees with a chance to meet new people and learn about other departments. They provide many training seminars and business opportunities to help develop individuals into better business professionals.

    Cons

    Office Politics are one of the biggest con about this job. It doesn't matter how hard you work, you still will not be noticed or promoted. Jobs and promotions go to people who have built key relationships, not those who work the hardest. At times it can feel as though you are trapped in your position, and you just get overlooked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a better jobs of creating loyal employees out of workers who do their best for you. Without loyalty you cannot build a strong work force. You can definitely build a team that is functional, but pay attention to the happiness of your employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company to work for... if you're a full-time employee!

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    Current Employee - Seasonal Laborer
    Current Employee - Seasonal Laborer

    Pros

    They offer competitive pay and paid holidays off to their seasonal employees.

    Cons

    They are able to work you 40 hours a week for years on end but consider you a "seasonal employee" so they don't have to offer you the same benefits a full-time employee receives. There is no true management; most upper level managers aren't even in the same state as their employees which doesn't provide the correct structure that is needed for employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Monsanto really makes a difference in the world

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Big focus on diversity. Compensation and benefits package is competitive.

    Cons

    Long hours, constant change in leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on all employees not just those identifed as high potential / high performers

    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome opportunity to understand the plant electrical engineering

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer  in  Luling, LA
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Luling, LA

    Pros

    Great/Fun people to work with- You can't find a better team to work with.
    Great place to learn plant engineering. Senior engineers are easy to work with. Family like atmosphere.

    Cons

    Stagnant career. Advancement require a lot of patience and perception rules!! Also, Management wants to do things that will make a better power point presentation, while everyone knows reality out in the field is completely different! No one listens to quarterly reviews, but plant manager likes them- so he can put a bullet point on his resume.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to look good with temporary cost savings and do what will benefit the company in the long run. Stop "organisational changes". It doesn't matter how you cut it, work is work and the only way to do it is to get up and get at it!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company for challenging you to grow in your skills

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I feel I am pushed very hard to where my skills are developed under pressure. In the end after the day is over I have the work accomplished and have gained new skills. Leadership is great at encouraging innovation.

    Cons

    Working overtime feels necessary just to get everything done with an understaffed group

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to encourage innovation for different ways of doing things. Do not get stuck in a rut doing something 1 way because that's just how it's always been done.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company, challenging domain

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Java Developer
    Current Employee - Senior Java Developer

    Pros

    Pay is great, above the market. Software development is challenging and managers have development background, they're always trying to keep people committed and satisfied. Great work environment, most of my teams have been tight and ready to help when needed.

    Cons

    It's difficult to work with teams located in STL, some of them tend to distrust people working overseas; you need to work over 60-80 hrs a week if you want to stand out. Politics are rough, I saw people leaving the company because of this. Few opportunities for contractors to become Monsanto employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I've seen managers that are not prepared to be in their positions, this makes difficult for people to stay focused and motivated, not to mention that strategy coming from these people may be simply wrong.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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