Monsanto Company

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Monsanto Company Reviews

Updated Jul 27, 2014
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3.7 386 reviews

93% Approve of the CEO

Monsanto Company Chairman and CEO Hugh Grant

Hugh Grant

(239 ratings)

76% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    ESH technician

    ESH Technician (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat corporate culture, promote personal development and networking across org. Great benefits and pay was competitive.

    ConsSome smaller locations lack the buy in needed to exude the true values of Monsanto.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSpend more time developing the remote locations.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Excellent place to work for those who have what it takes

    Product Owner (Current Employee) Saint Louis, MO

    ProsThe challenges of the work, great people, good opportunities to grow as a person and a professional, amazing benefits, closed over Christmas, summer hours

    Conswork life balance can be skewed, resourcing in some areas a huge issue, communication can be challenging as some of Monsanto's functional areas operate as silos

    Advice to Senior Managementmiddle leadership needs to better communicate the LRP or vision for their areas and need to execute the hard decisions quickly

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Place to Work!

    Human Resources Lead (Former Employee)

    ProsBrilliant scientists and researcher collaborating to make a difference in the global market. Great organization to work for, you are allowed to voice your opinions and concerns and have them heard and addressed. Diverse workforce with great opportunities for growth and leadership and many different arenas. Team oriented environment where learning is encouraged and rewarded.

    ConsThe pressure is always on. You don't have the best work-life balance.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Monsanto has multiple divisions, there are research and commercial divisions, its fun working for the research division

    Software Engineer - Senior (Current Employee) Saint Louis, MO

    ProsA very different domain and its interesting challenges, usually you don't get to work with representation of genes and their expressions in plants, how to track and predict them etc. Technically a lot of tools to play with, whatever it takes attitude among most of people.

    ConsEven though its internal facing apps in research divisions, there is always some kind of work issue that no one thought of, so a lot of production emergencies and challenges

    Advice to Senior ManagementA better longer term vision of where the apps will be in, especially in IT, might guide many people and strategies

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Opportunity and Growth

    Management Trainee (Current Employee) Farmer City, IL

    ProsOpportunity to move up as the company grows each year.

    ConsWork hours vary by season

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Strong Company, but work life balance is failing.

    Process Engineer (Current Employee) Muscatine, IA

    ProsCompensation is good. The company is very innovative and generally stays ahead of the curve.

    ConsMany initiatives (leaders trying to leave their "mark") have added non-value added work and the work life balance is suffering as a result...50-60 hr weeks are becoming the expectation. You need to be willing to relocate to in order to move up.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe willing to reduce non-value added work even if it means potentially admitting that a past idea was a poor one.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It's getting worse.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Saint Louis, MO

    ProsCompetitive compensation, great benefits, relatively flexible toward work/life balance needs, Sincere colleagues, the opportunity to work for a company working in exciting challenges.

    ConsCareer advancement requires as much interpersonal networking as it does job performance, if not more. A surprising lack of diversity. If you aren't a good old boy/girl, and don't look like one, trying to get ahead will be an uphill fight that never ends. Office politics between teams and individuals goes unchecked. High expectations to execute the boss's orders, few opportunities where one is empowered to solve problems.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInstitute quantitative metrics for hiring and promotion decisions to reduce patronage. Acknowledge your hubris in assuming you always have the right answer. Treat employees with respect and empower them to solve problems.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good People. Uncaring Leadership.

    Research Scientist (Former Employee) Saint Louis, MO

    ProsGood salary, benefits. Stable environment. Safety conscious. Great people to work with at the base level for the most part. Good work/life balance. Overall, it's a good place to work if you have a good manager.

    ConsScience is all high throughput, not alot of thought. Leadership is EXTREMELY political. If you are not inside the leadership clique, you will never grow in your career. Leaders also look down on their employees as justification for their career success.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReward your scientists for doing good science. Make the fellows program something real.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Nice people to work but management needs help.

    Project Manager (Former Employee) Saint Louis, MO

    ProsSome of the best people I hzve ever worked with. Made coming to work fun and enjoyable.

    ConsManagement is TOO polictical and spend too much time feathering their nests at the expense of the employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPractice what you preach and teach in your management classes. It's difficult to work in a culture where management can't live up to the same level the expect of their emplyees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Stable

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Saint Louis, MO

    ProsGood values, mostly good people who have worked for years, stable company, good culture, good work life balance, company supports personal growth, good mentors, good respect for contractors

    ConsBenefits depend on your performance but you get compensated for it only if company's performs well that year

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest more in your people's growth

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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