Monsanto Company Reviews

Updated September 23, 2014
Updated September 23, 2014
401 Reviews
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401 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.  

    Great company, challenging domain

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    Current Employee - Senior Java Developer
    Current Employee - Senior Java Developer

    I have been working at Monsanto Company as a contractor for more than 3 years

    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
  2.  

    wonderful

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    Former Employee - Material Handler  in  Maryland Heights, MO
    Former Employee - Material Handler in Maryland Heights, MO

    I worked at Monsanto Company full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great place to work awesome people supervisors treat u with resepect great locations

    Cons

    None jobs was awesome with no complaints

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Team Lead At Monsanto Company  in  Morton, IL
    Current Employee - Technical Team Lead At Monsanto Company in Morton, IL

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

    Pros

    Employees highly valued and treated as such.

    Cons

    There really are no cons working for Monsanto

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Place to work, great people, great products, great vision. Food, Health, Hope making a difference in this world!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Manager  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    People, personal growth, making a difference.

    Cons

    Opportunities for advancement take a long time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company, great work/life balance...!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources
    Current Employee - Human Resources

    I have been working at Monsanto Company full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    In agriculture, it´s rare to find a company that provides great work/life balance, competitive compensation and excellent benefits, also, safety is the #1 priority, which is great for you and your family. Ample opportunities for personal and professional growth!

    Cons

    Could take a month or more to fully understand the organizational structure, constant changes and reorganizations can take a toll in project development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please review thoughtfully at the the team responsible of managing the vegetables manufacturing business, it seems they don´t possess a clear understanding and operational know-how, they though it was the same as corn and the business is loosing market share and participation. Sad.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Positive experience with Monsanto Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Bioinformatics Scientist  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Bioinformatics Scientist in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    Great promotion for work and life balance
    Great opportunity for career development

    Cons

    Matrix structure could limit personal development if managers do not help

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce the layers of management will greatly reduce the operational costs!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, benefits, and opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Scientist  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company full-time

    Pros

    You will work with some of the brightest scientists in the world and have the opportunity to work/collaborate with a variety of different functional groups which keeps the job fresh and challenging. The benefits are amazing and they definitely put family first.

    Cons

    There is a ton of changes in management/roles so you might have a handful of managers in a 2 year span. Although benefits are great, I don't think compensation is adequate for the amount of work done.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    The most underrated and innovate company in the world

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Monsanto Company full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    A great place to grow as a person and a professional.

    Cons

    work-life balance and enterprise systems

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I had a great manager that equipped me the necessary resources not do my job.

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  10.  

    A good place to develop skills and learn how the industry operates

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    Current Employee - Lab Technician  in  Ankeny, IA
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Ankeny, IA

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

    Pros

    The work atmosphere is very casual and relaxed, and both coworkers and supervisors are amenable. Working here gives one a good opportunity to learn various skills and methods that can hopefully be taken on to a job with better pay, benefits, and opportunitites for advancement as a direct employee with Monsanto or another company.

    Cons

    In a contract position, there are few opportunities for advancement, and contractors feel like they're not quite part of the company (which is true). Work can be very monotonous. Overtime is not allowed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer more opportunities for advancement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Project engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Engineer  in  Davis, CA
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Davis, CA

    I worked at Monsanto Company full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The Corporate EHS has the highly trained - competent individuals in the organization. Site leadership actions are consistent with the values - EHS - people - quality - cost that contributed to awesome financial metrics. Development opportunities were plentiful with some risk, but management ensure the potential for failure is low.

    Cons

    Lack of HR presence, because the manager did not want to travel to the remote location. This lack of attention resulted in losing control on HR issues such as attendance and performance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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