Monsanto Company

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Monsanto Company Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
488 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 63 reviews)

  • Great benefits and the company places a lot of emphasis on professional/personal development (in 27 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is the motto but in reality business expectation do not align (in 37 reviews)

  • Tendency to work long hours, and lots of political games (the company calls this "networking") (in 18 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a company for career minded people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - US Supply Chain Business Solutions in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - US Supply Chain Business Solutions in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    Nice campus with good food and fitness facility. They are very safety conscious and you will receive concentrated and constantly updated safety training in person and by computer based training.

    Cons

    Mind numbing micromanagement on details that other companies would disregard, while at the same time major projects seem to slip, go over budget by millions and no one is held accountable. There seems to be a favored class of employees that move from role to role while employees getting good reviews and getting the job done just seem to get overlooked until someone needs something. Very entitled management. Despite complaints about development, a large amount of advanced management and lead roles go to those from outside the company. Monsanto devotes a large amount of time to create the perception that they are an inclusive, fair and career oriented company, but their employee surveys say otherwise and the part that is so frustrating is they could be great, they just simply don't care to change anything. Don't try to suggest changes either, or you will feel the heat.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There comes a point where when you say you are devoted to development, yet always pick external candidates, that people realize what a joke it is that you never HAVE anyone developed. Are all your employees really that bad? How is that possible?

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

    Used to be awesome, but change has left is lackluster

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Current Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Current Employee in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    - Paid week off between Christmas and New Years.

    - Interesting products and services

    - Great cafeteria services

    - Fitness facility on one of the four facilities in St. Louis.

    Cons

    - No raises. If you earn a "strong" rating for the last three years here you have been working for less money each year.

    - Awful review process. Seems to be no oversight on the reviews them self, much less on reconciliation. Trust me if you are a diversity candidate (other than women) you will get the short end of the reconciliation process.

    - Monsanto is definitely a groupthink, yesman culture. Little focus of hiring people different than themselves. No one can rock the boat and since they can't things never change or get worse.

    - Managers don't manage. There are two cultures here. Managers attend meetings 80-100 percent of the time. They network and "align" and apply for new roles every 12 - 18 months. On the other hand you will be doing the majority of the work, often short staffed or with consultants who are unhappy because they have been consultants at the firm 5, 10, even 15+ years and never offered a job. You will have multiple managers because since you have a competency, HR allows a culture that will road block your development and promotions.

    -Hands down the worst IT (Us Commercial) organization I have seen in any major company. Arrogant and they do not align to the business, they tell the business what they will be doing and their long range planning is separate for the business. Leads that when asked what is going on simply do not show up for meetings, return calls or emails, unless you are in a position to promote them. If you are unfortunate enough to have REAL expertise in a field they are working on, and it's not what they are wanting to do, they'll simply "shop" for a business leader who is not knowledgeable enough to know they are on the wrong course and say that is who is sponsoring their work. If you dare to complain or asked for accountability, Your leadership will be informed you are rocking the boat then it's going to be a while before your invited back to a meeting.

    They used to be a great company and there used to be open dialog and communicate across roles and levels. Now it has become a place where you get worked to death, no one listens or cares (their own Lenexa surveys show 40 - 50 percent of employees "do not feel valued as an employee"

    You can do better than here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to the business. Talent is walking out the door while you are spouting platitudes and pretending things will be alright. We were once innovative and inclusive, now management is like a Country Club and the rest of us are inappropriately attired.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Review of IT Co-Op Position at Monsanto

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Co-Op in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - IT Co-Op in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Monsanto Company as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Company. Smart People. Can learn a lot if interested while doing the Co-Op. Latest Technologies are used so great exposure.

    Cons

    The kind of work really depends on luck. There is wide range of work an employee can do as a co-op from awesome software development to mundane system support. So ask what is your role as a Co-Op before joining. The chances of internship converting to full time is less when compared to other companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing really.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very horrible

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

    I worked at Monsanto Company

    Pros

    Flexible timings - any time you can

    Cons

    1.Lot of politics, very bad managers 2. You get noticed only if you are good to manager. 3.Employees are self centered.
    4.Employee who want to grow, very bad place to work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire mangers who are dynamic,innovative and challenging.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A great company to work for with excellent benefits and promotions opportunities...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Management Trainee in Stonington, IL
    Former Employee - Management Trainee in Stonington, IL

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

    Pros

    Promotion opportunity come easy once you put your time in your position.

    Cons

    You will have to relocate to mostly rural areas... but relocation is generally paid.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Company that values its employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    In the 2 years that I have been with Monsanto, I have had more opportunity for training and development than I did in 10+ years with my prior employer. Proud to work for a company that is making such a positive impact on the world.

    Cons

    If you allow it, your work/life balance can easily get out of control. This is due, in part, to the developmental opportunities available.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    People are very agile and collaborative and also it has comfortable working environment.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Co-Op in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - IT Co-Op in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Well paid. Manager really care about you and know what is going on with you and your team. There are lots of opportunity for employee to expose his or her skills and it is very flexible for a person who want to switch his or her job position. People are very friendly and love to collaborate with each other. Also it is not only a agriculture company but also a technique company.

    Cons

    Need to be very diligent and strong willing to learn new things because the company like to use the latest technique. Lots of thing need to learn if you new here but only give you a very short time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more chance for new employees to perform what they can.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great People Great Company

    • 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 full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere to work in, good salary/benefits package, the autonomy and trust you are given, the possibility to work on projects with diverse teams (international and from other departments), people are passionate about their work ;
    In a nutshell, innovative and high quality products, People safety, people development and company ethics are the main focus.

    Cons

    Sometimes a bit too much politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director of QA & Shared Solutions in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Director of QA & Shared Solutions in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    Excellent people process, work life balance, mature leadership. Good technology and tremendous opportunities to learn. You will work with some of the smartest people in the industry. Great place to work.

    Cons

    None. Nothing that was bad enough to state here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good work environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Management allows employees to grow and diversify as they please. The work-home life balance is a priority here which is always great.

    Cons

    Communication between departments leaves something to be desired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fight for your teams stake in company resources.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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