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.  

    My experience, in a field position outside of company headquarters, is that anyone outside St. Louis is on their own.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Insurance, vacation (if you can take it), 401k match, pension.

    Cons

    Work/life balance. Summer hours exist only for St. Louis employees. High expections without the tools needed to get the job done without many OT hours. Frequent reorgs that are made without the employees or customers in mind. A very healthy propoganda machine for both internal and external customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People need to stay in their jobs long enough to understand them and how they impact the business as a whole. Employees in the field can't keep track of key contacts because positions change so frequently. Please encourage people to communicate outside their silo. Matrix organization allows employees to escape accountability -- exacerbated by frequent job hopping.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    wrong job

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    amazing work life balance and completely laid back

    Cons

    interview for one job and end up giving you a totally different job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    confirm with the prospective employee the job that he/she is looking for

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    Fabulous company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mining Manager  in  Winnipeg, MB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Mining Manager in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)

    Pros

    I enjoyed working in Monsanto. People here are nice and hard work. My boss is a great boss. Overall, it is perfect place to work with

    Cons

    My workplace is far away from my home. My boss should upgrade the computers. They are too slow and sometimes I got froze out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice. It is a good place to work with.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Contractors go under appreciated, overworked, and management does not care.

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    Former Employee - Contractor  in  Oxnard, CA
    Former Employee - Contractor in Oxnard, CA

    Pros

    One of the pros of working for Monsanto is that the company has plenty of money to spend on its employees. This means company sponsored events/lunches, a professional work setting, and great pay (with benefits directly from Monsanto if you are a regular full-time employee. If you're not a regular full-time employee, then you'll have to settle for a third-party hiring agency's benefits).

    Cons

    I worked at the plant in Oxnard, CA, and there was an abundance of cons to working for this company. Mainly, upper management needs to start caring about their contractors and treating them like the hard working people that they are; contractors do just as much as regular employees, and are just as valuable, and deserve the same credit (reviews and raises, participation in corporate games, participation in company raffles/drawings). Often times, contractors do more work than regular employees who spend countless days off or going home early. Another big issue is the lack of one clear direction on where this company is going. Sure, a company's business process might go through changes, but changing them every other week at the whim of one random person's opinion then expecting everyone to be on the same page by the next week is ridiculous. Lastly, the biggest con of working at Monsanto is that they don't have a problem laying off contractors or employees without explanation. They have no problem replacing you without rhyme or reason.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect and treat every person working for you equally.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Too much hidden stuff in management

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Saint Louis, MO

    Pros

    Appears to be flat... Leads the market in the field

    Cons

    Too much politics, says it is transparent but not so. Forget career development

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Watch Out!

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    Former Employee - Research Associate
    Former Employee - Research Associate

    Pros

    Benefits are excellent. There are some great folks and great scientists there. Most jobs allow flexibility in schedule, although working overtime is an implied mandation.

    Cons

    Lots of people fighting to get there way to the top and backstabbing folks in the process. Terrible managers! Known several great employees to lose their jobs after becoming injuried as a result of being overworked. The percentage of people going out on disability and then ending up laid off or terminated is extrememely high! HR is absolutely awful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't put people in management positions just because of degrees or because they are great scientists; management takes people skills! Stand behind you employees when they get injured.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Marketing Analist

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    Former Employee - Marketing  in  São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Marketing in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

    Pros

    Good benefits for employees. Has a good attention and support as heath care assistance extensible to family members

    Cons

    Too much talk and poor action. Have a big difference in what they say and write and what really they do. The most demagogic company I know.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just act simple. Do what you write or say to do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good Science, poort management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Company has always had good science

    Cons

    The commercial side has done a good job of making several poor decisions to derail the good science and kepr the company/stock from reaching its full potetnial. Lot of the people are individualists looking for the next rung in the career ladder.

  10.  

    Could be great, if not for their HR policies

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    Current Employee - US Supply Chain  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - US Supply Chain in Saint Louis, MO

    Pros

    Innovative work, fun co-workers, and an ever changing business landscape. The campus is also a nature area, so it is really nice during the spring, summer and fall. Some more well established managers have a wealth of information and willingness to share.

    Cons

    There are two classes of workers; those who do the work, and the managers who go to meetings and take credit for it. Those with skillsets marketable to other companies will find staying engaged at Monsanto a challenge. Employees must meet with managers before applying for jobs online so it makes tracking who is and isn't getting development difficult at best. Matrixed organization makes decision making a slow and tedious process. Job postings take forever to fill as HR is basically absent in the company and has little to no authority, no tracking on compliance in hiring pratices. Little to no diversity of people or ideas, though it looks like they would like to change that, if HR was more robust.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower HR, staff it and abide by the policies you create. Do real work to create a diverse workforce rather than fill out surveys for magazine to make it look like you are. Hold managers accountable in their DPR for developing their employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    You better play the game right

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

    Pros

    Good benefits, good pay, great friendships

    Cons

    Decisions on letting go employees not based on merit and performance, it is based on politics.
    Your life at Monsanto will depend completely on your manager, if you have one who only think of his/her advancement in the company, you are up for a tough time until he/she finally moves on. I had great and terrible managers, and I wish HR would do their job by being neutral in firing decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be fair and keep the high performer employees, even if it means going against the opinion to one "popular" mid manager.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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