Monsanto Company Reviews

Updated April 26, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    The Corporate Culture has taken a nosedive.

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    Former Employee - Linux/Windows Systems Administrative and Support in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Linux/Windows Systems Administrative and Support in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Monsanto Company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary is competitive.
    Great benefits for full timers
    Quality of coworkers -- Smart, competent people who were very cooperative and collaborative to work with.

    Cons

    The culture has become that of any large monolithic firm -- blind allegiance to procedure and apathetic towards workers.
    Obtaining task closure is increasingly difficult due to increase in procedural red-tape in the pursuit of ''Operational Excellence"...You're left with a ton of work that seems to never be completely finished.
    Fingerpointing is becoming more acceptable due to indifference in middle management who take their employees to task before considering their side of the story.
    Working at Monsanto is starting to resemble working for The Government.

    Advice to Management

    When you neglect individual workers for no apparent reason other than blind allegiance to policy and procedure it doesn't go unnoticed.
    Loyalty will be the first casualty.
    This will result in it being harder and harder to retain talent...continuity will suffer and expertise won't be fully leveraged.
    This especially holds true when you consider most of your talent is contact based.

  2. Helpful (3)

    Monsanto IT a study in catchphrases and contractors

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    Former Employee - Senior IT Support in Woodland, CA
    Former Employee - Senior IT Support in Woodland, CA

    I worked at Monsanto Company full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    if you are an employee- good compensation

    Cons

    management- lost in translation. uses contractors to hide poor performing employees.

    Advice to Management

    stop believing the IT salesmen that come and do slick presentations, a recent multi million dollar investment in dumb terminals called Mon desk was a classic mistake of non IT people making IT decisions and then using seniority and leverage to force it on the clients.
    stop going to meetings and find out what your teams needs are and then supply them with the tools and support to do the job they were hired for. trust your employees.
    focus on the support not the longevity of your careers
    do not use contractors to hide the mistakes of your management.
    be honest with your employees regarding the direction dictated by your management. give them information not slogans and misdirection
    stay on point, do not be distracted by new technology, the aim of IT is to support the business not propagate technology for technologies sake. IT is a tool.
    abandon the doctrine of we expect you to dig the hole and by the shovel, IT should provide the tools for its clients and support them, not force direction and platform on other business units, why should an employee also be his/her own support? is it the new normal that we are not only good at our jobs but know how to fix our own computers?
    fire half your managers and hire regional IT support, why run a worldwide company IT organization from a city in the middle of the US?

  3. Helpful (2)

    Things progressively getting worse

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technology Development in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Technology Development in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The summer hours program is fairly progressive and there is a high focus on safety, despite climbing injury numbers this year.

    Cons

    Rudderless ship. Too many managers are out of touch with employees, the business and it seems like a lot of time with reality. HR tries to justify their existence by being cheerleaders for diversity and what a "great place to work" this is, but that is almost a sick joke as Monsanto management types are probably one of the most consistent features of the company. Slick presenters, but without an understanding on how to lead. It's an overall problem, way too many managers, next to no leaders.Overwhelming amounts of politics and backstabbing.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying so hard to present n image you are a great place to work and actually do the work required to be a great place to work.

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  5. Helpful (7)

    Great company dysfunctional IT organization

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits
    4 weeks vacation + 1 week for Christmas
    Always new and interesting technology development
    Flexible work hours

    Cons

    Think twice about working in Monsanto IT. Layers and layers of management that create an unproductive and toxic culture. Management has little to no involvement in their teams and spend the far majority of their time looking for the next role. Management roles are musical chairs. Some may see new leads at least once a year. At first this may seem nice not having a manager looking over your shoulder but this leads to huge amount of office politics and dysfunction. There is also zero career development. All of the funding resources are poured into useless leadership roles. There is little left for anything else. Due to this, there are constant attempts at cost cutting. You will constantly hear "do more with less" or some other version of corporate jargon saying the same thing.

    Advice to Management

    Senior leadership needs to stop being fooled by the BS of middle management. Eliminate unnecessary and redundant roles and expect those in leadership positions to actually lead their teams.

  6. Helpful (3)

    Promises more than they can deliver

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst

    I have been working at Monsanto Company full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The benefits are really good.

    Cons

    The pay has not stayed competitive. Way too many middle managers. Hard to function with the amount of oversight on every small detail.

    Advice to Management

    Deliver on your promises.

  7. Helpful (3)

    Human Resources

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Monsanto Company

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunities to learn the business and make connections

    Cons

    Little work life balance, development only for chosen few

    Advice to Management

    Focus on all employees - not just those that are high potential

  8. Helpful (6)

    "It's a great place to work" for some...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Creve Coeur, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Creve Coeur, MO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some really great, nice and caring people work here
    Serious devotion to safety
    People who work here are passionate about finding better ways to feed the world
    Relaxed dress code
    Good Benefits
    Decent holidays and vacation time
    Ability to occasionally work from home
    Some employees make great coin and terrific bonuses, but not everyone

    Cons

    Extremely political work environment. Heart-achingly, soul-crushingly political. Network or die.
    Disproportionately focused on diversity. If you are not female or minority and you are not in sales or a scientist, good luck.
    Monsanto saves money by relying on employees remaining contractors for multiple years.
    "The Monsanto Culture" = Don't rock the boat.
    Work-Life balance is good, but managers do not model it making you feel guilty or anxious about doing it
    Inconsistency. Sometimes a position is posted, sometimes a person is just promoted to it. It depends on what management wants to do.

    Advice to Management

    Share the wealth.
    Commit to developing talent from within. There are a lot of great people in Monsanto who are overlooked when the first instinct is to recruit from other companies or from colleges.

  9. SM

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Scrum Master in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Contractor - Scrum Master in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible Hours is a plus

    Cons

    No Support System to support Agile

    Advice to Management

    listen to the troops

  10. Helpful (2)

    Great employees to work with but hard to be successful with no training program and poor managers

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative II in Oxnard, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative II in Oxnard, CA

    I worked at Monsanto Company full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fellow employees were really nice and welcoming.

    Cons

    Poor management.
    Non existent training program.

    Advice to Management

    Listen better to employee's needs. Get a training program together!!!

  11. Helpful (3)

    Ok for scientists, bad for IT

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

    I have been working at Monsanto Company full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Diversity, benefits, nice offices, summer hours

    Cons

    No opportunities for growing. If you want to have a decent check with no improvement on your resume ever this is your company. Overtime, the good pay is not that good since your resume would never show an improvement no matter how hard you work. Contractors come and go and you train and train in addition to an extenuos work load. The company lets go older employees and hires young contractors in exchange. Contractors leave when they notice how hard it is to get a full time job. Monsanto revolving doors are a reality.

    Advice to Management

    Offer career paths and focus on employee development

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