Monsanto Company Reviews

Updated September 2, 2015
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  1. Misled!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Media Administrator in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Media Administrator in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fair Pay Great Cafeterias Casual Dress Overall the employees are great people who care about doing a good job.

    Cons

    Middle Management is heavy. Right Hand doesn't know what Left Hand is doing. Lots of duplication in efforts. Employees are pretending to be happy for fear of losing jobs. Encourage creativity, but not open to new ideas - conundrum! Green responsibility is overdone. Favorites get the bonuses, instead of those who are doing the work. More emphasis on social networking as a success factor instead of getting the job done.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the DPR facade and make managers accountable.


  2. Wrong vision going forward

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Davis, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay Good benefits Work life balance

    Cons

    Poor leadership Poor communication regarding strategies Poor decision making

    Advice to Management

    When there are fundamental problems with the company, lay offs heavily biased towards the lower pay scales probably won't fix the problem.


  3. middle management is the biggest issue

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

    Pros

    bright and hard-working people (not most of managers) benefit package vacation days Fitness centre on campus

    Cons

    -While some managers are truly nice and competent people, but many others are arrogant and overly staffed -Like Microsoft, cut off people while making $1,000,000,000+ net profit -Paid less attention to customers' voice when company was expanding fast

    Advice to Management

    Don't underestimate the complexity of the biology before you promised to double the yield and profit.


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  5. Not Good

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Network Support Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Network Support Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    very flexible in term of working time

    Cons

    does not respect employee contributions

    Advice to Management

    try to see from lower level employee perspective when judging a employee performance


  6. Helpful (1)

    Frustrating, opportunities to advance are scarce and have been for the last 3 years.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Internal Audit in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Internal Audit in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Monsanto has a gorgeous campus and overall very nice facilities. My schedule is relatively flexible, I can arrive at work at 6am and leave by 2pm, as long as I am at 40 hours by the end of the week its not a problem.

    Cons

    Working side by side with some of the laziest individuals who accomplish in one week what literally takes me an hour. Though specific incidents have been brought to the attention of management things remain unchanged, an email might go out to the whole department "reminding" us to work as efficiently as possible. This is my first experience in a corporate setting which I understand will be very different from private but if the stockholders saw the performance of these paid employees I guarantee they would be outraged.

    Advice to Management

    Take action.


  7. Helpful (5)

    Good Old Boys Club

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay and bonuses are good Company does well as an investment and with Wall Street Committed to technology Benefits are similar to other companies

    Cons

    It's all about who you know and the relationships that you manage A ton of politics Lack of accountability, leadership and direction Borders of unethical

    Advice to Management

    Review how money/funding is spent. I've worked at several other large companies and there is so much waste here, it's embarrassing. Ensure accountability through less reorganization and movement. Everyone is a generalist now, no one really knows the details of any part of the business. Focus on getting new computer and IT systems. I don't work in this area, but the support, the systems and the data capture is all very dated.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Once great, now in great decline.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the benefits, and vacation.

    Cons

    Pre-2007, there was very little noticeable politics. It got progressively worse to where there is politics everywhere from the foot soldiers to the generals. In general, there seems to be a lack of integrity and basic respectful communication among employees as of the last two years. The addition of younger brash kids to get extensive work done at poor quality and for a pittance hasn't helped foster a professional work environment either. In my opinion, these negative attitudes could be top-down, since the change has been gradual since 2007/08. In terms of your career growth, the most important thing to note is that hires and promotions are light years from being transparent. Hard skills and soft skills (communication initiative leadership tendencies etc) alone will NOT get you places.

    Advice to Management

    1) Take genuine interest in your employees. 2) Be fair to ALL employees.


  9. You better play the game right

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Monsanto Company full-time

    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 Management

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


  10. Helpful (1)

    Could be great, if not for their HR policies

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - US Supply Chain in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - US Supply Chain in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company full-time (More than 10 years)

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Good Science, poort management

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

    I worked at Monsanto Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    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.



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