Monsanto Company Reviews

Updated September 26, 2014
Updated September 26, 2014
406 Reviews
3.7
406 Reviews
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Monsanto Company Chairman and CEO Hugh Grant
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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 49 reviews)

  • Great benefits and the company places a lot of emphasis on professional/personal development (in 23 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is the motto but in reality business expectation do not align (in 30 reviews)

  • Tendency to work long hours, and lots of political games (the company calls this "networking") (in 17 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's the culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Administrative  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Systems Administrative in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    The culture promotes open communication and sharing of thoughts and ideas.
    Management tends to be very approachable with a lack of ego and condescension.
    Relaxed atmosphere and reasonable HR policies.
    Very much a team oriented work environment.
    A relaxed environment but still very little tolerance for dead-wood employees.
    After a year or so, it's comparatively easy to make lateral moves to other departments and broaden your skills sets.

    Cons

    Labor is predominately contractors....challenging to land a full time job there.
    You could work there for 3 years and still be a contractor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your lower management manages to be both people oriented as well as mission oriented.
    They balance pursuit of excellence with compassion.
    It would be best to continue down that path of encouraging such management style.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to work for... if you're a full-time employee!

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    Current Employee - Seasonal Laborer
    Current Employee - Seasonal Laborer

    I have been working at Monsanto Company as a contractor for more than 8 years

    Pros

    They offer competitive pay and paid holidays off to their seasonal employees.

    Cons

    They are able to work you 40 hours a week for years on end but consider you a "seasonal employee" so they don't have to offer you the same benefits a full-time employee receives. There is no true management; most upper level managers aren't even in the same state as their employees which doesn't provide the correct structure that is needed for employees.

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

    Crop Intern

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    Current Employee - Crop  in  Monmouth, IL
    Current Employee - Crop in Monmouth, IL

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

    Pros

    Learned a ton of valuable information. They provided great knowledge with cutting edge technology. The management at the Monmouth farm really allowed a lot of freedom and trusted us with our jobs.

    Really enjoyed the experience and value the information I learned during that summer

    Cons

    Long hours were sometimes tough but always were taken care of.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Monsanto is a challenging and enjoyable place to work.

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    Current Employee - Planner  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Planner in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    Interesting problems to solve. Other perks besides salary.

    Cons

    Matrix structure is sometimes hard to understand and navigate.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A great, innovative place to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Monsanto Company

    Pros

    The work is challenging and there are plenty of opportunities to develop new skills through cross-project collaboration.

    Cons

    There is a tendency to favor a pipeline mentality, that, while efficient, is less flexible in meeting rapidly - changing research objectives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership sees way too many polished PowerPoint slide decks from mid-level management in R&D that often don't reflect the data or technical challenges of a project very accurately.

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work!

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

    I have been working at Monsanto Company full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    competitive salary; great work-life balance; flexible enough to grow career in the area of your interest

    Cons

    senior management is sometimes too biased towards certain group of people; your talent may not always be recognized if you can't speak up for yourself

    Recommends
  8.  

    Excellent work culture, excellent benefits

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Fixed Asset Accountant  in  Creve Coeur, MO
    Current Employee - Fixed Asset Accountant in Creve Coeur, MO

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, great work culture, great benefits

    Cons

    career growth is a little slow. Very hard to get a job there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Monsanto really makes a difference in the world

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Big focus on diversity. Compensation and benefits package is competitive.

    Cons

    Long hours, constant change in leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on all employees not just those identifed as high potential / high performers

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Nice work culture at bangalore office, but lack of designation increment

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer  in  Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    Nice work environment, friendly people.

    Cons

    Lack of growth opportunities. People keep on shift to other processes but designation wise hardly anybody has succeeded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more growth opportunities for internal employees.

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

    Great for those who have the guts to push forward...

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to make your mark, company is open to incorporate progressive ideas, opportunity to travel and network with colleagues from all over the world. Genuine strive to deliver. Good products.

    Cons

    'Dog eat dog' company culture, very competitive/political within the organization, highly matrixed with poor processes. Too frequent rotations of leaders thus ad-hoc promotional/career decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice downward management not just upward.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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