Monsanto Company Reviews

Updated September 7, 2014
Updated September 7, 2014
398 Reviews
3.7
398 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.  

    Excellent place to work for those who have what it takes

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    Current Employee - Product Owner  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Product Owner in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    The challenges of the work, great people, good opportunities to grow as a person and a professional, amazing benefits, closed over Christmas, summer hours

    Cons

    work life balance can be skewed, resourcing in some areas a huge issue, communication can be challenging as some of Monsanto's functional areas operate as silos

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    middle leadership needs to better communicate the LRP or vision for their areas and need to execute the hard decisions quickly

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Monsanto has multiple divisions, there are research and commercial divisions, its fun working for the research division

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer - Senior  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Software Engineer - Senior in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    A very different domain and its interesting challenges, usually you don't get to work with representation of genes and their expressions in plants, how to track and predict them etc. Technically a lot of tools to play with, whatever it takes attitude among most of people.

    Cons

    Even though its internal facing apps in research divisions, there is always some kind of work issue that no one thought of, so a lot of production emergencies and challenges

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A better longer term vision of where the apps will be in, especially in IT, might guide many people and strategies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Place to Work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Lead
    Former Employee - Human Resources Lead

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

    Pros

    Brilliant scientists and researcher collaborating to make a difference in the global market. Great organization to work for, you are allowed to voice your opinions and concerns and have them heard and addressed. Diverse workforce with great opportunities for growth and leadership and many different arenas. Team oriented environment where learning is encouraged and rewarded.

    Cons

    The pressure is always on. You don't have the best work-life balance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Opportunity and Growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management Trainee  in  Farmer City, IL
    Current Employee - Management Trainee in Farmer City, IL

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to move up as the company grows each year.

    Cons

    Work hours vary by season

    Recommends
  6.  

    Stable

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good values, mostly good people who have worked for years, stable company, good culture, good work life balance, company supports personal growth, good mentors, good respect for contractors

    Cons

    Benefits depend on your performance but you get compensated for it only if company's performs well that year

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in your people's growth

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company with room to move upwards, and a fantastic co-op program.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Intern  in  Creve Coeur, MO
    Current Employee - IT Intern in Creve Coeur, MO

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

    Pros

    Everyone here is extremely helpful, no one is "too good for you". As a college student co-op, I have had meetings with executives to ask about the company, and they have all been extremely polite and helpful.

    Cons

    I am looking for full-time employment, and a lot of the work they do here is contracted out. This is not the end of the world, and still a great all-around company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great Company

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

    I have been working at Monsanto Company full-time

    Pros

    They really care about their employees

    Cons

    I have yet to find any cons

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

    Strong Company, but work life balance is failing.

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer  in  Muscatine, IA
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Muscatine, IA

    I have been working at Monsanto Company full-time

    Pros

    Compensation is good. The company is very innovative and generally stays ahead of the curve.

    Cons

    Many initiatives (leaders trying to leave their "mark") have added non-value added work and the work life balance is suffering as a result...50-60 hr weeks are becoming the expectation. You need to be willing to relocate to in order to move up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be willing to reduce non-value added work even if it means potentially admitting that a past idea was a poor one.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Does not follow own leadership training guidelines.

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

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

    Pros

    Monsanto takes care of their employees from the standpoint of excellent pay and benefits. The "worker bees" are great, and still have many friends still working there.

    Cons

    A very "silo'd" atmosphere which tends to stifle your creativity and definitely can frustrate you as you try to work on projects while not knowing what the other guy is doing. The cubicle atmosphere lends itself to no personal privacy. Company politics is terrible. Some of the worse that I have seen. If you don't play the game, you get labeled as a non-team player. Meetings galore. It's hard to make deadlines at times since you are in so many meetings. The joke was that you had to have a meeting to decide if you needed to have a meeting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow your own guidelines. You spend a lot of money on training managers on how to treat their people, and then they don't follow what they have been trained to do, and HR allows it to happen. Be fair to everyone, and get rid of the politics. Vegetables was the "new kid on the block" in the Monsanto family, but had the worse reputation for the back biting politics that is was played.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good People. Uncaring Leadership.

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    Good salary, benefits. Stable environment. Safety conscious. Great people to work with at the base level for the most part. Good work/life balance. Overall, it's a good place to work if you have a good manager.

    Cons

    Science is all high throughput, not alot of thought. Leadership is EXTREMELY political. If you are not inside the leadership clique, you will never grow in your career. Leaders also look down on their employees as justification for their career success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward your scientists for doing good science. Make the fellows program something real.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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