Monsanto Company Reviews

Updated April 19, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Interesting but dull

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Intern - Intern in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Monsanto Company as an intern (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Access to a lot of interesting information and insights

    Cons

    Lack of any real enthusiasm about the world as an intelligent ecosystem

    Advice to Management

    Begin to see yourselves as something more than automatons chasing dollars and inventing markets that no one wants or needs.

  2. Helpful (2)

    It's getting worse.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Competitive compensation, great benefits, relatively flexible toward work/life balance needs, Sincere colleagues, the opportunity to work for a company working in exciting challenges.

    Cons

    Career advancement requires as much interpersonal networking as it does job performance, if not more. A surprising lack of diversity. If you aren't a good old boy/girl, and don't look like one, trying to get ahead will be an uphill fight that never ends. Office politics between teams and individuals goes unchecked. High expectations to execute the boss's orders, few opportunities where one is empowered to solve problems.

    Advice to Management

    Institute quantitative metrics for hiring and promotion decisions to reduce patronage. Acknowledge your hubris in assuming you always have the right answer. Treat employees with respect and empower them to solve problems.

  3. Helpful (3)

    the company only wants young college graduates

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cos in Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Cos in Des Moines, IA

    I worked at Monsanto Company full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    I had a new building to work in, The pay was ok, good benefits

    Cons

    Expected every minute to be productive to the max. You could give 110% and they still wanted more. We always achieved the goals set, so management just raised them for next time. No extra pay for working overtime.

    Advice to Management

    Your job is never safe, corporate greed is the backbone of this company. Feed the world? Crap!! Upper management needs to share their million dollar bonuses with the people who really do the work

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  5. Helpful (2)

    They don't care to nature

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - IT Intern in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Former Intern - IT Intern in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

    I worked at Monsanto Company as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    - Flexible hours
    - Leave early on Fridays
    - Good assistance for employees
    - If you want an easy job, that's for you

    Cons

    - People are very accommodated
    - They don't care to nature. I was thinking I would arrive in a place where they really had dreams to work on something that will gonna be good for the human being. But no. They don't give a minimum and Idk if they are right in what they do. I don't think so.

    Advice to Management

    Awake dreams in your employee. And don't do what's not right.

  6. Helpful (1)

    It was a manual labor job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Laboratory Technician in Woodland, CA
    Former Contractor - Laboratory Technician in Woodland, CA

    I worked at Monsanto Company as a contractor (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Get to bring home free vegetables sometimes

    Cons

    Lots of manual labor, no experience needed, but company required high experiences. Company cared more about policy and regulation than its worker.

  7. Helpful (2)

    Overworks and Underappreciates Full Time Employees, Abuses Contract Employee Situation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Biologist II in Chesterfield, MO
    Current Contractor - Biologist II in Chesterfield, MO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company as a contractor (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Great pay, flexible hours, industry leading technology

    Cons

    They will keep you employed in the same position as a contract employee for literally years at a time. They overwork their full time employees to the point that some have gotten divorced because they cannot balance their work and life. They pay lip service to things like safety and work-life balance, but no manager in the company will tell an employee to sacrifice productivity for any reason.

    Advice to Management

    When your contract employees are running your production labs and are the only ones keeping important processes like R0 selection afloat, it's probably wise to hire them as full time employees instead of keeping them hanging on for never-ending three month contract extentions.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Not a great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Waterman, IL
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Waterman, IL

    I worked at Monsanto Company part-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good team environment, and made some good friends.

    Cons

    Very low pay, no benefits even when you work 40 hours a week for a year they list you as temp so they don't have to offer you better compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Pay employees a decent wage.

  9. Helpful (2)

    Working for Monsanto

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Warehouse Worker in Kearney, NE
    Former Employee - Warehouse Worker in Kearney, NE

    I worked at Monsanto Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Monsanto is a fast paced innovative company where one can truly benefit from a solid work ethic. They pay very competitively and often time offer excellent overtime opportunities.

    Cons

    Very disorganized with very little opportunity for advancement unless you have a degree in Agriculture or significant farming experience. They seem to heavily play favorites through the promotion process.

    Advice to Management

    Reward those who are willing will to put in the extra time and effort who make Monsanto the company they are today.

  10. Helpful (4)

    Schmooze It or Lose It....

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Monsanto Company

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, great facilities, overall good salary/benefits

    Cons

    Extremely political...must be a team player and excel at power lunches and kissing corporate @ss....definitely not a good place for truly independent thinkers, creative types, or people with too much "edge"....

  11. Helpful (3)

    It's ok.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Creve Coeur, MO
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Creve Coeur, MO

    I worked at Monsanto Company as a contractor (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    I got along with everyone, and there was quite a bit of interaction inter-departmentally. I was given opportunities from my direct supervisor to work on projects outside of my job scope.

    Cons

    The company REALLY snubs contract workers. If you get on as contract with them, 90% of the time, you will NOT get hired full time. In fact, you will be forever blacklisted as a potential employee. If you have anything less than a PhD, you most likely won't be considered for a job. In my case, I was denied a full time job in my group, then forced to train the PhD that they brought on. It was a slap in the face.

    Advice to Management

    Stop discriminating against contract workers. They give you their best- better than a lot of full time employees.

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