Monsanto Company Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
402 Reviews
3.7
402 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 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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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great product, no care for employees further down the chain of command

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

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

    Pros

    a great product to stand behind, great benefits at higher levels

    Cons

    weak leadership at the site level, little to no checks and balances between corporate and the site as far as conduct and interpersonal relations, they prefer to keep temporary employees at temporary status - regardless of loyalty, education, or merit

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a good look at the people in middle-management. Many of them get away with doing very little work. You could honestly save money on some lower-level employees if the middle-management was held accountable for doing their jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not recomended. Please watch your back

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Monsanto Company

    Pros

    Ok type company
    Everyone gets the same hike, so not much for doing more work

    Cons

    They will fire you when they do not need you
    Poor leader. They do not care about people much
    Exploit you for work and make you work very very hard

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lack of Ethics
    Get away from use and throw policy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good Old Boys Club

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    It's a paycheck.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Monsanto Company

    Pros

    Good benefits, some down time in the off season.

    Cons

    Poor communication, a lot of scape-goating, office politics are distracting.

    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Internal Audit  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Internal Audit in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Take action.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    The leadership is ethically and strategically weak.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Morges (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Morges (Switzerland)

    I have been working at Monsanto Company

    Pros

    Good salary, low quality work, low expectations, no accountability, fewer work hours, low quality people around, can hide in organization

    Cons

    strategically weak, no personnel development plan, ethically unsound, bad HR, low mentoring, lack of transparency, no operational processes, very insular

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on building business long term. It means beyond R&D and Finance. Be honest and transparent with business, people and community

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Terrible

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Buyer
    Former Employee - Buyer

    I worked at Monsanto Company

    Pros

    It's a good place if you are manager or higher

    Cons

    Work overload is constant problem and work life balance is a hoax

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Not Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Network Support Engineer  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Network Support Engineer in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company

    Pros

    very flexible in term of working time

    Cons

    does not respect employee contributions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Ethical, supportive of work-life balance but held back by arrogance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Monsanto Company

    Pros

    Working on problems that benefit society and improving quality of life
    Opportunity to work on extremely challenging problems
    Very ethical environment - genuine concern for doing the right things in the right way
    Very supportive of work-life balance

    Cons

    Plagued by arrogance, certainly within management but also how the company represents itself
    Hard to introduce change - too much tolerance for empire building which works against the interest of the company
    Business units are very territorial and internal transparency is poor
    Management is too impressed with itself to be introspective - will be caught offguard by a competitor
    Senior and upper management is generally good about setting direction and vision but poor at driving execution and instilling clarity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to act with more clarity and urgency and not discount competitors. Don't let business units work in silos and be less tolerant of people clinging to old notions and derailing execution on decide matters

    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    middle management is the biggest issue

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Approves of CEO

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