Monsanto Company

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Monsanto Company Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
463 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 63 reviews)

  • Great benefits and the company places a lot of emphasis on professional/personal development (in 27 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is the motto but in reality business expectation do not align (in 37 reviews)

  • Tendency to work long hours, and lots of political games (the company calls this "networking") (in 18 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too much hidden stuff in management

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    Appears to be flat... Leads the market in the field

    Cons

    Too much politics, says it is transparent but not so. Forget career development

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

    Watch Out!

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    Former Employee - Research Associate
    Former Employee - Research Associate

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

    Pros

    Benefits are excellent. There are some great folks and great scientists there. Most jobs allow flexibility in schedule, although working overtime is an implied mandation.

    Cons

    Lots of people fighting to get there way to the top and backstabbing folks in the process. Terrible managers! Known several great employees to lose their jobs after becoming injuried as a result of being overworked. The percentage of people going out on disability and then ending up laid off or terminated is extrememely high! HR is absolutely awful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't put people in management positions just because of degrees or because they are great scientists; management takes people skills! Stand behind you employees when they get injured.

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

    Marketing Analist

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    Former Employee - Marketing in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Marketing in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

    I worked at Monsanto Company full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits for employees. Has a good attention and support as heath care assistance extensible to family members

    Cons

    Too much talk and poor action. Have a big difference in what they say and write and what really they do. The most demagogic company I know.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just act simple. Do what you write or say to do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Science, poort management

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    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.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Could be great, if not for their HR policies

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    Current Employee - US Supply Chain in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - US Supply Chain in Saint Louis, MO

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    You better play the game right

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Once great, now in great decline.

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - "temporary" Employee
    Former Employee - "temporary" Employee

    I worked at Monsanto Company full-time (more than an 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not recomended. Please watch your back

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    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
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Good Old Boys Club

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    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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