Monsanto Company

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Monsanto Company Reviews

Updated January 26, 2015
Updated January 26, 2015
485 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.  

    GREAT PLACE TO WORK

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Monsanto has an excellent office culture emphasizing work-life balance and truly focuses on individual employee development more than any other company I have worked for! Company has GREAT benefits, fair and equitable promotions and salary, and is all around the best company I have worked for and will ever work for!

    Cons

    No cons about working here at all!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue focusing on creating a great place to work and keep employees centric! GREAT JOB!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Monsanto- a REALLY great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Training Specialist in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Training Specialist in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    I love working at Monsanto for many reasons. Monsanto values work-life balance, we have a great vacation schedule, we have summer hours on Fridays. Monsanto leadership truly cares about me as an employee- i'm not just a number. Monsanto inspires its employees to have the courage to speak up and share their opinions and views. Monsanto cares about my development and wants to see me succeed and gives me the tools that I need to continue developing. Monsanto has a fantastic 'Total Rewards' package that is pretty hard to top! Monsanto allows you to be who you are.

    Cons

    It would be nice to have a better parking situation- or bring the shuttles back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to share your thoughts and vision with your employees. Having a transparent environment is so important and valuable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Place with Great People

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Generalist
    Current Employee - Human Resources Generalist

    I have been working at Monsanto Company full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Monsanto is as committed to people as it is to sustainable agriculture, employing a very diverse workforce with endless opportunities for those who take ownership of their career. But also for those who don't, Monsanto provides for a very stable and attractive working environment as long as you perform well. Underperformance gets monitored and may eventually lead to separation. There are processes for everything to guide you in your job and your professional as well as personal development. Pay and Benefits are great and work-life balance is very good but depends on yourself and your managers. Very open door culture where anything can be discussed. Overall truly a great place to work;

    Cons

    Having excellent development opportunities also has its cons, i.e. high rotation in management positions creates some instability. A complex matrix structure requires agility and constant effort to navigate your way through operational and governance issues (i.e. can too many processes kill efficiency?). The nature of the business and reputation of GMOs does not really encourage a sense of ownership or belonging to the brand "Monsanto".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the company name and take a fresh start! Do not kill efficiency with processes, i.e. keep it lean!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    "It's a great place to work" for some...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Creve Coeur, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Creve Coeur, MO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some really great, nice and caring people work here
    Serious devotion to safety
    People who work here are passionate about finding better ways to feed the world
    Relaxed dress code
    Good Benefits
    Decent holidays and vacation time
    Ability to occasionally work from home
    Some employees make great coin and terrific bonuses, but not everyone

    Cons

    Extremely political work environment. Heart-achingly, soul-crushingly political. Network or die.
    Disproportionately focused on diversity. If you are not female or minority and you are not in sales or a scientist, good luck.
    Monsanto saves money by relying on employees remaining contractors for multiple years.
    "The Monsanto Culture" = Don't rock the boat.
    Work-Life balance is good, but managers do not model it making you feel guilty or anxious about doing it
    Inconsistency. Sometimes a position is posted, sometimes a person is just promoted to it. It depends on what management wants to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share the wealth.
    Commit to developing talent from within. There are a lot of great people in Monsanto who are overlooked when the first instinct is to recruit from other companies or from colleges.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    culture change

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    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    culture change, it's hard to move internally.

    Cons

    culture change, it's hard to move internally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    culture change, too many full-time managers and many people are not doing much real work.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great people to work with

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Purchasing Co-Op in Soda Springs, ID
    Former Employee - Purchasing Co-Op in Soda Springs, ID

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

    Pros

    work environment is great, really diverse cuture.

    Cons

    Hiring process is pretty slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My manager is very thoughtful.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    IT Intern

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    Current Employee - IT Intern in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - IT Intern in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Best place to work! Dress code is really relax and they aren't strict on when you come and go. It is really a free environment. They are really big on you networking with the different departments within the company and shadowing other departments that interest you.

    Cons

    Didn't have any bad experiences. I will say training for my position probably could have been a tad bit better. But overall I still have learned so much.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Web Admin

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    Former Employee - Web Administrative in Creve Coeur, MO
    Former Employee - Web Administrative in Creve Coeur, MO

    I worked at Monsanto Company as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice friendly environment,relaxing hours,no dress code

    Cons

    No perks,HR policy is really bad,Been working with them as contractor for 3 years was layoff just 2 days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure to double consider people before laying off

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Fantastic Colleagues even more amazing is the Science

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Monsanto Company

    Pros

    Good benefits, pay, values of the company, great colleagues, many opportunities to learn things outside your job realm, constantly learning.

    Cons

    Too much middle management, too many long meetings (making work/life balance extremely hard).

    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Scientist

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Monsanto Company

    Pros

    Pay, Benefits, Vacation, Culture, Investment into workplace

    Cons

    Work-Life Balance, tight deadlines, Matrix environment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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