Monsanto Company

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Monsanto Company Reviews in Saint Louis, MO

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.  

    Love working for a company with a passion for improving the worlds food supply!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cost Accounting Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Cost Accounting Manager in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    Career growth, benefits, pay, training opportunities, community outreach, on-site services include day care, cafeteria, gym

    Cons

    Matrix environment, could offer more on-site services (oil changes or dry cleaning services) lots of meetings, out dated office spaces

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company to work for!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Logistics Analyst in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Logistics Analyst in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    - Great culture
    - Great opportunities
    - Very family oriented

    Cons

    - Average compensation
    - Still growing technical knowhow in some areas

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Finance in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    Employee oriented, great benefits, compensation and rewards. Company allows flexibility and supports work/life balance.

    Cons

    Depending on the manager your career at the company can be made or broken. Leadership roles are not always filled by those who can effectively lead, but by those who have had years of experience or number of connections in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While networking is an excellent tool for flourishing at the company, ensuring that leadership skills are developed and required in leadership roles would ensure more employee retention. Not everyone has a talent to be a leader and not everyone in a leadership role is successful there.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Wonderful Place to be - Great Benefits. It is difficult to penetrate into culture if you are new.

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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

    Pros

    Benefits, Vacation time, Smart People, Growing Company, Profitable Company

    Cons

    Senior Management has a tendency to play favorites to long term employees because of tenure, Bonus payout sometimes does not appear to be fair based on contribution

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Embrace the diversity you talk about - this is a major issue here for folks that are new to the Monsanto culture or don't fit the relatively homogenous population at this company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Monsanto Company Review

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company

    Pros

    Lots of holidays; great insurance and 401k matching

    Cons

    Bureaucracy can sometimes be very value. How promotions are done is not very clear

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop fair salary policies; lots of employees seem to have opinion that salary differentials are very difficult to explain.

  7.  

    Slick packaging, but nothing of substance inside.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - US Commercial in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - US Commercial in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great focus on safety, many departments have really nice coworkers.

    Cons

    Every company has issues with who people think should receive promotions, Monsanto takes it to a whole new level. Promotions are completely based on favored status with specific company leaders. Truly an amazing amount of nepotism here. While they don't report to each other, they support the groups where their spouse works, creating networks you won't have access too. Also that nepotism takes the form of favored white employees, I realize this is agriculture, but Monsanto makes no effort beyond window dressing to diversify it's workforce. You don't receive raises except for cost of living adjustments. They have bonuses that are supposed to make up for that, but their review process is almost laughable if it wasn't your salary being decided.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Monsanto needs an HR shakeup from top to bottom. You are competing for talent in the marketplace and spending millions to train and retain talent. The lack of viable, empowered HR personnel is wasting all that investment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Nice people, advancement opportunities limited

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Marketing in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    I have enjoyed some of the projects I've been given, have a nice boss and appreciate the good company benefits offered.

    Cons

    If you are looking to be upwardly mobile, this may not be the place. "Networking", or playing the political game, are essential for moving up the ladder. Many stalled careers of good people as a result. Cost of living raises are about the most that many employees can expect.

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

    Not a company for career minded people

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - US Supply Chain Business Solutions in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - US Supply Chain Business Solutions in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice campus with good food and fitness facility. They are very safety conscious and you will receive concentrated and constantly updated safety training in person and by computer based training.

    Cons

    Mind numbing micromanagement on details that other companies would disregard, while at the same time major projects seem to slip, go over budget by millions and no one is held accountable. There seems to be a favored class of employees that move from role to role while employees getting good reviews and getting the job done just seem to get overlooked until someone needs something. Very entitled management. Despite complaints about development, a large amount of advanced management and lead roles go to those from outside the company. Monsanto devotes a large amount of time to create the perception that they are an inclusive, fair and career oriented company, but their employee surveys say otherwise and the part that is so frustrating is they could be great, they just simply don't care to change anything. Don't try to suggest changes either, or you will feel the heat.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There comes a point where when you say you are devoted to development, yet always pick external candidates, that people realize what a joke it is that you never HAVE anyone developed. Are all your employees really that bad? How is that possible?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Used to be awesome, but change has left is lackluster

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

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

    Pros

    - Paid week off between Christmas and New Years.

    - Interesting products and services

    - Great cafeteria services

    - Fitness facility on one of the four facilities in St. Louis.

    Cons

    - No raises. If you earn a "strong" rating for the last three years here you have been working for less money each year.

    - Awful review process. Seems to be no oversight on the reviews them self, much less on reconciliation. Trust me if you are a diversity candidate (other than women) you will get the short end of the reconciliation process.

    - Monsanto is definitely a groupthink, yesman culture. Little focus of hiring people different than themselves. No one can rock the boat and since they can't things never change or get worse.

    - Managers don't manage. There are two cultures here. Managers attend meetings 80-100 percent of the time. They network and "align" and apply for new roles every 12 - 18 months. On the other hand you will be doing the majority of the work, often short staffed or with consultants who are unhappy because they have been consultants at the firm 5, 10, even 15+ years and never offered a job. You will have multiple managers because since you have a competency, HR allows a culture that will road block your development and promotions.

    -Hands down the worst IT (Us Commercial) organization I have seen in any major company. Arrogant and they do not align to the business, they tell the business what they will be doing and their long range planning is separate for the business. Leads that when asked what is going on simply do not show up for meetings, return calls or emails, unless you are in a position to promote them. If you are unfortunate enough to have REAL expertise in a field they are working on, and it's not what they are wanting to do, they'll simply "shop" for a business leader who is not knowledgeable enough to know they are on the wrong course and say that is who is sponsoring their work. If you dare to complain or asked for accountability, Your leadership will be informed you are rocking the boat then it's going to be a while before your invited back to a meeting.

    They used to be a great company and there used to be open dialog and communicate across roles and levels. Now it has become a place where you get worked to death, no one listens or cares (their own Lenexa surveys show 40 - 50 percent of employees "do not feel valued as an employee"

    You can do better than here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to the business. Talent is walking out the door while you are spouting platitudes and pretending things will be alright. We were once innovative and inclusive, now management is like a Country Club and the rest of us are inappropriately attired.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    One of the best employers in the Greater St. Louis area

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

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

    Pros

    Great company with competent leadership team. The LT is as up front concerning the state of the business as possible. Monsanto supports the Greater St. Louis area in many, many ways both financially & many volunteer hours. The company was just named #8 as one of the Best Multinational Workplaces. The total compensation package out shines other local employers.

    Cons

    Like with any company there are issues...none I to point out here.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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