Mosaic Company (Minnesota) Reviews

Updated March 25, 2015
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Mosaic Company (Minnesota) President, CEO, COO, and Director Jim Prokopanko
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Pros
  • Good work/family balance, fair compensation and good benefits (in 6 reviews)

  • that will help employees expand their professional development (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • The 8 hour shift is exhausting and grueling (in 2 reviews)

  • The HR department is lagging, IT is trying new systems (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Company is large and diverse

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mosaic Company (Minnesota)

    Pros

    The company offers Great Health benefits.

    Cons

    Management has little knowledge of what makes their own department function

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    attribute to the departments

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. My experience has been highly hands-on; in other words, expect to get dirty along with the hourly personnel.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    This may be the place for you to work if you're interested in mining and don't mind an industrial chemical environment.

    Cons

    Opportunity for growth is limited, depending on what position you take (operations or maintenance). The company does not use their talent at all (from a mechanical engineering point of view); everything is contracted. You will not use the skills you learned in undergraduate studies. They will shape to you to what they want you to be, which is often not what you wanted to be.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. The experience was very enlightening.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mosaic Company (Minnesota)

    Pros

    The work schedule allows for family time if you really want it.
    Pay is good.
    Multiple channels for possible career growth.

    Cons

    Due to the growth opportunities, some may find themselves in over their heads.
    Can ba a bit clickish, depending on where you work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. It could have been better..........

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Carlsbad, NM
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Carlsbad, NM

    I worked at Mosaic Company (Minnesota) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The chance to live in New Mexico and be close to home. Every once in awhile a person finds a direct manager they truly respect, I found that at this site.

    There is knowledge sharing that goes on between all sites, both formal and informal. One gets to meet and exchange ideas with professionals from Florida and Canada.

    Cons

    The Carlsbad site is essentially alcohol fueled. There are many individuals who get together during the weekdays or use any company travel event as an excuse to get hammered. Unfortunately this type of behavior is condoned, encouraged and participated in by upper management. In one particular instance the senior manager pointed to a junior engineer during a company function and announced that everyone was to put there drinks on his tab. The next day the junior engineer had to submit an expense report for $5000 which was promptly signed and he was sent on his way. If one has any type of sensibility and refuses to participate in these types of behaviors they are ostracized and not part of the "promotional group". When people talk about the issue, it is shrugged off with the usual comment that it was because the Canadians were present and they like to drink.

    The site has severe safety issues. Part of it is being an 80 year old mine, part of it is lack of attention. Every year MSHA is shutting down the mine due to safety concerns. During year one working there, a shaft leading down to the main workings was shut down due huge chunks of rock spalling off. During year two one of the tunnels collapsed between shifts which was sheer luck otherwise people would have been killed. That shut down the underground workings for two months. Last year a huge storage shed collapsed because 50 years of dust was allowed to accumulate on the steal I-beams, harde and solidify and overstressing the structure. There were people working inside the shed in bulldozers when this happened. This is a scary place to work.

    It is a tough social environment at the Carlsbad site. The people from town are very cliquish. As one old timer put it "they will never be friends with you, you will never be one of them, the best that can happen is they will accept you as part of the landscape". In other parts of New Mexico the people are warm and welcoming, Carlsbad is cold and clannish. Many are relocated Okie's or Texans which might have something to do with it.

    There is a strong resentment by the general workforce against those who have any type of education. Since management is back-filling mid level management slots with 20 something engineers who have very little idea what they are doing, this resentment only grows. Carlsbad itself is roughly 50% Hispanic and 50% white. Yet there is no one past the supervisor level who is Hispanic. Since no one in the old guard has any education past high school this should not be the case (they were all on a level playing field). There is a pretty clear indication of Disparate Treatment going on or at the minimum, Adverse Impact discrimination.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are managing mine sites in Canada, Florida and New Mexico from headquarters in Minnesota where there is only an office building. You are out of touch. For example, issuing blanket initiatives such as banning all cutting instruments from the site (scissors, utility knives, etc.) because someone onsite cut themselves is a knee-jerk, ridiculous response. Try coming down from the ivory tower and live the life of a miner for a day, a week or a month.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. Good experience with some very nice people

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    Former Intern - Engineering Co-Op in Tampa, FL
    Former Intern - Engineering Co-Op in Tampa, FL

    I worked at Mosaic Company (Minnesota) as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of hands on experience in a plant and in a mine

    Cons

    A lot of the hourly employees are rude to new employees and salaried employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Devote more resources to developing young engineers. There is often very little guidance when it comes to training opportunities to be able to better oneself.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7. Great people at lower levels.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mosaic Company (Minnesota)

    Pros

    Hourly workers and supervisors are generally great. Most lower level employees are great to work with.

    Cons

    Much of a "Us vs Them" feeling with management. They have their favorites whom they promote quickly.
    You need to latch onto the person who hires you and ride the "coat tails". Promotions have no objective selection process other than who they like to work with.
    Long drive to work if you want to live in a populated area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Selection process needs objectivity. Too many "secret" files on employees and yearly reviews mean nothing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8. Good

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mosaic Company (Minnesota) full-time

    Pros

    Top notch professionals dedicated to helping you

    Cons

    Director level favoritism / nepotism impacting long term employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nepotism at a director and general manager in the potash group is affecting unit integrity.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. process engineer

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    Current Employee - Senior Precess Engineer in Minn City, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Precess Engineer in Minn City, MN

    I have been working at Mosaic Company (Minnesota) full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    the biggest fertilizer production company in America. High paying company in the area. Lots of opportunity for professional growth. The company will help employees expand their talent.

    Cons

    The people on shift work have a hared time balancing their personal and professional lives. The 8 hour shift is exhausting and grueling. Promotion opportunities are seldom.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay more attention in china market

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Great place to work

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    Former Intern - Engineering Coop
    Former Intern - Engineering Coop

    I worked at Mosaic Company (Minnesota) as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone is very friendly the plant was well managed and very geared towards safety excellent work environment. As a co-op your housing and travel expenses are paid for.

    Cons

    Florida is very hot during the summer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Co-op was very good

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    Current Intern - Co-Op in Mulberry, FL
    Current Intern - Co-Op in Mulberry, FL

    I have been working at Mosaic Company (Minnesota) as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Workers are very friendly and helpful, when they have time. If I ever ran into a dulldrum, I could always find more work around the office. PM mechanic was super fun to shadow and was able to see what it really takes to keep the plant running.

    Cons

    I had to keep on top of people to get anything done or get replies to emails, especially because I was a co-op.

    Recommends

Mosaic Company (Minnesota) Photos

A two rotor miner on display in Esterhazy
A loader. It feeds muck into a "car"
A four rotor miner at K2 Underground.

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