Mosaic Company (Minnesota) Reviews

Updated June 10, 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)

  • Florida is very hot during the summer (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    DO NOT JOIN - Unless you are a white male

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mosaic Company (Minnesota)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits. The locations are real far away

    Cons

    red tape, egos, inefficient and HIGHLY prejudice company
    If you are a women , minority , do not want to progress unless you brown nose , non christian - DO Not JOIN this company

    This is a company which is run bu old white male and no one gets noticed or promoted unless you are a white male

    In the top 7 layers of the company there are no women or minorities ...the highest a minority or a women can get is a supervisor role and they will stay there for EVER


  2. It could have been better..........

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    IT in Riverview (AOC) needs reshaping (Managers and Directors)

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Riverview, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Riverview, FL

    I have been working at Mosaic Company (Minnesota) full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Like the previous poster stated, there are some talented minds here especially in Enterprise and Security.

    Cons

    Some of the directors have no clue what is going on in their industry, too many Chiefs not enough Indians. This place reminds me of a incompetent Cuba with its arrogance, dictatorship and division.

    Advice to Management

    Bring the directors to AOC more often instead of leading from a great distance. Recognize the hard-workers and not the slackers.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Don't waste your time!!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work if you lack drive, have no desire to progress your career and enjoy having incompetent Directors and Managers steal your work and present it as their own

    Cons

    Culture, Leadership or Lack of, ex: Director of ROIC already failed as a plant manger and was fired was brought back to be the change agent to drive improvement?! Definiton of insanity is what? People laugh at him behind his back and cannot stand him yet he strolls around like he owns the place. What a joke!! And there is at least two examples lioke that in every dept!

    Advice to Management

    Go ahead and step aside and let some new business minded people take control before you sink it.


  6. Helpful (8)

    Agree with other reviews

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Professional Manager in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Professional Manager in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at Mosaic Company (Minnesota)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay is good for the region. It has large company benefits.

    Cons

    The other reviews are on the money. Don't come to Mosaic expecting to be a star performer, the culture of the company is one in which mediocrity and 2 hour lunch crowd protect their jobs. This means if you stand out, you will be a target. There is a poly-anna corporate headquarters in Minnesota that is out of touch with the incompetence in Florida. If you work here, expect to conform or be ostracized. Clique-ish. Salaried workers do not have a 21st century view of their union coworkers. The union is weak and runs scared. Upper managment in Florida is low rung and probably would flounder anywhere but Mosaic. It is a little world of its own, not a globally balanced company.

    Advice to Management

    Accountability, outside consultants to thoroughly interview and assess.


  7. Exciting to start, frustrating to progress

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor in Lithia, FL
    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor in Lithia, FL

    I worked at Mosaic Company (Minnesota) full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, great crew to supervise, amazing safety program

    Cons

    1 hour drive to work, alternating days and nights 12 hr shifts in the same week. Direct management was not educated and only used old school methods.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know your people they are your greatest assets. Get out into the mine and observe multiple shifts more than once a week.


  8. Helpful (1)

    My experience has been highly hands-on; in other words, expect to get dirty along with the hourly personnel.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    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.


  9. Great people at lower levels.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mosaic Company (Minnesota)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

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


  10. Helpful (4)

    Good job but management is on a power trip and they fire people left and right.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inventory Procurement Specialist in Lithia, FL
    Former Employee - Inventory Procurement Specialist in Lithia, FL

    I worked at Mosaic Company (Minnesota) full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice co-workers and good hours.

    Cons

    The managers of procurement (Julia, Candace, Robert) are on huge power trips. I worked for Mosaic for 7 months and I saw at least 10 people get fired for no reason. They try to intimidate you to make themselves feel important. Mosaic is a great company to work for but working in the procurement department you have to deal with the managers who will find a way to fire you. They don't care about you as a person.

    Advice to Management

    No room for advancement.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Company has good benefits but nepotism is rampant.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Environmental Technician in Mulberry, FL
    Former Employee - Environmental Technician in Mulberry, FL

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, people, and community involvement

    Cons

    Company doesn't care about you unless you're an engineer and/or you know someone.



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