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Minneapolis, MN
10000+ employees
1866
Company - Public (GIS)
Food & Beverage Manufacturing
$10+ billion (USD) per year
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General Mills is a leading global food company that serves the world by making food people love. Our brands include Cheerios, Annie's, Yoplait, Nature Valley, Fiber One, Häagen-Dazs, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Old El Paso, Wanchai Ferry, Yoki and more ... Read more

Mission: We serve the world by making food people love


Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Work: 2013 (#35), 2012 (#11), 2011 (#4), 2010 (#2), 2009 (#1)

Best Places to Interview: 2017 (#7)

General Mills Reviews

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    "Great place to start a Consumer Insights Career"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate, Global Consumer Insights in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Associate, Global Consumer Insights in Minneapolis, MN
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    I have been working at General Mills full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    1.) Awesome list of brands you can work on (Cheerios, Yoplait, Nature Valley, Pillsbury, Betty Crocker etc.)
    2. )Interesting work. For consumer insights, General Mills is still one of the three best places to start an insights career (P&G, Unilever are the other two). We still have solid research budgets and do everything from in-home ethnography, to in-store tests, to analytical market structure and segmentation projects. The ability to work on a wide variety of problems for a brand is incredible.
    3. ) Great work/life balance. If you work smart and manage expectations, you are able to consistently work 40-45 hours a week. I am allowed to work remotely, and have lots of flexibility for when and how I get my work done. As someone with a family, this is a wonderful place to work for those who have a life outside of work.
    4.) Great coworkers. Not only are my coworkers competent, intelligent and capable--they are also good people. I hang out with coworkers outside of work simply because these are people I enjoy being with.
    5) Career growth. Although the ability to move up within the organization is shrinking (the company hasn't grown meaningfully in 5 years), General Mills still allows you to continue building new skills and abilities. Most consumer insights roles rotate every 2 years, allowing you to get new experiences all the time. In case you want to leave GMI, there are no shortage of opportunities. I get contacted by recruiters every month to do really cool consumer insights jobs across the country.

    Cons

    1) Difficult industry with uncertain future. General Mills, like the rest of the consumer goods industry, has regular layoffs due to lack of sales growth. I still think this is a great place to work. Given current market environment, however, it is more likely you will stay here for 5-10 years, rather than 30.
    2. Difficulty to move up in the organization. Consumer Insights at General Mills is still one of the largest insights organizations in the world (over 150 employees), but recent organizational changes have severely limited the number of manager and above roles. The time it takes to be promoted can vary widely, and those who want to move up quickly in the consumer insights organization can be frustrated.

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General Mills Interviews

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    Pilot Plant Technician Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Golden Valley, MN
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ weeks. I interviewed at General Mills (Golden Valley, MN) in February 2016.

    Interview

    I applied online and I was contacted a few days later for two 20 minutes phone interviews. I was later emailed to schedule an interview at the General Mills James Ford Bell Technical Center in Golden Valley, MN on Monday February 22, 2016. I met with the recruiting managers, the reliability manager and 3 team leads as well as a technologist. The whole interview took about 2.5 hrs including a tour of the plant. I really enjoyed the meeting and got to know more about the position. All the interviewers were very professional and very informative.The interview consisted of primarily behavioral questions about my prior work experiences. At the end of each interview, I had the opportunity to ask questions.

    Interview Questions

    • I was asked about leadership experiences and How I gave feedback to my co workers.   1 Answer
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General Mills Awards & Accolades

  • Employees' Choice -50 Best Places to work, Glassdoor, 2013
  • 100 Best Companies to Work For, Fortune, 2010
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Pledges & Certifications

Veteran Hiring Commitment

Committed to helping America's military veterans find work

Career Advancement Program

Helping employees "upskill" into higher-paying positions

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