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General Mills Overview

Minneapolis, MN
10000+ employees
Company - Public (GIS)
Food & Beverage Manufacturing
$10+ billion (USD) per year
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)

Company Updates

  • General Mills sponsored the 30th Rube Goldberg Machine Contest in Chicago, Illinois, as participants were tasked with developing a complicated way to pour a bowl of cereal. As the task sponsor, we were able to be part of a special award given to the team with the most creative final step in the machine. Caroline Kopplin and Samantha Barnes, both engineers from our plant in Belvidere, Illinois, were invited to help decide the winner.

    See a video from the event and listen to a podcast featuring organizers, participants and judges (including Kopplin), on our blog:

  • John Wiebold is the vice president of Sustainable Sourcing at General Mills. He’s accountable for delivering the company’s commitments to sustainably source our 10 priority ingredients by the year 2020. When asked what he loves about his role, Wiebold said: “Every day I think about how lucky I am to be at General Mills. I don’t think there is a more impactful place to be or work to do than connecting global farmers to people’s food and our brands through environmental sustainability work.”

    Wiebold has written three stories on our blog highlighting the company’s progress toward our goal to sustainably source oats, wheat and corn:

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General Mills – Why Work For Us?

Food. Purpose. You.

Fortune magazine ranks us as one of the 100 best companies to work for in the United States, and BusinessWeek has tabbed General Mills as one of the best places to launch a career.

We're one of the worlds largest food companies – and you know our brands. 

Our very first brand was Gold Medal flour, which debuted in 1880. To this day, Gold Medal remains the #1 best-selling flour in the United States. Several of our other brands also occupy the #1 or #2 market positions – from Pillsbury refrigerated dough and Green Giant frozen vegetables to Cheerios cereal and Betty Crocker dessert mixes.

While our famous brands and consumer favorites are at home in millions of kitchens, restaurants and stores, General Mills scientists and engineers are always busy creating innovative new products. We are committed to keeping up with emerging food trends and global taste profiles that meet the world’s changing needs and preferences.


We continually set targets for bettering the nutritional profile of our foods, and we keep addressing social and environmental challenges. Some great highlights are listed below, watch the full video for more information. WATCH VIDEO


At General Mills, diversity is both a value and a business strategy.

Embracing diversity helps us attract and retain top talent while driving innovation and consumer engagement around the world.

General Mills creates a diverse workforce by recruiting the best and brightest talent from all communities.

"Diversity plus inclusion equals business value. We connect with our consumers, customers and communities. We reap new ideas and innovation. And we recruit and retain the talent to win now and in the future.”

– Ken Charles, vice president, Diversity and Inclusion

We cultivate an inclusive environment by considering all dimensions of diversity – not just the primary areas such as gender, race and sexual orientation – but also cultural aspects including values, preferences, beliefs and communication styles.

General Mills fosters inclusion by living all of our core values, including respecting, developing and investing in our employees.

Our employees are developed through participating in professional development training, mentoring programs, and employee and affinity networks.

They include the:

  • Black Champions Network
  • American Indian Council
  • Hispanic Network
  • Asian Heritage Network
  • South Asian American Network
  • Betty’s Family GLBT Network
  • 10 Women’s Network Groups and a Women’s Officers group
  • Veteran's Network



It’s pretty simple. We make food people love. We also provide a choice of benefits that our employees love. Our benefit program, Total Rewards, includes comprehensive offerings that work together to enhance your overall well-being—at work and in life.

Here are a few highlights of what General Mills offers:

Competitive salary and annual bonus

General Mills rewards hard work with competitive salaries and annual bonuses for those who meet our ambitious goals. Salaries are reviewed each year, with increases based on your performance and the external market value of your position.

Annual cash bonuses are based on your performance coupled with the company's performance, and in some cases, your business unit's performance.

Medical, dental, and vision

General Mills offers medical, dental, and vision plans  starting on your first day with the company--for you and your eligible dependents. . Coverage is available to employees in all locations.

Retirement and savings plans

General Mills offers tools and resources to help you meet your savings goals—both now and for the future. In fact, you’ll have access to free, confidential, and balanced education on managing money, credit/debt issues, home ownership decisions, college savings, tax savings, and more.

Eligibility for the General Mills 401(k) Plan starts on your first day  with the company.

Options include:

  • Investing 1 to 50 percent of your eligible pay. General Mills will match a portion of your contribution. Based on when you are hired, you may have a pension benefit or an annual 401(k) company contribution.
  • Flexible and comprehensive investment choices that include broad and diversified options. Investment help is available through online tools at no cost or professional management for a fee.
  • A loan feature is available before retirement.

Stock options and ownership

You can share in our successes by owning a portion of the company. Company stock is available  in the 401(k) Plan.  Our voluntary stock purchase program allows another opportunity for ownership.

Annual stock option grants are available to some management-level employees.


General Mills offers life insurance, long-term care insurance, legal insurance, auto and homeowners insurance, plus company-paid short- and long-term disability insurance. In addition, you can save money and gain tax advantages on qualified transportation and parking expenses through commuter benefits.

Educational assistance

Want to continue your education? General Mills will reimburse you for job-related courses. Educational loans and scholarship opportunities are available for you and your family members. You may be eligible for an unpaid leave of absence to further your education.

General Mills provides programs and benefits to help you balance the demands of work and your life outside of work.

Vacation, holidays and summer hours
New employees receive three weeks of vacation annually, pro-rated during the first year based on your hire date. Vacation time increases as you work with us.

General Mills doesn’t just provide paid holidays. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, Minneapolis employees may take advantage of summer hours. You can choose to work longer Monday through Thursday and a half-day on Friday.

Flexible Work Arrangements
Telecommuting is just one example of the flexible work arrangements at General Mills. We also offer flextime, where start times and work hours can flex with your needs, and part-time arrangements where business conditions allow. Please note that not all locations participate in this program.

FUSE (Flexible User Shared Environment)
Some departments in our Corporate Headquarters have workspaces that don’t include offices or cubes. Instead, each employee can sit and work wherever they need to. This gives people the flexibility to better collaborate with other team members and more efficiently use the available workspace.

Parenting benefits
General Mills offers maternity leave benefits to birth mothers and also provides benefits to new fathers and adopting parents.

  • New fathers are eligible for two weeks of paid leave.
  • Employees who are adopting are eligible for two weeks of paid leave.

We reimburse adoption expenses up to $10,000.

General Mills Federal Credit Union
Employees and their families are eligible for complete banking and financial services from the General Mills Federal Credit Union, which was established in 1935.

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General Mills Reviews

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    I worked at General Mills full-time (Less than a year)


    It's a very flexible job the people there are really nice


    It's a busy work schedule your stabbing for 8 hours 5 days a week

    Advice to Management

    Review the people who truly work hard and keep them with the company

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General Mills Interviews



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    Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
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    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at General Mills (Minneapolis, MN) in December 2016.


    The interview process at General Mills was great from the moment they flew me out of Tennessee to giving me a box of Lucky Charms ( My favorite) at the end. Everyone who I spoke to was extremely friendly and welcoming. The process began with breakfast with a previous LMA who had nothing but good things to say about the company followed by 3 behavioral interviews with members from the Supply Chain team whom were very knowledgeable in their discipline. Then we ate lunch with another LMA graduate who was a pleasure to meet as well. I would recommend this company to anyone who is looking for a great company with sound values. HQ was awesome, cool offices and meeting rooms. I had a great experience and appreciate the invite and opportunity to interview.

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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
  • Employees’ Choice -50 Best Places to Work, Glassdoor, 2010
  • Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign, 2010
  • Employees’ Choice -50 Best Places to Work, Glassdoor, 2009
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