Mission: We believe food should make us better. Food brings us joy and nourishes our lives, connecting us to each other and the earth.
General Mills Purpose
We serve the world by making food people love
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
General Mills offers maternity leave benefits to birth mothers and also provides benefits to new fathers and adopting parents.
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.
I have been working at General Mills full-time (More than 10 years)
Opportunity to grow as a leader in a best practice environment with incredibly smart, talented colleagues. This is a company that truly is invested in "doing the right thing all the time", one of its core values. It is the home of large, iconic brands like Cheerios, Nature Valley, Pillsbury and Betty Crocker and Hagen Daz (outside of the US), but also features smaller natural/organic brands like Larabar, Annie's, Food Should Taste Good and Cascadian Farms. A great place to work for a global company and learn how to run a business and build brands from one of the very best operators in the industry.
The company is highly matrixed (like most in the industry) and team oriented - not a great fit if you are not strong at collaboration.
Advice to Management
Stay focused on the consumer and continue the transformation underway to move the portfolio towards growth!
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.