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Land O'Lakes Overview

Arden Hills, MN
5001 to 10000 employees
1921
Company - Private
Manufacturing
$10+ billion (USD) per year
In 1921, 320 dairy farmers met in St. Paul, Minnesota, to form the Minnesota Cooperative Creameries Association. Their idea was simple—join together to effectively market and distribute members’ dairy production across the country.

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Mission: Feeding human progress.

Company Updates

  • "Land O’Lakes, for example, by 2025 will enroll 20 million acres of land in the SUSTAIN program, a sustainable agriculture initiative in which farmers are reducing soil erosion, conserving water and cutting their carbon emissions..." -Walmart Today

    Why We're Setting a Hefty Goal to Reduce Emissions

    We're clearly living in a time of transformative change. The world is moving faster and the magnitude of the changes, and their influence on business, seem larger than I can remember. In retail, the things made possible by technology are fundamentally transforming this industry.

  • Joining forces with Walmart and other organizations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1 Gigaton – the equivalent of taking more than 211 million vehicles in the U.S. off the road for an entire year. http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQ97S

    Land O’Lakes, Inc. Makes First Public Sustainability Commitment to Walmart

    Land O’Lakes and other companies will work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by one gigaton – the equivalent of taking more than 211 million vehicles in the U.S. off the road for an entire year.

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Land O'Lakes – Why Work For Us?


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A different kind of company

At Land O’Lakes, Inc., we're ­proud of who we are and what we do. Since 1921, we have been member-owned. Today, we are one of the premier agribusiness and food companies in the nation. Our value-added brands are among America’s most loved and trusted.

Although our long history in agribusiness gives us a unique perspective, we’re focused on the future. We want to grow not only as a company–but as people. Our employees bring a wide range of talents, experiences and perspectives. And we actively support and celebrate this diversity in our workplace.

As a growth and performance focused business, we have a commitment to providing safe, affordable and abundant food in our communities and around the world. Land O’Lakes is a place where people are expected to, and get to, make a difference every day.

This is where you come in. If you’re ready to help us make a difference, we’re always looking for talented, passionate people to join our team.

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Building a brighter future

We’ve been a growth company from the start, and today, our focus hasn’t changed. Every day, we’re continually striving to be one of the best food and agricultural companies of our era. With three diversi­fied businesses that touch nearly every aspect of the food production cycle, we’re in a unique position that allows us to grow strategically.

And we’re not just looking to grow here at home. We’re committed to providing commercially viable, economically sustainable food and agricultural systems in our communities and throughout the world. To continue to make this happen, we know we need the right people.

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A history of responsible, sustainable business

As a cooperative, we have rural roots. Land O’Lakes was formed by farmers and for farmers. These hardworking men and women were committed to responsible, sustainable stewardship of the land. Today, we’re proud to carry on this tradition.

What this means is we’re proud to be leaders in improving agricultural sustainability. In fact, some of our member-owners are often early adopters of innovative practices to power their businesses, grow their crops and raise their animals.

We also think responsibility means reaching out into our communities and across the world. Helping others is just what we do as a company–and as people. The Land O’Lakes Foundation proactively helps rural communities by donating resources that develop and strengthen organizations dedicated to hunger relief, education and community. And our International Development Division embodies our commitment to global food security and sustainable agriculture.

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Help us make a difference

Land O’Lakes is a place where people are expected to, and get to, make a difference every day. Our employees have a chance to make a real impact. And while we play a leading role in the farm-to-market process, our career opportunities go far beyond the traditional agribusiness professions., including with our local member cooperatives.

For us, best talent isn’t a nice to have, it is a must have. So we continually invest in our employees. Competitive wages, best-in-class benefits packages, and a variety of value-added programs help employees live healthy lives and grow their careers. We value people with a wide range of talents, experiences and perspectives--and we actively support and celebrate this diversity in our workplace.

We’re always looking for talented, passionate people to join our team.

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You’re going places–we’ll help you find your way

We recruit at some of the top colleges and universities throughout the United States to bring the best talent into our company. With an emphasis on teams, collaboration and innovative ideas, at Land O’Lakes people are expected to, and get to, make a difference every day.

Whether you’re interested in an internship or full-time position, we’re interested in you.

The intern experience

Our interns aren’t making copies or pushing papers. They’re living the job, learnings the ins and outs of our business. And while we’re proud of our roots, our internship opportunities go far beyond traditional agribusiness professions.

Every intern gets their own project and the opportunity to have a real impact on our business. Along the way, there will be a lot of chances to network, meet our leaders and start building your career.

We begin posting internships at the beginning of September, with most positions filled by the first part of January. However, continue to check campus.landolakes.jobs, as new internships come available throughout the school year.

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    Pros

    Land O' Lakes is the parent company of three subsidiary companies: Purina Animal Nutrition, Dairy Foods, and Winfield. One can work at any of these subsidiaries or work in the shared services organizations of IT, HR, etc.

    Cons

    The culture can be a bit staid at times

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Land O'Lakes Interviews

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    I applied online. I interviewed at Land O'Lakes.

    Interview

    The interview process was unpleasant and disjointed. It was clear that there was significant internal disagreement on strategy and political infighting. With little exception, the vast majority of executives I met were keen to share their view of the world and to disparage their colleagues. There were also two male executives openly angered that their female colleague had been promoted, implying that she had no right to be so pushy or assertive. This was at odds with the message I received from HR that the company was keen to rectify their leadership gender imbalance. I continued through the process simply because the corporate strategy was interesting and visionary, continuously hoping to meet whomever was behind the strategy (that never happened). I was given glowing feedback at every stage, including after the Korn Ferry assessment. I had been very clear about my salary requirements from the start and never once was this flagged as an issue. After spending numerous hours on the process, I was given an insulting offer. The offer was far below my current salary and it was only then that I was informed that the upper range of the role was below my current salary. This was never once stated during the entire process, despite proactively asking if my salary requirements were an issue. I objected and restated the value I planned to bring to the role and that I had received nothing but positive feedback at every stage. I then countered the offer. I was told that a counter-offer was not possible. At that point, I was very confused and asked why they had not been up-front about the salary. The conversation immediately soured and I was essentially hung up on and never contacted again. The entire experience was unprofessional and clearly showed that the company has a long way to go before they can achieve their goals of changing their image, attracting top talent, or balancing their leadership pool.

    Interview Questions

    • I was repeatedly asked how I would manage conflicting business objective and priorities   1 Answer
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Land O'Lakes Awards & Accolades

  • Fortune 500, Fortune, 2015
  • 100% rating on Corporate Equality Index, Human Rights Campaign, 2014

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