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Updated March 2, 2017
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ADM President and CEO Juan R. Luciano
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  1. "It was an OK starter job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ADM full-time

    Pros

    Cheap Cafeteria, most lunches were under $2
    Promoted from within

    Cons

    Very traditional company that didn't keep up with times
    Decatur is a terrible town

    Advice to Management

    Move your offices to Chicago and give more vacation time to employees


  2. "Not a very people friendly place to work"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Commercial Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Assistant Commercial Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Plenty of room to grow. Good pay.

    Cons

    Very little support from managers/hr. They don't seem to care at all about the rest of your life.

    Advice to Management

    Consider placing more value on people's lives and helping them when they're struggling.


  3. "Lab Tech"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Lead Lab Tech in New Braunfels, TX
    Current Employee - Lead Lab Tech in New Braunfels, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ADM full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Close to home, many locations for transfer options, diverse opportunities for growth, fantastic health benefits, good pay, stable international company

    Cons

    Long hours on short or no notice, not family oriented, management doesn't seem to care about employees more than they have to, management somewhat shady

    Advice to Management

    Your employees are your customers, if you want to keep them, you need to know who to work with them and keep them content


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    "Free Money, but No Inspiration Available"

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    Former Employee - Engineer II in Decatur, IL
    Former Employee - Engineer II in Decatur, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ADM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Literally the easiest money you'll make. Put in 50+ hours per week and produce nothing of value and you will never lose your job. Do the same and produce then get moved up until you are one step ahead of your capabilities. Put in 50+ hours in that position, etc etc etc.

    Cons

    Everyone is promoted on an arbitrary basis. The pro listed above creates a considerable con - everybody is bad at their job because they are promoted based on their performance at their current job, NOT because of their potential at the job they get promoted to. Hard working engineers who are willing to put in crazy hours and forego life outside of the plant are rewarded with higher positions but make terrible managers who expect equivalent effort from their subordinates who don't have the same values. Good, productive engineers are left behind because they don't work the hours, while less than capable engineers get moved up because they are at work before their managers get to work and after their managers leave. The review system is unproductive because it is based on the amount of work done not the quality of work or the employee's ability to work with team members. There is no structured system for Engineers to move up in pay scale. There is no definition for Production Engineer, Engineer I, Engineer II, Engineer III, and Senior Engineer and these titles are arbitrarily distributed. You won't get the title unless you request it. They don't offer promotions. Really there is no inspiration to work for ADM and the longer you stay the less motivated you will be to advance.

    Advice to Management

    Management's ability to retain talent is less than stellar. Of the 20 engineers that I started with 9 years ago 1 remains with the company. That is not an exaggeration. Management needs to stop asking 'why do we lose engineers' and start putting in the initiative and research to actually understand why. Their solution is to hire new graduates with a lucrative starting salary then squeeze every penny out of them without offering anything in return. It is a distorted way of running a business in the contemporary job landscape and unless they turn 180 degrees they will continue to bleed young talent. On a positive note, though, I think Juan Luciano is a great leader. Sadly that trickles down only to the business side of the company as opposed to the production side.


  6. "Meh"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent pay, If you hate having a life, and want to work all the time, this is the place for you.

    Cons

    Awful job, bad hours, no work/life balance


  7. "Racism and bigotry is what ADM is about!"

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Manager in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Manager in Champaign, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ADM full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits, pay scale, work hours, food is good in Cafe. Nothing much more here. I actually liked what I did.

    Cons

    No diversity, it's a "good ole' boy club" mentality, management is clueless, lots of clicks due to a small town feel. Nepotism is very high!!

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees


  8. "REFINERY OPERATOR"

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    Current Employee - Operatior in Deerfield, MO
    Current Employee - Operatior in Deerfield, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at ADM full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent pay, great people at supervisor lever or lower

    Cons

    management, constant being cursed at, working odd hours, working 13 days in row just to get 7 day pay, rotating every week on weeks we go to nights or days its a 7 day stretch with 2 half days in it(12 hr shifts, normal day is 8hr shifts), no real seniority system, job changing constantly, no family life, forced mandatory overtime for "cleaning" upper management has God complex and reminds staff on how expendable we all are, not honest to employees, not replacing broken equipment to have process work correctly, not giving employees proper wage after working job for a few months (underpaying)... I could be typing all day and still never scratch surface...

    Advice to Management

    listen to employees, get proper equipment in, stop holding job above heads, if person is in operator spot after training is done give them the proper wage or at least training pay don't be cheap, also the belittling has to stop I don't know how their hasn't been a lawsuit yet.


  9. "Mediocre"

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    Former Employee - Maintenance Engineer in Columbus, NE
    Former Employee - Maintenance Engineer in Columbus, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ADM full-time

    Pros

    Most of the people are Nice. An amusing place to work. Money is free, just have to put in your time.

    Cons

    Pay and Benefits Suck. The management has no real experience running a company, therefor most of the decision making leaves you wondering, how did you come to that decision. No Advancement opportunities. Hourly employees are treated/compensated very poor, which makes them irritable.

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue, the top tier supervision has been buffaloed for so long that they're blind to how their own plant runs.


  10. "Quality Control Lab Technician"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Decatur, IL
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Decatur, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at ADM full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They hire recent grads without any experience, which allows them to learn skills and gain experience.
    Once you are hired on officially, rather than through a contract employer, they have a good health care package.
    Will contribute to a 401K
    There is regular overtime pay.

    Cons

    It's a very rough schedule to live on. Swing shifts of 12 hours, switching from day shift to night shift every 2 weeks. The days off you do have are often determined to be on call and possible overtime shifts, but without compensation. So although you will technically have days off, you would not be able to leave town or make definitive plans in town. If you get called in and exceed 40 hours for the week, you would get overtime pay, but no pay for making yourself available even when not needed. This schedule makes it difficult to have relationships outside of work.
    It is a rough place to work, both environment and people. Officially harassment of any kind is not tolerated, but truly, you need to have very thick skin to be able to be there.
    Being the best you can be at your job isn't necessarily what the supervisors appreciate. Working hard, safely, maintaining a clean area, and being ahead of the rest of the pack when it comes to data reporting is not respected and some of (not all) the supervisors will trash talk good workers in front of other employees. This builds a lot of resentment and leads to a high turnover in employees.

    Advice to Management

    Be respectful and find ways to show employees that they are valued, and respected. There is no need to speak condescendingly to employees. Often, you only speak to us if you believe we have done something wrong. I feel that i should state that the plant manager always makes an effort to say hello and ask how we are doing. He is my many supervisors's boss, but he seems like a decent and hard working man.


  11. "Lab Tech review Clinton, Iowa"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Clinton, IA
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Clinton, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ADM (More than a year)

    Pros

    Starting Pay is good. Not much wiggle room from there.

    Cons

    Management needs improvement. It would be best if they allowed their management to use independent thought and discretion

    Advice to Management

    Read "How to Win Friends and Influence People" and read it often.



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