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Updated April 11, 2017
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  1. "REFINERY OPERATOR"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "A future with ADM/ARTCO"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Training Coordinator in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Training Coordinator in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at ADM (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The biggest majority of the colleagues are great people.

    Cons

    Takes too long sometimes to arrive at a solution for a severe problem. Too much discussion and no one would take ownership.

    Advice to Management

    ALWAYS treat your employees with the respect and kindness you always peach. Truly talk the talk and walk the walk.


  3. "Vice President"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ADM (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    A good company to gain experience with

    Cons

    Business has been low growth and lacks opportunities


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "CFO Group"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Decatur, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Decatur, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ADM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Note: This review is only relevant for positions within the CFO Group (Finance, accounting, internal audit & IT). ADM is a stable company and one of the top ag companies in the world. In finance and accounting, the work/life balance is manageable, and most departments are laid back. There are summer hours, and a few employee appreciation events throughout the year. In addition, the company is very stable- while the industry doesn’t have much of an upside, it has even less of a downside; everyone needs food. The commercial group (not part of CFO group) is considered amongst the best in the world for grain merchandising.

    Cons

    The ag-industry is slow growing, has tiny margins, and doesn’t really change, hence ADM lacks a dynamic atmosphere, and more resembles an inefficient government bureaucracy. When you also consider that most CFO-group jobs are in Decatur, Il (a polluted, rundown industrial town), this leads to several negative factors:

    -Minimal career development. They don’t develop their own employees, so most senior-level employees are recruited from competitors who DO develop employees.

    -Low pay. Only top managers are eligible for any form of bonus. Salary is known to be far below industry standard.

    -Ancient IT systems, think 1980’s DOS system. Seriously. ADM isn’t Apple.

    -Brain-drain/less qualified employees. No qualified person really wants to live in Decatur. The 'leftovers' are more focused their multiple out of wedlock children and the Kardashians.

    -Nepotism. It’s amazing how many people have a relative that were ‘helped.’ Many many people have the same last names, and not by coincidence.

     Simply put, the CFO group is not for intelligent, hardworking and career-minded individuals. To further attest to ADM’s status, there have been several recent high profile departures, including the head of IT, while in the middle of a huge IT transformation project. The C-suite routinely brags about its high-margin acquisition strategy, but no tiny bolt-on purchase will really ad that much value when compared to ADM’s behemoth corn/oilseeds/grain divisions.
    The CFO group at ADM is a place to go for a job, for a paycheck. If you are ambitious, or want at least moderate career development, AVOID any finance/accounting job at ADM. If you are interested in a merchandising role, then ADM is definitely the right place.

    Advice to Management

    While it is hard to change the company given the low-margin, slow growth industry, at least focus on employee development for those employees that want to make a difference.


  6. "Mediocre"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. "ADM"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Systems Analyst in Decatur, IL
    Current Employee - IT Systems Analyst in Decatur, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good benefits
    job security for most sectors

    Cons

    lower pay
    old fashion management
    dress code for work place
    not enough staff to handle everything and therefore causing overload


  8. "Quality Control Lab Technician"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  9. "Lab Tech review Clinton, Iowa"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Decatur, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Decatur, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I've had an incredibly positive experience at ADM as a young professional.

    Cons

    Management usually consists of inexperienced employees who need advancement and do not wish to leave the company. If they don't take management training seriously, things can spiral out of control quickly. This translates to people who would prefer to be "in the trenches" managing the company... which means micromanagement, miscommunication, and frustration.


  11. "Not worth the way they treat employees"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Forklift Operator in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Forklift Operator in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ADM (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good Benefits for all employees

    Cons

    Discrimination Favoritism and lack of supervisor appearance


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