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Updated October 9, 2017
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  1. "Great Summer Experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Amazing perks
    - Great culture
    - Very supportive manager

    Cons

    - Not much interaction between the interns
    - Difficult to work at Annie's without going through General Mills


  2. "Credit Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Annie's full-time

    Pros

    An excellent place to work

    Cons

    I have no cons to offer

  3. Helpful (1)

    "No Longer a Great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Annie's full-time

    Pros

    If you like working for big companies that don't value or listen to their employees then this is the place for you.

    Cons

    I don't even understand why there is an Annie's review since there is no Annie's, there's just General Mills. They will try to tell you that they are different, that they are leading a change within the rest of General Mills but that's all talk. You don't have to take my word as its simple to prove. If you're interviewing there just ask who leads your function and their background and you'll see that all of them came from General Mills whether you're in Finance, Sales, Marketing, or Operations it doesn't matter. Mills got rid of all the Annie's Leaders long ago so it’s pretty hard to argue that you're different when the people in charge have worked at Mills for 20+ years and have no idea what Annie’s was like prior to being bought. This is just a pit stop on their Mills career before they go off to whatever is next so they have no desire to challenge the status quo, they are the status quo! Should just call this place General Mills West.

    Advice to Management

    Be truthful with your people and stop pretending to be something you're not. No one is buying that nonsense and you're just losing credibility and looking silly. You're not an autonomous business unit being led by an Annie's team, you're just another General Mills brand, led by General Mills people with General Mills values which from what I saw was focused on stroking the egos of executives and not much else.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great people. Great Mission"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Annie's part-time

    Pros

    Most employees are fantastic people: friendly, smart, encouraging. Teams really hang out with each other. Almost feels like a family.

    Cons

    Downsized after being acquired by General Mills. Had to cut out some departments, including mine (as part of merger). They were very nice and apologetic about it though.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "It was cool.."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Annie's (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, Gym, Great people

    Cons

    Dynamic started to change
    Low pay
    No communication
    A LOT of overtime


  6. "Great internship!"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The culture is very fun and relaxed. People get their work done, but there are also a lot of company bonding events. Management is very willing to help you learn the ropes and get assigned to projects that you are interested in.

    Cons

    Small office, so if you are looking for a larger work environment, this is not it


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Annie's is a fantastic place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Annie's is a brand that walks the talk, and the company culture proves it. Health is encouraged with an onsite gym and cooking/smoothie classes. Community service is a requirement! And even though we've been acquired by General Mills, it's obvious the big guy is doing its best to get out of the way and enable Annie's to be an even bigger brand without compromising its values. Bottom line is it feels good to come to work. And it helps that management is transparent and focused on the core values that are stated everywhere around the office, website, and food packaging.

    Cons

    If you're in the organic food business it may seem sketchy to be ultimately owned by a large cpg. It's a personal thing. People here tend to look at it as Annie's leveraging huge resources it's never had before. Outsiders expect Annie's to be changed for the worst.

    Advice to Management

    Annie's will continue to thrive as long as its culture is unsullied. The employees and consumers make the brand what it is, because they both believe in the brand. Protect the culture at all costs, and Mill's investment will flourish because the Annie's philosophy is flourishing. At all costs! Also, you rock John! Best CEO ever.

  8. "Great Culture, very good people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Annie's full-time

    Pros

    Fun Culture, a work hard play hard environment

    Cons

    Hard to get promoted, transparency from senior managment


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Decent culture, sub-par management."

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    Current Employee - Sales Management
    Current Employee - Sales Management
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Annie's full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great products, name, & brand equity. The brand is loved and the growth in natural/organic will mean lot's of growth for Annie's in the future.

    Cons

    Management, especially in sales, is sub-par at best. It's a culture of fire drills, usually with the time and effort put into those exercises leading to nothing. Lot's of redundancies in what the sales team is asked to do, which leads to a tremendous amount of wasted effort and very little selling. Patchwork of systems is antiquated and only leads to increased frustrations. Amazing that growth of +20% year over year is achieved, which should be substantially more with better leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Slow down. Ask yourselves if this is a worthwhile spend of your employee's time and effort (more often than not, it won't be). Be honest and transparent with your employees, this has not always been the case and has lead to employees being bitter and resentful.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Really fun place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Annie's full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Happy employees, sustainable environment, doing good

    Cons

    Not a lot of formal training

    Advice to Management

    Keep employees as loyal brand lovers


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