Ardent Mills Reviews

Updated Jul 2, 2020

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3.5
61%
Recommend to a Friend
87%
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Ardent Mills CEO Dan Dye (no image)
Dan Dye
86 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good pay for employees in the company(in 12 reviews)

  • "Ardent Mills provides a really good work/life balance allowing the employee to work from home when necessary(in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • "Management is aware of the terrible work/life balance but they don't do anything about it(in 13 reviews)

  • "Long hours during problematic times are expected(in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Amazing Place to work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ardent Mills full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    PTO, Insurance, 401k match, Bonuses

    Cons

    Some long hours, Difficult to make some things happen

  2. "AMAZING"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Quality Manager in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ardent Mills full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Ardent Mills is the best

    Cons

    Nothing bad to say here


  3. Helpful (1)

    "it's decent"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Production Associate in Tampa, FL

    I worked at Ardent Mills full-time

    Pros

    The overtime pay and holidays were great

    Cons

    There is too much pressure from management

  4. Helpful (1)

    "Employer who cares about people"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General Manager in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ardent Mills full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Really live their values. Shared profits as bonuses

    Cons

    Downtown location commute can be long and parking is pricy.

  5. "Great company"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Ardent Mills full-time

    Pros

    Good pay for employees in the company

    Cons

    Relocation isn’t always the most ideal

  6. Helpful (1)

    "No work life balance"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Miller in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ardent Mills full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Easy job, lots of cleaning and vacation time. The benefits are great and you get paid weekly.

    Cons

    No work life balance. They have no problem working you 12 hours a day 7 days a week for months. We're currently at 60 hours a week right now and management acts like it's normal.

  7. Helpful (3)

    "good pay still not worth headaches"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Blender in Albany, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ardent Mills full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    good pay overtime safety is important and followed

    Cons

    terrible quality/blender management, other departments work with their employees and actually listen to their ideas instead of laughing at them from the office zero development...one mistake and it stays with you until you leave no way to get into management

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    "Things get better in life post Ardent"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Management in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ardent Mills full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Work from home one day a week Good benefits

    Cons

    There is a quote, "A corporation is measured by the money it earns and not by the happiness of its employees" This holds truth at Ardent, hence the reason why they lose many of its best with its high turnover rate. Micro managed by the senior or management You really don't have vacation unless you disappear overseas. They slim down until you cant stand and have little backup for the days you're not there. It really got to me and was affecting my mental well-being and knowing I am nothing more than a numbered tool to be used and not a person. Dan Dye once told us "I want the purpose of you life to come into Ardent Mills and serve" … That was the point I lost all trust in AM and got continuously worse as time progressed. The office setup is horrible and disengaging. They assume high engagement as everyone's results from pulse surveys can be tied back to that employee. I had to lie on every one to lower anxiety levels. The manages around the outside with no privacy in the middle where everyone else is located in tripods. Don't sneeze because it can be self conscious since EVERYONE is watching, survey or desk yet preach this notion of TRUST until they engrave it in your soul....it's all a lie, all of it

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  9. Helpful (4)

    "Think Twice"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Quality Manager, QDA 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ardent Mills full-time

    Pros

    What you get really depends on what location you work at. Some mills are amazing, and the people really care about you.

    Cons

    What you get really depends on what location you work at. Some are horrible and people do nothing but complain all day every day and are extremely negative. Some don’t care if you’re a veteran. I was personally horrified that employees who risked their life for our country weren’t even asked if they wanted off on Veteran’s day. The overall culture is horrible for safety, food safety, and personal well-being. The gap between “corporate” and the plants is vast. What corporate says to do has very little to do with what is actually done at the plant. This is both because what is directed by corporate is often unrealistic and because the plants typically don’t care what is done as long as they make money. HR is very inconsistent across the company. The local admin managers at the facilities do little nothing to actually look out or support for employees. I honestly don’t think they can. They aren’t even notified when some people are fired. You have to go to regional HR for anything, which is a huge barrier because they are extremely busy, rarely available, and don’t know the individual people in the plants well enough to hear you out and make an informed decision. Some regional HR are amazing and friendly, some are terrible and just do what the plant managers tell them to do. They will pretend to be your friend and “look out” for you, but they’re really manipulating you so they can get inside information to use against you. They will fire people randomly (with no improvement plan) who work hard and care but then not fire people who sleep on the job, do nothing, and/or steal money from the company for YEARS. They don’t even take the time to fire people in person. Some employees just get a call from regional HR to leave. Their manager or plant manager won’t take 5 minutes to say it to their face. Very unprofessional. Feedback/development is all over the place. You are very lucky to get any kind of formal feedback, if any at all. Feedback is often very negative and unprofessional, or you just get a 1 minute “good job” and that’s it. Maybe you are lucky, and your manager will actually look you in the eye when they talk to you. “Development” chats are most likely done on a moment’s notice, so you have no time to plan or prepare ahead of time for the 30 minutes to one hour bashing session. Examples of feedback are “no one likes you or wants to work with you” “you are a liability to the company” “ stay in your lane” “go in the plant and work with people to build relationships but stay in your lane and don't do things that aren't your job” “don’t do XXX it isn’t your business or your job” If you are in the leadership development program, they will pay you well, but expect you to completely dedicate your life to the plant. You will 95% of the time be expected to work 50+ hours of the week on all shifts, including weekends. Don’t let them fool you, they will randomly ask you to do this and expect you to say yes. You are basically a floater who fills in when there is a gap in the workforce (always). This is great for learning and development, but it gets old when all you do is pack totes on 3rd shift for 5 months in a row. That’s not the goal of the LDP. You will get opportunities to travel and fill in at other plants too (that’s how hard they have finding people) and will do the same there. If you want to build any kind of life outside work, good luck. Unless you are comfortable telling them no, you will struggle. If you say no, they will not want you around. You pick. They just want soldiers to do what they say and when they say it. People who ask a lot of questions and challenge the status quo do not last long. They are either fired or pushed out.

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    "No Work/Life Balance"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Headquarters in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ardent Mills full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good health benefits, flexibility, casual dress, and good people in the Mills.

    Cons

    Vacation is above industry standard; however, the kicker is that you won't ever be able to take it! After working a crazy amount of hours per week for years, I'd finally had enough. Management is aware of the terrible work/life balance but they don't do anything about it. Staying lean as a company is more important than taking care of their employees. Burnout is a real thing at Ardent Mills! There are employees that have been promoted to management beyond the level of their competence. Those employees also have managed to get ahead by sucking up but not actually performing at a high level...nepotism in certain departments is alive and well! Salary is no where near the Denver market standards, which has led a lot of employees that relocated for the company when it formed, to move back to Omaha and Minneapolis. Salary levels are based on overall market of the role, not the area you work in, which makes it difficult for them to find good talent in the Denver area.

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