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Cargill Meat Solutions Reviews

Updated May 20, 2017
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Cargill Meat Solutions President & CEO David W. MacLennan
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Pros
  • nice people, good pay and benefits (in 14 reviews)

  • Good pay, good benefits, Cheap meat (fringe Benefit) (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • Not much work/life balance (34 days running straight), relatively low pay scale, get used to the cold, competition between the shifts is fierce (in 7 reviews)

  • This means working long hours, being on call and handling a lot of stress (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Great Company to work for, definitely care about their employees and their safety"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Growout Flock Supervisor in Springdale, AR
    Current Employee - Growout Flock Supervisor in Springdale, AR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cargill Meat Solutions full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, safe, caring place, They invest in their employees threw different training and online courses, Avaliability to go anywhere in the world because of size of company

    Cons

    Pay, makes things too difficult because of size,high stress, When they get rid of positions and you take on their responbility no monetary gain is seen for the employee

    Advice to Management

    If you value a person show them that instead of working them so hard untill they quit


  2. "Good company yet in a negative path"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative in Dayton, VA
    Former Employee - Administrative in Dayton, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cargill Meat Solutions full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are somewhat competitive depending on the business unit. The company provides good opportunities and experience for those interested in starting a career in manufacturing or furthering your career in this industry. Safety is a priority. If you can handle Cargill you succeed anywhere else!

    Cons

    Company has chosen a negative path when it comes to HR. The vision has changed to an inpersonal approach towards our biggest asset: employees. Technology is an amazing tool but it will never replace people and the need for support through in person interactions. The message has been negative. Company decisions are not employee focused, company core values are compromised and hardly take in account what employees would like to see/want or actually need accross the board-hourly & salaried through all levels. Massive layoffs "restructures/transformations"/ "outsourcing critical business transactions" accross the businesses in areas such as, yet not limited to: Accounting/IT/HR, and it seems to continue. No organization/proccesses are not streamlined, no recognition for hardwork/company loyalty/thinking outside the box and absolutely no consideration at all towards work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Employee needs come first. Focus on what they need and what actions can be taken to have your people succeed in life and work. Employees accross all levels work hard, long hours this is why they should be treated better in all aspects including monetarily and valued much more; not just "saying you do" is putting it in action.


  3. "Accounting assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accounting Assistant in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Accounting Assistant in Wichita, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cargill Meat Solutions (More than a year)

    Pros

    Easy working environment
    Friendly coworkers
    Good benefits
    Free YMCA membership was the best part

    Cons

    Low pay
    Don't know too much about the CEO
    No other cons that I know.

    Advice to Management

    I was hoping they have a free daycare for the full time employees, since it is such a big company!


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  5. "Good overall"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Waco, TX
    Former Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Waco, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cargill Meat Solutions full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Plenty of overtime. Good vacation and paid holiday. Health benefits and breaks were better than average and company did well to explain everything available to you

    Cons

    Specifically at the plant I worked at management was too laid back. The maintenance superintendent position was vacant and so

    Advice to Management

    Fill in vacancies. Don't run short staffed


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Supervisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Hazleton, PA
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Hazleton, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cargill Meat Solutions (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits, Cheap meat (fringe Benefit)
    Definitely if you are motivated and aggressive, you can be promoted.
    That being said, you can definitely be demoted.

    Cons

    Many hours, long work weeks, many demands, large amount of paperwork.
    It is difficult to keep a stable work life balance.
    Sometimes your shift and department is changed.

    Advice to Management

    You need to create a better work life balance for production supervisors.
    Let them take control of rotating weekends.
    Have clear demands and better communication.


  7. "Make sheet runner"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Make Sheet Runner in Plainview, TX
    Former Employee - Make Sheet Runner in Plainview, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Cargill Meat Solutions full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work in this environment.

    Cons

    Must be willing and available to work hard


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Cargill"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Wichita, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Cargill Meat Solutions full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The atmosphere is very laid back and the people are generally down to earth. Also meat discounts about once a month.

    Cons

    There is a lot of outsourcing which makes receiving support difficult and the company is in the process of reinventing itself to try to attract more employees which makes the structure of the company more fluid

    Advice to Management

    Better communication and better monitoring of salaries to make sure what people are being paid is competitive in the market place.


  9. "Overtime then slow time"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Do Not Wish to Share in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Do Not Wish to Share in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cargill Meat Solutions full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you want overtime, this is the place, except for April and May. 1st shift has overtime built in, but 2nd shift gets the short end of the stick, especially when it slows down.

    Cons

    Not much work/life balance (34 days running straight), relatively low pay scale, get used to the cold, competition between the shifts is fierce

    Advice to Management

    Share more of what is happening within the company with lower level employees


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company"

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

    I have been working at Cargill Meat Solutions (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Allot of opportunity for career development. Good people and good corporate environment. Benefits are competitive and pay is good in certain businesses/positions.

    Cons

    Production facilities do not always follow corporate values. You can get forgotten in a production facility if you are not connected to the right managers outside of the location. The leadership of certain businesses make it clear that employees are "replaceable" when results are not where they want them.

    Advice to Management

    Please do not forget the staff at your production facilities and that the employees who work there are more than just bodies in seats.


  11. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director of Sales in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Director of Sales in Wichita, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Cargill Meat Solutions full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Super secure, challenging, ever changing/advancing, lots of responsibility, the vast majority of associates are great people. Leadership continues to improve. Love the direction we are heading, lots of opportunities ahead for those that are flexible and can adapt.

    Cons

    Historically has been slow to react to changing market conditions. Some associates showed signs arrogance in some situations.


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