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Cargill Reviews

Updated June 13, 2017
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  • Work/Life Balance is a sin, there is none, you just deal with it (in 58 reviews)

  • Business units operate in independent silos (in 46 reviews)

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  1. "a glance at Cargill"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SAP Business Analyst in Hopkins, MN
    Current Employee - SAP Business Analyst in Hopkins, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cargill full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    flexible work environment including open office, telecommuting, dress for your day policy

    Cons

    feeling unvaluable as a person


  2. Helpful (9)

    "A company in structure and culture change"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cargill is a financially stable company with continued ability to grow and finance growth. Cargill is a market leader in the markets it chooses to play in and does have some very good leadership and strategic thinking. Cargill offers a very sound benefit packages and offers many employee services from onsite banking, dry cleaning, wellness center, access to counseling, and a numerous learning opportunities. Cargill still offers ability to work abroad and move into different careers with in the company

    Cons

    Cargill is moving through a major cultural change and in my words trying to attack the millennial workforce. Specific skills sets are desired and company experience no longer has much value. There are fewer opportunities for a generalist. Cargill is also continuing outsourcing many functional jobs and moving more to contract for project work. Working in a function is a detriment to career move unless with the function as businesses retain a long-standing belief that function experience is not at a level of those coming from a business.
    Compensation is adequate but rare to be beyond the mid range in total compensation in the industry. There is a perceived value placed on “working for Cargill”.

    Advice to Management

    Cargill used to say people are our greatest resource and employees built loyalty. There is a needed balance but retention of some of the past culture adds value.


  3. "Project Data Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Project Data Analyst in Hopkins, MN
    Former Employee - Project Data Analyst in Hopkins, MN

    I worked at Cargill (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Cargill is a well known company

    Cons

    Management is disconnected from its workers


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Strategic Sourcing Lead"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Strategic Sourcing in Buenos Aires, AZ
    Current Employee - Strategic Sourcing in Buenos Aires, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Development opportunities, global exposure if employee is talented enough, multicultural experience, possibility of working with multifunctional teams across regions and globe.

    Cons

    There are heavy politics to move through with many rad blocks because of interests that gets opposed to each other. Change and improvement es slow

    Advice to Management

    Change soon, it is better to get things done than to do them perfectly. Perfect never happens, specially if it has to move wrong company politics


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Like being addicted to racing a bike down a road laden with potholes against cars driving towards you."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Respected, fiscally responsible, well run, global, diversified, stable, decent vacation allotment, uses size to its advantage, excellent CEO working to make change

    Cons

    Too process oriented, lack of innovation, lower than market pay, good ol' boys club, extremely political, middle management all uninspiring cookie cutter white male clones more interested in his career than what is best for Cargill, advancement based on who you know instead of what you know, innovation not rewarded if done out of turn, punishment for having good ideas, conforming rewarded over ideation

    Advice to Management

    Cargill used to be a great company in the not too distant pass. Be aware of the quality of management, and start to reward innovation and ideation, regardless of the source. Crack down on poor performance across the board, and break up the boys club. Be wary of outside business process consultants, their words sound good, but why do we want to lose the differentiation that defines Cargill and gives us significant advantages? You could be great again!


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Navigating Through Corporate Change"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accounting Assistant in Wayzata, MN
    Former Employee - Accounting Assistant in Wayzata, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly Environment - High Ethics
    Beautiful Campus with Cafeteria
    Good Benefits
    Variety of Career Opportunities
    Emphasis on Professional Growth

    Cons

    Job Instability for Accounting, HR, or IT - Offshore or Service Centers
    Rapid Change - Loss of Main Contacts and Past Knowledge, Changing to Tickets or Email Address
    Politics - Stressful
    Big Company - Sometimes Poor Communication

    Advice to Management

    Thank you for the many past years and memories. Good Luck in the future. Experience and loyalty is very valuable and it takes longer than planned to replace that efficiency.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "10 years at Cargill"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SAP Analyst in Hopkins, MN
    Current Employee - SAP Analyst in Hopkins, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cargill full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    diversity, inclusive environment, flexible work arrangements, telecommuting options, great culture, great people

    Cons

    high workload, slow advances in technology, slow career advancement, experience valued over education, constant restructuring/reorganizing causing job losses


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Nice company but not really smart with software"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Fargo, ND
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Fargo, ND
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cargill is a good company to work with and they really have a genuine desire to help their employees. They have an EXCELLENT flexible work arrangement.

    Cons

    As a programmer it wasn't the most Ideal situation. There was so many network and protocol restrictions and most web sites were blocked from viewing it was like pulling teeth to get anything done. I felt like they didn't trust their employees. Also, they were switching QA to be completely outsourced. I think that is a big risk since you could loose the domain knowledge. They didn't put enough emphasis on QA it was more of an afterthought.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees more and quit tying your developers hands behind their backs.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Consider the fit and know your value"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Gainesville, GA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Gainesville, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A large company with decent benefits focused on modernization. Experience from a modern company is valued. In my opinion the long term out look for the company is positive and the company ESOP is a valuable incentive. I enjoyed my time with Cargill and it's people.

    Cons

    The company is going through a lot of change as they are reorganize for efficiency. That increases challenges for individuals as the leadership drives top down changes which can result in uncertainty as the company redefines itself. The company cultural is political and places value on being aligned more than adding value.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure you're focusing on hiring experience that has a proven ability to add value to the company. Also consider the value of current employees experience and ensure pay is competitive. I'd like to note in my opinion Market leaders set trends rather than following them. Lastly, employees can drive valuable cost saving change when empowered to do so.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Finance Analyst"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good benefits. good vacation. flexible work schedule

    Cons

    no advancement. no coaching. no training

    Advice to Management

    more coaching to employees.


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