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Cargill Reviews

Updated May 24, 2017
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  • Work/Life Balance is a sin, there is none, you just deal with it (in 58 reviews)

  • Different business units has worst management that doesn't reflect Cargill (in 45 reviews)

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  1. "the most horrible job i ever had in my life"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Qa-Chemist in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Qa-Chemist in Memphis, TN
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    money, strengthen your character you'll finally realize that if i could do this i could do anything.

    Cons

    hours, management, favoritism, racism, lack of human acknowledgement...

    Advice to Management

    you should quit and sit at home. well get some help first and then sit at home


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Inconsistency within"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wayzata, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wayzata, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They can be flexible in terms of time off and hours, although this varies from dept to dept. Adequate benefits.

    Cons

    Functional departments have their own policies and their own HR, so benefits and policies are not always consistent from one to another. HR is there for the benefit of the department, and requests for help from them by an employee were ignored and not documented. A true "good old boys" network, very political, with long term managers who know the right people often unaccountable for actions that probably could have gotten them let go at other places. The culture is such that it's who you are "pals" with rather than what you can do. Salaries less than the competition, insurance with a low life-time maximum.

    Advice to Management

    There were a lot of employee surveys given -- it would be helpful if those were actually read and the issues acted upon.


  3. "overworked"

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Fill Room Operator in Sidney, OH
    Former Employee - Fill Room Operator in Sidney, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    the pay is very good for this area and the benefits are also good. the workers for the most part are good hard working people

    Cons

    you are on call all the time. they expect you to work 80 plus hours a week. communication between management and operators is non existant. workers are not giving good evaluations even when they are excellent workers and make outragous profits for the company

    Advice to Management

    The people who are the core operators need to be recognized more and given more time off to be with there family. The operators need to be informed of new things that are happening at the company to be more effective in there job.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "It's who you know not what you know; how well can you play politics?"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sidney, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sidney, OH
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    They have a great benefits package and depending on what department you are in and whether or not you are fortunate enough to have good management there is a lot of potential for growth within the company if you are willing to relocate. Recognition is valued if you happen to work with a team that is able to give positive recognition.

    Cons

    Pay increases? Do they exist?
    Many of the members of management and supervisory teams do not have any actual business management education and this is evident in the way they deal with their subordinate employees. Positive feedback is lacking.
    Unfair promotion practices...it's not necessarily based on performance and KSAO's it's based more on how well you play politics.
    Old fashioned thinking and business practices
    Lack of diversity
    Management does not have the ability to or take the time to recognize and develop talent in existing employees, though they are quick to bring in college interns and spend a lot of time on training and development for them.
    Not all employees are treated equally
    Not all employees are treated as though they are valued
    Supervisors do not maintain employee confidentiality
    Lack of ethics and lack of encouragement toward ethical behavior

    Advice to Management

    Any person who is in a position where they have to supervise others should have some basic management education or training, should know EEO/AA laws. Provide more positive feedback to your employees and keep an eye out for unrecognized talents in all employees not just certain individuals. Also, confidential employee issues should not be openly discussed with anyone outside of the people who are directly managing the issue or incident...need to know basis. Encourage unbiased evaluation of potential talent.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "The company is a sweat shop - no personal life."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Senior Business Analyst in Wayzata, MN
    Current Employee - IT Senior Business Analyst in Wayzata, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The industry is fascinating and the financial stability of the company is solid.

    Cons

    Don't plan on having a personal life. A typical day for me: starts with 7 am conference call, meetings all day long where you might have a rare moment for a bathroom break, a 12 midnight conference call, and the next day expected to be in the office between 7 - 8 am. The environment does not allow for the most productive work. Many positions require that you travel globally and work 7 days a week. I was surprised at the low caliber of IT expertise and the lack of technology. Working remotely, even in unusual situations like a major blizzard, is frowned upon.

    Advice to Management

    Be more selective on who is promoted into management positions - make sure that the individual has the appropriate skill level.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "HORRIBLE experience. Workload unbearable and unrealistic."

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    Current Employee - Strategic Sourcing Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Strategic Sourcing Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The salary was phenomenal.
    The travel was amazing. Was a super generous company, but now due to company's poor performance, they have "hunkered down," where these fringe benefits go away.

    Cons

    I did the job of 3 people. It is truly impossible to be "caught up," and everything is always urgent and pressing. Too many competing priorities creates a stressful environment. Not only that, but you have too many managers as you report to your business unit manager and then to other managers of business units you support/service on a dotted line basis.

    Would definitely never recommend this company to anyone.

    Advice to Management

    I accepted the position at Cargill because I loved their 4 pillars - with the top one being Employee Engagement and Profit being the last or 4th. I don't understand how in such a short time, this whole pillar concept flipped upside down with no regard to employee engagement. Now, it's just about the profits. What Cargill once stood for - employee engagement - has gone away. Now, Cargill is just another company just like any other. I believe that Cargill was among the top 100 places to work recently b/c of the employee engagement concept. I think that will quickly change.


  8. Helpful (11)

    "Insular Environment, Sycophants Rewarded, Tenure Valued Above all Else"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Townshipin Cities, MN
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Townshipin Cities, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Large organization; very longstanding presence. Global operations - so potential opportunity to experience work in various portions of the globe.

    Cons

    Tenure is valued FAR more than anything else. Many senior leaders have been in their roles for many, many years - a result of their having been promoted well beyond their capabilities. However, the Cargill culture is that "If you've been with the company 20+ years, you MUST be a good guy..." Conversely, if you've come from outside the company, your talents, efforts, actual results (should anyone bother to notice those) are discounted. After all, if you've not been there a couple of decades, you're simply assumed to be clueless.

    I've worked for a number of multi-billion-dollar public companies - and Cargill, or at least the portion of it that I experienced, has by far the weakest, most insecure, least professional, and most inbred management team of all.

    I cannot, in good conscience, recommend Cargill as an employer. Join at your own risk!

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to recognize, and to value, actual performance. Sycophants and long-tenured mediocrities are only going to take the organization so far. While recognition of actual capabilities and performance will require some insight, effort, and competence on your part, the organization will benefit.

    You've suffered a significant talent flight in recent years.....ever wonder why that is?


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Pathetic management"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Hopkins, MN
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Hopkins, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    very good products. high quality.

    Cons

    bureaucratic. management does not make decisions. management does not stand up for employees. poor payers. management lies to its employees. the worse is animal nutrition division. fake and dishonest managers.

    Advice to Management

    get rid of some of the managers that are not sincere and honest


  10. Helpful (1)

    "This company is run by people that have been at the company far too long."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Hopkins, MN
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Hopkins, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is good

    Cons

    Not good environment for new people joining the company
    Company controlled by people that have been with the company for 25+ years
    Poor raises and bonus pay outs
    US Minorities are treated poorly. Young people are treated poorly
    They fire new people and minorities for no reason
    Work does not get executed

    Advice to Management

    Do an early retirement and get rid of the people that have been with the company forever


  11. "bad pay, bad benefits, bad managers, bad strategy, bad support, and bad safety in their plants"

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

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

    Pros

    Learning experience with old timers at the plant

    Cons

    Lack of responsibility at the management level

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so afraid of each other - keep it honest!


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