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Cargill Reviews

Updated October 20, 2017
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Cargill President & CEO David W. MacLennan
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  1. "Management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The management at Cargill is an inclusive environment, with a lot of diversity. They have embraced alternate work arrangements.

    Cons

    The company is on change overload, sweeping changes are rapidly occurring globally too much too fast.

    Advice to Management

    SLOW DOWN! Be more systematic in changes and aware of impact to ALL departments and layers or organizations.


  2. "Sales"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good pay, benefit package, opportunites

    Cons

    often set unrealistic goals

  3. "Accounting clerk"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are great to work with

    Cons

    Policies are made at a location that is not local.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to people who do the actual work


  4. "Good and Bad"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fresno, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fresno, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Diversified with many different business units.

    Cons

    Large corporation that has lots of employees and sometimes you feel like just a number.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Overall good company going through high volume change"

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    Current Employee - Human Resource Consultant in Wayzata, MN
    Current Employee - Human Resource Consultant in Wayzata, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall, the company has a good culture and the organization is experiencing positive effects in terms of better business performance due to strategic efforts to be more competitive and agile across diversified spaces

    Cons

    The high volume of change across the entire company has created a great deal of change fatigue and there are numerous large scale changes that make it feel fairly chaotic at times.

    Advice to Management

    Continue driving change but don't lose focus on ensuring employees feel valued by company based on both monetary and non-monetary benefits.


  6. "Great place to work if you're comfortable with ongoing change and uncertainty"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very laid back atmosphere, friendly colleagues, a genuine emphasis on development and recognition.
    Good flexibility that enables a great work/life balance (occasional work from home, flexible working hours, etc.). People respect your private life and even senior leaders leave early some times to pick up their kids from school, which sets a great example.

    On the work side: opportunities to grow if you're motivated but you have to build your success yourself (promotions are not automatic unless a job opens and you fight for it).
    Informal atmosphere: leaders are accessible, most of them sit on the open space, are easy to talk to and approachable.
    Great co-worker relationships in most teams, occasional team building events and get-togethers. A genuine focus on safety and corporate responsibility, with lots of charity events and initiatives associated with it. A very nice place to work.

    Cons

    Internal politics are heavy. Despite some changes in the recent years, a vast majority of senior leaders have spent their whole careers at Cargill and if they make bad business decisions, they're just moved to another role and don't have to face the consequences.
    Because the atmosphere is "nice", some people that clearly underperform are being tolerated because they're friendly and are close to the right people.

    Change is everywhere and never stops, which is pretty standard in most companies now (internal restructurings, businesses closing/merging) but can be tiring on a daily basis for someone not comfortable with change. It also brings lots of uncertainty as lots of roles have been outsourced over the years.

    Few opportunities to progress in Geneva in many areas, you need to be ready to relocate if you want to progress further in your career.

    Advice to Management

    Give more importance to 360 feedback instead of relying on only manager review for performance evaluations. Some people make sure they are good with their manager but will be underperforming with everyone else, and they get away with it because the manager doesn't know.


  7. "Process technician"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cargill full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits. Good pay. Employees are genuine people and we tend to stick around a while.

    Cons

    There is a HUGE lack of communication between bosses and production. They told me it was inconvenient for them when my grandma had passed. They gave me an occurrence because I was in ths hospital due to cutting veins in my hand. They just don't care about you as a human. They look at you, only, as a production worker.

    Advice to Management

    Get a new job.

  8. "Good Place to work"

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    Former Employee - IT Systems Analyst in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - IT Systems Analyst in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Adopt work life Balance. A lot of outdoor activities. Free soft drink and coffee.

    Cons

    They wanted cheap resources for IT.

    Advice to Management

    IT is a unique talent. You can't get a cheap resources with the same knowledge.


  9. "R&D Engineering Intern"

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    Former Employee - R&D Engineering Intern in Plymouth, MN
    Former Employee - R&D Engineering Intern in Plymouth, MN

    I worked at Cargill part-time

    Pros

    The R&D group is a great place for chemical engineering based continuum modeling.

    Cons

    Did not work long enough.


  10. "Middle of the Road"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cargill full-time

    Pros

    401k matching and Profit Sharing plans are good. PTO/Sick as bucketed together but new hires starting with 20 some days. Really flexible in offices with work from home and alternate schedules

    Cons

    "All about the bottom line" mentality sends jobs off shore and out-sourced. A lot of processes that were working smoothly two years ago are now more of a headache - training in new people from other countries every few months.


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