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General Mills Associate Marketing Manager Reviews

Updated Dec 14, 2018

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  1. "Great Place To Work"

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    Former Employee - Associate Marketing Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to interact with on a daily basis. Always feel as if my voice is heard and is accounted for.

    Cons

    As is the case with any large company, there are always going to be office politics and that is one of the cons that I could list for any large company.

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    General Mills2016-01-09
  2. Helpful (3)

    "Associate Marketing Manager"

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    Current Employee - Associate Marketing Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Relatively good work-life balance - Nice campus / office space

    Cons

    - Very uninspiring leaders - Non-competitive salary - Limited ownership - decisions are made top-down - Company feels like a sinking ship - focusing exclusively on short term, not supporting and investing in brands - Managers are stretched too think and don't have time for people development

    General Mills2018-12-14
  3. Helpful (22)

    "Struggling company. Declining culture. No work/life balance anymore. High turnover"

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    Current Employee - Associate Marketing Manager in Golden Valley, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company with a long, strong history of invention and brand building. Lots of clout with customers compared to other CPG companies. One of the top large CPG companies to work for from a prestige/ability to get jobs afterward standpoint. Pay/benefits are pretty good for CPG and the parental leave just got better.

    Cons

    General Mills used to be a superb place for marketers to work. Due to company struggles and massive layoffs, what remains is a culture of fear in a mature company in peril. Turnover within marketing is the highest I've seen in any company. Employees are extremely unhappy, not just a little discontented or worried. The negativity is warranted and really toxic to be around on a daily basis. The work environment has become hostile, especially toward people lower on the pecking order. GMI is no longer dedicated to training new employees but rather expects you to "fast start" and "learn on the job". If you are hired off-cycle to replace someone who quit, all the worse for you. There is no process at all for onboarding "external hires" as they call them, an illogical title that serves to brand these employees shamefully and never fully integrate them into the system. Managers are intolerant of mistakes, making it difficult/nearly impossible to overcome negative impressions. There is a two-day training class managed by a central marketing center that you may or may not get in your first months on the job, and that is it. You are on your own to figure the rest out. Your manager will not help you and it is perceived as a sign of weakness to ask for help. Their own jobs are stretched thin and they are drowning themselves, so why would they bother offering you so much as a life boat. They are disorganized and don't provide as much as a checklist or bare bones 30/60/90--you make it yourself or never get one. They fundamentally do not understand/believe in the laws of onboarding as described in "The First 90 Days" and other well-documented studies that prove the value of a transition period and process. GMI keeps eliminating so many support jobs each year that you simultaneously have less administrative support and access to your manager, meanwhile everyone who is left has a job stretched so wide and thin as to make it unsustainable. GMI claims to value diversity of background and thought, but are intolerant of out of the box thinking or people who don't fit the mold. The daily grind has become a pageant to impress the Director or "BUD" as they call it. Subordinates are afraid to contradict the all-powerful BUD, and directors will often treat you with favoritism, apathy or shaming depending on how your business is performing. Even if your business is doing well, managers will make a fuss out of "how" you say and do things. If they decide they don't like you, they will throw you under the bus in front of peers and superiors and passive-aggressively sabotage you in the review process. There is no mechanism for AMMs to provide feedback on their managers, or on anyone for that matter. The very non-transparent HR feedback systems are set up for everyone to secretly review the AMM, but not the reverse. This is not the case in other companies and it contributes to the hostile environment aforementioned. Marketers are constantly looking over their shoulder in fear, pointing blame at other people when things go wrong, and unwilling to offer help/support to newbies. In sum, this is the worst environment I have ever worked in and I do not recommend it to other marketers.

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    General Mills2018-09-08
  4. "Marketing"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate Marketing Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learn a ton, fast paced

    Cons

    Have cut back on positions over the past few years so hours are worse than they once were

    General Mills2018-06-15
  5. Helpful (21)

    "Hell Hole of Passive Aggressiveness/Where good ideas go to die"

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    Associate Marketing Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at General Mills for more than a year

    Pros

    Summer fridays. Well paid for CPG.

    Cons

    This place really needs a hard dose of reality. Here's why: 1) Internal focused: The company doesn't look outside to truly be consumer-first (one of it's tenents or whatever they call it now). We're stuck in the 70s selling junk that no one eats. We do look at competitors but if you're looking at Kellogg or other such companies, you're lying to yourself because your competition is nimble agile start-ups, which brings me to my second point... 2) Inability to accept defeat or learn from real mistakes: The company just celebrates fake wins and is not really interested in admitting they made a mistake (read Chobani's rise to yogurt dominance). They're still rejuvenating Yoplait while the world is moving to some new trend, which brings me to my third point... 3) Lack of true innovation: The company hasn't launched anything path breaking or even remotely "new" in the last many years that can possibly cash on a trend and be a big hit. Sour patch yoplait is innovation because that's what the world needs right? Why they don't innovate takes me to my fourth point... 4) Fake people: Probably the worst part of the company. Minnesota passive aggressiveness and the bubble these people live in inhibits any real conversations or acknowledgement of problems. Add the lack of diversity, which translates to "we only know how to do things one way since we've been doing that for 20 years" - How's that working out for you? 5) Location: As progressive or hipster the city is, Minneapolis still is very small-town in mindset. People aren't passionate about work - they only care about their cabins, half-day fridays and their way of doing things. Very difficult to build a life outside work. Overall, don't go here unless your goal is to either peace out in 2 years with a brand name on your resume or die here (like all the Minnesotans who work here and pretend to love it every day).

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    General Mills2018-01-30
  6. Helpful (4)

    "Associate Marketing Manager"

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    Former Employee - Associate Marketing Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn from the best. Great training. Job rotation means you can try new things regularly.

    Cons

    Slow moving, corporate red tape. GMI needs to be bolder in order to keep up with newer more innovative companies.

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    General Mills2017-02-12
  7. Helpful (7)

    "DON'T COME HERE AS AMM!!!!!!"

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    Current Employee - Associate Marketing Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good branding in resume, which will help a lot when recruiting again Good cross functional team members Nice campus and amenities (buy you mostly don't use them)

    Cons

    Is a HORRIBLE place right now. The marketing organization has the worse culture ever. They fire people every day. People who leave dont know why they leave because they haven't received bad feedback or ratings, is just a surprise. People who stay don't know why they stay. Marketing managers are not coached in developing people, they're great AMMs but lack manager abilities and the AMM ends up paying for those inexperienced guys. There's absolutely no one to admire the in marketing organization, very bad place to be right not. As AMM you have no decision rights, you're basically building decks all the time, you won't be using your brain that much. Passive agressive and very fake environment.

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    General Mills2016-11-13
  8. "Great company in a challenging environment"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate Marketing Manager in Golden Valley, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, awesome compensation, and working at General Mills is a very low risk decision. Even if you don't like it here, you can go almost anywhere.

    Cons

    Ability of management to react to the changing food climate

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    General Mills2016-11-17
  9. "Associate Marketing Manager Internship"

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    Former Intern - Associate Marketing Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at General Mills for less than a year

    Pros

    Highly flexible, lots of opportunity to work on meaningful projects

    Cons

    Up or out culture, competitive within

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    General Mills2016-11-06
  10. Helpful (7)

    "Negative Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Associate Marketing Manager in Plymouth, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Looks good on resume - cpg training Decent pay, benefits Highly skilled cross functional team Strong brands in the cereal and other food categories

    Cons

    Passive aggressive, back-stabbing culture - very fake people Highly competitive to a fault Very cliquey - focused on what ivy league you attended No stability - in the over three years I have worked there it is a revolving door of people leaving No work life balance Management is arrogant and reactive

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    General Mills2016-08-14
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