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General Mills Minneapolis Reviews

Updated November 30, 2017
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  1. "Overall good company with room for improvement"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at General Mills full-time

    Pros

    Supportive of work life balance and encourages using whatever tools you need to best do your job. Focus on learning new skills and making sure the projects you are working on truly help the business.

    Cons

    Old school company with concerns about future growth. Getting employees to embrace new technology is difficult. The only way to make this happen is if management fully embraces it themselves and requires it's use as part of performance evaluation, but I don't see this happening.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure those in specialized technical roles have a clear career path.


  2. "General Mills"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people you get to work with are top notch. Fellow employees are very smart. Strong brands that can still resonate across all age ranges.

    Cons

    Climate has suffered recently as sales have dropped due to changes in consumer preferences. Slow to change and very political.

    Advice to Management

    Strong need innovate and pivot faster to meet changing consumer needs.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good Company to Start a Career"

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good starting company for R&D. Managers are pretty good. Very political so make sure to cultivate and maintain a VP advocate.

    Cons

    Layoffs will happen every 18-24 months. Morale has fallen since 2011 and never recovered due to this. Marketing partners don’t develop a strong understanding of the consumer and brands before rotating so hard to see good ideas to fruition.


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Not the company I thought it was"

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    Current Employee - Current Corporate Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Current Corporate Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong portfolio of brands. Sr. Leadership is well intentioned. There are a number of talented people who work here. Company generally pays well.

    Cons

    The company culture doesn't match the pay. Onboarding for experienced new hires is terrible. Company has a VERY strong culture that is difficult for new hires to get acclimated to. "We want New & Different ways of thinking/working" has almost become the company mantra but the culture tends to shun "new & different" instead of reward it. Diversity of people, culture, and ethnicity is not as acceptable as the company thinks it is. Company has been affected by a rash of turnover and the leadership doesn't seem to care.

    Advice to Management

    The company needs to do another shake-up. The company is full of legacy leaders (especially at the middle-management level) who have been with the company for a decade or more and don't have a pulse on the world outside of General Mills' walls. Human Resources Analytics has confirmed that turnover has been on a steep increase for quite a while now and the leaders within the company seem completely stumped as to the reasons why. Finally, the company should place less focus on hitting the diversity hiring quota and instead should focus on improving the ability to retain the diverse talent it has. Currently, the aforementioned turnover is highest among its diverse population.


  5. "ITQ Technologist"

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    Current Employee - ITQ Technologist in Golden Valley, MN
    Current Employee - ITQ Technologist in Golden Valley, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, people are awesome.

    Cons

    It is hard to move up even after you have put the time and hard work in, and have a good rating each year. Compensation is too low for amount of work done.


  6. "advanced Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, culture, work/life balance, employee clubs and services, philanthropic work, community engagement, vacation/holiday package.

    Cons

    "Good 'ole boys" way of business/organizational structure is still in play in certain areas.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "A reasonably good employer, but I’m glad I’m no longer at the company."

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    Former Employee - R&D Food Scientist II in Golden Valley, MN
    Former Employee - R&D Food Scientist II in Golden Valley, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Solid benefits, excellent vacation time, on site fitness center and emergency child care are a big plus. Generally good corporate culture and talented employees.

    Cons

    Management says that risk taking is supported, but actual experience suggests otherwise. Moreover, while there is certainly an inclusive culture with regard to gender, ethnicity, etc., there is a certain orthodoxy of thought and general aversion to risk that hampers their R&D efforts. The “r” in R&D continues to shrink and that trend seems likely to continue.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to work but external experience not valued"

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    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible with work hours and strong partnership/cooperation across work groups. Strong sense of brand identity and connection to the company. Pay is at or above expectations.

    Cons

    Anyone looking to move to General Mills Finance from another company should be aware of the company culture. External experience is generally discounted and the minimum to a promotion to Associate Finance Manager from Senior Finance Analyst is 2 internal rotations, which is 3 years (at an absolute minimum). Quite a bit of turnover with external hires as they are generally placed in back of the line for promotions regardless of performance.


  9. "Competitive culture, but great colleagues"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Focused, intelligent colleagues that work hard and know their positions. Good campus with lots of ammenities. Great work spaces for employees

    Cons

    Long hours, some stress. Lots of demands for time and resources. Culture is competitive, which can be either good or bad depending upon your personal approach to competition in the workspace

    Advice to Management

    Difficult to manage due to lack of revenue growth. Hard to keep expectations up when opportunities might not be there anymore


  10. "Genuinely great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Food Scientist in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Food Scientist in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at General Mills (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Close proximity to the Twin Cities
    Fabulous co-workers at the top of their game
    Opportunity to move up if you work hard

    Cons

    Negative business outlook
    Consistently misses financial targets
    Corporate politics

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees to grow from within versus only acquiring companies. Challenge your employees and empower them to come up with ideas all their own and don't shut them down because it doesn't fit within an already marketing established 12 quarter pipeline. Acquiring companies like Annie's will help to broaden their appeal, but they need to grow from within as well.


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