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Updated October 20, 2017
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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (9)

    "Highly Ethical and Purpose Driven"

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to grow as a leader in a best practice environment with incredibly smart, talented colleagues. This is a company that truly is invested in "doing the right thing all the time", one of its core values. It is the home of large, iconic brands like Cheerios, Nature Valley, Pillsbury and Betty Crocker and Hagen Daz (outside of the US), but also features smaller natural/organic brands like Larabar, Annie's, Food Should Taste Good and Cascadian Farms. A great place to work for a global company and learn how to run a business and build brands from one of the very best operators in the industry.

    Cons

    The company is highly matrixed (like most in the industry) and team oriented - not a great fit if you are not strong at collaboration.

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused on the consumer and continue the transformation underway to move the portfolio towards growth!


  2. "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.

  3. "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


  4. "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.


  5. "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.


  6. "Genuinely great place to work"

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    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.


  7. "a great summer"

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    Current Intern - Intern - Monthly in Golden Valley, MN
    Current Intern - Intern - Monthly in Golden Valley, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at General Mills as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Extremely intelligent colleagues, genuine relationships, access to higher ups

    Cons

    Industry struggles, overall lack of innovation

  8. "Great company to work for because of the people!"

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

    I have been working at General Mills full-time

    Pros

    The people I work with are like my family. They are one of the main reasons I love coming into work. There's a strong sense of community and togetherness. There are also nice perks - gym, nurses/doctors, flexible schedule, summer hours, great benefits, free food.

    Cons

    Going through changes, re-orgs, seeing friends leave (sometimes willingly) is tough. Change is tough, however feels like it's happening everywhere. Weird separation between technicians and scientists/engineers.

    Advice to Management

    Keep showing appreciation to all.


  9. "Production Artist 2"

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    Former Employee - Production Artist II in Golden Valley, MN
    Former Employee - Production Artist II in Golden Valley, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Solid company in a wonderful facility. Great art collection. Work with best MBA's in the country. Deep pockets.

    Cons

    My job title was Production Artist 2, but was more like Art Director without the pay. Titles all screwed up. Layed off the entire in house design team. Very sad. Work was critiqued by female workers and shot down more than once. Corporate ladder alive and well there.

    Advice to Management

    Better professionalism.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great company, but has retention issues"

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    Current Employee - Engineer II in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to lead own projects
    Work / Life balance
    Benefits
    People are amazing

    Cons

    Slow to promote (based on time at company vs. merit)
    Losing younger employees due to many recent layoffs (especially in Packaging & Engineering)
    Work / Life balance depending on business unit

    Advice to Management

    Learn to acknowledge and recognize lower level employees
    Give credit where it is due... rather than playing favorites


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