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General Mills Minnesota Reviews

Updated February 25, 2017
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General Mills Chairman and CEO Ken Powell
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  • I made great money at General Mills, but there's no work/life balance (in 80 reviews)

  • Slow and conservative decision making (in 40 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Highly Ethical and Purpose Driven"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. "Application Development"

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

    I have been working at General Mills full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Competitive salary and benefits (used to be better than average but they've slipped a little)
    - Excellent managers who look out for you and listen
    - No micromanagement
    - Stable company with low chance of layoffs
    - Opportunities for advancement
    - Opportunities to "move around": change positions, change career paths, or try something new and then come back
    - Leaders who listen
    - 37.5 hour work week that is actually possible to achieve (but YMMV)
    - Ethical company that doesn't seem to tolerate shady business practices
    - Senior leaders seem to "get it"
    - Everything is fair, perhaps moreso than you would expect
    - Leadership is striving to cuts costs wisely so as to strengthen the share price and thus avoid a takeover

    Cons

    - Sometimes too "Minnesota Nice" - a lack of transparency and a lack of constructive disagreement can lead to mediocre business outcomes
    - Hard to turn the Titanic: this large company is slow to change even when everyone seems to agree it is necessary
    - Lack of a drive to continuously improve the organization; everyone is too busy "doing their job" to make anything get better
    - Work is very project-focused; IT seems to be an order-taker rather than a partner for the business
    - Outcomes are often not measured, leading to an incentive to "get the work done" rather than to work smart.
    - Sales are slowly falling even as profit margins increase
    - Threat of being bought out from Kraft-Heinz, Nestle, or some other conglomerate

    Advice to Management

    The culture needs to change to rally around each other and get better as a priority, and leadership needs to make it happen.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Associate Marketing Manager"

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

    I worked at General Mills full-time (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.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in some people with different, more innovate, non-CPG experience at a leadership level to shake things up and bring fresh thinking!


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  5. "Great flexible employer that supports development."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Golden Valley, MN
    Current Employee - Manager in Golden Valley, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility to work where you will be most productive as well as onsite health club facility and doctors including physical therapist.

    Cons

    Nothing comes to mind other than ability to be promoted to a senior leadership role due to limited movement and spots within IT

    Advice to Management

    Nothing comes to mind


  6. "Good, but Slow"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent talent
    Good not great perks
    Work life balance

    Cons

    Slow and conservative decision making
    Risk adverse


  7. "Great Flexibility"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Developer in Golden Valley, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Developer in Golden Valley, MN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Allows working remotely - even full time.
    Smart people.

    Cons

    Once you hit the mid-point of your pay-grade, your pay increases slow to a crawl, even with a top-notch rating on your performance review.


  8. "Great career development opportunities"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Replenishment Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Customer Replenishment Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Positive culture and work/life balance. Great managers. Company strategy and priorities align with my beliefs. Good reputation within the community. I love Big G!

    Cons

    A company of very professional and driven people. Sometimes I feel like a very small fish in a big ocean.


  9. "GBS / IT Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company, great people, professional culture, inclusive, results oriented.

    Cons

    Packaged food is a challenging sector.


  10. "Generous Mills"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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

    Great Culture, smart people, win as a team, high integrity

    Cons

    Revenue declines, layoffs, intensity, lack of leadership


  11. "Great place to work but in declining product categories"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at General Mills (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, wonderful environment, great businesses, great to have on resume

    Cons

    Business performance isn't great, just undergone another restructuring/layoffs, 3rd in 6 years



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