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Updated June 25, 2017
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  1. "Good culture but long way to go"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Marketing Intern in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Intern - Marketing Intern in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at General Mills as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture
    Summer Fridays off
    Strong marketing experience
    Work-life balance

    Cons

    Feels stuck in time, old-school practices
    Slow, set processes


  2. "R&D Mamager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - R&D Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - R&D Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large global company with good benefits and very smart people. Great brands. They do employ only the best thinkers out there.

    Cons

    Very Minnesota nice and to many levels to get approval. Lack of strategy.
    Very pigeon holed positions with little power or freedom.

    Advice to Management

    Empower your employees.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Takes care of their employees, but the company is slow moving"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, great people. General Mills takes good care of its employees. I've receieved extensive training, I have a very supportive manager, and I have a team that helps each other. I have a fair amount of responsibility considering this is my first year.

    Cons

    Minnesota nice culture. Our decisions are often made on concensus. This diffuses responsibility so that no one is accountable when something goes wrong.

    Advice to Management

    Entrust leaders with the power to drive decisions. Allow people at all levels to give input and make sure they feel valued.


  4. "Poor market"

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and people. Nice campus.

    Cons

    Company going through a lot of change.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Operations Business Manager"

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work environment, you can work from remotely when needed; good 401K match; most employees are committed to quality work

    Cons

    Sr Leadership business direction changes too frequently, lack of accountability for teams and individuals, work is too siloed to be effective and efficient, constructive feedback is not appreciated by leadership

    Advice to Management

    Hold teams and individuals accountable. Accept feedback on processes that are not working. Change processes that are not working. Become more transparent with communication


  6. Helpful (7)

    "In a rough spot"

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

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

    Pros

    -The people are great
    -There are a lot of perks at the HQ (cafeteria, gym, salon, free parking, etc)

    Cons

    -For several years now, there has been a lack of clear, realistic business strategy from leaders
    -Sr. Leaders have been in place for a long time, despite poor performance for a while
    -Many director level + jobs have been eliminated, making career progression past manager extremely tough

    Advice to Management

    -Pick a strategy for each business & get there quicker vs several years down the road!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Consumer Insights"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 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 training ground for business essentials

    Cons

    Slow to move, and lost a lot of experience with recent layoffs

    Advice to Management

    Moving to an up-or-out culture will only hurt morale. If your plan was to lose your loyal employees to save a few dollars -- it is working.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Rotation Program- Yes, Leadership Development Program- No (General Mills Finance Leadership Development Program Review)"

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at General Mills full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Every analyst is super talented. They pick the best new graduates and select high performing, charismatic external hires. The environment is super collaborative- almost to a fault. You'll be working with cross functional partners every day and Finance is truly leading the company during this challenging times for CPG companies. Rotations are pretty fast, anywhere from 9-18 months. Great way to get lots of experience and work with different mentors. General Mills is super process oriented and established methods over the last 150 years. World Class company to learn from! Work life balance during the summer is a dream! Half day Fridays and if you take off a Friday, that only counts as half of vacation! If you are raising a family, this place is great. Everyone here values time with family either coaching sports or leading their Cub Scout troop. Coming in late to drop off your kids at school is fine too. Need to leave early at 3pm everyday to pick the kids up? No problem! They have flexible schedules and you can pick up where you left off in the evening.

    Cons

    Yes, you'll have tons of rotations, both good and bad ones. Most of the first or 2nd rotations you have will be super basic and boring roles. These roles can be done by a new graduate fresh out of college or an experienced hire with an MBA and 5-8 years under their belt. Business need comes first and you just have to push through for the first few rotations. Plan on reaching for Leadership development on your own. They believe you can develop into a leader through different rotational experiences. Just because you are promoted, does not make you a leader. There are Finance Managers that are only finance managers and not leaders. Watch out for the Finance managers with no direct reports. They will pray on financial analysts- there's a reason why they don't trust them with direct reports. Don't expect much on-boarding support. With rotations happening at all levels of finance, they acknowledged they have a problem with onboarding and are working towards improving it. This is not a globally minded company. Do not expect to get international exposure or experience. You will be focused on the US region and will occasionally hear about General Mills' global efforts during a quarterly downhill. If you are someone who thrives in a global environment or loves the idea of a global assignment, this is not the place for that. With business declining quarter after quarter with no end in sight, the morale is low. There's quite of bit of micromanagers that someone continue to get promoted. You can expect a list of to-dos with bullet points and meetings before the meetings to "align" and "gut check" and "check-in".

    Advice to Management

    Create a true Finance Leadership Development Program or change the name to Finance Rotation Program. Limit the number of Finance Development Leaders instead of having 95% of the Finance department in the program. Quit promoting micromanagers. It's discouraging to the analysts when they see it happen. Get rid of the bad managers that have grown up in General Mills culture from undergrad and knowingly make analyst lives miserable. Yes, their experts on the floor, but is it really worth them driving the analysts crazy with their non value added asks?


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Trade Planning Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Trade Planning Lead in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Trade Planning Lead in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people - easy place to make friends
    Relaxed roles. Work/life balance is usually pretty good, especially at headquarters

    Cons

    Environment breeds complacency
    It's all about networking and who you know

    Advice to Management

    Require managers of people to get formal feedback from their subordinates, and have this affect their yearly ratings. Bad managers are the number one reason good people leave companies. You're hemorrhaging a lot of talent through mid-level managers that are poor at developing their direct reports.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "GMI"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    General Mills has a great work life balance, on site amenities, and benefits package. There are also plenty of great, smart people to work with.

    Cons

    Declining revenues, and pressure to deliver earnings are creating headwinds on the company. Brands have lost relevance for today's consumer, and Mills has been slow to react. There's plenty of red tape for any decision to be made, which impairs creativity and innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce red tape and speed decisions for innovation. Big ideas must move to market faster in order to turn the company around. Too many layers of management.


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