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General Mills Minnesota Reviews

Updated June 21, 2017
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  1. "R&D Mamager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Long time successful food company has great practices but not amazing"

    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
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance, low daily stress, collaborative environment, high amount of responsibility

    Cons

    Company is not growing, lack of "passion", Lack of diversity/heavy Minnesota culture, unclear business processes.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more into younger employees, make pursuits more prevalent in objectives/priorities


  3. Helpful (1)

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

    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
    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. "Fun company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere
    Great people & friendships
    Numerous area's of interest to work in

    Cons

    There was no downside for me


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Will navel gaze until 3G buys them."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Director in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at General Mills (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fewer and fewer.....nice campus, a few good people left. Always hopeful,they could turn it around...but won't happen. Really look at yourself in the mirror...do,you have the best talent.

    Cons

    HR leadership is terrible and dishonest. Don't believe what they say and be very careful as they will terminate you if you have an opinion.

    Advice to Management

    None...we've been giving it to you for years but you don't listen.


  6. "Poor market"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Good company, good people, not great business prospects."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people in every part of the company and good ethics in the company's DNA. Good work life balance and benefits programs but they've been reduced as part of recent cost cutting measures.

    Cons

    Poor business leadership that aren't driving results and accountability. Reduced benefits due to recent cost cutting actions result in new hires not having access to historically competitive benefits.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great Development Experience"

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

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

    Pros

    The people are great to work with, you get a high level of support from your network, development programs, stretch assignments to grow your capabilities

    Cons

    Lack of decision making ability, movement is very slow, industry is not doing well, challenging to bring new ways of thinking to the table, pretty hierarchical reporting structure, lack of autonomy on your business

    Advice to Management

    Learn to differentiate what worked well because of industry performance vs what worked well because of the nature of the idea. We are not in our heyday anymore, so reminiscing and continuing to expect the same ideas to work/be considered is unrealistic to a point.


  9. "An excellent place to work, despite challenging times"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Director in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Outstanding people -- smart, striving, collaborative.
    Excellent brands -- iconic, #1 or #2 position, decades of equity
    World-class resources -- expertise and assets in marketing, sales, product development, supply chain, etc.

    Cons

    Tough industry at the moment -- consolidation, "grow by shrinking" mentality
    Not enough external thinking (or sourcing talent externally)

    Advice to Management

    Free up more time for teams to think externally, be outside the office, and generate new ideas.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Operations Business Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


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