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Updated February 15, 2017
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  1. "Buyer"

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

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

    Pros

    Challenging roles, many opportunities for advancement. Employee culture that invests in its people.

    Cons

    Still trying to figure out how to be a nimble organization.


  2. "A Great Company"

    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
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at General Mills full-time

    Pros

    You get to work with very talented employees. Great brands. A great culture of evolving the company over 150 years.

    Cons

    Growth has temporarily slowed which frustrates new employees.

    Advice to Management

    General Mills always figures it out. Continue to push forward


  3. "Long-Time Employee"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Director in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart, engaging employees who want to win.
    Senior management intent on doing things the right way.
    The company is very well respected by customers, suppliers, NGO's (mostly), and shareholders.

    Cons

    Challenging industry dynamics, with changing consumer preferences, and shifting retailer / distribution models.
    Matrix organization structure inhibits agility... too many people with a say, or with veto power.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management has a hard time making critical trade-off decisions. They want to keep everyone happy.


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  5. "Challenging and Rewarding Work"

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

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

    Pros

    I truly love my career at General Mills. The values and beliefs of this company and the mission to serve the world is inspiring and lived through aspect of the company. The employees are driven, collaborative, and passionate about achieving success. General Mills values diversity and invests a lot of time and resources into professional development and tools to advance and stretch your thinking. Now, more than ever, GMI is seeking strong leadership skills, bias for action and comfort navigating ambiguity and taking calculated risks. If you are energized by high performing teams and collaborating with brilliant people from diverse backgrounds, this company is for you! Oh, and the ameneites are

    Cons

    The business environment in CPG is challenging in this day and age where barriers to entry are lower and consumers many times trust small, start-up companies in people's garage more than a large company. Although I have all the confidence in the world that the people and these brands will be around for another 150 years, it can at times be stressful when you aren't seeing the business success that you are used to historically seeing.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work! Keep celebrating new and different points of view and reward calculated risks even if the result is not favorable.


  6. "Buyer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Buyer in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Buyer in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great learning ground. Many opportunities.

    Cons

    Big company politics. Pooled incentive structure that doesn't reward individual performance.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "The General"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Pros

    Great co-workers. Strong company values. A company you can be proud to work for. Benefits are still decent although not what they used to be.

    Cons

    Stagnant growth in the industry has issued in an era of cost savings. This has reduced advancement opportunities and reduced job security.

    Advice to Management

    Need to reduce complexity of business processes. When downsizing occurs and you eliminate several jobs that you may not have understood very well, there is a lot of strain on those left behind trying to maintain the same quality of work with less resources.


  8. "Supports Professional Growth"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Provides excellent support for professional growth and advancement. Superior amenities on campus. Rewards employees well and prioritizes retention.

    Cons

    Morale is inconsistent. Extended hours are becoming the norm for some.

    Advice to Management

    Watch for burnout among employees


  9. Helpful (1)

    "General Mills"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    Pros

    In General the people are great to work with. They are smart and know their stuff. HQ has a lot of nice perks (cafeteria, gym, company store, gas station). The work itself has been interesting and I have been able to learn and move to different areas within the company.

    Cons

    It's a big company. Plenty of bureaucracy. Getting things done requires getting buy in from lots of people - management by consensus can be inefficient and overly cautious. The company historically has been very process averse and resistant to standard ways of working. This is starting to change, but that is going to take a long time to shift the culture.

    Advice to Management

    Think about how work gets done - process and standards can be a good thing when properly managed. Cost controls are important, but don't go overboard, you can't cost cut your way to greatness.


  10. "General Mills Pros and Cons"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sourcing Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Sourcing Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Focus on people, training and development, building community and culture, great brands

    Cons

    Consensus driven culture in a big company means we can move slower than necessary


  11. "Challenging times"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Food Scientist-product Development in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Food Scientist-product Development in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, telecommuting, part time work arrangement available in some cases, ability to support many different products and businesses within one company

    Cons

    Culture is recovering from rounds of layoffs in recent years, restructuring continues with upcoming consolidation of R&D sites and more plant closures

    Advice to Management

    R&D experience is walking out the door to work for other companies and management does not seem to realize the value they are losing. Going to lose many more good people if employees don't start feeling valued for their experience and contributions.



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