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Updated February 18, 2017
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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. "Best culture and great flexibility."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Key Account Manager
    Current Employee - Key Account Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work environment, great new leadership, phenomenal brands, good benefits. Focus on giving back to the world. Modern and convenient HQ.

    Cons

    Lots of strategy changes lately, yet confident in the current direction and new leadership lineup. Need for increased focus on innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Customer first will achieve consumer first. Please don't loose sight of the impact all the current changes have had on filed personnel.


  3. "Senior Marketing Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at General Mills full-time

    Pros

    Brilliant cross functional teams
    Established leadership
    Broad set of development opportunities
    Good leadership opportunities
    Life amenities on site (bank, auto service center, gym, store, salon, etc.)

    Cons

    Promote from within - especially at higher levels, where status quo is hard to change
    Good work/life flexibility, but not necessarily balance
    Lack of results and multiple rounds of layoffs have led to difficult work environment and lowered morale


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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. Helpful (1)

    "Associate Marketing Manager"

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    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!


  7. "Senior Global Consumer Insights Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Strong talent pool across the functions

    Cons

    I really can't think of cons


  8. "Career Path"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The people are great and the brands are good

    Cons

    The expectation for mobility and movement within sales roles

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and be receptive to more remote opportunities or continuity opportunities. Not everyone wants to move constantly and move up, some people can be great in a role and want to stay there and contribute for more than 18 months


  9. "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


  10. "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.


  11. "Great career development opportunities"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.



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