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General Mills Reviews

Updated November 11, 2018
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  • "Work/life balance dependent on team you are placed in" (in 91 reviews)

  • "1 - Slow Decision making - sometimes" (in 48 reviews)

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  1. "Gel operator"

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    Former Employee - Gel Operator in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Gel Operator in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Loved the work and the people I worked with great team to work with..

    Cons

    The drive for me was almost 2 hours one way.

    Advice to Management

    To try and help your employees more to get a job that helps out there situation. What I mean is like in a transfer of jobs.


  2. "Account Executive"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Baton Rouge, LA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Brand category leader, excellent team, competitive salary and benefits

    Cons

    Sometimes not enough hours in the day!

    Advice to Management

    Keep providing resources and tools for success

  3. "Good overall employer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great pay and room for advancement.

    Cons

    The usual big corporation problems.


  4. "Working in General Mills India"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    fast paced, collaborative atmosphere, great culture

    Cons

    Not so structured, too many ideas are tried out


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Finance Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at General Mills full-time

    Pros

    When I started with the company, they had a great leadership development program. When the function was focused, and staffed, they could accomplish anything.

    Cons

    Serial layoffs removed older employees that had continuity and deep knowledge. Top young talent often left after each round of layoffs driven out by the changing culture.

    Advice to Management

    Be more friendly, get out of the tower you often pull back to, walk around and know your function's employees and their names, make long term decisions not driven by hitting a quarterly number.


  6. "Ok"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at General Mills full-time

    Pros

    Great vacation right away (3 weeks, 4 weeks after 5 years). Maternity/paternity leave has changed for the better as well!

    Cons

    Too few people, too many responsibilities for the ones who are left.

    Advice to Management

    Slow going. Hard to get opportunities for advancement and not great developmental opportunities.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "HR Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chanhassen, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chanhassen, MN

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

    Pros

    People at the company were great to work with.

    Cons

    Need to have Master's degree to advance within company. Company values education over years of experience.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work if you have no family"

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    Current Employee - Machine Operator
    Current Employee - Machine Operator
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay
    Lots of benefits
    Work is not difficult or too physical
    Lots of overtime and opportunities to work

    Cons

    No work life balance for regular floor operators. However, upper management positions do have more time off and have more 1st shift positions.
    Lots of 12-hour days due to staffing.
    Very little communication from management as far as your personal performance
    Consistent short notice on work schedule (Sometimes you do not know until a Friday if you have to work the entire weekend, so you cannot really make plans outside of scheduled vacation days)

    Advice to Management

    The people at the top are so busy scrambling around to secure their own jobs that they're neglecting the people who make their job possible--the production workers.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "It's a great company to stay 3-4 years and then leave."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Multiple business units to work on, short (less than 2 yrs) rotation on each role, opportunity to work on large and small retail accounts throughout career

    Cons

    Consultant agency type culture, lack of diversity in upper management/leadership, does not utilize external employees well, manager training and development needs work, lack of popular office locations, lack of innovation, PSM process is questionable.

    Advice to Management

    Push to better train your managers so that they can adequately prepare associates and leads to lead teams and develop skills. Bring out more innovation, diversity and open offices in more desirable locations.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "AMM"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at General Mills full-time

    Pros

    Great place to start career; rotations to get breadth of experience and exposure; value of culture / teams as well as process. Potential great place after the dust settles.

    Cons

    Lots of turnover / layoffs happening. Intensity and cliche grew; diversity diminished. Became very difficult to recruit new talent while losing existing talent.


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