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General Mills Reviews

Updated June 21, 2017
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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    "Highly Ethical and Purpose Driven"

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    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. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Machinist in Wellston, OH
    Current Employee - Machinist in Wellston, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Always have what you need to do the job. Great benefits. Work hours are good. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Some equipment needs updated. Some people are stuck in the past as far as how some things are done.

    Advice to Management

    Be more progressive and proactive instead of reactive.

  3. "Work Enviornment"

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    Current Employee - Database Administrator Intern in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Database Administrator Intern in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place for Experienced people

    Cons

    Nothing that I could think off.

    Advice to Management

    NA


  4. "A Phoenix Emerges?"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People-focused culture
    History of re-creating itself
    Minneapolis-St Paul metro is great place to live and raise a family
    New CEO is willing to make tough choices

    Cons

    Still learning that compromise and 'appeasing everyone' can mean losing in the long run
    New HR changes are more competitive but company is in transition.

    Advice to Management

    Be one thing and be it well. The company can't do what it's always done.


  5. "Great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Digital Marketing in Golden Valley, MN
    Former Employee - Digital Marketing in Golden Valley, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I loved my experience at General Mills even though it was during a tough business climate. Smart people and highly flexible culture, but it has also seen a ton of transition and changes since I left in 2014.

    Cons

    Highly matrixed and sometimes slow to get things done, but you an still be effective if you are good at building relationships.

    Advice to Management

    Tap into and meet the changing needs of what consumers want in food.


  6. "Energetic"

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    Current Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Belvidere, IL
    Current Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Belvidere, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits include health, dental, vision, 401.k, and pension. 3 weeks paid vacation, paid holidays, two yearly shutdowns. 24/7 snacks food manufacturing.

    Cons

    Pay could be higher and management cooperation has decreased in the few years. Schedule is not easy to coincide with personal life

    Advice to Management

    Need more moral, pay, respect, and revive culture that once was years ago


  7. "Admin Asst"

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    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

    Work/life balance was GREAT! Was able to work from home in my position at least one a day week which saved me a 30 mile commute to the office. My excellent work ethic allowed me to work from home more frequently. Greatful!

    Cons

    Company has been downsizing frequently.

    Advice to Management

    None at this time

  8. "Great brands, capabilities, and people."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    Pros

    Well known brands, great capabilities, terrific people all working together to deliver sustainable and consistent business results. Great values throughout the company.

    Cons

    Big brands having a tough time growing. Smaller food companies are taking share of market within a competitive industry in competitive times.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the work to restore topline sales growth.


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Losing faith - starting to look elsewhere."

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Was one of the best companies in the world before tough times and poor leadership damaged its legacy. Wonderful people, smart, challenging. Great ethics.

    Cons

    It's hard to keep the faith at General Mills, especially after this week. The company announced it is ending the pension plan they stopped offering new employees four years ago. In 10 years, you can no longer accrue more benefits. They will switch to enhanced 401k for portability. This makes little sense if you are older and a bit of extra 401k matching would never come near what they have cut. It's a hard pill to swallow having not gone job hunting through several rounds of layoffs and a year where leadership admitted the made some mistakes. If they are willing to cut benefits every few years, along with people, approach cautiously. They just targeted staff with 4-20 years of experience and you may be next. Yes I was blessed to have a pension at all, but that is the compensation we agreed to. And yes, I have time to change plans and save more, but I would have preferred a no raise year for everyone instead of just us experienced staff having to put more away. I would certainly worry about working at a company that keeps increasing its dividends, but not profit or volume. Additionally the new performance policy forces managers to fit you into a curve. Awesome if you are the guaranteed small percentage of winners. Less so if you fall to the mandatory low-performers.

    Advice to Management

    Cutting the benefits of your experienced staff can't be counterbalanced by managers told to "make work fun". I'm going to be giving you as much as I feel I'm getting back. I certainly am not going to reject the headhunters on Linked In any more, but maybe that is what you want.


  10. "General Mills"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at General Mills full-time

    Pros

    Good Benefits good pay and health insurance

    Cons

    Long hours at times and having to work weekends


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