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General Mills Reviews

Updated July 21, 2017
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  1. "GENERAL MILLS"

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    Former Employee - Dispatcher in Roanoke, TX
    Former Employee - Dispatcher in Roanoke, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay increase every 30 days within your 90 day probation period.

    Cons

    Always under staffed. Does not take the time to train associates.

    Advice to Management

    Roanoke location management does not recognize employees often.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Strong Finanical compensator but lacked balance."

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    Former Employee - Electrician in Chanhassen, MN
    Former Employee - Electrician in Chanhassen, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They paid their employees very well. There was never a shortage of a work and and they supplied your uniforms. They offered free samples of there baked goods in the break room as well. 401k was offered.

    Cons

    It was a completely independent working environment. There was no team work. They never offered any training and employees were forced to figure out things out for themselves even in hazardous environments.

    Advice to Management

    Please offer safety training. When employees are working in these types of hazardous environments in which people could become seriously injured or a life(s) could be lost. It should be a most basic and common courtesy to employees particularly to new inexperienced employees to fit them with the knowledge and skill to protect themselves if they have taken it upon themselves to work for you and your company.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Will navel gaze until 3G buys them."

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    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.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Stay away"

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    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Finance Manager 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

    Used to be a great company.

    Cons

    Leadership is strongly lacking. They don't take any accountability for reality.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the top layer and bring in new blood to refresh the way of thinking.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Dissapointing"

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    Former Employee - Platform Team Leader in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Former Employee - Platform Team Leader in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at General Mills (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Salary, pension, benefits, great operators

    Cons

    External hires are not promoted the same way that college to hires are. Definite discrimination. They claim safety first, but do not offer it. The want change but do not embrace it. They want everyone to be cookie cutters. Very little racial/gender equality. Almost always promote white males with stay at home wives that can relocate at a drop of the hat. Little regard for women whose spouses work and can't relocate. Little regard for work life balance. This refers to plant operations. I am not sure how they function at corporate with their in house day care, barbers, coffee stands, gyms, dry cleaning service etc. For those of us that actually make product it is NOT GOOD.

    Advice to Management

    Treat women the same as men. Treat the plant salaried teams the same as corporate. We really don't get Friday half days in the summers like corporate does.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Negative Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Associate Marketing Manager in Plymouth, MN
    Current Employee - Associate Marketing Manager in Plymouth, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Looks good on resume - cpg training
    Decent pay, benefits
    Highly skilled cross functional team
    Strong brands in the cereal and other food categories

    Cons

    Passive aggressive, back-stabbing culture - very fake people
    Highly competitive to a fault
    Very cliquey - focused on what ivy league you attended
    No stability - in the over three years I have worked there it is a revolving door of people leaving
    No work life balance
    Management is arrogant and reactive

    Advice to Management

    Treat people like more than a number and you will better results.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "More with Less"

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    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at General Mills (Less than a year)

    Pros

    No too many pros for a company that is producing food products that are being recalled for e coli and listeria.

    Cons

    This is a direct result of Sr. Managements campaign of "more with less". How do you run an operation on 40% less people and expect better results?

    Advice to Management

    Pull your heads out of the sand at your vacation homes! Take a look at your people and what you are doing to them!

  8. Helpful (3)

    "No loyalty"

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    Current Employee - Packaging Machine Operator in Long Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Packaging Machine Operator in Long Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Fair Pay and ok benefits

    Cons

    Not Loyal to long term employees. Forced to take unrealistic test and work rapid rotation schedule.. Days to graveyard shifts in the same week 12 hr days

    Advice to Management

    Need New HR dept...


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Not a good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Line Worker in Belvidere, IL
    Current Employee - Line Worker in Belvidere, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good health package - 401K - bonus checks - Nice fellow co workers

    Cons

    They get rid of Team Leaders that are good to their Team Members and keep the ones who kiss upper managements butts and show a lot of favoritism. They have a lot of useless meeting. Don't feel like you are being appreciated. I fell like I'm being talked down to all the time. Not a good work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the good Team Leaders get rid of a lot of the ones you have they show to much favortism


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Hierarchical, People-Last Culture"

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    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Minneapolis is a great area to live in.

    Cons

    Extremely age and experience-oriented. Not a culture that promotes new ideas or creative thinking. Employee engagement and morale definitely come last, often to the detriment of the organization's success. Reward and recognition only go to the higher ranking levels on the project, not to those actually executing. Mid level managers are oppressive and will usually prioritize results over the happiness and cohesion of the team. Not a Millenial friendly company, with the younger generation being saddled with roles that are low visibility and moved frequently without input on their destination. Retention is also a real problem in the younger ranks of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Rethink your strategy of having people-last mid-level management, and how to recognize and motivate the younger generation (Millenials)


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