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General Mills Reviews

Updated May 11, 2017
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  1. Helpful (17)

    "Losing company that doesn't know it yet"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Marketing in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Gorgeous campus at headquarters

    Definitely possible to maintain good work-life balance if you are a strong performer and manage expectations

    Middle management is strong with people who care about their teams

    Cons

    General Mills has become a husk of the company that it once was. It recruits marketers under the pretense that they will get great training and a world-class education in general management. That might have been true five years ago, but the company has consistently found ways to repel top talent, and so you will not have truly high-performing peers or leaders from whom to learn. There is an ever-shrinking pool of manager desks and even fewer director desks available, and so advancement is very limited even if you're a star performer. You can get equally average training and far faster advancement elsewhere.

    HR and senior executives are woefully disconnected from the realities of the labor market and seem to think that General Mills still has something special to offer job seekers. This is confusing, because last I checked, 20 of our 26 major US brands are in decline. General Mills isn't competing for talent with other CPG companies, it's competing with Tech, start-ups, or companies that actually make a difference in people's lives. HR and senior executives need to wake up to the fact that the recession is over and people have a choice again. If the company can't offer a meaningful learning experience or compensation to offset, it probably shouldn't project such arrogance with its people policies. The company needs top talent if it's going to right the ship, and leadership is not taking steps to make it happen. One can easily see this by looking at the steady decline in "best places to work" rankings from being #1 in 2009 to not even on the list in 2016.

    The company continues to give away all of the resources to shareholders and squeeze it out of employees. Healthcare choices were reduced, vacation tracking is tightening, onsite clinic is no longer free, onsite gym is no longer free, referral bonus program is all but eliminated, no cost of living adjustments or relocation benefits are given when transferring to more expensive markets like San Francisco. Teams are stretched with too few resources to succeed, with hardly any business-related travel allowed and low headcount. The company scolds teams for missing sales targets, and yet the company can afford to pay out massive dividends and share buybacks to shareholders who aren't even asking for them.

    Advice to Management

    Stop scoreboard watching and act like leaders - the bottom 85% of the company doesn't respect you at all. You can afford to treat your people much better than you have chosen to and you know it.

    Don't champion a consumer first strategy by taking shareholder first actions. Don't champion a play to win culture when you yourselves play not to lose. It's 2017, and the approach you took to ascend the organization doesn't work anymore. The marketplace is dynamic now, and you can't win with a set-and-forget TV plan by itself.


  2. "A good company but would not recommend if you don't like to be micro managed."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Safety Administrator in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Product Safety Administrator in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of amenities.

    Cons

    There is very little free time during your day to use the amenities.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication and more detailed training would be useful!


  3. Helpful (3)

    "GBS"

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    Current Employee - GBS in Golden Valley, MN
    Current Employee - GBS in Golden Valley, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good reputable company To outside world but

    Cons

    Trouble internal is beyond words. Messed up management. Too many layers and not a good environment. Every year they have layoffs. Read the newspaper. Avoid the place if you can

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of all layers as too much corporate waste. Sad that upper management are told what they want to hear as oppose to the real truth. Getting rid of talents and loyal employees is not an answer to save few bucks. There are too much paid to management that don't do nothing but save their own positions.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Speaking about Convenience and Foodservice: Meeting heavy culture + Messy Org hierarchy + Heavy rotation = Frustration"

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    Former Employee - Brand Planner in Golden Valley, MN
    Former Employee - Brand Planner in Golden Valley, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice campus. Lots of perks. Good to have on resume.

    Cons

    -Meetings upon meetings.
    -Project oriented with heavy rotation. No one knows who does what.
    -Culture promotes bad management practices and stifles creativity.
    -Arbitrary terms of success.
    -Too much Org overlap.

    Advice to Management

    - You have far too many meetings which could be mitigated with a clearer role charter. - Challenging processes needs to be supported by management for optimization.
    -Review your company culture and make sure it's evolving and supporting people from different backgrounds.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Middle management is the worst."

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    Former Employee - Technician in Covington, GA
    Former Employee - Technician in Covington, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at General Mills full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and good pay

    Cons

    Culture at the plant level is crumbling.

    Advice to Management

    Fire TL III at East plant


  7. Helpful (1)

    "packaging technician"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Packaging Technician in West Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Packaging Technician in West Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good benefits and pay . good breaks

    Cons

    forced overtime, the company hires engineers to be team leaders and into management positions when they have no idea how to lead and relate to employees. the company and management say it cares about the employees but they don't, they just care about themselves.

    Advice to Management

    hire management who are educated in dealing with and leading employees, maybe someone with a business administration degree instead of an engineer with no people skills.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Bad management, good people"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at General Mills full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Most of the people are caring, creative, efficient and great to work with.

    Cons

    Management seems to have no idea what people do and why resources spend time on support vs projects. No work life balance, with lots of weekend work.

    Advice to Management

    Documentation and training are necessary to reduce support, which in turn will get more projects done.
    Resource allocation is pretty much nonexistent. Leaving many frustrated and overworked.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Control Technician"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Belvidere, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Belvidere, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at General Mills full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good medical benefits and matching 401

    Cons

    No pay raises once you top out. I have not received a raise in over 7 years. They have policy's in place for a number of different things, but they don't apply them the same to everyone. It is a very clicky there. The management that they hire have no experience in maintenance or controls, but like to think that they know more than you do.

    Advice to Management

    Give some raises and treat people the same


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Once Proud Company Struggles to Make Needed Changes"

    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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at General Mills full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    -Large company with a broad range of products offers the potential for a variety of experiences.
    -Making sustainability strides including aggressive external commitments on sourcing and emissions.

    Cons

    -Business first, not people first. It once felt like the opposite here, but once the business struggled the emphasis became "winning," not empowering people to do their best.
    -A change averse culture that prevents us from really being successful as a company. As we have gone through several restructures and layoffs, we have made attempts to improve decision making and prioritization. But they have all fallen flat because there is a fair amount of leadership in denial of the change needed or actively resistant to it. So it only leads to broken promises and disengagement in the workforce.
    -Candor and authenticity is not embraced. Leadership pays lip-service to these behaviors, but doesn't model them. So if you have a dissenting opinion, or are seen as not "falling in line" behind decisions, it can have negative impacts on your career.
    -Slow pace of advancement within R&D. This is implicitly acknowledged here, and the tacit understanding is you would have job security in exchange. With regular layoffs, there is no longer the job security, but the pace of advancement is still slow.
    -Siloed organizations prioritize their own objectives over those of the company at large.

    Advice to Management

    -Candor and transparency need to be modeled at the top of the organization, so all employees feel empowered to follow suit. Without this, people will be unable to call out bad decisions, and feel the need to fall in line so they don't endanger their careers.
    -Your inability to make positive culture changes is not only damaging business results, but also resulting in the loss of the great people this company was once known for. The business reality dictates that we lay people off, but we are losing even more people because we aren't making positive culture changes. When the change agents and big picture thinkers are gone, we will only be left with people who want the status quo of mediocrity.
    -We need to realize how consumers perceive our brands and own it, that is how we return to growth. Totino's is excelling at this. When we think our brands are better than they are, we get arrogant, and fail to deliver meaningful products to our consumers. Natural color Trix or antibiotic free chicken in Progresso are examples of added cost that didn't deliver anything meaningful to consumers.


  11. "Employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montgomery, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montgomery, IL

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

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits for current employees

    Cons

    Closing many plants nation wide


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