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General Mills Reviews

Updated February 18, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Associate Marketing Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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

    Great people, enjoyable work, a great place to learn and strengthen your skills

    Cons

    Poor people management by managers and leaders


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Trade Planning Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Trade Planning Lead in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Trade Planning Lead in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people - easy place to make friends
    Relaxed roles. Work/life balance is usually pretty good, especially at headquarters

    Cons

    Environment breeds complacency
    It's all about networking and who you know

    Advice to Management

    Require managers of people to get formal feedback from their subordinates, and have this affect their yearly ratings. Bad managers are the number one reason good people leave companies. You're hemorrhaging a lot of talent through mid-level managers that are poor at developing their direct reports.


  3. "Nice Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Controls Engineer
    Former Employee - Controls Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    General Mills was a nice place to work. The Benefits were good when i was hired back in late 2012, and have declined ever since.

    The people themselves are very nice, and everyone is very welcoming. The upper tiers of management are always willing to take time out of their day if you set something up on their calendar. this is something i was not used to after i left my previous employer.

    I was always well rewarded for working hard.

    Cons

    The benefits really went downhill after i was hired. Poor 401k match.

    Instead of getting rid of people who were bad at their jobs, they frequently got promoted to get them out of the job they already couldnt handle.

    The worst thing is that General Mills is a dying company. Nobody wants hamburger helper or dry cereal anymore. In the 4 years i was with the company they shut down 6 facilities and sold 2 more in the united states. they also fired about 20% of their corporate staff. This all seems funny because they had done the same thing and "Refueled" about 3 months before i started.

    Not a bad place to work, but i would worry about job security unless you are essential and at one of the bigger production facilities.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Good for resume, not so great for long term growth"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - Smart people
    - Opportunities to move around and learn new skills
    - Work life balance (for the most part, depends on your manager)

    Cons

    - Once you're inside the organization they don't reward you will pay increases
    - Company is going through what seems to be continual layoffs
    - Very little growth for their brands
    - Leadership is pretty old school and it continues to be rewarded which drives company performance even more into the ground.

    Advice to Management

    Be sure to rewards managers who are great manager vs. ones that "work" the organization and connections. Manager contribute to great people staying or leaving.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "GMI"

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    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst 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

    General Mills has a great work life balance, on site amenities, and benefits package. There are also plenty of great, smart people to work with.

    Cons

    Declining revenues, and pressure to deliver earnings are creating headwinds on the company. Brands have lost relevance for today's consumer, and Mills has been slow to react. There's plenty of red tape for any decision to be made, which impairs creativity and innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce red tape and speed decisions for innovation. Big ideas must move to market faster in order to turn the company around. Too many layers of management.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Culture degrading rapidly"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at General Mills full-time

    Pros

    Well paid, great facility, smart people

    Cons

    Culture destroyed by poor executive management and multiple layoffs to hit the numbers


  8. "Trade Planning Role - stable, clear role responsibilities but gets boring"

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

    Pros

    good benefits, smart people, lots of products

    Cons

    too political and too many formal processes that make day to day business execution painfully slow.


  9. "Supply Chain"

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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 (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Brands
    Broad career opportunities
    Great work life balance

    Cons

    Slow to adapting to change
    Unclear decision rights
    Inconsistent career advancement within functions


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Process technician"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at General Mills full-time

    Pros

    Great Company. Future is bright.

    Cons

    Work-Life Balance. Closing all Union plants.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "management"

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    Current Employee - RBG in Murfreesboro, TN
    Current Employee - RBG in Murfreesboro, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Insurance and easy work. Great benefits

    Cons

    Good Ole boys in team leadership. Favoritism. Lots of nontruth and covering up. MC'S not having a backbone to fix situations. Hiring MC'S don't know anything -MC'S too young. People not being treated equal.cons get a way with everything. Too many people having affairs and MC'S giving them special treatment to sneak around. MC'S too scared to do the right thing. Everyone has to take the butt chewing for the slackers. Seniority does mean anything. Certain ones gets what they want, when the want it. Hard and loyal workers are treated unfairly.

    Advice to Management

    Get their priorities straight. Hard workers should be awarded not get their butt chewed. Cheaters, liars, users should be terminated. Needs a new MC'S should be replaced with honest, hard working individuals not spineless and too scared to get their hands dirty MC's. Things that is supposed to be confidential with plant manager and other management, should stay that way. Open door policy is a joke. What is a person suppose to do? Talk to ethics committee or What? Team environment is a joke.



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