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Updated September 15, 2017
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  1. Helpful (4)

    "The Bonsai tree of CPG Food"

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    Former Employee - Consumer Insights Associate in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Consumer Insights Associate in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Applies to Minneapolis (I didn’t work in the plants): whip smart line employees (sub-manager), a real recognition company-wide that things aren’t working, some leaders are willing to cut the BS and get results, generally a progressive HR and a desire to be a good company.
    Very entrepreneurial within limits. If you can build and keep consensus you’ll go far. If you can’t, don’t even apply.

    Strong institutional history. Cutting edge marketing thinking in many ways. A scary-smart R&D function.

    Cons

    The rotation culture stunts the company. The needless movement of employees is like a Bonsai artist trimming anything growing. The rotation system kills institutional memory, limits an employee’s ability to see a project through to sustainability, incentivizes rampant careerism, and ensures you’re always focused on the next role to the detriment of your current role.

    My “2 year rotations” were as follows: 18 months, 6 months, 9 months, 14 months. I gave up mastering the job; what was the point? Most marketing-related employees abandon any notion of deep competency and strive only for shallow short-term wins. Every year they’re either rotating or getting a new boss. 1 quarter out of every 4 is focused on reacting to turnover. The path to promotion is gaming the rotation system. Since your projects won’t be judged 2 years down the line on efficacy, you only need worry about their visibility at launch. If your idea is flawed, the failure becomes the next person’s responsibility. The prior employee’s systems are adopted regardless of whether they were effective.
    You might do better with the rotations. It’s possible to leverage them into career success. I just couldn’t live with how they killed company performance over the years I worked there.

    Most glaring is that current leadership is rarely impacted through 3 layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Stop rotations until the company returns to 4 straight quarters of growth. Yes, you will lose “top talent” but these bright-stocking “bleed blue” people are only gaming you (by the way, “bleed blue” is an insufferable phrase muttered only by those who haven’t bled blue). Return to long-term thinking.

    Incentivize employees to build foundational excellence. Allow rotations for bad fits, but focus on re-growing all the expertise you’ve suffocated by not allowing pride in one’s desk. Happy hours don’t make a team. Only shared suffering makes a team. Let the flowers bloom.

    You’ll have to finally tell HR to pound sand, because everyone knows they’re 50% of the decisions in the company. Kick them out of the top meetings.
    Keep studying excellence at GMI. Supply Chain works and ITQ works. Primarily because they don’t do what Marketing does.

    Finally, consider exit interviews for layoffs. You might learn why 10+ year employees suddenly stop performing.


  2. "Retail Sales Representative"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at General Mills full-time

    Pros

    Travel locally, work from home office, company car, great benefits

    Cons

    Supervisors range from inspiring to Micro-managers. Compensation and bonuses have changed for worse, goals can be unrealistic.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to recognize employee successes more frequently.

  3. "Alright job"

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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

    Hours are ok and a lot of OT

    Cons

    Not enough pay for the work

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees


  4. Helpful (9)

    "Food from people who don't grocery shop"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, good people, benefits.

    Cons

    Management on management on management. Can't get anything done because you're being managed. Innovation is blocked until someone else launches it first. No feeling of accomplishment because you're not heard or important.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let people who are too rich to tie their own shoes decide which products go to market any more. You spend all this money on consumer engagement so your employees can build empathy... let them use it. You're wasting it all by letting the buck stop at Nudi.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Great pit stop for knowledge and experience, then move along..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Variety of brands and functions to learn from, incredibly smart colleagues, overall a solid promotion of work/life balance, A+ campus with on-site amenities.

    Cons

    Rotational culture drives marketers to make short-term, near-sighted decisions unhealthy for the brand - also means you'll have 2-3 managers per year, which doesn't allow for optimal career development. Company is so large with so many layers that it's easy to get lost and go unnoticed and unappreciated. Depending on your area, very slow and unexciting career growth opportunities. Then the obvious - declining brands in declining categories - inevitable takeover target.

    Advice to Management

    Middle management has to be cut. Empower the bottom layer, increase accountability at the top.


  6. "Category Advisor"

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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

    strong sales foundation in the cpg industry, good people

    Cons

    declining categories, frequent lay-offs, low morale, forced re-location


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at General Mills full-time

    Pros

    Overall a good company and fairly diverse

    Cons

    With the many layoffs, moral is low

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Manufacturing and Engineering Associate (MEA)"

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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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Competitive salary. Great work environment. Very "Minnesota Nice" feel about it. Family oriented. The plant culture is amazing. The people (operators and mechanics) are all very dedicated to their job which makes it extremely enjoyable working with them.

    Cons

    The programming should be rebranded - they are moving away from the engineering roles and are moving more towards operations and team leading roles. In addition, the leadership team makes decisions that impacts peoples lives without truly understanding the full implications.

    Advice to Management

    Involve the broader group and understand the implications of your decisions before implementing a change. Transparency will go a long way.


  9. "Consumer Insights Senior Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great marketing experience and name recognition

    Cons

    Must "fit" within culture to advance.


  10. "GIS: Career or Job?"

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    Current Employee - Business Planning Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Business Planning Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart employees. Reputable brands. Favorable benefits. Competitive salary. Culture embraces diversity. Plenty of resources. Quick promotions. High expectations. Free cereal.

    Cons

    Reactive vs. proactive company. Organizational restructure every 2 years. Low employee morale. Declining brands. Frustratingly slow to accomplish simple tasks.


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