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Updated May 24, 2017
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  1. "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


  2. "Overall Great Place To Work"

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    Former Employee - Team Leader in Belvidere, IL
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Belvidere, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of leadership development.

    Cons

    Working nights over the weekends puts a big dent in your social life.

    Advice to Management

    Keep developing leadership on ALL shifts


  3. "Challenging times, but still great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Global Consumer Insights in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Global Consumer Insights in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends

    I have been working at General Mills full-time

    Pros

    - Great experience. The chance to work for billion dollar brands and with iconic names like Cheerios, Nature Valley, Lucky Charms, Betty Crocker and Pillsbury is rewarding and fun. Consumer Insights at General Mills is largely considered one of the best places to get marketing research experience.

    - Two year rotations. Don't like your current job? Don't worry. Every two years you get to work with a new brand, a new team and do very different work ranging from internal marketing best practices, to innovation with c-stores, to advertising for a national brand. This keeps the work interesting and also provides incredible career development opportunities.

    - Strong work/life balance. If you are a strong performer and can manage expectations, you can usually work 40-45 hours a week. Managers actually care about your work/life balance and are willing to adjust workload accordingly.

    - Great people. From coworkers, to middle managers to senior leaders, I feel that the people that work at General Mills are both intelligent, hard-working and someone you'd actually be happy to hang out with. I've had over 7 managers in my career, and the managers I have met at General Mills have been the best I've experienced.

    - Competitive pay and benefits. Strong salaries mean that it can be hard to leave General Mills--few companies in the Twin Cities compensate as well.

    Cons

    - Challenging times. Currently the CPG industry is facing serious challenges as consumers are seeking fresh foods, unprocessed ingredients and are reducing sugar intake. Leadership is strong, but is pressured to make less-than-optimal choices to improve trends in the short-term. The company culture is not the same as it was in the past, but it is still the best company culture I have ever experienced (and haven't heard of many companies that come close).


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Long time successful food company has great practices but not amazing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance, low daily stress, collaborative environment, high amount of responsibility

    Cons

    Company is not growing, lack of "passion", Lack of diversity/heavy Minnesota culture, unclear business processes.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more into younger employees, make pursuits more prevalent in objectives/priorities


  6. "A Great Place to Work; Business Model Not Delivering"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Top quality people; career opportunity; global leader in many categories; compassionate, kind work environment; smart people

    Cons

    growth has slowed; many restructures; too bureaucratic


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Good company, good people, not great business prospects."

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

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

    Pros

    Good people in every part of the company and good ethics in the company's DNA. Good work life balance and benefits programs but they've been reduced as part of recent cost cutting measures.

    Cons

    Poor business leadership that aren't driving results and accountability. Reduced benefits due to recent cost cutting actions result in new hires not having access to historically competitive benefits.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great Development Experience"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Business Associate in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Human Resources Business Associate in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are great to work with, you get a high level of support from your network, development programs, stretch assignments to grow your capabilities

    Cons

    Lack of decision making ability, movement is very slow, industry is not doing well, challenging to bring new ways of thinking to the table, pretty hierarchical reporting structure, lack of autonomy on your business

    Advice to Management

    Learn to differentiate what worked well because of industry performance vs what worked well because of the nature of the idea. We are not in our heyday anymore, so reminiscing and continuing to expect the same ideas to work/be considered is unrealistic to a point.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Food Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Food Scientist in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Food Scientist in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great talented people to work with

    Cons

    Too many layers of management


  10. "Great employer in a tough business environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great people: smart, driven, lots of experience, truly care about each other
    - Work/Life balance: You will put in the hours but they are flexible how you do it
    - Great products: All your favorite childhood brands plus they have been adding a lot of organic/better-for-you brands: Cascadian Farms, Muir Glen, Lara Bar, Food Should Taste Good, Annie's, Epic, etc
    - Great benefits
    - Great campus: Gym, Caribou coffee, sandwich shop, company store, doctor office

    Cons

    - Business has been tough the last 5 years. Have been through 3 re-orgs/layoffs.


  11. "Great Work/Life Balance - Low Pay"

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    Former Contractor - Lab Technician in Golden Valley, MN
    Former Contractor - Lab Technician in Golden Valley, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at General Mills as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work/life balance at General Mills. They are flexible when you need time off. It is a fun place to work and they try to do fun team building events pretty often. Never met a person I didn't like there.

    Cons

    The main downside is that they pay significantly lower than industry averages. Almost half the amount of most other companies in the area. (Full-time employees do get great PTO, though)

    Advice to Management

    Employees need to be compensated more!


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