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General Mills Reviews

Updated January 14, 2018
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  1. "Marketing Leader"

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

    I have been working at General Mills full-time

    Pros

    Culture, training, people are the pros

    Cons

    Portfolio strength. Too many brands in declining categories

    Advice to Management

    Reshape portfolio more quickly, and pass some US tax savings to employees. Too much has been taken away the past several years.


  2. "Sales Career Path"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you'r just out of collage and looking for a great training ground GMI is a perfect fit. They will provide hands on training, mentor programs, and real life experience no matter the role you start with or do for the first 3 yrs.

    Cons

    Be willing to move anywhere, roles only last 12-24 months before your moved to the next job. Some may see this as a pro at first but over time moving (5) times gets to be a lot.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up with the training and development, create more options to stay in a location or job longer if desired.

  3. "Good people, but bureaucratic"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at General Mills as an intern

    Pros

    Happy, positive culture that cares about its people. Good access to more senior people when desired. Industry vets looking to help. Good place to start in marketing.

    Cons

    Food industry is facing headwinds and has resulted in multiple restructurings. Rely too much on outside consultants. Very bureaucratic to get things done. Office politics and sweet talk needed to get things done.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company and Great Place to Start Your Career"

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

    I worked at General Mills full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company has solid company values and a strong commitment to the Minneapolis community. A great place to start and learn the business and food marketing fundamentals. Top talent in every area of the company.

    Cons

    While General Mills has good intentions it is not often slow to react to challenging times. A very matrixed organization with Marketing as the key decision maker.


  5. "Facility Maintenance"

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    Former Employee - Facilities Maintenance in Carson, CA
    Former Employee - Facilities Maintenance in Carson, CA

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

    Pros

    Great Company to work for.

    Cons

    Refrigerated warehouse makes it hard to work in at times.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Great people, need to be more agile, falling behind on benefits."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    General Mills has great people, and is a great place to show up for work every day. I most appreciate the values, and inclusive culture across the organization. Balance and flexibility are encouraged, and supported.

    Cons

    General Mills has fallen far behind on their support for working moms, specifically the paid maternity leave policy. Combined with short term disability pay, women receive 6 weeks paid leave IF they have 5 years with the company. If not, they receive less. This is becoming an increasingly non-competitive in the local market and certainly in the global landscape, and starting to significantly impact morale among working moms. It is quickly becoming a deterrent to anyone planning to start a family, and a retention issue for those already at Mills.


  7. "Good company but not growing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly people, seeks to be better, classic brands, Solid benefits and amenities, high integrity, wants to do the right thing all the time

    Cons

    Not growing, trying to reinvent its culture and figure how to be relevant in the market, employees have to do more with less

  8. "Overall good company with room for improvement"

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

    I have been working at General Mills full-time

    Pros

    Supportive of work life balance and encourages using whatever tools you need to best do your job. Focus on learning new skills and making sure the projects you are working on truly help the business.

    Cons

    Old school company with concerns about future growth. Getting employees to embrace new technology is difficult. The only way to make this happen is if management fully embraces it themselves and requires it's use as part of performance evaluation, but I don't see this happening.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure those in specialized technical roles have a clear career path.


  9. "Supply Chain Intern"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at General Mills as an intern

    Pros

    The culture was friendly and the people encouraged you.

    Cons

    Work life balance in some of the plants was not where it needed to be.


  10. "General Mills"

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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 (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people you get to work with are top notch. Fellow employees are very smart. Strong brands that can still resonate across all age ranges.

    Cons

    Climate has suffered recently as sales have dropped due to changes in consumer preferences. Slow to change and very political.

    Advice to Management

    Strong need innovate and pivot faster to meet changing consumer needs.


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