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  1. "Great Internship"

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst Intern in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst Intern in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    amazing access to leadership
    project work has tremendous impact and support from finance function
    peers are intelligent and fun to work with
    Efforts to develop people and help them grow are great

    Cons

    Finance is still a support function that sets the ground rules for which the marketing department makes decisions and supply chain and logistics make decisions to save the company money and spend money responsibly.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to give access to leadership for interns. Show the impact interns and analyst make by following up after implementation.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Don't believe the hype (at least not if you are in Marketing)"

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    Current Employee - Associate Marketing Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Associate Marketing Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    * Very well respected company that's done well in economic turndown
    * Looks stellar on your resume
    * Immediate, broad responsbilities right from the start
    * Uber-smart colleagues across all functions
    * World-class headquarters
    * Generous pay
    * Work-life *flexibility* (not balance)
    * Very involved in the community

    Cons

    * Work life balance is rare. Expect to work before work, at work, after work, and on weekends, just to keep up with the workload.
    * "Up or out" environment. AMMs are commodities - if you come in with a large class - you could be out in a matter of months.
    * While people from diverse backgrounds are welcome, diversity of style isn't. Expect to be a "yes man" to advance.
    * "Great training" the company touts during recruiting is largely from on-the job learning & other people. In other words, 90% of it could be learned at any other top CPG company.
    * Marketing Managers are incented to be great business leaders, *not* great people developers. As a result, many MMs with reputations for being horrible to work for are retained.
    * Very slow advancement to promotion. Expect at least 4+ years to Marketing Manager at this point.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest about what working here will be like when you're recruiting people. It's bad enough to have people relocate here under false pretenses, but to then begin tossing them aside in under a year (without giving them the chance to work with a variety of managers to truly see their abilities) is unforgiveable.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great Internship Opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Intern in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Intern in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You will work with high quality individuals. As an intern, you will be given value-added work and expected to achieve real results from the start.

    Cons

    The on-boarding process can become very time intensive. While it is great to meet all the plant leadership one-on-one, it can quickly become distracting.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain the focus on high quality employees. If you keep providing tailored career development plans, you will continue to retain talented folks.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great place for stability and Minnesotans -- terrible for external hires"

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    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very stable -- been around for a while and know how to do CPG. Work/Life balance is good if you set strong boundaries. Some pretty amazing opportunities -- you are allowed to take on as much as you desire. A few very strong leaders that really care about their people.

    Cons

    Very large, slow moving bureaucracy. If you're from MN and desire to stay at GMI forever, you are treated well and promotable. If you are an external, no value is given to your previous experience and you will be at the bottom of the pack for promotion, regardless of feedback you receive. They focus on hiring and promotion decisions based on minority status vs performance. This leaves the direct reports carrying the weight w/o the recognition or the pay. Very political and clique-y. I second the comment about The Stepford Wives -- very accurate. Diversity in every aspect except thought/style.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on performance, not diversity for the sake of diversity. Recognize individuals' work history regardless of whether it was at GMI. Stop creating the vicious cycle of assuming externals are going to abandon the company and treating them as second class employees so they leave.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "General Mills - A great place to work"

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

    Pros

    Great benefits package
    Strong external recognition
    Career Advancement
    Mentoring Programs
    Strong brands
    Leader in the CPG Industry
    Great Culture
    Employee Networks

    Cons

    For those with children, there is a daycare provided on campus but they only have children up to a certain age. No older children at the daycare

    Advice to Management

    General Mills is doing a great job and continues to be the leader in the industry despite tough economic challenges. Keep doing what you're doing.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Incredible opportunities and a fabulous summer"

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst-Intern in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst-Intern in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Summer is stacked with events to help with networking and understanding corporate culture
    -Many professional development opportunities: educational resources and training
    -Actual projects (affecting bottom-line) and opportunity to speak with key decision makers
    -Amiability of senior execs to spend time with you to talk about careers and the company
    -Emphasis on work-life balance, even as an intern

    Cons

    -Corporate hierarchy seems very structured
    -Intro roles seem heavy on reporting analysis
    -Not the most innovative company (need less process inefficiencies)

    Advice to Management

    -Try to expose interns to corporate leaders who were on the fast-track
    -More professional development events with key executives
    -An additional performance appraisal (trimesters instead of bi-summer) to help manage expectations


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Intern - Finance in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Intern - Finance in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you can schmooze with the best of them ---- the sky is the limit........ If you are one of those individuals who does not really care about relationships and is after just a performance based role...where merit/recognition is solely based on performance (like in trading) ...then look elsewhere.....i've definitely seen ppl with 4.0 gpas from top schools get turned down for jobs/promotions --- because they weren't "sociable".....of course if you are one of those social types ---- and you perform --- then this is the place to be

    Cons

    kinda the double edged sword of working at a company that places a high level of emphasis on relationships/social activities/work life balance ----- if you aren't social/comfortable wit networking --- i can see it being a drag

    Advice to Management

    Have a more objective promotions review process --- sometimes politics can inadvertently get in the way

  8. "Caring company to work for"

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, caring people, strong sense of community involvement
    Many ways to get involved in the corporate community
    Strong belief in promotion from within

    Cons

    Weak ability to successfully integrate experienced hires into the company.
    Strong bias towards Ivy League MBA
    Sometimes competition gets in the way of cohesive community

    Advice to Management

    Employees need to believe that senior management is open to hearing the difficult information without fear of it being career limiting


  9. Helpful (2)

    "General Mills finance - a great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst II in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst II in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    GMI is best known for its great work-life balance, but its biggest strength is the amount tremendous cross-functional teamwork you will have the opportunity to collaborate on. Beyond that, you will be working with exceptionally talented people from the top schools in the world.

    Cons

    General Mills undoubtedly has a more conservative culture and is known as a slower moving competitor. The company has significantly improved in this area, but slow decision speed remains a weakness. While best known for some incredible mega brands, some of its brands are very mature, and it has not produced a successful new brand in many years.

    Advice to Management

    Overall the past few years have been incredibly successful. In order to remain successful long-term, GMI will need to be increasingly strategic at the corporate and brand levels, build/buy new brands, and become faster with innovation.


  10. "General Mills - Good Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Buyer in Golden Valley, MN
    Former Employee - Buyer in Golden Valley, MN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    the work and life balance is one of the best reasons to work at GIS

    Cons

    They don't pay talented people well, and thus they have trouble retaining them

    Advice to Management

    innovation is needed ... true innovation that is.


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