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General Mills Reviews

Updated May 23, 2017
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  1. "Poor market"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and people. Nice campus.

    Cons

    Company going through a lot of change.


  2. Helpful (4)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. "HR Business Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Business Associate in Belvidere, IL
    Current Employee - Human Resources Business Associate in Belvidere, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    HR function has the best and the brightest and yes, they do have a seat at the table.

    Cons

    Too much emphasis on relationships


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great Development Experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. "An excellent place to work, despite challenging times"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Director in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Outstanding people -- smart, striving, collaborative.
    Excellent brands -- iconic, #1 or #2 position, decades of equity
    World-class resources -- expertise and assets in marketing, sales, product development, supply chain, etc.

    Cons

    Tough industry at the moment -- consolidation, "grow by shrinking" mentality
    Not enough external thinking (or sourcing talent externally)

    Advice to Management

    Free up more time for teams to think externally, be outside the office, and generate new ideas.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Operations Business Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work environment, you can work from remotely when needed; good 401K match; most employees are committed to quality work

    Cons

    Sr Leadership business direction changes too frequently, lack of accountability for teams and individuals, work is too siloed to be effective and efficient, constructive feedback is not appreciated by leadership

    Advice to Management

    Hold teams and individuals accountable. Accept feedback on processes that are not working. Change processes that are not working. Become more transparent with communication


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Food Scientist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  9. "Sr Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Great and talented people. Very collaborative work environment

    Cons

    Company is struggling to find new ways to grow over the past few years

    Advice to Management

    Continue to look for new ideas and be open to those ideas to continue future growth


  10. "Great employer in a tough business environment"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. Helpful (6)

    "In a rough spot"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -The people are great
    -There are a lot of perks at the HQ (cafeteria, gym, salon, free parking, etc)

    Cons

    -For several years now, there has been a lack of clear, realistic business strategy from leaders
    -Sr. Leaders have been in place for a long time, despite poor performance for a while
    -Many director level + jobs have been eliminated, making career progression past manager extremely tough

    Advice to Management

    -Pick a strategy for each business & get there quicker vs several years down the road!


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