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  1. "I believe it is great"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    General mills offers growth opportunities for hard working folks

    Cons

    THe midwest location of the company is the only downside.

    Advice to Management

    Get feedback


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Good benefits, stable job, but not as wonderful as it sounds"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Golden Valley, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Golden Valley, MN
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of benefits on site at the Headquarters such as the company store, gym, and Caribou coffee. They spend a lot of money on their employees. Everyone is very proud to work there. The company has pretty good leadership, which is why the company is still successful in this tough economy.

    Cons

    Very competitive. There is pressure to work too many hours, at the expense of work-life balance, even though the PR is all about employee happiness. Maybe they think that if they give you lots of free food you will forget that you don't like your job. There is a lot of tension between business units in terms of people treating anyone outside their group poorly. A very cliquey culture. As with any large company there is a ton of politics involved, and it is all about who you know. They pride themselves so much on being a great place to work that it seems almost snobbish.

    Advice to Management

    Really think about how much you are asking people to do with such limited resources.


  3. "Great benefits, flexible work schedule make General Mills a wonderful place to work."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Demand Planner in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Demand Planner in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits. Numerous job opportunities. Generous vacation. Numerous on-site perks such as fitness center, company store, salon, restaurants, credit union. Flexible working schedule. Some individuals have the opportunity to work from home one or more days each week. On-site child care for children 18 months and under. Medical department on-site. Career development classes are available either on or off-site. Training for Microsoft applications as well as learning leadership skills, time management, new manager skils, etc.

    Cons

    Heavy workload. Too many layers of management. When you take time off it seems you end up spending additional time when you come back to make up for the time you were off.

    Advice to Management

    Be more accessible and be more visible. Need to be more attuned to what is going on with the workers.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "General Mills IS the Company of Champions!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Business User in Golden Valley, MN
    Current Employee - Systems Business User in Golden Valley, MN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Job flexibility (hours, telecommuting), Manager support, business casual dress code, awesome campus with amenities found at no other company! Amenities include an onsite medical clinic, Caribou Coffee, D'Amico & Sons, Credit Union, Hair Salon, Employee Store with both General Mills products as well as cards and gifts, a fitness center, and a Concierge who can help you with just about anything. Climate surveys are done each year and are reviewed with a great deal of concern. I also like the bonus structure which is based on your job grade, personal performance and division performance.

    Cons

    Perception to working long hours. While it's not a 'requirement" it's difficult to discern when it's expected. The walk from the parking lot/ramp to your office can be long.

    Advice to Management

    Decision speed continues to be an issue at General Mills. We have to be faster at making decisions; otherwise we'll continue to be too reactionary!


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great opportunity but its not all roses no matter what PR tells you."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Account Manager II in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Customer Account Manager II in Phoenix, AZ
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people hands down. Of course there are your exceptions to the rule and unfortunately its all in upper management. The company does take pride in the products they offer, both in terms of value and quality. Just cant beat that especially given the depth and breadth of the product portfolio.

    Cons

    The politcs of promotions and career experience. It's definitely about who you know more often then the work you produce. You definitely have to over communicte career desires without bruisng any egos and making sure you are getting quality experiences and exposure which is becoming less and less of an opportunity.

    Advice to Management

    Really put people first or talent will flee at the first opportunity. Hole people accountable when they are underperming as a motivating managers. Its not always about moving product.


  7. "Stable but boring"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Account Manager II in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Customer Account Manager II in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Large stable coroporation with good people. The total compensation is slightly above average, but is nothing to write home about. There are some opportunities to play the game and rise to the top fairly quickly.

    Cons

    Management is young and inexperienced. Most managers are still focused on his/her career as opposed to developing or enabling those whom he/she manages. This also causes a lot of "middle-management" syndrome where a manager feels important becuase of information he/she may have and is unwilling to share. Too many levels of management create prohibit change or innovation. Due to the large size of this company, there is always the battle of networking and politics that over-rides any merit based promotion structure.

    Advice to Management

    Be more in-tune to the workforce. Sr management does well as explaining the tactics, but lacks in ability to show the big picture.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "General Mills is a great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people who are dedication to making a great product while increasing shareholder value. You own your career path. Plently of feedback and developmental opportunties of you choose to take advantage of them. Great focus on work/life balance. Compenstation is hard to beat once you get into restriced stock award job levels.

    Cons

    Winters in Minneapolis are brutal !! You do get used to them, but it's depressing for 1/2 the year. Not a cutting edge company; generally a slow and steady company that is risk adverse. A company too loyal to it's employees. Definitely has it's share of dead weight that isn't dealt with.

    Advice to Management

    Need to actively push cross-functional assigments for your stayables.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "The grass isn't greener anywhere else.- General Mills is a great place to work."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Development Consultant in Golden Valley, MN
    Current Employee - IT Development Consultant in Golden Valley, MN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance and challenging work assignments. I have been able to ask for challenging assignments and given them. I feel very in control of managing my career. I have the flexibility to get my work done outside of "normal" work hours which has been very effective. Being results driven instead of focusing on time in the office has allowed me to excel in what I do as a professional and as a working parent.

    Cons

    It's in the middle of Golden Valley. I wish there were more choices near by for restaurants & shopping. YOu don't really have to leave the building with everything that is in there, however sometimes you get a little itchy and want a break.

    Advice to Management

    Keep growing those individuals under you into the future leaders


  10. Helpful (1)

    "General Mills is a great place to start a career!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Account Manager I in Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Employee - Customer Account Manager I in Scottsdale, AZ
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    General Mills is a great company to work for. They focus on developing their employees for senior management. The career paths are well defined and if you are a top performer, the opportunities are endless. The training and development programs are great and provide you with all of the tools you need to succeed.

    Cons

    At lower levels, there is some immaturity due to the large amount of new hires fresh out of undergrad. Also, the company can somtimes be too focused on recruiting diversity to the extent where they will bring in an inferior or incompetent new hire because they are of a unique background.

    Advice to Management

    Continue looking for the top performers and developing them into leaders.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Good pay and benefits, somewhat daunting culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are good; in general, employees are not micro-managed.

    Cons

    If Pollyanna were a corporation, she'd be General Mills. The company does do a lot of good in the community and seems to be well-liked by many employees, but it also can be excessively self-aggrandizing. The place is a corporate version of the Stepford Wives. There are many lifers who know nothing else...the culture is *very* Minnesota Nice. Many upper-level management can be arrogant and patronizing, particularly towards employees who were at Pillsbury prior to the "merger" as it's euphemistically called here.

    Advice to Management

    Have the courage and backbone to take more risks.