- Work/Life Balance
- Career Opportunities
- Comp & Benefits
- Senior Management
GM faired the recession well, stable, reasonably safe place to work (unless they decide to eliminate your position as they do periodically get on a reduce head count kick when they show a lack of loyalty to non-management personnel)
Good place to start for young fresh out of college people
Very focused on diversity, great place to be a minority
I've read a lot of positive reviews and even news articles about General Mills being rated one of the best places to work and I would love to work there. Reading the article and the reviews you realize this mainly applies to corporate headquarters where as Lodi(and probably most manufacturing faciltiies) don't receive these benefits.
Work life balance is horrible. In just the past few years alone, they have launched a large number of very time intensive initiatives at the same time reducing head count and management seems to just expect the work force to work the extra hours to sucessfully do their regular jobs and complete the initiatives as well.
Favoritism is shown towards minorities who receive promotions and are hired in front of more experienced non-minority workers (so much for 1 Culture) and young employees who receive automatic promotions
Management recognizes there some big problems in Lodi but their attempts at a solution are laughable - they do occasionally talk about work-life balance usually in meetings where they are rolling out yet another initiative to load us up with work. The Great Manager Initiative to actually train managers on being leaders was an abject failure not that it was taken seriously by the work force anyway.
General Mills problems seem to stem mainly from promoting inexperienced people way too fast who are in no way prepared to perform their duties. Management across the board in Lodi doesn't seem to know what the core duties of a manager are. They don't oversee their work force, they provide no support whatsoever, they spend all their time in meetings with other members of the Senior Leadership Team or Minneapolis so that they can pass on yet another requirement for us to do our jobs or more work. The plant could be on fire and rather than roll up their sleeves to help you can rest assured they will be standing behind you looking over your shoulder telling you to work faster and reminding you of any mistakes you made.
There are four types of people working in Lodi:
1) Hourly who are well paid and well coddled, we just awarded them an hour and half of breaks in an 8 hour day(unlike Salary people who are lucky to sneak in a 10 min lunch)
2)Young professionals who are there for a short term rotation and will leave in 2-3 years (with a sigh of relief)
3) Older employees nearing retirement (and not soon enough)
4) Middle aged proffessionals who will never be promoted anywhere and are praying for the economy to turn around soon so they can find work elsewhere
Last but not least raises; the past several years have been pathetic even at the max scale on the performance rating, the raises are awful. This was true even when General Mills had a banner year financially.
Advice to Management
1) Learn how to be a manager
2) Support your people they are your most valuable resource
3) Staff up in operations and maintenance - you will not achieve nor sustain your goals with a skeleton crew in these key positions. So many of the problems today stem from the cutbacks in Salary staffing done years ago, why can't they learn a lesson from history?)
4) Get out of your office and onto the floor - know what your people are doing
5) Focus on important things and cut out the nonproductive work (there is entirely too much work just so some one can check a box that it was done)
6) Understand that you get what you pay for, you want to keep good people then reward them.
If you're a follower......this is a great place to work. Friendly culture that does encourage community involvement. Great benefits for full time employees.
Cliques abound, and the company culture pits plants against one another which creates an incestuous blend of uneducated, yet blindly dedicated worker bees. You must emerge yourself in the culture of the location or you will drastically stand out. Adoption of out dated ideas and practices is mandatory. Do not buck the set pecking order, no matter how correct you are.
Advice to Management
Understand how hourly employees influence weak managers, and hijack projects. Seniority does not guarantee the most qualified workers, and creates a system of entitlement. Also, examine how the personal agendas of departmental managers and SLT negatively affect production, creative work, and the motivation to perform.
Great work environment, extensive benefits and career dev. training, talented dedicated employees.
Highly matrixed organization, but is effective is minimizing silos.
Salary is good as are benefits.
Very long hours. Working for the sake of working and for showing off to the higher ups within the company.
Great co-workers (extremely bright and talented across all functions)
Great compensation over time
Organization has positive intent and truly cares about employees
Very strong executive leadership
Tendency to mold people to majority style
Longer path to promotion than peers
Minnesota nice, passive aggresive culture, and resulting lack of transparency in performance, potential, or promotion
Advice to Management
Dont travel the country and globe to hire the best and the brightest talent only to mold them into one style and keep them backlogged in thier path to promotion. We're a top tier performer as is, imagine the possibilities if we could truly unleash the potential of all team members
Flexible, if you need off in an emergency, you'll just go.
Diversity, if you're a diversity candidate, you'll get great support and prefferential treatment.
Stability, regardless of how stupid they are, they'll be there and be stable.
Arrogance and dissrespect from leadership at plant level (corporate folks are ok)
unrealistic expectations - they ask for miracles, and don't respect what it took to make them happen
uneven work distribution- if you're a "do-er" they'll ride you in the ground and claim credit for everything you do. if you're not a do-er, you'll be promoted easily but you have to be ready to do it by stepping on someone.
Advice to Management
Learn to respect your people and by this i mean plant leadership team, not plant floor people. Many people will stay and take it like i have waiting for retirement, but life's too short, i'm vested, and i'll be gone within 30 days. I wish them luck, and they should thank their lucky charms that the company is so profitable it can make money while pouring it down the drain in buckets.
Very ethical company, great opportunities for learning and advancement, great benefits. Progresive company that do what they say and believe in hiring the very best and supporting them with all the tools they need to succeed.
None that I can find
Great people to work with, good career advancement, good vacation policy, fast paced and always doing something new and trying to improve.
Not a lot of coordination between plants, even plants in the same division. The company values marketing employees way more than technical employees, pays them on a different scale, and brings them in at a much higher level even though they have no real world skills.
Advice to Management
Reward people for outside training they receive while in the company, don't silo people as much as you do.
Highly Educated Peers
Generally conservative decision making
Strong development focus, supported by culture and resources
Strong support of diversity and inclusion
Respect for work/life balance
Many great leaders
Opportunity to grow and move to new positions (even new functions) throughout career if you're performing well
Decisions can take too long
The way you present yourself to certain people can be almost as important as what you contribute to the business
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