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General Mills Reviews

Updated March 28, 2017
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  1. "Great Opportunities"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Data Scientist in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Data Scientist in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company is trying to change itself to be more efficient, its a data scientist's dream.

    Cons

    Legacy data & processes often slow initiatives to a crawl.

    Advice to Management

    Be data driven


  2. "Fine u"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Mills full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, flexible day schedule

    Cons

    Demands get heavy as they always increase and priorities constant changing


  3. "Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at General Mills full-time

    Pros

    Competitive Salary; Smart People; Great Brands

    Cons

    Tough Business Environment; Competitive set


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Super bureaucratic. Great benefits"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at General Mills full-time

    Pros

    Nice people and great benefits with a large company.

    Cons

    Large company makes change excessively slow to happen. Also, long hours can be frequent depending on role.

    Advice to Management

    Be open to change and press for upper level mgmt to make changes faster.


  6. "maybe not"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at General Mills full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility, time off, can work independently

    Cons

    mixed messages from management, too many priorities, too much stress

    Advice to Management

    Need all management with the same information, same goals, more transparent language and actions, relayed to all employees. Very mixed messages. Too many priorities. Too much frustration and stress for the money.


  7. "Financial Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Mills full-time

    Pros

    Good culture and work / life flexibility

    Cons

    Larger company so it can feel slow moving at times. Definitely a corporate feel and the headquarters location. Lots of meetings before the meetings which is very inefficient.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Rotation Program- Yes, Leadership Development Program- No (General Mills Finance Leadership Development Program Review)"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at General Mills full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Every analyst is super talented. They pick the best new graduates and select high performing, charismatic external hires. The environment is super collaborative- almost to a fault. You'll be working with cross functional partners every day and Finance is truly leading the company during this challenging times for CPG companies. Rotations are pretty fast, anywhere from 9-18 months. Great way to get lots of experience and work with different mentors. General Mills is super process oriented and established methods over the last 150 years. World Class company to learn from! Work life balance during the summer is a dream! Half day Fridays and if you take off a Friday, that only counts as half of vacation! If you are raising a family, this place is great. Everyone here values time with family either coaching sports or leading their Cub Scout troop. Coming in late to drop off your kids at school is fine too. Need to leave early at 3pm everyday to pick the kids up? No problem! They have flexible schedules and you can pick up where you left off in the evening.

    Cons

    Yes, you'll have tons of rotations, both good and bad ones. Most of the first or 2nd rotations you have will be super basic and boring roles. These roles can be done by a new graduate fresh out of college or an experienced hire with an MBA and 5-8 years under their belt. Business need comes first and you just have to push through for the first few rotations. Plan on reaching for Leadership development on your own. They believe you can develop into a leader through different rotational experiences. Just because you are promoted, does not make you a leader. There are Finance Managers that are only finance managers and not leaders. Watch out for the Finance managers with no direct reports. They will pray on financial analysts- there's a reason why they don't trust them with direct reports. Don't expect much on-boarding support. With rotations happening at all levels of finance, they acknowledged they have a problem with onboarding and are working towards improving it. This is not a globally minded company. Do not expect to get international exposure or experience. You will be focused on the US region and will occasionally hear about General Mills' global efforts during a quarterly downhill. If you are someone who thrives in a global environment or loves the idea of a global assignment, this is not the place for that. With business declining quarter after quarter with no end in sight, the morale is low. There's quite of bit of micromanagers that someone continue to get promoted. You can expect a list of to-dos with bullet points and meetings before the meetings to "align" and "gut check" and "check-in".

    Advice to Management

    Create a true Finance Leadership Development Program or change the name to Finance Rotation Program. Limit the number of Finance Development Leaders instead of having 95% of the Finance department in the program. Quit promoting micromanagers. It's discouraging to the analysts when they see it happen. Get rid of the bad managers that have grown up in General Mills culture from undergrad and knowingly make analyst lives miserable. Yes, their experts on the floor, but is it really worth them driving the analysts crazy with their non value added asks?


  9. "Application Development"

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

    I have been working at General Mills full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Competitive salary and benefits (used to be better than average but they've slipped a little)
    - Excellent managers who look out for you and listen
    - No micromanagement
    - Stable company with low chance of layoffs
    - Opportunities for advancement
    - Opportunities to "move around": change positions, change career paths, or try something new and then come back
    - Leaders who listen
    - 37.5 hour work week that is actually possible to achieve (but YMMV)
    - Ethical company that doesn't seem to tolerate shady business practices
    - Senior leaders seem to "get it"
    - Everything is fair, perhaps moreso than you would expect
    - Leadership is striving to cuts costs wisely so as to strengthen the share price and thus avoid a takeover

    Cons

    - Sometimes too "Minnesota Nice" - a lack of transparency and a lack of constructive disagreement can lead to mediocre business outcomes
    - Hard to turn the Titanic: this large company is slow to change even when everyone seems to agree it is necessary
    - Lack of a drive to continuously improve the organization; everyone is too busy "doing their job" to make anything get better
    - Work is very project-focused; IT seems to be an order-taker rather than a partner for the business
    - Outcomes are often not measured, leading to an incentive to "get the work done" rather than to work smart.
    - Sales are slowly falling even as profit margins increase
    - Threat of being bought out from Kraft-Heinz, Nestle, or some other conglomerate

    Advice to Management

    The culture needs to change to rally around each other and get better as a priority, and leadership needs to make it happen.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Associate Marketing Manager"

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

    I worked at General Mills full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to learn from the best.
    Great training.
    Job rotation means you can try new things regularly.

    Cons

    Slow moving, corporate red tape. GMI needs to be bolder in order to keep up with newer more innovative companies.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in some people with different, more innovate, non-CPG experience at a leadership level to shake things up and bring fresh thinking!


  11. "Line Technician"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Mills full-time

    Pros

    Work is great, company big on safety

    Cons

    Having to play the people and politics



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