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  • I made great money at General Mills, but there's no work/life balance (in 80 reviews)

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  1. "Good Place to Work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at General Mills full-time

    Pros

    Accessible senior management, caring culture

    Cons

    slower progression if your geographic mobility is limited


  2. "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at General Mills full-time

    Pros

    Friendly People
    Great Brands
    Clear strategy
    Nice offices

    Cons

    Resources under pressure
    Difficult location to reach


  3. "Interim Lead Account Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer in Uxbridge, England (UK)
    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer in Uxbridge, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at General Mills (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Brands.
    Real "Team Work" ethic
    Appropriately resourced

    Cons

    Meetings upon meetings
    Little decision making

    Advice to Management

    Drive great decision making by your teams


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  5. "An excellent Organisation with a different take on culture"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Human Resources Manager in Uxbridge, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Human Resources Manager in Uxbridge, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at General Mills as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    General Mills has some really interesting brands in diverse categories in the UK. Very few businesses can say that they genuinely value their people and this is one of them. The HR culture of care is omni-present and they really do live their corporate beliefs and values.

    Cons

    The culture comes at the expense of commercial thinking, so decisions are put off for too long whilst the impact on staff is considered. Your effectiveness runs on the quality of the relationships that you build, so interestingly the answer you get depends on the quality of the relationship you build. people will say yes if they like you, not because it's the right thing to do. You could say that applies in most walks of life, but it's really prominent in Harman House!

    Advice to Management

    One of the mantras in General Mills HR is "trust people to do the right thing". They only will if you allow talented people to use their skills and experience as they see fit.


  6. "Great culture but way too indecisive"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great family friendly atmosphere with good benefits.
    Strong collaboratively working, little hierarchy.
    Interesting variety of branda

    Cons

    Empowerment as a value drifts into indecision.
    Too many stakeholders and over collaboration makes decision making slow.
    The exec is weak and needs to walk the talk.
    Poor career opportunities outside of the U.S.

    Advice to Management

    Take a decision once in a while.


  7. "Good Company all round"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at General Mills full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great products
    Generally focuses on development of people: some people have very rapid career progression
    Truly Values Lead business
    Strong Senior Management

    Cons

    Culture can be a bit soft but it is changing
    Getting increasingly "Global" meaning it's losing touch in local market and you spend more and more of your time "stakeholding" people as opposed to doing useful work. Although not as bad as most big companies
    Can be a bit slow moving people through the business due to high staff retention


  8. "Great Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    GM is a really great business to work for, the people are friendly, open and accommodating. There is a great family feel, and leadership are open and easy to speak to.

    Cons

    The cons are that there can be difficulties in progression as many people have been in their roles for significant periods of time.


  9. "Ok to have fun"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Mills full-time

    Pros

    Good and fun culture if you are in the right team....

    Cons

    No career opportunities, no 360 feedback on managers

    Advice to Management

    HR should develop a high potential programme


  10. "They heavily invest in their human capital"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    take care of employees and growth

    Cons

    lots of politics in the organization and you get promoted if you know someone


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    "Culture is great but is very indecisive"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong supporting culture
    Fun
    Good office and benefits
    Great brands and good location near a shopping centre

    Cons

    Weak leadership team bar the MD.
    Collaboration taken to indecisiveness
    Some of the leadership team talk the talk but don't walk the walk
    Limited career opportunities without going to the Minneapolis

    Advice to Management

    Make a decision - it is so much more empowering for the rest of the company.



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