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General Mills Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated Jan 31, 2020

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General Mills CEO Jeff Harmening
Jeff Harmening
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  • "Work-life balance can be a challenge in our digital age(in 97 reviews)

  • "The only con I can think of is that decision making company wide takes a long time for things to be implemented(in 54 reviews)

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  1. "Really know how to keep employees engaged and happy whenever they can"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at General Mills full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Exceptional Benefits, generous bonuses, hard to beat maternity leave benefits, work/life balance, work location flexibility

    Cons

    None at the moment currently!

    General Mills2020-01-28
  2. "Benefits are great. Work/life balance is manageable."

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    Current Employee - Workforce Analyst 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at General Mills full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Benefits are great. Work/life balance is manageable. Opportunities for growth and scalability in COEs.

    Cons

    Slow at making decisions. Too processed-oriented that impedes growth and taking action.

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    General Mills2019-11-27
  3. "Benefits"

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at General Mills full-time

    Pros

    General Mills offers great benefits, especially for the hourly workers. They are very progressive with work life balance

    Cons

    Sometimes feels like corporate focus is a little shifty

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    General Mills2019-11-02
  4. Helpful (3)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Brand Experience Planner in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at General Mills full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Work Life Balance and Schedule Flexibility, Smart People to work with

    Cons

    It's a big company so you spend a lot of time weeding through HR policies and leadership politics.

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    General Mills2019-09-06
  5. "Good job with good people"

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    Current Employee - National Account Executive 

    I have been working at General Mills full-time

    Pros

    Good work life balance and opportunity for growth

    Cons

    Risk adverse company which can hinder results

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    General Mills2019-09-11
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    "Culture, Management, and Business Environment are a Toxic Mix"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at General Mills full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Half day Fridays and you get to work with very smart people.

    Cons

    Culture and Values - The relationship based culture is talked about internally as a great competitive advantage and differentiator to new hires. The truth is this results in decision making being overly-political and moves at a snails pace. It’s not about doing the right thing; it’s about what is in that person’s career interest. There is no balance of risk-taking vs. accountability to results. Therefore decision making become very risk-averse. Similarly smart employees do not take on challenging roles; instead opting for roles that offer the most exposure, e.g. check-in meetings and coffee chats. Processes and Change - Company thinking is dominated by internal thinking and processes largely established in the 90s. External viewpoints and challenging the status quo are seen as negatives and are summarily dismissed. Change Management across board is the most common issue in the organization with many talented people and ideas wasted. The challenge of transitioning to act as more Global organization is exhibit #1. Offshoring of work while necessary to compete is not always thought through. For example complex work is not rationalized or worse yet given to non-qualified individuals often resulting in shadow work by US counterparts. Management – For the most part management and keys SMEs are dominated by people who have only worked at General Mills. That being said there are great leaders but they are minority and typically come from outside and struggle to bring positive change forward. Overall Managers are passive-aggressive, manage upwards/coddled, and are not receptive to critical feedback. For being a relationship-based organization, actual employee struggles are disregarded and employees are astrocized and subject to Midwestern-style reprisal by management and HR for speaking up. Organization launched a Great Manager initiative which is only window dressing on the underlying problem. Performance – The Organization due to the culture, size, and lock-in processes is unable to move fast enough to respond to the changing business environment. 90% of innovation the last few years has occurred via acquisition and in many cases we have overpaid per Wall Street. The organization will sustain itself through the strength of its historical brands and balance sheet but will continue to fade and struggle for growth. Work/Life Balance in certain roles can be atrocious especially with Mumbai-facing roles. To that end quality of work is not valued as much as who has or doesn’t have your back.

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    General Mills2019-09-27
  7. "Opportunities for long term career"

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    Current Employee - Bid Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at General Mills full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Fairly compensated, promote from within

    Cons

    Work Life Balance, yearly restructuring resulting in mass employee displacements

    General Mills2019-08-22
  8. "Oh the Places You'll Go!"

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    Former Employee - Product Sales Planner in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at General Mills full-time

    Pros

    Great opportunity to work with cross-functional teams across all categories of the business.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be a challenge in our digital age!

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    General Mills2019-07-03
  9. "Trying to right the ship"

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Minn City, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at General Mills full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Competitive pay & benefits, work life balance

    Cons

    Loss of experience in all areas has made an impact

    General Mills2019-04-09
  10. "Fantastic company, must work at!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at General Mills full-time

    Pros

    General Mills is embodies an environment for learning, growth, and success. One of my favorite companies to work for hands down. A true work / life balance and plenty of opportunities for growth and personal development.

    Cons

    The only con I can think of is that decision making company wide takes a long time for things to be implemented.

    General Mills2019-03-01

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