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Monsanto Company Research Assistant Reviews

Updated February 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Career Development & Work life balance (in 147 reviews)

  • Great benefits, great networking opportunities (in 77 reviews)

Cons
  • Finance organization is very lean which leads to difficulty managing work life balance (in 58 reviews)

  • Going to shared services so having a position as a full time employee is not as as good as it appears (in 32 reviews)

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  1. "Great, safe company that genuinely cares!"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant II
    Current Employee - Research Assistant II
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, great salary, intelligent co-workers, very safe place to work, everyone is very helpful and compassionate

    Cons

    Programs move around a lot so if you aren't willing to relocate you could be out of a job

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to keep good people in same area when programs need to relocate


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Research Assistant II"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant II in Huxley, IA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant II in Huxley, IA

    I have been working at Monsanto Company full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology always on deck.

    Cons

    Business vision changing every 2 years.


  3. Helpful (7)

    "Room for improvement"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Kïhei, HI
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Kïhei, HI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Monsanto Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Monsanto as a company is a great place to work. They have excellent benefits and really push their employees to innovate. They have a very young and energetic workforce which makes for a very dynamic and innovative environment.

    Cons

    The location that I worked in was plagued with very poor management. I strongly believe that this was a localized problem and not representative of the company as a whole. Working in the Hawaiian islands cuts you off from the rest of the company. Those at mainland sites routinely attend internal meetings, research conferences, and networking events which helps speed their development. Those in the islands get left behind.
    Also, because of this there is little oversight on management. There are many people who should not be in the positions that they're in, but because of the separation from the mothership there seems to be a disconnect. Unless there is significant restructuring, think carefully about accepting positions in the islands.

    Advice to Management

    Keep a closer watch on local management and listen to ears on the ground. There's a problem here that needs to be addressed, whether that's additional training or finding better people to fill management positions.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "ugh"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant
    Former Employee - Research Assistant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Monsanto Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, working outside, and the coworkers

    Cons

    poor work life balance, site manager was a prime example of the peter principle, Monsanto is a reactive and not proactive company, Pioneer pays more for the entry level positions.

    Advice to Management

    Train the new managers on how to be leaders and not micro managers before putting them into the role


  6. "Useful Experience"

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

    Pros

    Great benefits for full-timers, stimulating work environment, opportunity to make lots of valuable contacts, transfer opportunities, internal promotions

    Cons

    hard to get to full-time status from contract or part-time, expect to move frequently if full-time, poor public image, potentially hazardous conditions because of agricultural setting

    Advice to Management

    your company takes great care of you, keep an eye out for worthwhile candidates in the part-time workforce and extend a hand to the next person


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Research assistant"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant
    Current Employee - Research Assistant
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    we get enough vacation time

    Cons

    Management oblivious of certain aspects


  8. "Row Crop Breeding Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Stonington, IL
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Stonington, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Monsanto Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Benefits and Compensation, encourages employees to develop.

    Cons

    Hard to advance in company unless you are located at a large location


  9. "great company with good benefits"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Assistant
    Former Employee - Research Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Monsanto Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good pay, good benefits, easy communication with bosses, great tech support

    Cons

    I happened to get stuck doing work above my level with no openings in in the foreseeable future, so had to leave for greener pastures to get some more experience.

    Advice to Management

    Management can be more helpful to people trying to advance their careers.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "I have a great experience working here!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant
    Current Employee - Research Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Monsanto Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    401 (K) plan is awesome

    Cons

    The general public hates us

    Advice to Management

    Promotions should happen in a more timely manenr


  11. Helpful (1)

    "A very flexible, but challenging company to work for."

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant
    Current Employee - Research Assistant
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    A general feeling of conducting head of the industry research, large budgets that allow the purchase of necessary equipment, incredible IT development and software, encouragement to develop.

    Cons

    Wide changes in workload, unfulfilled promises of backfilling staff, a general feeling of employee expendability from senior management, and consistent misleading of an improved work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management needs to understand that the needs of all research locations, are not the same as those of St. Louis headquarters.