Cargill Reviews

Updated 18 September 2014
Updated 18 September 2014
479 Reviews
3.4
479 Reviews
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Cargill Chairman, President, and CEO Greg Page
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • They offer a flexible work environment for easier work life balance (in 31 reviews)

  • Great people and team mates making a friendly work environment (in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • Poor work/life balance; people are getting burned out after start-up (in 27 reviews)

  • IT is seen as overhead and the business units do not feel IT is responsive (in 27 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great international company

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    Former Employee - Grain Merchandiser
    Former Employee - Grain Merchandiser

    I worked at Cargill as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    huge company with small company feel, great personal development processes, strong HR department and benefits, great intern program

    Cons

    some locations not very glamorous

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep promoting how widespread the company is internally - give the employees a sense for their impact

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    very good place to start a commodity career

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cargill

    Pros

    nice environment, good training opportunitites, they care about your development, if you are lucky, you can gen on international assignements. You can move into a very closed commodity trading space, which is difficult to do if you are new to the industry.

    Cons

    The company is just too big, which means a lot of things are done slowly or inefficiently. A lot of bureacracy, which starts hitting you at some point in your career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't even know what to say. I think the company is just the same as other behemoths.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Cargill Individuals and Individual Locations......

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cargill

    Pros

    - Was able to work in Global Team so got to travel and working on other regions
    - Exposed to alot enabled me to grow
    - Some great team members

    Cons

    - lack of respect from origanal location to my actual responsibillities, became selfish and gameplayers
    - Location seem to have enclosed mentality of the rest of the Cargill World
    - Best Knowledgable Collegues were contractors and werent treated with respect
    - Upper Managemnt are very self promoting and forget they are there to do a job and not be in the papers and on stage
    - Individuals Benefitting from knowing Vendors on Personal Level

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Fulfilling and feel a sense of belonging with a company

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    Current Employee - Intern  in  Liverpool, England
    Current Employee - Intern in Liverpool, England

    I have been working at Cargill

    Pros

    Makes you feel very important even though you maybe nothing!
    Excellent communicational skills between people.
    Punctual and fair recruiting procedure.
    Rarely anyone is fired since company holds on to everyone for long term growth.

    Cons

    Poor starting salary in my opinion, does not attract the best of the best.
    Poor profit margins, hence no bonus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the graduate salary and scheme more attractive so that it attracts the best minds to further improve the company's profits, and hence improve employees wages!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Ethical and strong company that values employees and work life balance.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  Hopkins, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Hopkins, MN (US)

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

    Pros

    The culture here is absolutely the #1 strength of Cargill. People are always willing to help and if you show your value and skills people notice and help you move your career. The global presence of the company is exposed to every level of employee which is a great experience and helps grow your skillset. They are also open to travel and culture exchange - had several international trips in my first 5 years with the company and visited over 20 operational facilities across the country.

    Cons

    Global company comes with process that can seriously discourage creative ideas and more modern technology and applications.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help bring new fresh ideas to the top of the pile and keep the knowledge in-house. Too much outsourcing when employees can see that specialization works for certain processes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    When working at Cargill, I thoroughly enjoyed my time and all the other employees. A company that continues to grow.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cargill

    Pros

    Great leadership and opportunities to continue with a successful career path. Wide variety of co-workers and a great commitment to loyalty within the company

    Cons

    Onboarding seems to take a long time

  8.  

    Best employer with employee friendly culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior IT Technical Analyst  in  Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Senior IT Technical Analyst in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

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

    Pros

    Amazing company with great people and good leadership. Best place to experience the global cultures which make a brilliant work ambiance.

    Cons

    Need to pick up in some areas renouncing the age-old processes which gives an impression of 'slow-moving elephant' to the newbies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider proper skill evaluation methods and people identification process should be revised. Good that the recent initiatives are geared more towards the competitive markets.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Corporation

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cargill full-time

    Pros

    There are several good associates. The Corporations benefits are great. Company's core values stand out.

    Cons

    Communication needs to be updated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider new ideas.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great opportunities and freedom to innovate

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Management Engineer  in  Minneapolis, MN (US)
    Former Employee - Production Management Engineer in Minneapolis, MN (US)

    I worked at Cargill full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Excellent leadership that are open suggestions from their reports and keep an open door policy. There are many career opportunities that exist through networking within the company. The work-life balance is in the top 10% of all companies and most managers are very flexible about taking time off. I had a very positive experience working here and keep in touch with most of my former colleagues.

    Cons

    The businesses are a little silo-ed, which limits the flow of ideas and best practices. This makes establishing an internal network very important.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Intern

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at Cargill as an intern

    Pros

    Company gives interns and new hires lots of responsibility

    Cons

    not a strong new hire program

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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