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Cargill Reviews

Updated 15 April 2015
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Pros
  • They offer a flexible work environment for easier work life balance (in 34 reviews)

  • Great people and team mates making a friendly work environment (in 25 reviews)

Cons
  • Poor work/life balance; people are getting burned out after start-up (in 33 reviews)

  • IT is seen as overhead and the business units do not feel IT is responsive (in 29 reviews)

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  1. Great company but needs to smarten up compensation and job titles

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Global Account Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Global Account Manager in London, England

    I worked at Cargill full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, global best practices in performance management, employee engagement and a strong supportive collegiate atmosphere.
    Was let go in an economic downturn and would go back.

    Cons

    Low margin business means low salaries compared to industry. Meanness is a way of life. Badge of honour to travel economy and stay in the seediest dives to save money.
    Job titles and salaries not indicative of responsibilities and makes it hard to get equivalent job after Cargill 'You can't possibly be good enough to do this job if that's the salary you're on' (Actual comment from a recruiter). 'Managers' routinely manage multi-million dollar budgets on 5 figure salaries whereas in other businesses they would be Directors or VPs and paid accordingly.
    Salary increases on promotion rare because of broad banding
    Bonuses discretionary and therefore not evenly or necessarily fairly distributed.

    Advice to Management

    Bring compensation and job titles in line with industry standards - your workforce is changing and you won't be able to rely on long service and collegiate goodwill forever, nor will you be able to attract the right talent.

  2. Great international company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Grain Merchandiser
    Former Intern - Grain Merchandiser

    I worked at Cargill as an intern (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  3. very good place to start a commodity career

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

    I worked at Cargill

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

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  5. Cargill Individuals and Individual Locations......

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cargill

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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

  6. Fulfilling and feel a sense of belonging with a company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Liverpool, England
    Current Employee - Intern in Liverpool, England

    I have been working at Cargill

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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!

  7. Unlimited opportunity to thrive everyday

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

    I worked at Cargill full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture that is strong and adhered to, investment in professional development, strong group of leaders who coach and influence well.

    Cons

    Started to drift more towards an internal consulting company, spending way too much time and effort on PowerPoint and Excel

    Advice to Management

    Fantastic group of leaders at this company, with the ever flattening the opportunity for advancement got slimmer every year

  8. Automation, Electrical & Instrumentation Specialist II

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cargill

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Safety always number one, Customers then Production.

    Cons

    Lag of Lean Manufacturing Principles

    Advice to Management

    put employees before self, departments budget balance, utilize internal resources instead of using contractors to perform daily task, have local internal resources involved with system migration project (work hand-in-hand with vender engineers)

  9. Cargill Industrial Sales Intern position

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Industrial Sales in Houston, TX (US)
    Former Intern - Industrial Sales in Houston, TX (US)

    I worked at Cargill as an intern

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people
    Ability to travel/relocate
    Great pay and benefits
    Welcoming company culture

    Cons

    Antiquated computer programs
    Limited professional mobility

  10. Great place to work!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Strategic Sourcing Intern in Wayzata, MN (US)
    Former Employee - Strategic Sourcing Intern in Wayzata, MN (US)

    I worked at Cargill

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great culture, flexible work environment

    Cons

    Cargill is a little slow in technology

    Advice to Management

    Keep up on technology

  11. a balancing act

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Amsterdam (Netherlands)

    I have been working at Cargill

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    core values, word is a bond to customers

    Cons

    complex and growing more so, from merits to politics all the time despite nice slogans

    Advice to Management

    accelerate 5x

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