Cargill Reviews

Updated 23 October 2014
Updated 23 October 2014
501 Reviews
3.4
501 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 33 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 31 reviews)

  • IT is seen as overhead and the business units do not feel IT is responsive (in 28 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 (less than an 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.  

    Cargill Review

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cargill

    Pros

    Good relocation package, a lot of opportunities for advancement, large networking, good culture

    Cons

    Financial sector paid less than other sectors, some locations are in the middle of nowhere

  7.  

    Great company, good atmosphere.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN (US)

    I have been working at Cargill full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Job security, good work life balance, interesting work, many advancement opportunities.

    Cons

    Training is lacking for new hires, organization is slow to adapt to changes in the industry

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Cargill larges family owned company with great perspectives

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    Former Employee - IT Manager in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Amsterdam (Netherlands)

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

    Pros

    International Environment, great people to work with, great development opportunities, great diversity in the Job working with manufacturing, finance, trading etc. Good overall strategy for the business. Worked with very experienced IT professionals.

    Cons

    My concern is that Cargill is not an IT innovatied company but a great learning school as you will face a great scale of all kind of IT technologies due to all kind acquisition that take place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    IT is not Cargill's core business but an important pillar to improve business in the future don't take IT for granted it will help to sustain the growth of Cargill worldwide.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Opportunities, Bad timing

    Current Employee - Associate Analyst in Wayzata, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Analyst in Wayzata, MN (US)

    I have been working at Cargill full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good Benefits, great work hours, great co-workers (outside of a few bad apples), lots of opportunities, great experience, learned a lot.

    Cons

    About who you know,not what you know. Manager's advice to me was "fake it till you make it" which seems counter productive, but they are doing well and I'm going out the door.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let personal relationships sway who should be in charge.

  10.  

    Great company to work for with excellent benefits.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS (US)

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

    Pros

    Lots of career advancement opportunities due to continued growth.

    Cons

    Due to growth and changes, outsourcing jobs is taking precedence and many jobs could be lost over the next several years. Job security is not absolute.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engage team members to focus time on learning agility outside their normal functions to develop the team member's experience and talents so they may fit in other parts of the company when/if their roles are eliminated.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    "If Cargill only knew what Cargill knows"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cargill full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Lots of different career opportunities, although most places you need to transfer to move up the ladder. Many locations you can transfer to, although most are in the midwest. Lots of very long term employees. Stable job.

    Cons

    Work/life balance is an issue. Everything is about following a process but the processes are always changing and conflict with each other. Lots of acronyms and buzzwords. Business is divided into units which compete with each other and refuse to share information. There is no one 'Cargill', there is Cargill Salt and Cargill Beef and Cargill Corn which all keep secrets from each other which stifles innovation and prevents collaboration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on the plants instead of headquarters only. It does not promote engagement to see fancy meetings and gatherings that Minneapolis has, and then look around at plant site level where you can't even get broken lightbulb replaced. Remember the little people and they will work harder for you. Actually USE the information from the engagement surveys - the red flags are being waved but nobody seems to notice and instead many good employees leave the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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