Cargill Reviews

Updated 30 October 2014
Updated 30 October 2014
502 Reviews
3.4
502 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 34 reviews)

  • lots of opportunities to try new things, especially if you are willing to relocate (in 17 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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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall great company to work for, unless you are in Information Technology

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Minneapolis, MN (US)
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Minneapolis, MN (US)

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

    Pros

    Cargill places a lot of value on serving the communities in which they operate.
    They benefits are good, although, the health insurance benefits have decreased over the years.
    Depending on your manager and the team you work for, there are opportunities to work from home.
    It is a great place to work if you want experience working on a global team.
    They really work at being a company with a diverse culture. In many companies that I have worked for, the amount of women in IT was scarce. Cargill is the first company that I worked for that not only had a greater number of women in IT, but they had women in IT management roles.
    Great co-workers. People look out for each other and really have a desire to see their team and team members succeed.
    Excellent opportunities for advancement

    Cons

    Do not work here if you are in IT.
    There are a significant number of middle level managers that "manage up". They are more concerned with how they look to upper management, and are not as concerned about the people that work for them.
    IT is their policy to pay to industry standards, but I have found that they tend to pay lower. However, that could be just my experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Executive level management - Excellent leaders
    Middle level management - Boy, this level really needs some work. Really try to get a feel for how employees view their managers. You have seen the engagement scores, and the problem has, and continues to be this level of management. You have a few really good middle level managers, but not too many. Help this group of people learn how to manage people as well as business. Encourage them to be candid with their employees, and if they cannot, let the employees know that it is something that they cannot discuss. People appreciate that more than being lied to.
    Supervisors and direct managers really do a good job of pulling together great teams and accomplishing a lot. Take a hard look at your middle management employees and develop a true understanding of how they manage things. I strongly feel that this is the weakest area in Cargill.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good place to work, but pay could be better.

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    Current Employee - Transportation Manager in Wichita, KS (US)
    Current Employee - Transportation Manager in Wichita, KS (US)

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

    Pros

    Great laid back atmosphere. Easy work. Good hours.

    Cons

    Low pay. They hire stupid people for low pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay a little more to keep top talent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    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

  9.  

    Great company, good atmosphere.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10.  

    Cargill larges family owned company with great perspectives

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11.  

    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.

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