Cargill

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Cargill Reviews

Updated 22 February 2015
Updated 22 February 2015
554 Reviews
3.4
554 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  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)

    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
  3.  

    very good place to start a commodity career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

    Cargill Individuals and Individual Locations......

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  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

    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
  7.  

    Excellent

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

    I worked at Cargill

    Pros

    Equal opportrunity provider, international perspective

    Cons

    Complex internal procedure, nothing else

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    contract molecular biology technician

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Minneapolis, MN (US)
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Minneapolis, MN (US)

    I worked at Cargill

    Pros

    nice work environment, high efficiency

    Cons

    too many small offices, hard to know more people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    What makes me stay and what I say

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

    I have been working at Cargill full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Career development oppertunities, corporate ethics and continual focus on leadership behaviours are unique.

    Cons

    As a global corporation headquatered in Minnesota there can be too much focus on MN corporate culture, e.g. peer and leader candor is not as honest as other companies. Additionally, unlike many other large corporations in more diverse cities, there is a limited racial and ethnicly diverse employment market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Contine to push at lowering the cost of candor and focus on raising performance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    great place to work and learn

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Merchant Assistant in Miami, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Merchant Assistant in Miami, FL (US)

    I have been working at Cargill full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    work life balance ok. Vacation and much to learn about the company

    Cons

    not much growth

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good pay but there was lots of ambiguity in my role on the SAP Project.

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

    I worked at Cargill full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Pay was pretty good for a first year college graduate.
    Excellent internship program.
    Work Life balance.
    Beautiful Ofiicce.

    Cons

    Lots of Ambiguity and various level of supervisors to deal with.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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