Cargill Reviews

Updated 18 September 2014
Updated 18 September 2014
479 Reviews
3.3
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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  1.  

    Nice place to work but mediocre salaries and benefits in Geneva

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cargill full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It's a large company so, if you are good, there are a wide range of learning and career opportunities.

    Cons

    Very insular with few senior people having experienced anything other than Cargill. Some leaders have a tendency to micro-manage, although that is probably true of all companies. I feel that the company could be surprised by external events and just not be ready for them.

    Very, US minded. Very average benefits in Geneva, especially for more experienced people. Just 20 days vacation for the first 5 years, company cars non existent, no financial support towards commuting costs, short notice-periods, economy class air travel for most, old building and systems and mediocre salaries that don't increase regularly once you are in. Very good training opportunities, however, when you can work your way through the multiple options and bureaucracy to find out about them. Also, extremely nice, welcoming people, competent functions and great values and culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn more from your senior external hires. Improve non trader salaries and benefits.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Well paid but overworked

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrician  in  Westwego, LA (US)
    Current Employee - Electrician in Westwego, LA (US)

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

    Pros

    Decent wages
    Union plant
    Work isn't very difficult
    Double time on Sundays
    Triple time when scheduled to work on a holiday

    Cons

    Go long stretches (2+ months) with no days off
    Safety is lacking
    Management pushes production over employee safety
    7 day work weeks and very rarely get holidays off

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to work the hours that the maintenance and production crew works to fully understand how hard the 7 day schedule is. Management gets weekends and holidays off while we are at work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company figuring out its identity and sourcing strategy

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  Minneapolis, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Minneapolis, MN (US)

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

    Pros

    Global company operating in several countries. Several business units within the company offering a diverse range to work for: grain, oilseeds, flour, etc. Great ethical company that tries to always do the right thing. Accepting of people and their diversity. Company will be around for years to come.

    Cons

    Company is in a state of flux for the next decade trying to decide what and how much to source to strategic suppliers. Ex. IT, finance, hr, etc. If you are not on the front line of a business unit, your long term outlook is not great. Lots of tiers in management trying to figure out how to lead people. The company is very large and has lots of processes and at such detail it may seem death by process. Because of this, it has lost the agility that smaller companies enjoy today.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire leadership from smaller companies to bring diversity and agility to the company. They don't need to have a resume of several hundred pages and come from ivy league schools, or come from fortune 50 companies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good benefits and flexible in the IT areas

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    Current Employee - Senior IT Technical Analyst  in  Minneapolis, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Senior IT Technical Analyst in Minneapolis, MN (US)

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

    Pros

    good benefits, higher end for holiday and vacation days, unlimited sick days, flexible about telecommuting and core work hours, 401k match with Cargill stock, private company so normally provides greater job security, global and diverse company, lots of internal jobs to apply for.

    Cons

    If you are in the IT field, Cargill has starting outsourcing. Cargill also pays on the lower end for IT jobs. Cargill treats IT like an expense, never spending money to stay current. Upper Management seems to continually make poor decisions in the direction for global IT services, which eventually lead to the outsourcing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use IT to help grow your business. spend some money in IT. Outsourcing will fail every time because you will not have invested, engaged employees like you used to.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good first job in Quality Assurance

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QM Chemist  in  Eddyville, IA (US)
    Current Employee - QM Chemist in Eddyville, IA (US)

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

    Pros

    exposure to large scale manufacturing, food safety, and quality control work in labs. Easy to get along with technicians that run the plant, the engineers aren't as sociable though. Solid experience in chemistry and food and beverage industry. Many jobs available in many business units. Resources to learn about other manufacturing plants in the facility.

    Cons

    Eddyville, IA is in out in the country. Des Moines is the closest city (1 hour away). Not easy to get promoted unless you plan to live your life at work and stay here in the area. Job can get repetative. Pay raises do not really happen. No paid overtime. Shift schedule including nights.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Place to Start a Career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  Wayzata, MN (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Wayzata, MN (US)

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

    Pros

    Cargill is very professional in terms of management style and, as a private company, takes a long-term approach in assessing its business strategies and plans. People are very helpful and the culture fosters collaboration and teamwork. The international aspect of the company's operations is a plus.

    Cons

    As with most large enterprises, decision-making can be slow. Also, as few employees leave, opportunities for advancement can be limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to share as much information as possible regarding the company's strategy and future direction with employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Intern

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Ottumwa, IA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottumwa, IA (US)

    I have been working at Cargill as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    People are friendly and every co-worker is willing to help.

    Cons

    Far behind technology-wise. Not much organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a better balance between experience and education.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Overall Okay

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cargill

    Pros

    Very employee safety oriented. Very high integrity on the product produced. Overall good working environment. Decent "open door" policy with supervisors/management at my site. Good benefits.

    Cons

    The site I worked at produced hard cooked eggs. When business demands were slow, the number of hours worked dropped, so this was frustrating. Some policies were difficult to understand. Hard to break into any promotions within the company.

  10.  

    Unmatched global business exposure

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Analyst  in  Wayzata, MN (US)
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Wayzata, MN (US)

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

    Pros

    Motivating leadership, opportunities to take risks and make history with large deals

    Cons

    Culture can be very conservative and change comes slowly. Turning ideas around can take many months if not years at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please streamline some of the bureaucracy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Data Lead

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    Current Employee - Data Analyst  in  Hopkins, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Hopkins, MN (US)

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

    Pros

    True to their values, culture for growth, being innovative, reward knowledge, and senior management is solid.

    Cons

    Work-life balance and long hrs. Repeat Work-life balance and long hrs. Repeat Work-life balance and long hrs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Solid Present

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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