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Cargill Reviews

Updated 26 January 2015
Updated 26 January 2015
537 Reviews
3.4
537 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)

  • 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. 2 people found this helpful  

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

    Pros

    Global company.
    Good experience gained to leave and find a better job.

    Cons

    Third party managed services.
    Lack of compassion and respect for IT. IT is just viewed as a commodity.
    Exceptionally poor financial results and hideous bonus'.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Begin putting together a plan to bring IT Infrastucture back in-house. You will need it by 2019 if not earlier.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work, but pay could be better.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

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    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

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 a 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.

  6.  

    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 a 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
  7.  

    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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    "If Cargill only knew what Cargill knows"

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    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  9.  

    Great company to work for with excellent benefits.

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

    Good Company for professional growth.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cargill

    Pros

    You feel good knowing that you work for a big and successful company. If you work hard you will have lot of opportunities. If you are lucky to also work for a good management.

    Cons

    Lot of pressure during the busy season, not enough recognition for the hard work.

  11.  

    The Cargill that used to be!!!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Cairo (Egypt)
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Cairo (Egypt)

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

    Pros

    Cargill is a great company, used to be greater. It's the school for commodity trading and risk management, If you are not in this field in Cargill then you are missing all the action. Top class methodology and approach towards market risk management and controls. Great insight into commodity markets and great connection with both origin and destination markets.

    Cons

    Has become too political and full of "claimed to be good processes".In reality those have killed entrepreneurial approach and good risk taking. Work-life balance is not easily achieved. Wasted time in political battles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Cargill I joined and worked for for 18 years used to be greater than this. The first SI reengineered the company empowering BUs and giving BU leaders choice of talent but also accountability. Then 6 years ago all changed making BU leaders less in control and more of reporters having to live with imposed resources, This has killed initiatives and turned talent into bureaucrats. its great loss of value. The systematic/process driven model is good for a factory or a branded products company. Generic commodity trading needs different approaches.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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