Monsanto Company

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Monsanto Company Reviews

Updated 17 December 2014
Updated 17 December 2014
461 Reviews
3.8
461 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • competitive salary; great work-life balance; flexible enough to grow career in the area of your interest (in 63 reviews)

  • Great benefits and the company places a lot of emphasis on professional/personal development (in 27 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is the motto but in reality business expectation do not align (in 37 reviews)

  • Tendency to work long hours, and lots of political games (the company calls this "networking") (in 18 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I have been working at Monsanto Company

    Pros

    Fantastic growth opportunities with maximum return on time-effort investment. Great, fun people to work with. Superb annual barbecue with great music.

    Cons

    Worst point is that you have to go home at the end of the day, leaving behind the wonderful colleague team spirit and office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing as it is working very well. Just sit back and take a step back from time to time.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    IT Consultant

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Monsanto Company

    Pros

    Great place to work. The work/ life balance is one of a kind.

    Cons

    Micro management is very evident across the company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work!

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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 Monsanto Company

    Pros

    Great compensation, benefits....get to work with latest equipment.

    Cons

    None- overall...fantastic place to be!

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  5.  

    Monsanto

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Jacksonville, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Jacksonville, FL (US)

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, opportunity to expand into other areas and regions

    Cons

    Corporate driven mentality of having to meet projected stock expectations at all costs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make budgets based on demand forecasting not what increase in sales needs to be made to make a stock promise to the public

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Scrum Master

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scrum Master in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Scrum Master in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance, Freedom to operate, strong pipeline of work, job security, good work culture, very strongly promotes employee safety, very good for people grooming to become people managers. Very cool managers(only few Teams) you just need to come up with good initiative and drive it, people are very supportive. You will have lots of free time to study, learn anything new on your own, do offline courses and attend seminars (of-course with managers approval). Company is always up-to-date with latest technologies in the industry (Cloud, Big Data, Scala, etc) you name it people will be using it somewhere in their project. But you need to have the push within you to go and learn those technologies and use it in your project. They have innovative ways to encourage talent in the IT team with Innovation Day once in every month where you can showcase anything new you come up with.

    Cons

    Pay is good when you would have joined, later forget about good hike, lot of experienced people in the company with low upward growth, talented people who stay for long years cause stagnant growth. Lately the management keeps coming up with lots of org changes on yearly basic resulting in lot of confusions with roles and goals. Few teams do differentiate a lot between permanent employees and contractors so if you joining as contractor be aware. If you are technical guy you need to come up with your own career plan and work towards it, there is nothing much apart for that. Even when there is a good pipeline at work there is issue of business funding leading to joblessness and boredom for couple of months for IT folks, but on a good note company won't fire you, you just need to hang around and keep fingers crossed for good work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If people are doing great appreciate them with good hike with required promotions, else it will be difficult to retain hot talent. Lot of politics at the management level to take influencing positions resulting in people losing confidence over the leaders.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good experience in a global company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Monsanto Company

    Pros

    Really good working environment, really friendly employees. Boss was nice.

    Cons

    Did not really work on the stuff that I was interested in. Wanted to code, but was somehow assigned to a team that managed IT tools.

  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great work, Life Balance for Some.....

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

    I worked at Monsanto Company

    Pros

    High pay
    Great benefits
    Interesting work for Engineers
    Good safety record, Pervasive safety culture
    Some really nice people

    Cons

    Promoted because of who you know, as opposed to what you know.
    Weak management- doesn't want to rock the boat.
    Contractors can be treated like orphans (see weak management comment)low pay, no benefits.
    Backstabbing is prevalent. Beware;some of the employees only want their own kind to work as their colleagues(see weak management comment, see promoted because of who you know, and H.R. Bobbleheads).
    If the person who trains you is remarkably different from the person who interviewed you, RUN! The trainer will jealously guard their clique and stab you in the back (see weak management comment).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Nice people, advancement opportunities limited

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing in Saint Louis, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Marketing in Saint Louis, MO (US)

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

    Pros

    I have enjoyed some of the projects I've been given, have a nice boss and appreciate the good company benefits offered.

    Cons

    If you are looking to be upwardly mobile, this may not be the place. "Networking", or playing the political game, are essential for moving up the ladder. Many stalled careers of good people as a result. Cost of living raises are about the most that many employees can expect.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Culture, Work Life Balance, Great Leadership!

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

    I have been working at Monsanto Company as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    This is the first company I've worked for that really supports collaboration, transparency and work life balance. People are friendly, supportive and all about teamwork, regardless of function.

    Cons

    It seems like a significant portion of the staff is hired as contractors, and it is difficult to tell how long it will take for an opportunity for conversion to a full time direct hire. Knowing that you don't get the benefits, bonuses and perks as direct hire colleagues who are doing the exact same work can be a bit demoralizing after a long period of time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    My very best working journey

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Buenos Aires (Argentina)
    Current Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Buenos Aires (Argentina)

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

    Pros

    Through Monsanto I had the opportunity to experience my very best working experience. Constant challenges; development opportunities; work life balance; great people and most importantly future in agriculture.

    Cons

    Too rapid & constant changes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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